School Improvement Advisory Committee Minutes – November 19, 2020

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, November 19, 2020 in the
ESC Board Room.

Attendees: Dr. Paul Gausman, Dr. Kim Buryanek, Mandie Mayo, Perla Alarcon-Flory, Monique Scarlett, Reed Adajar, Amanda Beougher, Bill Burrack, Cecelia Ronneldt, Cheryl Connot, Daniel Harder, David Halaas, Kaleb French, Juan Fuentes, Greg Giles, Mason Hardin, Heidi KammerHodge, 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 5:15 p.m. He asked everyone to
introduce himself or herself and share something about themselves.

Data Carousel

Dr. Kim Buryanek shared with the committee one of the roles 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 three small groups, discussed each data point for 15 minutes and shared their thoughts in a large group discussion.

  • Enrollment
  • Graduation Rate
  • Dropout Rate


  • What do you notice about the data? Decrease this year.
  • Most students moved to states close to IA (NE, SD).
  • Larger Hispanic population than other UEN schools.
  • More ELL and SpEd students compared to UEN schools.
  • Subgroup enrollment increased while white enrollment decreased.
  • How do you feel about the data? Enrollment decrease related to COVID.
  • Families moved closer to where help is available.
  • Recommendations: WMS and WHS enrollment is lower.
  • Boundary adjustments to better balance building enrollment.
  • Find out why kindergarten and first grade enrollment is lower this year.
  • Focus attention on Hispanic population.

Dropout Rate

  • What do you notice about the data? 45% of total dropout rate are Hispanic students.
  • Overall trending down.
  • Rate is less than 2%.
  • Students in no activities was highest number on dashboard.
  • Large number of students identified as At-Risk.
  • How do you feel about the data? Pleased to see rate below 2%.
  • Career Academy has relevance and increases engagement for students.
  • Homeless students need support.
  • Recommendations: Discover ways to engage and involve students in activities.
  • Increase ELL supports at Career Academy.
  • Increase support for all ELL students.

Graduation Rate

  • What do you notice about the data? Significant drop from 2015-16 to 2016-17.
  • Native American and IEP subgroups need support
  • Homelessness impacts graduation rate.
  • Multi-racial group needs additional support.
  • WHS has large number of Hispanic students and not included in dual-language program.
  • How do you feel about the data? Interested to see data for this current year.
  • What happened between 2015-16 and 2016-17?
  • ecommendations: Focus on Native American, IEP and homeless subgroups.
  • Expand dual language program to West side feeders.