School Improvement Advisory Committee Minutes – January 20, 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, January 20, 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 (virtual), Joseph Riker, Joshua Potter,
Juliana Benitez, Yemane Kifle, Kristi Maloney, Kenny Lam (virtual), Laura Mesz, William Lohr,
Marco Linares, Megan Lawrey, Molly Timmins, Lamarion Mothershead, Nick Kuester, Sherry
Martin, Tammy Noble, Teri France (virtual) and Aiden Westra

Call to Order: Afiya Bilata, Committee Chair, called the meeting to order at 5:16 p.m. Committee
members were asked to introduce himself or herself and share a little something about themselves.

Examining Key Performance Indicators of Comparable School Districts

Dr. Buryanek shared the District will begin developing a new strategic plan, with the assistance of
Hanover Research, and will prioritize equity in the new five-year plan. She presented a study authored by Hanover Research and assigned committee members to read specific sections in order to participate in a “jigsaw” activity.

The document identifies key performance indicators (KPIs) of six school districts across the nation. Each district is similar to the Sioux City Community School District in enrollment, percentage of students with individualized learning plans (IEPs), percentage of English Language Learners (ELL) students, and percentage of non-white students. Each district identified different KPIs and prioritized different points of emphasis regarding their strategic plans. They also varied with the frequency of strategic plan reviews and the process with how points of emphasis were determined. After reviewing each school district from the article, members participated in small group discussion, then shared out to the large group what they determined to be points of interest and KPIs of the highlighted districts in the document. Each team recorded their information on poster paper.

Committee members also shared the following ideas/points of emphasis that should be considered when developing the next strategic plan for SCCSD.

  • Staff demographics match student demographics
  • “Grow Your Own” program for teacher positions
  • Bonus incentives for students of SCCSD who become employees of SCCSD
  • Community involvement
  • Emphasis on student feedback regarding equity goals
  • Simplify main points and transparency
  • SEL and mental health supports
  • Inclusion
  • ELL supports

The meeting adjourned at 6:36 p.m. The next SIAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 17,
2022 at 5:15 p.m.