Despite efforts to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, 96 percent of Sioux City’s teaching corps is white, a percentage that has remained stubbornly high. Black, Hispanic, Native American and biracial teachers make up about one more percentage point each.
Superintendent Paul Gausman said the lack of diversity raises concerns, especially in a district where 56 percent of the student population is white, followed by Hispanic students at 29 percent.
“It’s not that we have a diverse candidate pool, and we are only hiring Caucasians,” Gausman said. “Our candidate pool does not have the diversity we would like to make choices.”