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, June 15, 2020, in the Educational Service Center Board Room.
Committee Members Present: Dr. Paul Gausman, Dr. Kim Buryanek, Mr. Dan Greenwell, Mrs.
Monique Scarlett, and Mr. Ron Colling
Guests Present: Kim Neal, Director of Learning Supports; Dr. Brian Burnight, Director of
Elementary Education; Brenda Zahner, ISEA Representative; and Kris Snavely, Unity Elementary
Teacher and SCEA President
Kim Neal and Dr. Brian Burnight presented an update on the Shared Vision Grant, 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. In January 2020, Mrs. Neal and Dr. Burnight shared their intent to
apply for the grant and were granted Board approval to submit the application. They are pleased to
report the District was selected and are currently waiting on appropriations for up to three preschool classrooms.
Since the District was selected to receive Shared Vision Grant funds for up to three classrooms, Mrs. Neal and Dr. Burnight proposed adding another three classrooms, for a total of six additional
classrooms. Three classrooms were previously Board approved and built into the budget for 2020-21. The grant would fund the additional classrooms at 100 percent or close to 100 percent.
Adding six preschool classrooms will assist in addressing the need to create a more acceptable
inclusion ratio. Although students were not able to finish in a traditional manner this year, the District still saw a significant increase in the number of preschool students on IEPs from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. The added space would allow the District to maintain the target inclusion ratio of 15 to 30 percent special education students for each classroom and keep class sizes at an appropriate number.
The committee acknowledges the request for additional preschool classrooms. Mrs. Neal and Dr. Burnight will present to the Board on June 22, 2020.
Dr. Buryanek shared an update on the Return-to-Learn plan and presented a draft of the plan to
committee members. She devised a plan for three learning scenarios, virtual learning, hybrid learning, and on-site learning. Each plan was discussed, differences were highlighted and ongoing barriers identified.
Dr. Buryanek met with various focus groups that included parents, staff, and students when devising the plan, and through the process, identified top priorities to consider in each learning scenario. The top priorities, in no particular order, include connectivity, food security, technology professional development for teachers, technology training for students, technology equipment/software, content delivery, health and safety, and delivery of special education services. Communication about the plan will occur after the District submits the plan to the State. The District will follow State direction and CDC guidelines when implementing learning scenarios for the year. The plan must be submitted to the state by July 1, 2020.
The committee suggested several changes, which Dr. Buryanek plans to address before presenting to the Board of Directors on June 22, 2020.
Focus 2022 Strategic Plan Update
This item was tabled until July 13, 2020.