School Improvement Advisory Committee Minutes – March 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. Paul Gausman
Secretary: Erin Bourne

The School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) met on Thursday, March 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, William Lohr, Marco Linares, Megan
Lawrey, Molly Timmins, Lamarion Mothershead, Nick Kuester, Sherry Martin, Tammy Noble, Teri
France, and Aiden Westra

Call to Order: Dr. Paul Gausman called the meeting to order at 5:15 p.m.

Data Carousel

Dr. Paul Gausman 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. Committee members discussed each data point for 12 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, and shared final thoughts in a large group discussion.

  • Graduation Rate/Dropout Rate
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Suspension and Attendance

Graduation Rate/Dropout Rate

What notable patterns or trends do you observe in the data? Which results surprise you?

  • 15% graduation rate increase for ELL students since 2019-20.
  • Graduation rate increase for all subgroups except American Indian and African American students.
  • Dropout rate for American Indian students is high and increased between 2019 and 2020.
  • Asian students have low dropout rate.
  • All subgroups had increase in dropouts except Asian subgroup.

Based on the identified trends, what supports do you think students need to ensure they are successful?

  • Student supports that focus on mental motivation.
  • Staff role models that can identify with and encourage struggling students.

What are possible solutions/responses that address the needs implied?

  • Drill down – talk to groups to identify barriers.
  • Parents not engaged – prompt parent engagement through letters, etc.
  • Career Academy has an extremely high graduation rate – how can we replicate success across district?

Bullying and Harassment

What notable patterns or trends do you observe in the data? Which results surprise you?

  • Large drop in cases since 2017.
  • High occurrence rate in gym/locker rooms recently.
    • Less staff supervision?
  • Low number of occurrences in extra-curricular activities.
  • Is the virtual school option lowering number of cases?

Based on the identified trends, what supports do you think students need to ensure they are successful?

  • More adult monitoring in gym/locker rooms.
  • Peer study groups.
  • Focus on students building relationships with peers.

What are possible solutions/responses that address the needs implied?

  • Adult supervision in all areas of buildings.
  • More severe punishment.
  • Virtual school as an option to avoid negative environment.

Suspension and Attendance

What notable patterns or trends do you observe in the data? Which results surprise you?

  • Middle school students represent largest number of suspensions.
  • Low socioeconomic status students and special education students have high suspension rate.
  • Male suspension rate is double the female rate.
  • Drop in attendance from 2019-21 could be due to COVID.
  • Attendance steady through COVID – slight decrease.

Based on the identified trends, what supports do you think students need to ensure they are successful?

  • Keep option of summer school, after school supports and Saturday School.
  • Behavior discussions with students.
    • Focus on repeat offenders and areas.

What are possible solutions/responses that address the needs implied?

  • Drilling into data.
  • Frequent discussions with parents and students.

The meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m. The next SIAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 5:15 p.m.