Board Finance & Facilities Committee Minutes – August 15, 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. Rod Earleywine

Secretary: Rosa Alfaro

The Board Finance & Facilities Committee (BF&F) met on Monday, August 15, 2022 in the Educational Service Center Board Room. Copies of the Agenda and the following Executive Summaries were available:

  • Agreement between the Sioux City Community School District and Iowa Jobs for Americas Graduates (iJAG)
  • Curriculum Associates – i-Ready Professional Development
  • Safe and Civil Schools – Professional De
  • Lexia Learning Systems
  • Change Order with H&R Construction for the Construction Trades Building
  • Audit Engagement Letter for June 30, 2022

Committee Members Present: Dr. Rodney Earleywine, Patty Blankenship, Tim Paul, and Taylor Goodvin

Committee Members Absent: Perla Alarcon-Flory and Dan Greenwell

Guests / Visitors: Jim Vanderloo and Amy Denney

Call to Order: Dr. Rodney Earleywine called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

Agreement between the Sioux City Community School District and Iowa Jobs for Americas Graduates (iJAG): Jim Vanderloo

  • To approve the shared educational specialist positions agreement between the District and iJAG at West High School.
  • iJAG is a nonprofit corporation that mentors students who are at high risk of disengaging from school or dropping out of school.
  • Funding source: At-Risk
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the agreement between the District and iJAG for a 9-10 and a 11-12 grade educational specialist at West High School for $47,500.
  • This item will be on the agenda of the August 22, 2022 Board meeting.

Curriculum Associates – i-Ready Professional Development: Amy Denney

  • To request the approval to purchase professional development services from Curriculum Associates for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Elementary teachers are implementing i-Ready to support learning loss and growth in mathematics.
  • The training will help with the implementation of the assessment and personalized instruction components.
  • Funding source: ESSER III, Learning opportunities for interventions and skills
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the purchase of i-Ready professional development from Curriculum Associates for the 2022-2023 school year for $73,500.
  • This item will be on the agenda of the August 22, 2022 Board meeting.

Safe and Civil Schools – Professional Development: Amy Denney

  • Safe and Civil Schools will provide specialized training for all staff to improve positive student engagement through an evidence-based systems approach.
  • Funding source: ESSER III, Evidence-based programs
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the purchase of professional development services from Safe and Civil Schools for the 2022-2023 school year for $266,500 plus travel expenses.
  • This item will be on the agenda of the August 22, 2022 Board meeting.

Lexia Learning Systems: Amy Denney

  • To request approval to purchase Lexia PowerUp Literacy intervention for grades 6-12 and professional development services from Lexia Learning Systems for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Funding source: ESSER III, Learning opportunities for interventions and skills.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the purchase of Lexia PowerUp Literacy intervention and professional development from Lexia Learning Systems for the 2022-2023 school year for $38,850.
  • This item will be on the agenda of the August 22, 2022 Board meeting.

Change Order with H&R Construction for the Construction Trades Building: Tim Paul

  • To accept the proposed change order from H&R Construction for over excavation work at the construction trades building.
  • Approximately six feet of soil under the building slab will be replaced.
  • Funding source: ESSER III, Construction Trades Building
  • This item will not be included on the Board Agenda.

Audit Engagement Letter for June 30, 2022: Patty Blankenship

  • To request the Board of Directors to approve, and the Board President to sign the June 30, 2022 audit engagement letter from Williams & Company P.C.
  • The Board of Directors approved a three-year (FY21, FY22, and FY23) audit proposal from Williams & Company P.C on the July 12, 2021.
  • The FY22 audit fee will be at standard hourly rates, the gross fee will be in a range of not to exceed $54,500 – $64,500 plus $5,000 per major Federal program audited.
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves, and the Board President signs the June 30, 2022 audit engagement letter from Williams & Company P.C.
  • This item will be on the agenda of the August 22, 2022 Board meeting.

Finance Reports for July – Revenues and Expenditures: Patty Blankenship

  • The finance reports for July were briefly reviewed.
  • This item will be on the agenda of the August 22, 2022 Board meeting.

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