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Sioux City Community Schools, Iowa

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Sioux City Community Schools
Sioux City, Iowa
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Paul R. Gausman
Enrollment:13,385 students
Graduation rate:84.25%
Number of schools:25
Budget: $219.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mike Krysl
Board members:7
Term length:4
Sioux City Community Schools is a school district in Iowa. As of the 2012-2013 school year, the district provided service for 13,385 students.[1]

About the district


Sioux City Community Schools is located in Woodbury County, Iowa
Sioux City is the county seat of Woodbury County, which is located in western Iowa. Woodbury is one of five counties in the Sioux City metropolitan area. The population is 102,172 according to the 2010 Census[2]


Sioux City underperforms in educational achievement and median household income compared to the rest of the state. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (83.4%) is lower than the state of Iowa (90.3%). The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is also lower in Sioux City (19.8%) compared to the state overall (24.9%). The median household income in Sioux City is $43,158 compared to Iowa's median of $50,451.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Sioux City (%) Iowa (%)
White 80.6 91.3
Black or African American 2.9 2.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.7 0.4
Asian 2.7 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 3.7 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 16.4 5.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 49.2 49.5
2008 49.0 50.0
2004 48.5 50.5
2000 46.7 49.8

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The current Superintendent is Dr. Paul R. Gausman.[5] The current Associate Superintendent is Dr. Linda Madison, who has been in the position since 2001.[6]

School board

Sioux City Community Schools is governed by the Board of Education, which has seven members who are elected at-large to four-year terms.[7]

Sioux City Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Mike Krysl At-large 2015
Dr. Michael McTaggert At-large 2015
Paul Gorski At-large 2017
Walt Johnson At-large 2015
Paul Speidel At-large 2017
Jackie Warnstadt At-large 2015
Shaun Broyhill At-large 2017

School board elections

See also: Sioux City Community School District elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in September of odd-numbered years. Three seats were up for election on September 10, 2013 and four seats are up for election in 2015.[7]


The table below displays the budget for Sioux City Community Schools:[8]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $107,052,343 70.5% $7,994,679 5.3% $10,060,566 6.6% $2,744,525 1.8% $23,926,781 15.8% $151,778,894
2011-2012 $113,126,461 71.1% $10,465,963 6.6% $10,151,912 6.4% $6,973,771 4.4% $18,376,236 11.6% $159,094,343
2012-2013 $113,369,868 51.7% $3,894,806 1.8% $88,367,160 40.3% $7,923,878 3.6% $5,833,266 2.7% $219,388,978
Averages: $111,182,890.67 63% $7,451,816 4% $36,193,212.67 20% $5,880,724.67 3% $16,045,427.67 9% $176,754,071.67

Teacher salaries

Sioux City Community School District employs approximately 1,700 staff with a majority employed as teachers and teaching aides. The average teacher salary in Sioux City Community School District is $38,242. Averages broken down by grade-level are:[9]

Salary structure
Grade Level Average salary ($) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile 90th Percentile
Pre-school $25,611 $15,826 $17,373 $23,810 $30,234 $40,219
Kindergarten $38,517 $26,087 $30,176 $37,274 $47,107 $54,381
Elementary $42,462 $27,908 $34,014 $42,531 $50,697 $57,319
Middle school $44,124 $26,644 $32,890 $42,425 $53,867 $67,184
High school $40,497 $25,423 $32,053 $41,192 $49,105 $54,572

Academic performance

Academic performance details are outlined in Annual Progress Reports. The 2011-2012 year report shows an ACT composite score of 21.1. The 2011/12 Iowa Assessments data show that the percent of all students who achieved proficiency in reading comprehension decreased from 67.68% in 2010/11 to 64.22% in 2011/12. The district met its 2011/12 goal of increasing the percent of students performing at the proficient level on the Iowa Assessments Mathematics Test. The district did not meet its 2011/12 goal of increasing the percent of students performing at the proficient level on the Iowa Assessments Science Test. Administration claims it will continue to will increase the alignment of the curriculum to the Iowa Core Curriculum in order to improve its reading and science scores. The Sioux City Community Schools Graduation rate for 2012 was 83. The Sioux City Community School District’s graduation rate for the 2010-2011 school year rose to 84.25 percent, a 5.1 point increase from the prior school year. The 9-12 dropout rate decreased nearly 1.5 points to 4.8 percent.[10][11]


Sioux City Education Association President Donna Walsh has spoken out against changing Iowa's seniority system that gives teachers with more work experience preference when teaching changes need to be made. Iowa leaves reliance upon the seniority system up to local school districts and their bargaining units.[12]

Contact information

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Sioux City Community Schools
627 4th Street
Sioux City, IA 51101
Phone: 712-279-6667

See also

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