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. Kim Buryanek
The Board Student Achievement Committee (SAC) met on Monday, December 2, 2019 in the
Educational Service Center Board Room.
Committee Members Present: Dr. Paul Gausman, Dr. Kim Buryanek, Mr. Ron Colling, Mrs.
Monique Scarlett and Mr. Dan Greenwell
Guests Present: Jim Vanderloo, Director of Secondary Education and Katie Towler, Principal,
Dr. Kim Buryanek welcomed the new committee members and explained the committee’s purpose
and responsibilities as outlined in Board Policy 203.1.
Mrs. Katie Towler and Mr. Jim Vanderloo shared the 2020-21 Course Handbook, which highlights
new pathways and courses offered as well as changes to existing courses. Students will be able to
register for courses from January 6, 2020, through February 25, 2020.
Mrs. Towler shared with the committee the District is offering a new Plumbing Pathway in 2020-
21, where if completing all high school courses students will graduate one semester short of a
WITCC plumbing diploma. Students enrolling in the pathway will complete courses at the WITCC
campus, have access to all equipment necessary to complete the coursework, and will be taught by WITCC instructors. The pathway is designed for two years but students may start the courses in
their junior or senior year.
In addition to plumbing, a new Mobile Game and App Development Pathway will be available in
2020-21. Students pursuing this pathway will complete all coursework at WITCC and have full
access to WITCC resources and instructors. If students complete all coursework offered in high
school, they will graduate with thirteen college credits towards a WITCC diploma in Media Game
and App Development. Through an alternative schedule created by WITCC, students will be able
to participate in this pathway and the plumbing pathway without affecting their block schedules at
the high schools.
Mr. Vanderloo and Mrs. Towler also shared additional course and pathway modifications. The
noteworthy changes include the return of a course in the Vocal Music Pathway and the restructuring and implementation of Fire Science courses. Another change is within the Agriculture Pathway, which now includes a full-year introductory course that will allow students to explore different facets of agriculture and provide students direction within the field. The pathway now meets Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) standards with the implementation of the introductory course. Engineering also expanded the first-year learning by adding a full-year introductory course with the goal of providing students a foundation and allowing exploration
within the field.
Most of the changes discussed occurred within the CTE programs, however, after registration
administrators may need to reassess course offerings, staffing, and scheduling throughout the
The committee engaged in discussion about promoting pathways, the number of students in
pathways and offered suggestions for fine-tuning the presentation before it goes before the Board.
The Board Student Achievement Committee acknowledged the Course Handbook presentation.
Sprint’s 1 Million Project Grant
Dr. Kim Buryanek shared the District’s plan to apply for Sprint’s 1 Million Project Grant. The
purpose is to help one million high school students who do not have adequate Internet access by
providing devices and free high-speed, reliable Internet access. The devices and high-speed Internet would be of no cost to the District if awarded the grant.
Dr. Buryanek shared how the district determined a need for such devices through a survey
administered to high school students. The results of the survey indicated a high percentage of high
school students either do not have reliable, high-speed Internet at home, or have no Internet access at home. Half of the students also reported not being able to complete an assignment timely due to not having proper Internet access.
The grant will allow a total of 1,100 devices and wireless services to be distributed to high school
students. The free devices and wireless services are available to students in grades 9-12 for up to 54 months or until graduation. The application opens on January 1, 2020, and the devices with Internet services will be available for the 2020-21 school year if the District is selected.
Dr. Buryanek shared the number of devices each school would be allocated based on the number of students and survey results. The administration is in the process of devising a plan for the distribution and tracking of devices. The approximate value of devices and high-speed Internet is $726,000.
The Board Student Achievement Committee acknowledged Sprint’s 1 Million Project Grant.
Committee members agreed to keep meetings on the first and third Monday of every month.