Board Student Achievement Committee Minutes – September 14, 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, September 14, 2022, at noon in the Educational Service Center Board Room.

Committee Members Present: Jan George, Bob Michaelson, Monique Scarlett, Angela Bemus

Guests Present: Jim Vanderloo, Director of Secondary Education, Dr. Jen Gomez, Director of Human Resources, Katie Towler, Career Academy Principal, Mackenzie Hiserote, Program Director.

School Calendars

Dr. Gomez shared the school academic calendars for 2023/24, 2024/25, and 2025/26. 2023/24 &
2024/25 have already been approved by the Board. She reminded everyone that on the 2023/24
calendar MLK day falls on January 15th which is a teacher workday. The 2025/26 academic calendar also has a teacher workday fall on MLK Day, which is January 19.

Jan George asked if we could dismiss school by Memorial Day rather than go into June. Jim Vanderloo said it is possible – school breaks would have to be shortened, days could be lengthened, etc. It is certainly a topic that can be discussed.

The committee acknowledged the School Calendars Update.

Trades Building Presentation

Jim Vanderloo reviewed the Trades Building presentation. He presented pictures of the finished
building and explained the reasoning behind painting the building with orange accents. Orange is the official color of the construction industry. He shared the building is ahead of schedule. There are some mechanic materials that are on back order. All classes would be on site in the new facility. A WITCC certified teacher would be teaching the classes.

Jim reported on the two options available – Plan “A” and Plan “B”. He shared the pros and cons of
each option.

Plan A:

  • Would produce two homes a year
  • Students would not gain experience with HVAC, electrical and plumbing – Subcontractors would need to be hired to complete that work
  • Required general education courses are built into the program.

Plan B:

  • Would produce one home a year
  • Students would gain experience in all areas including HVAC, electrical, and plumbing.
  • Students will need to schedule two general education courses outside of the program

Jim stated space will be capped in the program to 50 student’s total. The courses are limited to Juniors and Seniors. The goal of the program is to make students career ready to be employable as soon as they graduate. He is hoping to have a teacher hired by Spring. The potential teacher would need to apply to both SCCSD and WITCC.

The committee acknowledged the Trades Building Presentation.

The next Board Student Achievement Committee meeting is scheduled for September 28th, 2022.