Board of Student Achievement Committee Minutes – February 16, 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 February 16, 2022 at noon in the Educational Service Center Board Room.

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

Guests Present: Jim Vanderloo, Director of Secondary Education; Dr. Jen Gomez, Director of
Human Resources; Stefanie Verros, Assistant Director of Human Resources; and Katie Towler,
Career Academy Principal

Teacher Apprenticeships

Iowa Governor, Kim Reynolds, recently announced a New Teacher Paraeducator Registered
Apprenticeship Grant Program. The program is designed to provide opportunities for high school
students to earn a paraeducator certificate and current paraeducators an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree. The District will not pursue the ‘student to paraeducator’ option due to conflicts with Iowa Workforce apprenticeship requirements and the lack of demand in the paraeducator career path. However, the District intends to pursue the option for paraeducators to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The District must have at least 10 current paraeducators participate in order to receive the grant, but will allow more to participate if able. The program is designed to allow paraeducators who participate to continue working full-time while pursuing their degree.

The State is requiring Districts to collaborate with one local community college or four-year
college/university to provide an outline of required education and training. Jim Vanderloo has met with Morningside University and Briar Cliff University. The District will decide on an institution after
reviewing proposals from each four-year university. As soon as a decision is reached, the application will be submitted to the State. The deadline is March 31, 2022.

The District is excited to offer this opportunity to current paraeducators in the District, and expects this to have a positive impact on employee retention. As the application process moves forward, the District will open communication up to interested paraeducators.

The committee acknowledged the Teacher Paraeducator Apprenticeship Grant Program.

28E Agreement

Jim Vanderloo shared a signed copy of the 28E Agreement between Sioux City and Sergeant BluffLuton Community Schools. This formal agreement allows Sergeant Bluff-Luton students to attend the Career Academy. As arranged with other districts, SCCSD bills the resident district for the number of classes taken and collects payment each semester. This is the first 28E Agreement signed with SBL since introducing the opportunity in 2019-20.

Strategic Priorities Diagnostic Survey Analysis

Dr. Buryanek discussed the results of the Strategic Priorities Diagnostic Survey Analysis completed by Hanover Research. The survey was available to all staff in the fall of 2021. The purpose of the survey is to identify priorities for the next strategic plan and assess the current perceptions of staff regarding key strategic areas.

After analyzing the results of the survey, Hanover Research offered three recommendations geared towards improving key strategic areas. Hanover Research recommends the district review the implementation and outcomes of behavior programs. The District has already begun working in this area through forming a Behavior Committee and meeting regularly. Another recommendation is to prioritize fostering a positive climate and culture, and enhancing social-emotional learning for students. Through the RFP process last fall, the District partnered with several outside agencies who are now providing services within the District to address these concerns. The third recommendation is evaluating staff retention and causes of attrition. The District recently added a recruitment and retention specialist position and the State recently rolled out a New Teacher Apprenticeship Grant Program. The District is taking the necessary steps to apply for the grant program.

Hanover Research has completed three projects in their process for assisting the District with
developing a new strategic plan. They have two more pieces to add before their review is complete.
After District leadership reviews all components of the research, Dr. Kim Buryanek will work with
Hanover Research to develop the next strategic plan.

The committee acknowledged the results of the survey.

The next Board Student Achievement Committee meeting is scheduled for March 2, 2022.