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, October 27, 2021 at noon in the Educational Service Center Board Room.
Committee Members Present: Dr. Paul Gausman, Dr. Kim Buryanek, Dr. Juli Albert and Ron
Guests Present: Dr. Brian Burnight, Director of Elementary Education; Jim Vanderloo, Director of
Secondary Education; Kim Neal, Director of Learning Support; and Katie Towler, Career Academy
SCCSD Educational Planning Handbook
Jim Vanderloo, Katie Towler and Kim Neal shared the 2022-23 Course Guide changes. The changes will be presented to the Board in November. Registration will begin in November 2021 and end in February 2022. The District plans to complete staffing and scheduling in May of 2022. There are only two additions for the 2022-23 Course Guide.
The first new addition to the course guide is a one-semester life skills course designed for special
education students. Students will have the opportunity to have more specialized instruction, depending on their needs, in addition to the set curriculum. Students enrolled in the course will receive high school credit, but the course is not graded. There is no additional cost for staffing or materials for this course.
The next, and final addition to the 2022-23 Course Guide, is a registered apprenticeship in the culinary pathway at the Career Academy. The District has taken the steps necessary for approval from the Iowa Department of Education to offer an apprenticeship. The Warrior Hotel and Kahill’s will partner with the District for the apprenticeship. The year-long course will not require any additional staffing or funding. Students enrolled in the course will receive high school credit, but the course is not graded. The District is working with community partners to add more apprenticeship opportunities in other pathways.
The committee acknowledged the 2022-23 Course Guide additions.
Educational Exemptions PE
Jim Vanderloo presented the Educational Standards Exemption Application 2022-23 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 two-semester structure. The exemption allows students to take additional courses if they only take the required one semester of PE. The same application was brought before the Board Student Achievement Committee and School Board the last two years. The District must file an application for exemption each year.
The committee acknowledged the PE exemption application.
Dr. Brian Burnight proposed to purchase the following elementary interventions, Leveled Literacy
Intervention (LLI), Read Naturally, and Sound Partners. Dr. Burnight shared with principals a list of
clearing house approved materials and they notified him which interventions they had a need for. The elementary interventions presented are research-based, user-friendly and easy to facilitate for tutors or outside agencies.
LLI is an intensive, small-group reading and writing intervention for grades K-5. This intervention will advance literacy skills, deepen and expand comprehension, increase reading volume, increase
engagement and monitor progress. Each kit consists of multiple copies of books with wide ranging
levels along with guides. It also provides valuable support to ELL students or special education
students. Since most buildings requested the kits, the cost for this item is $329,321, in addition to a
maximum of $19,000 for training.
Ready Naturally is an intervention that focuses on fluency, phonetics, comprehension and vocabulary. Many buildings already use this material and many teachers in the District are familiar with the material. Elementary schools have established listening centers, so the costs associated with this item are limited to $10,314 for materials, and a maximum of $7,000 for training.
Sound Partners is a program designed for early reading skills, focusing on students in grades K-2. This intervention can be used in small groups but is intended for 1:1 instruction. Sound Partners focuses on phonetic awareness, decoding, word identification, and spelling skills. The cost to purchase the materials is $4,227, and the cost for training is $2,575.
The committee acknowledged the presentation.
The next Board Student Achievement Committee meeting is scheduled for November 10, 2021.