Board Student Achievement Committee Minutes – January 20, 2020

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, January 20, 2020 in the
Educational Service Center Board Room.

Committee Members Present: Dr. Paul Gausman, Dr. Kim Buryanek, Mrs. Monique Scarlett, Mr.
Dan Greenwell and Mr. Ron Colling

Guests Present: Dr. Brian Burnight, Director of Elementary Education

Title I

Dr. Brian Burnight shared the Title I annual update that was shared in the fall of 2019. Title I funds are federal funds designated to provide financial assistance to educational agencies and schools with high percentages of children from low-income families. Title I funds are determined by using a formula for each eligible school, and the use of funds is guided by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The District currently has twelve designated Title I schools: Bryant, Irving, Hunt, Liberty, Leeds,
Loess Hills, Morningside, Riverside, Spalding Park, Unity, West Middle School, and North Middle
School. In order to meet federal guidelines for Title I funding, schools must be between 40 percent to 75 percent free or reduced lunch. If a school exceeds 75 percent free or reduced lunch, then the
building is a mandatory Title I school, per federal guidelines. The District has historically operated on the premise that if an elementary building is at or approaching 60 percent free or reduced lunch, that building will receive Title I funding. The District feels interventions earlier in a child’s education can only benefit them. A decision was made to add the two middle schools last year, as one middle school was approaching 70 percent free or reduced lunch and the other was approaching 75 percent free or reduced lunch.

The District’s Title I funds also support the following educational centers: Jackson Recovery, Boys
and Girls Home and Family Services, St. Paul’s Lutheran Schools, and Bishop Heelan Catholic
Schools. Additionally, Title I funds support the parent engagement initiative “Ready! for K”.

Dr. Burnight shared the Title I allocation in FY20 was less compared to FY19. All carryover funds
will be spent during FY20. In FY21, the District is preparing for less availability of funds than FY20,
because of the spent carryover. Because the State does not know what the Title I allocation will be
until July 2020, the District feels the best course of action is to prepare for a reduction of Title I
positions.

The committee engaged in discussion and is in favor of hearing alternatives other than reducing Title I positions for FY21. Dr. Paul Gausman informed the committee he and his team will discuss several options in which the full Board will eventually need to review and make a recommendation during the budgeting process.

The committee acknowledged the Title I presentation.