School Improvement Advisory Committee Minutes – January 21, 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, January 21, 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

Call to Order: Chair Daniel Harder called the meeting to order at 5:17 p.m.

Data Carousel

Dr. Kim Buryanek shared with the committee one of the roles of the School Improvement Advisory
Committee (SIAC) is to review and analyze data in order to make recommendations for improvements to the Board. Dr. Buryanek introduced each piece of data and explained the documents to review. Committee members divided into small groups, and discussed each data point for 12 minutes and shared their thoughts in a large group discussion.

  • Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP)
  • ACT
  • Bullying/Harassment


  • What do you notice about the data? Decrease in proficient students from 10th to 11th grade.
  • What caused the drop in performance? Decrease in the number of students who took the test from 10th to 11th grade.
  • How do you feel about the data? ELL students and subgroups need more academic support.
  • Recommendations: Show students a sample of the standardized test; practice taking the test.
  • Computers may be a factor in performance for younger students.
  • Hire more ELL tutors or paraprofessionals. §
  • Wondering about hiring practices and pay for teachers of diversity? Provide competitive employment packages to attract teachers to this area.
  • Provide higher salaries for bilingual or multilingual teachers/staff.


  • What do you notice about the data?
  • What caused fluctuation of scores from year-to-year?
  • Number of students taking test?
  • Performance differed among ethnicities.
  • How do you feel about the data? Not all students are able to enroll in ACT Prep course due to schedules.
  • Lower scores in 20-21 compared to 19-20 could be because of Covid.
  • How many students tested each year?
  • Recommendations: Analyze outcome related to adding the ACT Prep courses and decide if course should continue to be offered.
  • Increase focus and practice for ACT in grades 9-12.
  • Include practice problems in daily announcements or in class activities.
  • Help all students, including those who cannot fit ACT Prep in schedule.
  • Continue offering ACT Prep course.


  • What do you notice about the data? Number of unfounded incidents not included in data.
  • Incidents occur in populated areas (hallways, cafeteria, etc.).
  • What time of year do most incidents occur?
  • How many repeat offenders are there?
  • How do you feel about the data?
  • Would like to know how we compare to UEN and districts statewide.
  • Pleased with low number of founded incidents in 19-20. Recommendations:
  • Investigate a more comprehensive Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) solution.

Virtual School Naming

Mandie Mayo shared that the District will utilize Thought Exchange as a way to gather feedback for naming the virtual school. She asked committee members for suggestions on the process of gathering citizen input and the timeframe for feedback.

Beginning the week of January 25, Thought Exchange will be open for community input and will remain open until February 16, 2021. Families will receive communication from the District explaining the process, which will include more information about the virtual school. During this time, citizens will be able to suggest a virtual school name, make comments or vote on a name already submitted in Thought Exchange. At the next SIAC meeting scheduled for February 18, committee members will make recommendations for names based on feedback gathered from Thought Exchange. The recommendations from SIAC will be presented to Board Committees and the School Board.

The Committee acknowledged the plan for the naming of the virtual school.

Equity/SIAC Presentation

  • Dr. Buryanek shared the Educational Equity Committee and School Improvement Advisory Committee Chair and Co-Chair’s will present to the Board.
  • Presentation includes data analysis pertaining to student achievement and equity.
  • Analysis will assist with developing the next strategic plan.