Board of Student Achievement Committee Minutes – September 21, 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, September 21, 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: Dr. Brian Burnight, Jim Vanderloo, Patty Blankenship, and Heidi Anthony

Secondary Virtual Changes

  • After the first two weeks of school, some changes were made at the high school level.
  • The virtual students will revert to the in-school schedule, i. e., A-B days. Attendance is taken virtually the same way it is taken in person.
  • Parents and staff were made aware of the potential changes last week.
  • Virtual learners began having access to only the core instruction, but band, orchestra, and choir have been added. Students may take part in band, orchestra, and choir without credit.
  • Middle school procedures stayed the same.

Elementary Virtual Changes

  • Five additional virtual teachers have been transferred. Students were shuffled to relieve some class sizes.
  • Elementary specials are provided via software like Seesaw. It is user friendly, but teachers are feeling overwhelmed because time is limited for assessing virtual students, as well as their in-person students.

Title I Update

  • Sioux City Schools has received an increase in Title I funds.
  • Recommendation is to hire 18 additional Title I teachers.

Instructional Support Levy

  • Dr. Gausman discussed how the levy is funded and how the funds are distributed.
  • These funds are used for materials, new curriculum adoption, and teacher salaries.
  • Timeline for renewal is approaching.

Major PD Focused Solely on Virtual Instruction

  • Heidi Anthony shared a comprehensive overview of the many professional development opportunities offered to teachers this past summer preparing them for virtual instruction.
  • She listed all eight, with description of each, how they were structured, noting that the sessions were optional with pay.