Board Finance & Facilities Committee Minutes – September 21, 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, September 21, 2020 in
the Educational Service Center Board Room. Copies of the Agenda and the following
Executive Summaries were available:

  • Biomedical Science Pathway
  • FY21 Annual Library Purchases
  • FY21 Help Desk Contract
  • Renewal of the Instructional Support Program

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

Committee Members Absent: Brian Fahrendholz

Guests / Visitors: Jim Vanderloo, John Pritchard, and Dr. Kim Buryanek

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

Biomedical Science Pathway: Jim Vanderloo

  • To purchase equipment and supplies for Human Body Systems and Principles of Biomedical Sciences.
  • Biomedical Sciences is the newest pathway under the Health Sciences umbrella.
  • Total cost of the purchase is $35,070.44.
  • The funding source is the Perkins Grant.
  • The Finance Committee approved the purchase.

FY21 Annual Library Purchases: John Pritchard

  • The media budget is $140,000. Generally, the teacher librarians make several large purchases per year.
  • To request Board approval for the teacher librarians to make several purchases throughout the year that may exceed the Superintendent’s purchasing authority.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the teacher librarians to proceed with these larger purchases not to exceed the total budget of $140,000.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the September 28, 2020 Board meeting.

FY21 Help Desk Contract: John Pritchard

  • To request Board approval to enter into a contract with Riverside Technologies, Inc. for help desk services.
  • The contract is for $125,000 and will be funded with ESSER funds.
  • Remote learning has increased complexity and reduced accessibility to face-to-face technical support.
  • Help desk services will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the ten-month contract with Riverside Technologies, Inc. to provide help desk services for $12,500 per month, a total of $125,000.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the September 28, 2020 Board meeting.

Renewal of the Instructional Support Program: Dr. Paul Gausman and Patty Blankenship

  • The Instructional Support Program may be established by a Board resolution for up to five years.
  • The Program may be funded by all property tax or a combination of property tax and income surtax.
  • The total Program may not exceed 10% of the District’s regular program district cost.
  • In FY21, the Program will provide the District with $5,464,473 of additional revenue, funded by a mix of property tax (levy rate of $1.25529) and income surtax (rate of 2%).
  • Prior Boards designated $750,000 of the program revenues to fund curriculum materials.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors adopts a resolution of intent to renew the Instructional Support Program and set a public hearing date.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the September 28, 2020 Board meeting.

Finance Report for August-Revenues and Expenditures: Patty Blankenship

  • The August finance report was briefly reviewed.

The next meeting of the Board Finance & Facilities Committee will be Monday, October 5,
2020 at 3:00 p.m. in the ESC Board Room.