Board Finance & Facilities Committee Minutes – January 3, 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, January 3, 2022 in the Educational Service Center Board Room. Copies of the Agenda and the following Executive Summaries were available:

  • Classified Staff Substitute Rates
  • Modified Supplemental Amount for At-Risk/Dropout Prevention
  • MidAmerican Energy Company Underground Electric Easement
  • District Diesel School Bus Purchases
  • FY23 Spending Authority Update and General Fund Targeted Expenditures

Committee Members Present: Dr. Paul Gausman, Patty Blankenship, Patty Pageler, Tim Paul, Dan Greenwell, Jan George, Taylor Goodvin

Committee Members Absent: none

Guests / Visitors: Dr. Jen Gomez, Dr. Kim Buryanek

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

Classified Staff Substitute Rates: Dr. Jen Gomez

  • The District needs to retain and recruit substitute staff to provide stability for students and employees.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the classified staff substitute rate increases.
  • Regular and special education instructional assistants increase to $13.00.
  • Secretaries increase to $13.27.
  • Food servers increase to $10.68, $10.78, and $10.98, travel food servers increase to $14.15, and food service drivers increase to $14.18.
  • The Committee agreed to move this item to a later date

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

  • School districts in Iowa may request funding to provide services to students who are dropouts and have returned to school and for dropout prevention programs.
  • Over 30% of the district’s students meet the criteria for designation as “students at risk of dropping out of school”.
  • A solid program of support for students is provided through services focused on improving student attendance, academic achievement, and behavior.
  • The recommendation is that Board of Directors approves the At-Risk/Dropout Prevention application with the Modified Supplemental Amount levy of $5,372,769.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the January 10, 2022 Board meeting.

MidAmerican Energy Company Underground Electric Easement: Tim Paul

  • To allow MidAmerican Energy an underground electric easement to cover the recent installation of underground utilities for Hunt Elementary School.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the underground agreement with MidAmerican Energy and sets a public hearing.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the January 10, 2022 Board meeting.

District Diesel School Bus Purchases: Tim Paul

  • To replace three District diesel-powered school buses and continue with the replacement cycle of three new buses per year.
  • Funding source: FY23 PPEL Fund
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors awards the purchase of three International 77 passenger IC CE model diesel-powered school buses for $118,700 each to Cornhusker International Trucks Inc. for a total amount of $356,100.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the January 10, 2022 Board meeting.

FY23 Spending Authority Update and General Fund Targeted Expenditures: Patty Blankenship

  • On November 8, 2021, preliminary spending authority projections were presented using the following assumptions:
  • FY23
  • Supplemental state aid 1.77% and 2.35%
  • Enrollment increase of 54.36
  • Targeted expenditures increase of 3.50%
  • Taxable valuation increases of 8.70%
  • FY24-27
  • Supplemental state aid of 1.77%
  • Enrollment increase of 0.40%
  • Targeted expenditures increase of 2.00%
  • Taxable Valuation increase of 3.00%
  • The Committee discussed the assumptions.
  • The Administration will revise the SSA assumptions to 2.60% in FY23 and 2.00% in FY24 – FY27.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors acknowledges the updated information regarding the District’s FY23 spending authority projections and general fund targeted expenditures.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the January 10, 2022 Board meeting.

Finance Report for November – Revenues and Expenditures: Patty Blankenship

  • The November finance report was briefly discussed.
  • This item will be included on the agenda of the January 10, 2022 Board meeting.

The next meeting of the Board Finance & Facilities Committee will be Monday, January 17, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in the ESC Board Room.