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Future of the International Baccalaureate Program in Jeopardy for the Sioux City Community School District?

Sioux City Community Schools

The future of the International Baccalaureate Program is on the agenda for tonight’s Sioux City Community Board meeting (December 13, 2021).

The President of the Sioux City Community School Board, Dan Greenwell, is recommending the school district no longer try and certify the International Baccalaureate program for two elementary schools, including Perry Creek Elementary, where Jeremy Bartelt is PTA President. The other school is Nodland/Sunnyside. Bartelt talked to Siouxland Public Media this afternoon.

Perry Creek PTA President
Perry Creek PTA President Jeremy Bartelt

Board President Dan Greenwell declined a request for an interview. In an email, he told Siouxland Public Media that he believes the district can keep moving forward without paying the fees for certification.

The Sioux City Community School Board will also try to figure out a solution for a substitute teacher shortage, including mandating school leaders fill in for a set number of days a month. On Thursday, Superintendent Paul Gausman taught a band class at West Middle. Gausman does have a degree in music education from Nebraska and was a member of the Husker marching band. Gausman has said a shortage of substitutes in the district had risen to a “crisis” level.

Last month the board voted to suspend negotiations with an outside staffing company for 90 days.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.