School Improvement Advisory Committee Minutes – February 18, 2021

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.

Chair: Daniel Harder
Vice-Chair: Teri France
Facilitator: Dr. Kim Buryanek
Secretary: Erin Bourne

The School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) met on Thursday, February 18, 2021 in the ESC Board Room.

Attendees: Dr. Kim Buryanek, Mandie Mayo, Jeremy Saint, Monique Scarlett, Reed Adajar, Amanda Beougher, Bill Burrack, Cecelia Ronnfeldt, Cheryl Connot, Daniel Harder, Kaleb French, Juan Fuentes, Greg Giles, Mason Hardin, Heidi Kammer-Hodge, Joe Simons, Joe Riker, Juliana Benitez, Kim Opsahl, Megan Lawrey, Jorge Morales, Gustavo Orellana Santos, Tammy Noble, and Teri France

Guests: Tito Parker, LaShawna Moyle, and Lori Gentry

Call to Order: Chair Daniel Harder called the meeting to order at 5:15 p.m.

School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) and Educational Equity Committee (EEC) 2020-2021 Report

Mr. Tito Parker and Mr. Daniel Harder presented the School Improvement Advisory Committee and
Educational Equity Committee Report for 2020-2021. In a collaborative effort, the SIAC and EEC committees analyzed and discussed data related to assessment results, behavior, and district
demographics. Committee members from both committees have been involved in small-group and
large-group discussions and data analysis at their respective meetings since the beginning of the
2020-21 school year. Members of the SIAC include parents, community members, students, board
members, and staff. Members of the EEC include parents, community members, board members, and staff.

After reviewing and analyzing data, the committees provided recommendations that focus on student achievement and address equity. The recommendations range from more support for ELL students to increasing cultural awareness through professional development and adjustments to hiring practices.

The presentation will be made at the next School Board meeting scheduled for February 23, 2021.

Virtual School Naming

Mandie Mayo shared the results of the virtual school name suggestions gathered through Thought Exchange. The platform was open for community feedback from January 28, 2021 to February 16, 2021. Ms. Mayo highlighted the suggestions that received the highest ratings and committee members narrowed it down to three suggestions by voting. Ms. Mayo shared with the committee that some suggestions did not meet Board policy and will require changing policy to move forward. Committee members also discussed variations of names suggested and voted to alter names or acronyms. After a vote, the names with the most votes were:

  • Dr. Rogers B.A.S.E. Virtual Academy (Require policy change)
  • Virtual B.A.S.E. Academy
  • Dr. Mike Rogers Virtual Academy (Require policy change)

B.A.S.E stands for Believe, Achieve, Succeed, and Educate. In the initial suggestion on Thought
Exchange, the E stood for Enrich, however, committee members voted to change it to Educate.

The top three names will be brought to the Board Student Achievement Committee, if necessary the Board Policy Committee, and then to School Board for a final vote.