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The Iowa State Auditor’s office on Tuesday released a reaudit of the Sioux City Community School District that did not show any major wrongdoing.

The report covers a period from June 30, 2017, to June 30, 2019, and recommends the school board approve and document pay raises.  

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Just hours after a federal judge blocked Iowa’s law banning mask mandates, the Sioux City Community School Board agreed vote on the issue. It will take place tomorrow at 3 p.m., instead of noon.

Board vice-president Monique Scarlett put forth the motion, saying the mask mandate could help stop the spread of the very contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.

School Superintendent Paul Gausman agreed that it was time to bring back face coverings, but some students and staff are likely to be exempt for health reasons.

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The Sioux City School Board is expected to discuss COVID-19 relief money spending at tonight’s meeting.

The district received a third round of federal funding of almost $39 million. A new budget proposal calls for spending more money to help students who have fallen behind, from 20 to 40%.

Board Member Dan Greenwell says he is worried about the implementation of the plan. 

“Talk is cheap, action much more subtenant in my book. I want to make sure we have action and not just talk.”

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Community leaders joined forces to stress the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine, especially among younger populations. Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer has more on the push to get more people to roll up their sleeves.

With an increase of cases of COVID-19, including the more contagious delta variant, Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott urged the public to listen to medical experts.

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Community leaders joined forces to stress the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine, especially among younger populations.

“Many times Siouxland has found itself in a leadership role with initiatives across the state at this point we are lagging. I encourage everyone out there listening to get this vaccine.”

That is the Executive Director of Siouxland District Health, Kevin Grieme, who was also joined by Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott at a news conference in front of the Sioux City Public Museum on August 11, 2021. 

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she will join a growing list of Republican governors sending law enforcement officers to the U.S. border with Mexico.

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The state of Iowa added five more deaths due to complications of COVID-19 and more than 400 new cases, including 18 more in Woodbury County. More than 5,900 Iowans have died due to the illness since the start of the pandemic.

Siouxland District Health is planning to hold vaccination clinics at Sioux City’s three high schools on Wednesday.

A letter to parents from Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman says the clinics will not be open to the public, but offered to students and staff in the district.

The vaccine is optional.

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The number of people in Iowa who have died of complications of the novel coronavirus reached 5,400 on Tuesday. The Iowa Department of Public Health added 26 more deaths in the past 24-hours, including one more in Woodbury County, for 211 in all.  

The state added more than 600 new cases with 18 more in Woodbury County.

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Iowa lawmakers recently approved increased spending for K-12 schools by 2.4%.  The governor is expected to support the plan.

The funding plan would add $36.5 million to base funding for schools statewide 

Republicans say the move provides reliable funding, but Democrats say it is too little to cover cost increases.

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer talked to the Superintendent of Sioux City Public Schools Dr. Paul Gausman about the potential impact on Siouxland’s largest school district.

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Yesterday on Siouxland Public Media you heard from Sioux City School Board Member Dan Greenwell. Greenwell attended a finance committee meeting this week where the school district outlined how it plans to spend COVID-19 CARES Act money. Greenwell expressed concern the district was spending a majority of the millions of dollars awarded toward virtual schooling. Today, we wanted to hear from the superintendent of the school district. Here is Dr. Paul Gausman.

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The Iowa Legislature is deciding the future of an education agenda brought forward by Governor Kim Reynolds this year. One proposal allows school choice. This includes charter schools and tuition scholarships for students in under-performing schools.  The other requires school districts to provide an option for 100% in-person learning.

Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer reached out to the Superintendent of the Sioux City Community School District, Dr. Paul Gausman, for his thoughts on both issues.

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says the state will get a boost in COVID-19 vaccine starting next week, however demand still far exceeds the current supply.

Iowa currently receives enough doses to vaccinate about 19 thousand Iowans per week. 

Gov. Kim Reynolds said starting next week that number should increase by 16%.

But the number is still far below the amount needed to vaccinate Iowans in the next phase. This includes those ages 65 and older as well as first responders, child care workers, and school staff, a total of more than 600,000 people. 

This week on The Exchange, we are introducing a new ongoing project. It's called: Going Viral: Lessons Learned During the Pandemic. We focus on parents, teachers, and children's experiences as students return to school with the Coronavirus still raging in some parts of Iowa. 

Today most Sioux City Community School students were back in school for the first since Friday, March 13th, when schools across Iowa were shut down because of the Coronavirus.  

Students returned to school using a hybrid modely. This morning school superintendent Paul Gausman welcomed students at Bryant Elementary school.  

Another nine people with COVID-19 have died in Iowa, and there have been an additional 492 confirmed cases.  At 10 a.m. today, the state was reporting 1,048 total COVID-19-related deaths,  according to the state's Coronavirus.Iowa.gov website. More than 57 thousand Iowans have tested positive for the virus.

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President Donald Trump has promised to approve $180 million in aid for damaged Iowa homes and infrastructure and additional funding for farmers who were affected by an unusually powerful storm that tore through the state last week.  Governor Kim Reynolds requested $4 billion.  The Iowa National Guard also mobilized troops from across the state, including here in Sioux City. SPM’s Sheila Brummer has more.

Students attending Sioux City Community Schools next week will see fewer students in the classroom.  The district is using a hybrid model for at least the first two weeks. 

Coming up on The Exchange, we hear from newly minted Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris, in an interview with SPM last summer when she visited Sioux City.

Also, we talk with Democratic 4th district Candidate JD Scholten, who goes up against Republican state Senator Randy Feenstra in this falls’ general election. 

Plus, Sioux students go back to school on a hybrid plan, a drought is bearing down on western Iowa counties, and suspect Chinese seeds show up in Siouxland. 
 

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Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation in response to a severe weather system that moved across Iowa and caused widespread damage August 10.

The proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather in Boone, Clinton, Dallas, Johnson, Marshall, and Story counties. The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for Dallas, Johnson, Marshall, and Story counties.  

SC Schools to Start School Year with Hybrid Plan

Students in the Sioux City School District will start the new school year with a hybrid learning plan. It will combine in-class and online learning.

After hours of debate last night, the school board unanimously approved the “Return to Learn” hybrid plan. The plan has a three-week maximum and the board will need to approve an extension if Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman asks for it.  

This week on The Exchange, as students, teachers and parents prepare to go back to school after nearly six months interruption becuase of the Coronavirus, we talk with Sioux City Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman. Gausman talks about how the schools will stay safe, and part of that strategy is requiring face masks for everyone. He also discusses contingency plans if the virus does ramp up in Woodbury County.  Some students will learn virtually from home.

Iowa has added 247 new cases of the coronavirus since yesterday,  reported 43,144 cases of the novel coronavirus, and 839 deaths. In Northwest Iowa, Woodbury County has tallied 3,576 cases and 47 deaths.

The Sioux City Community Schools will be back in session on August 25th.  Teachers, parents and students have been wondering about facemask requirements as the coronavirus continues to spread.  Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman says today masks will be required most of the time, with a few exceptions.

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Iowa has added 247 new cases of the coronavirus since yesterday,  reported 43,144 cases of the novel coronavirus, and 839 deaths. In Northwest Iowa, Woodbury County has tallied 3,576 cases and 47 deaths.

Nebraska had 258 new cases since yesterday and a total of 25,157 cases, and 321 deaths.

South Dakota has 48 new coronavirus cases today with a total of 8,492 cases and 123 deaths. 

Coming up Wednesday on The Exchange, a live conversation with Sioux City Community School Superintendent Paul Gausman about going back to school in a few weeks.  

Siouxland students have been out of school since March 13th and teachers, parents and kids are concerned about how this school year will play out, and how they will stay safe and what to expect in terms of virtual learning.  

Also, we remember Siouxland leader Irving Jensen who died last week.  That’s the exchange, Wednesday at noon and Friday at 9:00 a.m. on Souxland Public Media.

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The state of Iowa as of this morning reports another 766 cases of the coronavirus. State health officials also report six additional deaths. The state has had more than 39,000 cases of the COVID-19 and and nearly 800 deaths.   Polk County had 353 of those new cases.

Woodbury County added nine new cases of the coronavirus since yesterday, and now it has a total of 3,472 cases and 46 deaths.  There were no new deaths yesterday.

Nebraska reported 264 new COVID-19 cases today, and twelve new deaths.  The state has had 22, 847 cases so far. 

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The number of deaths in the Sioux City metro area due to COVID-19 reached 80 on Wednesday after local health officials reported the death of an older man in Woodbury County.  There are a dozen new cases in Woodbury County for 3,172.  Dakota County reported three news cases, for 1,783 in all.  There are 124 positive cases in Union County.

The Iowa Department of Public Health shows five more deaths in a 24-hour period and more than 300 positive test results.  There have been 717 deaths statewide and more than 29,400 positive cases.

This fall, Sioux City public school students could be attending class in-person, use a hybrid model or learn online.  That was the decision made at the meeting of the Sioux City Community School Board Monday.  The board approved a “Return to Learn” plan for this fall.  Concerns about the spread of COVID-19 closed schools in mid-March, and they never reopened. The spread of the coronavirus would determine the level of in-person schooling.  Board president Jeremy Saint said the vote for a “skeleton” plan means more work needs to be done. 

This fall, Sioux City public school students could be attending class in-person, use a hybrid model or learn online.  That was the decision made at the meeting of the Sioux City Community School Board last night.  After a lengthy presentation, the board approved a “Return to Learn” plan for this fall.  Concerns about the spread of COVID-19 closed schools in mid-March and they never reopened. 

The spread of the coronavirus would determine the level of in-person schooling.  

Board president Jeremy Saint said the vote for a “skeleton” plan means more work needs to be done.