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Left to Right, Superintendent Tim Taylor, Story County Supervisor Rick Sanders, Student Services Director Yonas Michael, Sen. Herman Quirmbach, and Board Vice President Alisa Frandsen are some of the leaders who attended a meeting Friday, Dec. 2, to discuss student attendance in the Ames School District.

When students aren’t in school, they’re missing the building blocks of instruction and the social-emotional foundation the learning environment provides. That’s why student attendance is a major priority for the District in terms of supporting students’ success. Board members and community leaders met Friday, Dec. 9 to discuss current policies, practices and intervention strategies related to student attendance. They took take a high-level look at their effectiveness in order to begin to explore strategic support that the community may be able to provide.

In attendance: Superintendent Tim Taylor, Story County Supervisor Rick Sanders, Student Services Director Yonas Michael, Sen. Herman Quirmbach (D), District 23; Ames Middle School Principal Pam Stangeland, Board Vice President Alisa Frandsen, Community Relations Director Kathy Hanson, City Council member Tim Gartin, Ames High School Principal Spence Evans, Board member Tim Rasmussen, Associate Superintendent Mandy Ross, AmeriCorps Vista member Melissa Asklof, and United Way of Story County Executive Director Jean Kresse. 

The group will meet again early in 2017 to formulate more specific next steps.