Board Finance & Facilities Committee Minutes – May 2, 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 Tuesday, May 2, 2022 in the Educational Service Center Board Room. Copies of the Agenda and the following Executive Summaries were available:

  • Writable
  • Safe and Civil School Summer Training
  • Lexia Core 5 Renewal
  • FY23 ESSER Budget and Purchases
  • FY22 Proposed Budget Amendment

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

Committee Members Absent: Taylor Goodvin

Guests / Visitors: Jim Vanderloo, Dr. Brian Burnight, John Pritchard, and Angela Bemus

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

Writable: Angela Bemus

  • The District Middle School Curriculum Committee has identified the need for an additional online English program to supplement our current English Language Arts curriculum.
  • The English focus for our general education middle school students will ensure all students will be receiving lessons at their instructional level focused on reading, writing, and grammar.
  • Funding source: ESSER III – Interventionists, intervention materials, evidence base programs.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the purchase of Writable for grades 6-8 with a 7-year contract for $237,000.00 using EESER III FY22 funds intervention/learning loss.
  • This item will be on the agenda of the May 9, 2022 Board meeting.

Safe and Civil School Summer Training: Angela Bemus

  • To request approval to purchase CHAMPS and Disciplinary in the Secondary Classroom from Safe and Civil Schools.
  • Safe and Civil Schools will provide specialized training for all staff to improve their classroom management and engagement strategies.
  • It will provide a consistent approach to discipline and behavior that is necessary for district wide academic success.
  • Funding source: Title II
  • The recommendation is that the Committee approves the request to purchase services from Safe and Civil Schools for $69,000.00 plus travel.
  • The Committee approved the purchase.

Behavior Supports Review: Angela Bemus

  • Angela presented the Behavior and Discipline Recommendations.
  • The presentation included Student Code of Conduct, consistency and fidelity of discipline practices, professional learning, behavior support structure, DEI behavior supports, the K-12 Insight survey action items, and a district wide cell phone policy.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors acknowledges the Behavior and Discipline Plan.
  • This item will be on the agenda of the May 9, 2022 Board meeting.

Lexia Core 5 Renewal: Dr. Brian Burnight

  • Lexia Core 5 literacy software has been an effective reading intervention.
  • The software is an adaptive literacy program that differentiates to each student’s needs and supports classroom teachers with a progress dashboard and customized classroom lessons.
  • Funding source: Early Literacy Implementation Grant
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the renewal of Lexia Core 5 software licenses for $127,300 for thirteen elementary schools.
  • This item will be on the agenda of the May 9, 2022 Board meeting.

FY23 ESSER Budget and Purchases: John Pritchard

  • To request Board approval to revise the Technology Department’s FY23 and FY24 ESSER II and III line-item budget.
    • Call center support $60,000 – reallocate this line-item to security services.
  • To request Board approval for the following FY23 ESSER purchases.
    • ESSER II: Technology Consulting $167,000
      • Technology Consulting from Gartner, Inc for $70,400.
      • Microsoft Consulting from Heartland Business System for $96,600.
    • ESSER II: iPad Remote Management $10,000
      • Licenses for remote management of iPads from JAMF for $10,000
    • ESSER III (4045) or Emergency Connectivity Fund: Expand Connectivity $240,000
      • Hot spot subscriptions for 2,000 devices for 12 months from T-Mobile for $240,000.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the reclass and expenditures detailed above.
  • This item will be on the agenda of the May 9, 2022 Board meeting.

FY22 Proposed Budget Amendment: Patty Blankenship

  • Formal and legal budgetary control for the certified budget is based on four major classes of expenditures known as functions. These four functions are instruction, support services, non-instructional programs, and other expenditures.
  • The proposed budget amendment will increase instruction by $3,315,000, total support services by $1,852,000, non-instructional programs by $96,000, and total other expenditures by $15,511,000.
  • This budget amendment is due to ESSER II and III and the Governor’s teacher retention bonus expenditures, and a bond refunding.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors adopts the FY22 budget amendment.
  • This item will be on the agenda of the May 9, 2022 Board meeting.

The next meeting of the Board Finance & Facilities Committee will be Monday, June 6, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in the ESC Board Room.