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.