Board Finance & Facilities Committee Minutes – October 17, 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, October 17, 2022 in the Educational Service Center Board Room. Copies of the Agenda and the following Executive Summaries were available:

  • Permanent Sub Request for Preschool
  • FY24 Budget Guiding Principles

Committee Members Present: Dr. Rod Earleywine, Patty Blankenship, Tim Paul, Dan Greenwell, and Taylor Goodvin

Committee Members Absent: Perla Alarcon- Flory

Guests / Visitors: Dr. Brian Burnight

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

Permanent Sub Request for Preschool: Dr. Brian Burnight

  • The carryover balance in the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program increased by approximately $120,000 last year because our community partners had some vacant teaching positions.
  • The carryover funding can support a permanent sub teacher position for FY23 to support the District’s 19 preschool classrooms.
  • Funding source: Preschool Funds
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors approves the addition of a preschool permanent teaching sub for the remainder of the FY23 school year.
  • This item will be on the agenda of the October 24, 2022 Board meeting.

FY24 Budget Guiding Principles: Dr. Earleywine

  • The Finance Committee discussed guiding principles for the FY24 budget year.
  • The committee members agreed to bring the following guiding principles to the Board:
    • We will plan the budget with a multi-year strategy; the cash position of the District should remain at 10% or greater as a plan for the future; the spending authority position of the District should not decrease below 10%.
    • Any proposed new program or program expansion must be vetted by determining how it will be sustained in this economic situation.
    • Recruitment and retention of staff shall be a focus of the budgeting process.
    • Seek methods to improve employee morale.
    • Maintaining student-teacher ratios shall be a priority in the budgeting process.
  • Funding source: All Funds
  • The recommendation is that the Board of Directors acknowledges the FY24 budget guiding principles.
  • This item will be on the agenda of the October 24, 2022 Board meeting.

Finance Reports for September – Revenues and Expenditures: Patty Blankenship

  • The finance reports for September were briefly reviewed.
  • This item will be on the agenda of the October 24, 2022 Board meeting.

The next meeting of the Board Finance & Facilities Committee will be Monday, November 7, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in the ESC Board Room.