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 6, 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; Kim Neal, Director of
Learning Supports and Jim Vanderloo, Director of Secondary Education
Dr. Brian Burnight and Kim Neal presented the Shared Vision Preschool Grant Application, which is a grant intended to support tuition-free, full-day preschool for children ages three to five years old, who qualify for free or reduced lunch. If selected, the District would use the funds to add three preschool classrooms at Bryant, Unity, and Spalding Park. After the Preschool Inclusion Program Review last year, the District recognized the need for additional classrooms, subsequently adding two classrooms. Mrs. Neal and Dr. Burnight believe the need for more space is evident based on how quickly the additional classrooms met capacity and the growing kindergarten class sizes.
The addition of classrooms will not only add much-needed space but will also create a more
acceptable inclusion ratio. The target ratio is 15 to 30 percent special education students for each
classroom. Oftentimes, this ratio increases as the year progresses as more students are identified as needing special education services. Additional classrooms would facilitate a better academic environment for both special education and regular education students.
The financial impact of adding the extra classrooms is not a factor, as the funds will come from the
grant. The competitive process does not guarantee the District will receive the funding but given
Board approval, the District will submit an application.
The committee acknowledged the Shared Vision Preschool Grant Application presentation.
Exemption Application for PE
Mr. Jim Vanderloo presented the Exemption Application for Physical Education, which allows
students in grades 9-12 to meet state Physical Education requirements in one semester as opposed to the current two-semester structure. Currently, students take nine weeks of PE and nine weeks of study hall for both semesters in order to meet PE requirements. Operating under the exemption, students will be required to take PE for one full semester, either the first or the second semester.
The benefit of the exemption allows students to take additional courses if they only take the required one semester of PE. The second semester gives students an opportunity to take an additional course, which could eventually lead to opportunities to take advanced classes, internships, or apprenticeships. Students can choose to take PE both semesters under the exemption even though they are required to take PE at least one semester every year to meet state PE requirements.
If the Board approves the application for exemption, it is very likely the State will approve it as well.
Many districts in the state, including most UEN districts, were approved for the PE exemption several years ago.
The committee acknowledged the Exemption Application for Physical Education.