Board Finance & Facilities Committee Minutes – November 5, 2019

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 Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in the
Educational Service Center Board Room. Copies of the Agenda and the following Executive
Summaries were available:

  • Modified Supplemental Amount for At-Risk/Dropout Prevention
  • Build Math Minds Number Sense Courses
  • Board Authorization to Request Modified Supplemental Amount for Increasing Enrollment
  • Board Authorization to Request Modified Supplemental Amount for ELL beyond 5 Years
  • FY21 Spending Authority Projections and the Budget Presentation Calendar
  • Contract for Transportation Services Between the Sioux City Community School District and D&Z Transportation LLC

Committee Members Present: Dr. Paul Gausman, Patty Pageler, Patty Blankenship, Ron Colling,
Jeremy Saint

Committee Members Absent: Dr. Michael McTaggart, Brian Fahrendholz

Guests / Visitors: Dr. Kim Buryanek, Heidi Anthony, Troy Thomas

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

Modified Supplemental Amount for At-Risk/Dropout Prevention: Dr. Kim Buryanek

  • The administration is proposing to levy $3,733,605 through the modified supplemental amount (MSA) for the District’s at-risk/dropout prevention program for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • The activities supported by this funding will provide structures to prevent students from dropping out of school and improve student academic success.
  • The at-risk/dropout prevention MSA funding supports the alternative school at Riverside, graduation coaches, juvenile court liaisons, school resource officers, academic supports, and I-Jag.
  • In FY21, funding will be reallocated from the middle school summer program to after school tutoring.
  • In FY21, an interventionist specialist will be hired at the high schools.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the November 11, 2019 board meeting.

Build Math Minds Number Sense Courses: Heidi Anthony

  • To approve the purchase agreement between Build Math Minds and the District for Build Math Minds Number Sense Courses for teacher voluntary professional development.
  • The total cost of the purchase is $53,000 ($200 per teacher) and will be funded by Teacher Quality Funds.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the November 11, 2019 board meeting.

Board Authorization to Request Modified Supplemental Amount for Increasing Enrollment: Patty Blankenship

  • School districts can request additional FY20 modified supplemental amount for increased enrollment in the 2019-2020 school year.
  • The Iowa Department of Education calculates the maximum “on time” modified supplement amount that can be requested.
  • The additional modified supplemental amount does not increase FY20 revenue but gives the District additional FY20 spending authority.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors authorizes the request to the SBRC for $3,056,096 of modified supplemental amount for increasing enrollment.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the November 11, 2019 board meeting.

Board Authorization to Request Modified Supplemental Amount for ELL beyond 5 Years: Patty Blankenship

  • School districts can request additional FY20 modified supplemental amount for ELL beyond 5 years.
  • The Iowa Department of Education calculates the maximum amount that can be requested.
  • The additional modified supplemental amount does not increase FY20 revenue but gives the District additional spending authority.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors authorizes the request to the SBRC for $1,168,499.20 of modified supplemental amount for ELL beyond 5 years.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the November 11, 2019 board meeting.

FY21 Spending Authority Projections and the Budget Presentation Calendar: Patty Blankenship

  • This is the first phase of the FY21 general fund budget process.
  • The spending authority projections have been prepared assuming 1.5% and 2.5% growth in supplemental state aid, no enrollment increase or decrease, and expenditure increases of 2% + up to 15 new teachers and 3% + up to 15 new teachers.
  • Regular enrollment for FY21 is projected to increase by 444.25 (count date = October 1, 2019; actual student increase 385.5).
  • The five-year average SSA growth was 1.53% and expenditure growth was 1.47%.
  • The budget presentation calendar was presented.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the November 11, 2019 board meeting.

Contract for Transportation Services Between the Sioux City Community School District and D&Z Transportation LLC: Troy Thomas

  • Transportation service provided by D&Z Transportation LLC will transport District students, some with special needs, which cannot be accommodated with regular school buses.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the contract with D&Z Transportation LLC for transportation services for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the November 11, 2019 board meeting.

The next meeting of the Board Finance & Facilities Committee will be Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the ESC Board Room.