Board of Student Achievement Committee Minutes – April 27, 2022

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, April 27, 2022 at noon in the Educational Service Center Board Room.

Committee Members Present: Dr. Kim Buryanek, Monique Scarlett, Bob Michaelson and Jan
George

Guests Present: Angela Bemus, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Dr. Brian
Burnight, Director of Elementary Education; Jim Vanderloo, Director of Secondary Education; Kim
Neal, Director of Learning Support; Jade Manker, Consulting Teacher; and Angela Conway,
Program Coordinator

Behavior Support Review

Angela Bemus presented the Behavior and Discipline Recommendations Review. At the direction of the Board, the District began working on revising the discipline and behavior protocols in place. Five recommendations derived from the January Board Work Session were used as guiding points for the committee:

  • Gain awareness of and better implement the Student Handbook, specifically the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Utilize digital tools for reporting, including administrators sharing resolutions for disciplinary infractions.
  • Build on the “Behavior Support Structure” used in special education and implement a similar system for general education.
  • Increase fidelity of training and use of programs such as PBIS and CHAMPS.
  • Increase consistency and fidelity of discipline practices in buildings.

A committee comprised of building administrators and teachers began working through the five
recommendations and set clear, consistent expectations for buildings going forward. This will involve some PD, which is in the process of being scheduled.

Mrs. Bemus also presented the recommendation of hiring a full-time behavior supervisor to oversee all aspects of behavior and discipline to improve communication and consistency across the District. This person would be the “go-to” person for all items related to discipline and behavior, and would support specific staff outlined in the recommendation.

Additionally, a separate committee comprised of administrators, teachers, directors and CT’s was
formed to discuss the student cell phone policy. Mrs. Bemus presented the committee with the policy implementation, consequences for students and recognized there is still work to be done to finalize this plan. Ms. Bemus asked the Student Achievement Committee members for additional suggestions or additions to the cell phone policy.

The committee acknowledged the Behavior and Discipline Recommendations Review.

FAST Data Analysis

Dr. Brian Burnight shared the District’s FAST data comparison for the last five years with the
exception of 2019-20 due to COVID. The FAST CBM-R data provided measures fluency. He
acknowledged in the spring of 2016-17 proficiency scores were low. After this, practices were put in
place, which in turn elevated scores for two years in 2017-18 and 2018-19. As a result of COVID,
scores for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 have not reached levels of the two years prior to COVID. He
expects the spring scores for 2021-22 to improve from the fall scores.

The committee acknowledged the FAST data and requested the FAST data that measures
comprehension.

The next Board Student Achievement Committee meeting is scheduled for May 25, 2022.