Board of Student Achievement Committee Minutes – March 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, March 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

ESSER Remediation

Dr. Brian Burnight and Jim Vanderloo presented the tutoring and summer school plans for
elementary and secondary schools. The plans will use Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER II).


  • Elementary students performing below proficiency in math or reading will have an opportunity for tutoring starting the week of 3/24/21.
  • Beyond the Bell was providing tutoring for students prior to 3/24/21.
  • Secondary tutoring will be offered to students in any subject starting the week of 3/24/21.
  • Tutoring will be offered Monday through Friday and two Saturdays per month at the secondary level.
  • Previously, secondary tutoring occurred two days per week and one Saturday per month.
  • Teachers will be paid an hourly rate and will tutor students outside the teachers’ contract day.
  • Proposed budget allows for tutoring to continue in fall and spring of the 2021-22 school year.
  • In the past, the District used At-Risk funds to pay tutoring costs.
  • Group tutoring is encouraged, however, individual tutoring is an option.
  • Building principals will be responsible for managing tutoring process.

Elementary Summer School:

  • Dates are June 7 through July 2 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
  • Number of summer school teachers will depend on number of students enrolled.
  • District is targeting 1800 elementary students who need additional math or reading support.
  • Students to be screened in math and reading at the beginning and conclusion of summer school.
  • Elementary summer school will include Camp Invention.
  • Camp Invention engages students by infusing STEM into the summer school schedule.
  • Students will explore, imagine and create during scheduled modules.
  • Program is offered by the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Total ESSER II budget for elementary is $704,200 (estimated 1800 students).
  • Includes all staff, transportation costs, school supplies and Camp Invention.
  • Grab and go lunch provided.
  • Building principals are responsible for administering summer school program.

Secondary Summer School:

  • Dates are June 7 through July 2 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
  • Same as elementary for childcare purposes.
  • Middle school will focus on recruiting students needing support in math or reading.
  • Students will be given screener at the end of this school year and the conclusion of summer school.
  • High school will focus on students needing credit retention or recovery in all content areas.
  • High school students will have opportunity to earn credit in failing or failed courses.
  • Approximately 75 teachers in middle school and high school will be given opportunity to teach summer school.
  • Students will be provided transportation to and from elementary feeder schools.
  • Grab and go lunch provided.
  • Total ESSER II budget for middle school is $297,500 (estimated 75 teachers).
  • Includes all staff, transportation and school supplies costs.
  • Total ESSER II budget for high school is $297, 500 (estimated 75 teachers).
  • Includes all staff, transportation and school supplies costs.
  • Building principals are responsible for administering summer school program.

The committee acknowledged the ESSER Remediation presentation.

Title I Additions

Dr. Brian Burnight presented an update on Title I positions in the District. Dr. Burnight shared that
in the fall of 2020, the Board approved positions for FY21, however, 11 of the approved positions
were not filled for the 2020-21 school year due to challenges in finding highly qualified applicants.
The District is in the process of filling those positions for the 2021-22 school year.

Although the District does not have the final allocation for Title I funds from the state for FY22, the
estimated carryover and projected expenses allows for flexibility to add additional positions. Dr.
Burnight is requesting to add 11 additional Title I teachers for FY22. Title I positions are located in
the buildings with the highest percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

The committee acknowledged the Title I Additions presentation.

Virtual School Naming

Mrs. Mayo provided an update about the virtual school naming process. After the Board Policy
Committee’s decision to keep BP 971.1 as is, the subject was revisited at the School Improvement
Advisory Committee (SIAC) last week. SIAC members held a series of votes and decided on a list
of three names they agreed to take before the Board Student Achievement Committee (SAC). SAC
members held a brief discussion and agreed to bring the following names before the School Board:

  • B.A.S.E. Virtual Academy (Believe. Achieve. Succeed. Educate.)
  • Compass Rose Virtual Academy
  • V.I.B.E. Academy (Virtual Institute for Brighter Education)

The School Board will vote on a virtual school name at an upcoming Board meeting.

Enrollment Information

Dr. Kim Buryanek shared enrollment data that included information for out-of-district students
attending the Career Academy and students open enrolled in and out of the district. Dr. Buryanek
also included the financial data for shared time, open enrollment, and special education open

The information presented shows growth in the number of students from other districts attending the Career Academy over the last three years. The revenue generated from these students has grown from $1,230.48 in 2018-19 to $19,712 in 2020-21. This is expected to grow as pathways continue to evolve at the Career Academy.

When comparing total enrollment between each UEN district, SCCSD ranks in the middle in both
students open enrolled in and out of the district. District open enrollment data changes from year to year, semester-to-semester, and even day-to-day. Dr. Buryanek provided a five-year comparison of surrounding districts, including financial implications of students open enrolled into SCCSD and out of SCCSD to surrounding districts, along with what the District pays and receives for those students. Special Educations billing for open enrolled students is figured separately as districts are billed actual costs per student. Dr. Buryanek also provided data on where open enrolled in students are attending in the District. East High School, East Middle School, and Sunnyside elementary have the most open enrolled in students compared to other buildings.

The committee acknowledges the Enrollment Information as presented. Dr. Buryanek will present
enrollment information to the Board Finance Committee.