Board Finance & Facilities Committee Minutes – February 21, 2022

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: Rosa Alfaro

The Board Finance & Facilities Committee (BF&F) met on Monday, February 21, 2022 in the Educational Service Center Board Room. Copies of the Agenda and the following Executive Summaries were available:

  • Benefit Plan Update
  • Recruitment/Retention Bonus Plan
  • FY23 State Library Bridges Contract
  • FY22 Virtual Server Life Cycle Purchase
  • FY23 General Fund Revenues & Expenditures Review & Property Tax Rate Discussion

Committee Members Present: Dr. Paul Gausman, Patty Blankenship, Tim Paul, Dan Greenwell, Perla Alarcon-Flory

Committee Members Absent: Taylor Goodvin

Guests / Visitors: Dr. Kim Buryanek, John Pritchard, Dr. Jen Gomez, Kim Smith, Dr. Brian Burnight

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

Benefit Plan Update: Dr. Jen Gomez and Kim Smith

  • The Insurance Committee met throughout the year to review health, dental care costs, vision plan carriers, plan design strategies, and other issues impacting health care.
  • The committee’s recommendations for FY23 are as follows:
  • Dental – no increase to premiums, no plan design changes, new three-year administrative rate guarantee.
  • Vision – no increase to premiums, no plan design changes.
  • FSA, HSA, COBRA, and retiree insurance – no increase to fees.
  • Life – the committee recommends UnitedHealthcare for basic life coverage, 13.8% decrease to premiums.
  • Supplemental life – the committee recommends UnitedHealthcare.
  • Medical – 6.0% increase to current premiums, continue with the $1,500 Value Plan and $3,500 High Deductible Health Plan.
  • Long-term disability – no increase to premiums, no plan design changes, new three-year rate guarantee.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the recommendations from the Insurance Committee to be effective 7/1/2022.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the February 28, 2022 Board meeting.

Recruitment/Retention Bonus Plan: Dr. Jen Gomez

  • To approve a recruitment/retention bonus plan.
  • Teachers (new hires) $5,000, effective January 1, 2022.
  • Returning SCCSD teachers $2,500.
  • SCESPA Employees in Attachment B Para Educator Schedule $1,000.
  • Food service $1,000.
  • Bus drivers $1,000.
  • The committee reviewed the plan in detail and recommended some language changes.
  • Funding source: ESSER III
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the recruitment/retention bonus plan.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the February 28, 2022 Board meeting with the language modifications discussed.

FY23 State Library Bridges Contract: John Pritchard

  • The State Library provides an electronic service for eAudiobooks and eBooks for K-12 Education.
  • Funding source: FY23 General Fund.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the FY23 State Library Bridges contract for $3,817.71.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the February 28, 2022 Board meeting.

FY22 Virtual Server Life Cycle Purchase: John Pritchard

  • The district uses a technology called Microsoft Hyper-V which allows us to host several virtual servers and fewer physical servers.
  • The current cluster was purchased in June of 2013.
  • The request is to build a new virtual cluster and migrate applications from the old servers to the new one.
  • Funding source: FY22 PPEL Fund.
  • The recommendation is to request Board approval for the purchase of a HP server and storage solution from Riverside Technologies, Inc for $135,855.00. The cost includes hardware, implementation, and 5-years of support.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the February 28, 2022 Board meeting.

District Vehicle Purchases: Tim Paul

  • Tim discussed the timing and supply issues he is having with district vehicle purchases.
  • The committee agreed to allow Tim to make vehicle purchases using the approval previously granted by the Board.

FY23 General Fund Revenues and Expenditures Review and Property Tax Rate Discussion: Patty Blankenship

  • The FY23 General Fund revenues are from a preliminary FY23 aid and Levy worksheet.
  • The FY23 General Fund expenditures budget (excluding the AEA flow through) assumes a 3.50% increase in total expenditures (targeted increase of 3.50%) plus additional expenditures related to ESSER funds.
  • The projected FY22 unspent balance ratio is 21%.
  • The FY23 to FY27 spending authority projection was reviewed.
  • The FY23 General Fund estimated revenues are $212.9 million based on the preliminary aid and levy worksheet.
  • The FY23 targeted expenditures are $214.4 million, including $27.0 million of ESSER expenditures.
  • The total estimated increases and additions (excluding ESSER) are $717,750, approximately $147,000 over the 3.50% target.
  • The Administration’s proposed revisions to the ESSER II and III budgets were also reviewed.
  • The committee discussed the proposed revision for arts education class size reduction. Four arts education teachers at an estimated cost of $260,000 will be proposed as a General Fund addition.
  • The committee discussed FY23 Title I funding which is expected to decrease by approximately $650,000. A budget revision for $650,000 will be added to the FY23 ESSER III budget to maintain the Title I positions.
  • The spending authority projection and targeted expenditures will be updated to reflect these changes.
  • The proposed tax levy rates are 1) General Fund $10.87, 2) Management Fund $1.20, and 3) PPEL Fund $0.33. Total levy rate of $12.40.
  • The committee discussed increasing the ISL. This will increase the levy rate by about $0.04.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors acknowledges the information provided related to the FY23 General Fund revenues and expenditures and property tax rates.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the February 28, 2022 Board meeting.

Finance Report for January – Revenues and Expenditures: Patty Blankenship

  • The January finance report was briefly reviewed.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the February 28, 2022 Board meeting.

The next Board Finance and Facilities Committee meeting will be on March 7, 2022 in the Board room.