Board Finance & Facilities Committee Minutes – May 4, 2020

District Mission: The Sioux City Community School District exists to educate students to believe in their talents and skills, achieve academic excellence, and succeed in reaching their potential.

Facilitator: Dr. Paul Gausman

Secretary: Patty Pageler

The Board Finance & Facilities Committee (BF&F) met on Monday, May 4, 2020 in the
Educational Service Center Board Room. Copies of the Agenda and the following Executive
Summaries were available:

  • Lexia Core 5 Renewal
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade Orchestra, K-12 Social Studies, Middle School and High School Physical Education and Total Well-Being, and High School Harmony Curriculum and Material Adoption and Funding Recommendations
  • High School Baseball ADA and Parking Additions Project – East High School

Committee Members Present: Dr. Paul Gausman, Patty Blankenship, Patty Pageler
(virtually), Brian Fahrendholz (virtually), Ron Colling, Dan Greenwell and Taylor Goodvin

Committee Members Absent: None

Guests / Visitors: Dr. Brian Burnight, Heidi Anthony, Dr. Rita Vannatta and Dr. Kim Buryanek

Call to Order: Dr. Paul Gausman called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

Lexia Core 5 Renewal: Dr. Brian Burnight

  • Lexia Core 5 literacy software is an adaptive literacy program working to enhance the five components of literacy.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the renewal of Lexia Core 5 software licenses for $111,780 for thirteen elementary schools.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the May 11, 2020 Board meeting.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Orchestra, K-12 Social Studies, Middle School and High School Physical Education and Total Well-Being, and High School Harmony Curriculum and Material Adoption and Funding Recommendations: Heidi Anthony

  • To request Board approval of curriculum and material adoptions.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the following curriculum and material adoptions for a total of $419,843.33:
  • Fourth and fifth grade orchestra using the FY21 Instructional Support Levy in the amount of $2,670.26
  • K-12 social studies using the FY21 Instructional Support Levy in the amount of $254,013.26 and the FY21 Modified Supplemental Amount for At-Risk/Dropout Prevention in the amount of $94,327.47, for a total expenditure of $348,340.73.
  • Middle school and high school physical education and total well-being using the FY20 Instructional Support Levy in the amount of $48,190.41 and the FY21 Instructional Support Levy in the amount of $19,980.62, for a total expenditure of $68,171.03.
  • High school harmony using the FY20 Instructional Support Levy in the amount of $661.31.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the May 11, 2020 Board meeting.

High School Baseball ADA and Parking Additions Project – East High School: Brian Fahrendholz

  • Bids were received and opened on April 28, 2020.
  • The low bid of $199,113.88 was received from HCI Construction.
  • The engineer’s estimate was $188,137.43.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors accepts the bid from HCI Construction and awards the contract in the amount of $199,113.88.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the May 11, 2020 Board meeting.

Calculation of Pay Increases: Dr. Paul Gausman

  • At the previous Board meeting, the Board requested information regarding the approved 2.50% total costing increase.
  • Dr. Rita Vannatta and Patty Blankenship presented a summary of the FY20 total costing, the FY21 total costing, and the total costing increase for all employee groups.
  • The FY20 total costing and the FY21 total costing use the same census data.
  • The final total costing increase was 2.51%, slightly higher than the 2.50% originally approved due to the Board subsequently approving a 2.59% total costing for SCESPA.
  • The committee agreed that the information presented meet the Board’s request.
  • The information presented will be included in the next HR Board Report.

King, Reinsch, Prosser, & Co., L.L.P. Invoice: Dr. Paul Gausman

  • Dr. Gausman presented a letter dated April 28, 2020 from King, Reinsch, Prosser & Co., L.L.P.
  • The purpose of the letter was to address Board member concerns regarding their recent invoice, which included additional fees.
  • No decision was made regarding this item.

The next meeting of the Board Finance & Facilities Committee will be Monday, May 18, 2020
at 3:00 p.m. in the ESC Board Room.