Preschool Initiative Oversight Committee Minutes – February 23, 2022

Our 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.

Preschool Initiative Mission: To strengthen, support and empower children and families through access to quality community services for preschool education for 4-year olds.

Facilitator: Jenny Petty

Secretary: Jenny Petty

The Preschool Initiative Oversight Committee (PIOC) met on Wednesday, February 23, 22 via Zoom meeting. Copies of the agenda and minutes from the December 8, 2021 meeting were emailed before the meeting.

Committee Members Present: Kerri Hall, Erika Fuentes, Brenda Jenkins, and Rachael Ostermyer.

Guests / Visitors: None

Jenny Petty shared with the group that SCCSD has applied for onetime funding from ESSER funds totally around $200,000 for the increase in preschool enrollment this school year. Jenny shared that Kim Burrack purposed the funds be distributed proportionally to each program who had an increase in enrollment from last year to this year.

IGDIs data was shared by Jenny Petty. Brenda Jenkins shared that she had watched an IGDIs training put on by Leanne Graves from Colorado.

Fall Lit. 18%Fall Lit. 14%
Winter Lit. 24%Winter Lit. 28%
Spring Lit. 29%
Fall Math 7%Fall Math 8%
Winter Math 22%Winter Math 22%
Spring Math 32%

Jenny Petty asked the committee if they had anything they wanted to add to our next agenda. Rachael Ostermyer shared that they were seeing a lot of behaviors in children. She stressed the importance of working on academic skills but said without behaviors and student needs being addressed first this was hard to do. The elevated stress levels and burnout of staff was also discussed. The committee talked about the possibility of using the extra funds to help hire additional staff to help with this or for possible training.

Minutes from the October 27, 2021 Meeting

Kim Burrack shared the minutes from the last meeting.

Rachael Ostermyer motioned to approve the minutes of the December 8, 2021 meeting.

Brenda Jenkins seconded the motion.

Motion carried: 4 yes 0 no

The next meeting of the Preschool Initiative Oversight Committee will be Wednesday, April 23, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.