School Improvement Advisory Committee:

To meet the requirements of Iowa Code Section 280.12(2), the Independence School Board of Education appoints and charges a School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) with making recommendations to the Board on an annual basis. Based on the committee members’ analysis of the needs assessment data, they will make recommendations to the Board about the following components:

  1. Major educational needs
  2. Student learning goals
  3. Curriculum, assessment and instruction
  4. Long range and annual goals that include, but are not limited to, the state indicators that address reading, mathematics, and science achievement
  5. Bullying and harassment prevention goals, programs, training, and other initiatives
  6. Any other issues which relate to school improvement

The School Improvement Advisory Committee membership consists of representative teachers from across the district, representatives of the classified personnel, all building principals, the superintendent of schools, the director of curriculum, a guidance counselor, a school board member, parent members and student representatives. This committee’s task is to make decisions that impact students and create conditions that foster high academic achievement. The SIAC makes decisions based on the best interest of students aligned with the district’s mission, vision, and beliefs. Members of our school district’s SIAC serve a term of three years with roughly half of the committee replaced every two years.

One of the items that our SIAC focuses on is our Bullying/Harassment Prevention Program. This committee annually discusses what we currently have in place to work with our students and staff in regard to preventing bullying/harassment. We will be seeking this committee’s advice on how we can do things better in regard to this initiative.

The SIAC also reviews our curriculum and student learning goals. Once we receive our data in the ITBS/ITED results and various other student assessments for this year, we will share these with this committee. They will then help us establish our student learning goals for the next school year which will have to be approved by our Board of Education as well.

Our SIAC is a very valuable component of our school improvement process. We look to them for their input and advice on all things critical to our school. We facilitate parent, teacher and student surveys during the fall of every school year. These surveys ask several questions about our total school program. We analyze those results; share them with the Board and with our SIAC. We also facilitate surveys in the spring in regard to Bullying/Harassment. We will analyze the results of those surveys and share them with our SIAC too. The information gleaned for these surveys helps us determine our school improvement goals for the next school year.

If you wish to locate a discussion point from a SIAC Meeting held this year or last year, click on the following link: District Information>School Improvement> SIAC Minutes.   If you have a school improvement issue you would like the committee to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact Jean Peterson.  Her office phone number is 319-334-7400. Her email address is: jpeterson@independence.k12.ia.us.