Board Student Achievement Committee Minutes – September 16, 2019

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, September 16, 2019, in the
Educational Service Center Board Room

Committee Members Present: Dr. Paul Gausman, Dr. Kim Buryanek, Mrs. Mickey Nelson, Mr.
Ron Colling, and Mrs. Jackie Warnstadt

Guests Present: Mandie Mayo, Director of Communications; BJ Koch, Activities Director, East
High School; Chris Koch, Activities Director, North High School; Allan Pace, Activities Director,
West High School; Jim Vanderloo, Director of Secondary Education

New Website Design and Development

Mrs. Mandie Mayo, Director of Communications, presented a recommendation for the District to
hire a new vendor to service the District’s website. The demand for enhanced functionality and
growing needs led to researching several vendors before deciding on Juicebox, based out of Des
Moines, Iowa. Juicebox offers experienced staff, an excellent reputation with their current
customers, and the added convenience of being located in the state of Iowa.

Some areas Juicebox can offer immediate improvement are:

  • Optimized ADA Compliance
  • Functional Calendar Integration
  • Enhanced Hosting
  • Real-time Backup
  • Searchable Content Built within the Site
  • Constituent Feedback for Optimized Content

The discovery and development process will consist of face-to-face meetings, customized training
sessions for staff, regular updates, and maintenance, and will take an estimated six to eight months
with the goal of a June launch. The District will enjoy a customized design for the main website,
standard designs for each school, a new mobile application, and an advanced events system. The
enhanced hosting will also reduce website crashes.

Mrs. Mayo discussed the cost of the new vendor, stating it fits within the budget, therefore, no
additional funding is needed. She noted with the services Juicebox will be providing, the pricing is
extremely competitive. The recommendation will be presented at several committees and to the
School Board in the near future.

The Board Student Achievement Committee acknowledges the New Website Design and
Development presentation.

IASAA & IGHSAU School Classification Equity Resolution

Mr. BJ Koch, Mr. Chris Koch, and Mr. Allan Pace presented information on the recommendation
that the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IASAA) and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic
Union (IGHSAU) begins the process of modifying how schools are classified for district and state
tournament competitions. In the opinion of SCCSD administrators and several districts across the
state, the idea of factoring in geography and poverty when it comes to competition should be
considered for all sports. Signing the resolution does not guarantee reclassification but will allow
IASAA and IGHSAU to consider it.

Since 2009-2010, Sioux City high school football teams have a record of 4-65, losing by an average score of 59-21 when playing districts that lack the barriers associated with most UEN districts. Other districts and sports have experienced similar trends, such as girls basketball, where Des Moines suburban district teams occupied seven out of eight spots in the state tournament last year.

The current classification system has not changed since 1953 and district demographics across the state have changed significantly since then. Parity in some Iowa high school sports is lacking and many believe restructuring is in order. The value in the resolution could equate to a more positive culture both in and outside of the classroom. Challenges are not limited to students and student-athletes as districts are finding it hard to hire coaches who know they will not have a chance to win a state championship.

The District is working on growing the youth sports culture and offers a number of academic
services to support at-risk student-athletes such as tutoring, Saturday school, and night school.

The resolution will be shared with the Board Finance Committee and the Board Policy Committee
before the School Board will make a decision on whether or not to support the resolution.