Board of Student Achievement Committee Minutes – December 7, 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, December 7, 2020, in the
Educational Service Center Board Room.

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

Guests Present: Jim Vanderloo, Director of Secondary Education and Dr. Brian Burnight, Director of Elementary Education

SCCSD Educational Planning Handbook

Jim Vanderloo shared the course guide additions for the 2021-22 school year. The timeline for student registration is December through February. After registration is complete, the District will adjust staffing, scheduling, and course offerings as needed. The course guide aligns with Focus 2022 Goal 1: Provide Relevant, Rigorous and Innovative Academics.

The core additions include College Algebra, College Chemistry I, and College Chemistry II. Students earning credits will meet the college requirement for math and science at most 4-year institutions. The courses were added to the curriculum based on preliminary student interest.

The Career Academy’s established pathways of Agriculture, Biomedical Sciences and Education are also adding courses within those pathways. Wildlife Ecology in the Agriculture pathway and Medical Interventions in the Biomedical Science pathway are both yearlong courses where students earn high school credit. Educational Psychology and Technology for the Classroom Teacher are semester-long courses where students earn college credits that are transferable to select regional colleges.

In addition to courses offered on the SCCSD campus, WITCC will also offer courses on their campus accessible to students in surrounding districts. The additional courses are in the following degree programs: Mass Communications, Pre-Nursing, Business, Business Office Management, Cyber Security/Digital Crime, Industrial Drafting, Manufacturing, Pre-Automation/Electronics/Robotics, and HVAC.

The course guide will be presented at the next School Board meeting.

Modified Supplemental Amount for At-Risk/Dropout Prevention

Dr. Kim Buryanek shared an update regarding programs for at-risk students for the 2021-22 school
year. The Modified Supplemental Amount for At-Risk/Dropout Prevention ensures at-risk students are provided resources and supports throughout their education. The programs funded include:

  • Alternative Programs
  • School Within a School
  • i-JAG
  • Academic Supports
  • Graduation Coaches
  • Juvenile Court Liaisons
  • School Resource Officers
  • Transition Support Program
  • Credit Recovery
  • Mental Health Services
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring

With the levy amount finalized, Dr. Buryanek is proposing to add positions across the District to
further support at-risk students. The positions address the District’s most critical areas of need in
mental health, behavior, ELL, equity, and counseling. Established at-risk programs and supports have contributed to declining dropout rates. The most recent dropout data from 2018-19 marks the second-lowest rate since 2007-08 at 1.94%.

The Modified Supplemental Amount for At-Risk/Dropout Prevention plan for 2021-22 will be
presented at the next School Board meeting.