Board Student Achievement Committee Minutes – November 9, 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: Angela Bemus


The Board Student Achievement Committee (SAC) met on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at noon in the Educational Service Center Board Room.


Committee Members Present: Bob Michaelson, Jan George, Monique Scarlett, Angela Bemus, Dr.
Rod Earleywine.

Guests Present: Jim Vanderloo

2023-2024 High School Course Guide

Jim Vanderloo presented the 2023-2024 High School Course guide. He shared these are the courses that are offered to our high school students and are required by law to have Board approval before it can be published and disseminated to students. He stated there are two new courses added for the 2023-2024 school year. Neither of these courses will have any financial or staffing implications.

He specified the course catalog is presented to the Board in November and registration for students begins in December and runs through February. During parent-teacher conferences in late February, parents are presented with students schedules and classes selected by students to confirm parents are comfortable with the students selections. He stated in March, staffing and scheduling is completed and in May students will receive their schedules for the following school year. Mr. Michaelson asked for clarification on the traveling teachers regarding staffing. Mr. Vanderloo stated the district is moving away from traveling teachers. There are no traveling core teachers. There are some Arts traveling teachers.

Mr. Vanderloo covered the courses that are being removed and modified from the course guide. They are Honors Algebra 1 and Jazz Band. Students who would qualify for Honors Algebra 1 are now able to take Algebra 1 in 8th grade. Jazz Band is still available but will no longer be offered as a credit course. This is due to the course being considered extra-curricular.

He reviewed the additions of new courses in the Career and Technical education pathways. A student can earn a total of 37 college credits by taking Constructions Year 1 and Construction Year 2. He shared the district is struggling to find an instructor for the construction course. The District is currently doing presentations to the Home Building Association and other trade groups to try and recruit possible candidates. He explained that no degree is needed for this position. 6,000 construction hours is the main qualification. He stated the district would rather hire the instructor as a district employee rather than contract with WITCC to provide the instructor due to the varying schedule of WITCC.

The committee acknowledged the 2023-2024 High School Course Guide update.

Educational Standards Exemption Application

Jim Vanderloo presented the Educational Standards Exemption Application update. He shared the
exemption allows students to meet state Physical Education requirements within one semester as
opposed to the current two-semester structure. The Board must approve, and this will go to the Board on November 14th.

The committee acknowledged the Educational Standards Exemption Application Update.

The next Board Student Achievement Committee meeting is scheduled for November 30th, 2022.