Board Finance & Facilities Committee Minutes – April 6, 2021

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, April 6, 2021 in the
Educational Service Center Board Room. Copies of the Agenda and the following Executive
Summaries were available:

  • Math Materials for Missed Learning – Secondary
  • Welding and Manufacturing Pathways
  • FY22 Title I Staffing
  • Iowa Reading Corps Invoice
  • Camp Invention for Summer School
  • FY22 East Middle School Fire Alarm Replacement Project
  • FY22 North High School Sports Complex Parking Lot Project
  • FY2022 Budget Adoption

Committee Members Present: Dr. Paul Gausman, Patty Blankenship, Perla Alarcon-Flory,
Ron Colling, Dan Greenwell, Tim Paul, Patty Pageler (Virtually)

Committee Members Absent: None

Guests / Visitors: Heidi Anthony, Jim Vanderloo, Dr. Brian Burnight, Dr. Kim Buryanek,
Taylor Goodvin, Brenda Zahner

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

Math Materials for Missed Learning – Secondary: Heidi Anthony

  • Requesting approval to purchase math materials to support missed learning at the secondary level.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic requiring school closure in the spring, students missed instruction in critical areas of math.
  • Math curriculum leaders identified materials for each secondary math course to support instruction that was missed in the spring of 2020.
  • One-hour of professional development will be provided to support teachers in learning how to use the materials.
  • ESSER II will fund this purchase.
  • The recommendation is that the Board Finance and Facilities Committee approves the request for the purchase of math materials to support missed learning at the secondary level in the amount of $47,722.37.
  • The committee approved the purchase.

Welding and Manufacturing Pathways: Jim Vanderloo

  • The request is to purchase a plasma cutter for the welding pathway and the emerging manufacturing pathway.
  • This equipment update will help students to switch from more conventional methods of producing materials and projects to a more effective and efficient way of learning with a high-tech focus on products and projects that are closely aligned to industry standards.
  • The Perkins Grant will fund the purchase.
  • The recommendation is that the Board Finance and Facilities Committee approves the purchase of a plasma cutter for $31,999.
  • The committee approved the purchase.

FY22 Title I Staffing: Dr. Brian Burnight

  • The Administration is expecting the Title I carryover balance to increase at June 30, 2021.
  • The Administration’s recommendation is to increase the number of Title I teaching positions for FY22 due to the increased carryover balance.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves up to eleven additional Title I teaching positions for FY22.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the April 12, 2021 Board meeting.

Iowa Reading Corps Invoice: Dr. Brian Burnight

  • The Iowa Reading Corps program supports tutors hired by the United Way of Iowa to work with students in kindergarten through third grade in a one-to-one setting.
  • This program is a cost effective way to provide one-to-one reading support.
  • The total invoice is $73,500.
  • The local United Way of Siouxland will provide funding for $42,500 and Title I funds will pay the remaining $31,000.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the payment of the Iowa Reading Corps invoice.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the April 12, 2021 Board meeting.

Camp Invention for Summer School: Dr. Brian Burnight

  • Camp Invention is a program offered by the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Camp Invention will provide students who are attending summer school with a highly engaging STEM program to compliment reading and math support.
  • The funding source is ESSER.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the purchase of up to 1,800 Camp Invention kits at a cost of $120 each for a total of $216,000.
  • The committee recommended the Camp Invention kits also be available in the ESL summer programming.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the April 12, 2021 Board meeting.

Enrollment Information: Dr. Kim Buryanek

  • Dr. Buryanek presented data on open enrollment in and out of the District from 2015- 2016 to 2020-2021.
  • Out of district students attending the career academy:
  • 2018-2019 3 students; revenue $1,230
  • 2019-2020 14 students; revenue $7,403
  • 2020-2021 41 students; revenue $19,713
  • Open enrolled out students:
  • 2015-2016 534.4
  • 2016-2017 519.3; expenditure $3.1 million
  • 2017-2018 534.9; expenditure $3.4 million
  • 2018-2019 523.5; expenditure $3.2 million
  • 2019-2020 577.8; expenditure $3.4 million
  • 2020-2021 614.2
  • Open enrolled in students:
  • 2015-2016 155.9; revenue $0.9 million
  • 2016-2017 163.6; revenue $1.0 million
  • 2017-2018 172.3; revenue $1.1 million
  • 2018-2019 165.0; revenue $1.1 million
  • 2019-2020 166.0; revenue $1.0 million
  • 2020-2021 144.3
  • 2020-2021 net cost of $2.5 million.
  • The committee acknowledged the information presented.

FY22 East Middle School Fire Alarm Replacement Project: Tim Paul

  • The District received three sealed bids for this project.
  • The low bid of $207,855 was received from Kevin Odell Electric, Inc.
  • The project estimate is $259,000. Architect fees are not to exceed $26,400. Total project cost of $285,400.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors accepts the low bid from Kevin O’Dell Electric, Inc. and awards the contract in the amount of $207,885.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the April 12, 2021 Board meeting.

FY22 North High School Sports Complex Parking Lot Project: Tim Paul

  • The District received eight sealed bids for this project.
  • The low bid of $136,986 was received from Vander Windt and Sons Inc.
  • The project estimate is $142,444. Architect fees are not to exceed $36,000. Total cost estimate of $178,444.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors accepts the low bid from Vander Windt and Sons and awards the contract in the amount of $136,986.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the April 12, 2021 Board meeting.

FY2022 Budget Adoption: Patty Blankenship

  • The Administration is recommending approval of the FY2022 budget as presented with an expected maximum property tax levy rate of $12.96749 per $1,000 of assessed value and a 3 percent income surtax rate.
  • This represents a property tax levy rate decrease of $0.55809 and an increase in the income surtax rate from 2 percent to 3 percent.
  • The spending authority projection was updated to reflect SSA of 1.75%, enrollment increases of 0.40%, and taxable valuation increases of 3.0% (8.70% in FY23).
  • Two additional options were also reviewed:
  • Option 2 $1,500,000 property tax reduction § Instructional support program 7.10% (versus 10%)
  • Expected maximum property tax levy rate of $12.48167
  • Property tax levy rate decrease of $1.04391
  • Option 3 $750,000 property tax reduction
  • Instructional support program 8.60% (versus 10%)
  • Expected maximum property tax levy rate of $12.73296
  • Property tax levy rate decrease of $.79262.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the Board meeting on April 12, 2021.

The next meeting of the Board Finance & Facilities Committee will be Monday, April 19, 2021
at 3:00 p.m. in the ESC Board Room.