Board Finance & Facilities Committee Minutes – January 4, 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 Blankenship

The Board Finance & Facilities Committee (BF&F) met on Monday, January 4, 2021 in the
Educational Service Center Board Room. Copies of the Agenda and the following Executive
Summaries were available:

  • Non-Public Schools’ Professional Development Contract
  • Non-Public Schools’ GEER Fund Purchases
  • FY22 Spending Authority Update and General Fund Targeted Expenditures
  • North High School Cafeteria Seating Replacement Project
  • District Diesel School Bus Purchases

Committee Members Present: Dr. Paul Gausman, Patty Blankenship, Perla Alarcon-Flory,
Ron Colling, Dan Greenwell, Brian Fahrendholz

Committee Members Absent: None

Guests / Visitors: Dr. Kim Buryanek, Troy Thomas

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

Non-Public Schools’ Professional Development Contract: Dr. Kim Buryanek

  • FACTS Education Solutions will customize professional learning for the Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools’ teachers and administrators.
  • There will be seven one-hour virtual workshops.
  • The funding source is Title II.
  • The recommendation is that the Board approves the professional development contract with FACTS Ed for the non-public school in the amount of $18,995.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the January 11, 2021 Board meeting.

Non-Public Schools’ GEER Fund Purchases: Dr. Kim Buryanek

  • The non-public schools allocation from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund is $73,600.
  • The District makes the non-public purchases.
  • The recommendation is that the Board Finance & Facilities Committee approves the GEER fund purchases for the non-public schools totaling $51,615.
  • The Committee approved the purchases.

Partnering with the Des Moines Public Schools RFP Process to Purchase Natural Gas: Troy Thomas

  • The District is considering partnering with Des Moines Public Schools on natural gas purchases.
  • The Administration is in the early stages of researching this option and is not requesting any action at this time.
  • This was for informational purposes only at this time.

FY22 Spending Authority Update and General Fund Targeted Expenditures: Patty Blankenship

  • On November 9, 2020, preliminary spending authority projections were presented using the following assumptions:
  • FY22 Growth in supplemental state aid of 1% and 2%
  • Targeted expenditures increase of 2% and 3%
  • FY23 – FY26 Growth in supplemental state aid of 1.5%
  • Targeted expenditures increase of 2%
  • No enrollment increase or decrease
  • This presentation updated the spending authority projections using the same assumptions.
  • The calculation of the FY22 general fund targeted expenditures is also detailed.
  • This calculation shows general fund targeted expenditures using a 2% increase.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors acknowledges the updated information regarding the District’s FY22 spending authority projections and general fund targeted expenditures.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the January 11, 2021 Board meeting.

North High School Cafeteria Seating Replacement Project: Brian Fahrendholz

  • This project will utilize the manufacturer Elkay Interior Systems, through a Government Cooperative Purchasing Program called TIPS (Interlocal Purchasing Systems) Vendor Agreement.
  • The purchase will be made through Office Elements of Sioux City, Iowa.
  • Upon completion of the project, the three high schools will have the same high quality cafeteria furnishings from the same manufacturer.
  • The project will provide seating for 450 students.
  • The cost of the project is $183,627.75.
  • The Sales Tax Fund (80%) and the School Nutrition Fund (20%) will fund the project.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors awards the bid to Office Elements in the amount of $183,627.75.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the January 11, 2021 Board meeting.

District Diesel School Bus Purchases: Brian Fahrendholz

  • The District will replace three diesel powered school buses with three new Thomas Bus 77-passenger C2 model diesel powered school buses.
  • Each bus will cost $110,000 for a total of $330,000.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors awards the purchase of three Thomas Bus 77-passenger C2 model diesel powered school buses at a cost of $110,000 each from Truck Center Companies (total $330,000).
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the January 11, 2021 Board meeting.

Finance Report for November-Revenues and Expenditures: Patty Blankenship

  • The November Finance Report was briefly reviewed.
  • The General Fund expenditures budget has been adjusted to the FY21 re-estimated expenditures amount of $175,131,718.

The next meeting of the Board Finance & Facilities Committee will be Monday, January 18,
2021 at 3:00 p.m. in the ESC Board Room.