Board of Student Achievement Committee Minutes – November 2, 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, November 2, 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: Mandie Mayo, Director of Communications and Jim Vanderloo, Director of
Secondary Education.

PE Exemption Application

Jim Vanderloo presented the Educational Standards Exemption Application 2021-22 Offer and Teach Grades 9 through 12 – Physical Education, which allows students in grades 9-12 to meet state Physical Education requirements within one semester as opposed to the current two-semester structure. The exemption allows students to take additional courses if they only take the required one semester of PE. The second semester gives students an opportunity to meet graduation requirements earlier, take advanced classes or begin internships and apprenticeships. Students have the option to take PE both semesters even though they are required to take PE at least one semester every year with the exemption in place.

The same application was brought before the Board Student Achievement Committee and School
Board last year. After receiving approval from the Board last year, the District submitted the
application for exemption, which was approved by the State for this current school year. The District must file an application for exemption each year.

The committee acknowledged the PE exemption application.

Preparing the District’s Next Strategic Plan

The three potential partners are Hanover Research, Hazard, Young, Attea, & Associates, and K-12
Insight. The current strategic plan expires in 2022.

The District recommended selecting Hanover Research based on their reputation as an industry leader, access to benchmark data in similar districts across the nation, and special emphasis on equity. Discussion occurred about the cost of Hanover Research’s proposal plan, as it is the highest of the three contenders. Committee members requested to see examples of past work completed by Hanover Research before making a recommendation. Committee members also discussed the possibility of the administration doing the work rather than hiring a third party. The administration believes in the benefit of having a third party that is capable of taking a deeper dive into equity and ensuring an unbiased approach to the process. Committee members recommended the three proposals go before the Board as an item of discussion.

The next SAC meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 16, 2020 at noon in the ESC Board Room.