Board of Student Achievement Committee Minutes – February 24, 2021

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 Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at noon in the Educational Service Center Board Room.

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

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

Student Achievement Comparison Between Virtual Students and District Students

Dr. Brian Burnight and Jim Vanderloo presented Grades and Standards Distribution; comparison of
results of virtual learners vs in-person learners from fall to winter. Presentation included data
regarding Elementary Common Assessment Score Distribution, Elementary FAST Scores
Comparison, Middle School Grade Distribution, Middle School Literacy, Middle School Math BME,
High School Grade Distribution, High School Math BME, and High School Open Response.

Based on last night’s Board member comments, Dr. Burnight shared additional slides highlighting
data regarding Virtual Student Demographics by Grade Level, Race/Ethnicity, Gender and Lunch
Comparison, SPED and ESL from November 2020.

Committee questions / feedback:

  • This report is as good as it can be for now, but is not yet finalized.
  • Teachers are doing a great job with our students.
  • Results are amazing especially with what everyone has been dealt with.
  • Not every one of our students will choose to return to the classroom.
  • We must provide for student needs if they choose to learn differently.
  • There are and will be mental health challenges.
  • Students are choosing to stay home to learn

Virtual School Naming

Mandie Mayo presented Exchange Summary. The presentation included data regarding naming the SCCSD Virtual School which will open in the fall of 2021.

A number of students, parents/guardians, staff members, community members, and those who
wished to remain anonymous participated in the naming process. As a result, there were 11 top
choices to choose from were:

  • Siouxland B.A.S.E. Academy – B.A.S.E. stands for Believe, Achieve, Succeed, Enrich, which all are core values of the District.
  • Sioux City Virtual Academy (SCV)
  • Streamline Academy – Get their diploma and get to the real world without relationships of a building.
  • Achievement Academy – As a teacher, our goal is for students to achieve their goals and is a one of the core words in SCCSD, believe, achieve, succeed.
  • Constellation Academy – Gathering star students from across Iowa / Create the SCCSD logo as a constellation.
  • Sioux City Connect Academy – We have Sioux City Career Academy. Stick with the future advancements and truly prepare our students for further growth.
  • WINGS Academy – Where Individuals Network to Grow and Soar
  • Bright Futures Academy – Ensuring our students have a bright future.

Some names suggested did not comply with Board Policy but were mentioned a number of times.
Board policy states a person must be deceased for 5 years before naming something after that person. Board policy also states that directions should not be used when naming a school.

  • Dr. Rogers Academic Center
  • Dr. Mike Rogers Virtual School
  • Dr. Rogers University
  • The Dr. Michael Rogers Virtual School
  • Dr. Mike Rogers School for Virtual Education
  • The Dr. Rogers Virtual School
  • Dr. Rogers Eagle’s
  • Central Virtual School
  • Central High
  • Central

Names were voted on by the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) for their top 3
choices for consideration by the Board Student Achievement Committee, noting that Board policy
would need to be revised to consider two of the following options:

  • Dr. Rogers Virtual B.A.S.E. Academy
  • Virtual B.A.S.E. Academy
  • Dr. Mike Rogers Virtual Academy

Dr. Gausman recommended following Board policy and choose option #2 stating the District, over
time, has wanted to name various facilities, etc. after certain people, but were glad they waited the 5 years. If a policy change is approved, his recommendation would be for option #3.

Committee questions / feedback:

  • Policy has been reviewed every five years.
  • We need our District to be multi-cultural and respect Dr. Rogers.
  • Dr. Mike Rogers had an incredible impact at multiple levels in the District and should be honored.
  • The committee honored SIAC’s suggestion to change the E in B.A.S.E. to Educate.

Dr. Buryanek suggested taking this to the Board Policy Committee on March 17, the SIAC on March
18, and back to SAC on March 24 before bringing forward to the full Board.