School Improvement Advisory Committee Minutes – February 17, 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.

Chair: Afiya Bilata
Vice-Chair: Sherry Martin
Facilitator: Dr. Kim Buryanek
Secretary: Erin Bourne

The School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) met on Thursday, February 17, 2022 in the
ESC Board Room.

Attendees: Dr. Paul Gausman, Dr. Kim Buryanek, Leslie Heying, Perla Alarcon-Flory, Amanda
Beougher, Afiya Bilata, Bill Burrack, Cecelia Ronnfeldt, Cheryl Connot, Daniel Harder, Greg Giles,
Heidi Kammer-Hodge, Benjamin Jackson, Joe Simons, Joseph Riker, Joshua Potter, Juliana Benitez, Yemane Kifle, Kristi Maloney, Kenny Lam, Laura Mesz (virtual), William Lohr, Marco Linares, Megan Lawrey, Molly Timmins, Lamarion Mothershead, Nick Kuester, Sherry Martin, Tammy Noble, Teri France, and Aiden Westra

Call to Order: Sherry Martin, Vice-Chair, called the meeting to order at 5:20 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 discussed each data point for 15 minutes and shared their thoughts in a group discussion. Committee members discussed patterns and trends related to the data, as well as priorities for strengthening student achievement and educational equity. The committee reviewed three data subjects, which are listed below.

  • ACT
  • Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP)
  • Course Failure

Several key factors identified in the discussion were:

  • Native American students need more support and engagement.
  • High poverty schools suffer the most from missed instruction.
  • Setting realistic goals for improvement.

After members assessed and discussed the data, the committee summarized their thoughts. Dr.
Buryanek asked group members to share what they considered strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the District.


  • District provides opportunities, such as SIAC, to engage in conversations about school and community improvement.
  • Providing extra tutors and supports to students through ESSER funds.
  • Ability to “think outside the box.” (RFP Process, etc.)
  • Transparency.


  • Lack of value for diversity.
  • Understanding different cultures/populations.
  • Students have great needs (SpEd, ELL, Socioeconomic).
  • Are we providing enough support to students who are not struggling?
  • Staff does not reflect student/community population


  • Diversity.
  • Career Academy.
  • Early Childhood Center.
  • Course offerings.
  • Recruiting bilingual tutors and teachers.
  • 1:1 Technology.
  • Grow Your Own recruiting strategy.


  • Students leaving district because of moving or open enrollment.
  • Class sizes smaller at neighboring districts.
  • Community perception of District vs. reality.
  • Morale – Since COVID, morale is low.
  • How do we break out of repetition?
  • Staff may fear conversations about diversity.

The meeting adjourned at 6:39 p.m. The next SIAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 17,
2022 at 5:15 p.m.