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Articles from January 2022

Dr. Julious Lawson named Superintendent of Ames Community School District

Julious Lawson Superintendent

On Monday, January 24, the Ames School Board of Directors approved Dr. Julious Lawson as the next Superintendent of Ames Community School District. Dr. Lawson will be the 28th superintendent of Ames Public Schools in its 151-year history. 

Dr. Lawson is currently the Chief of Schools for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), a position he has held since 2018. As Chief of Schools, Dr. Lawson is responsible for the oversight and direction of elementary operations for the third-largest school district in the United States. This includes 27 CPS schools including 9,000 students, over 900 teachers and staff, with a $64 million operating budget. He facilitated the system-wide implementation of school improvement strategies that are designed to optimize academic achievement with a focus on equitable access for students. Dr. Lawson was also instrumental in strategic planning and assessing individualized Leadership Development Plans to further promote best teaching practices. 

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Expanding Equity in the Ames CSD

Expanding Equity Graphic

The Ames Community School District commits to equity and access that empowers every individual to reach their full personal and educational potential. But what does that mean? As a District, we invite you to learn more about what equity looks like in our District. Our desire as a District is to create a more equitable educational school system. Over the next several months, including February 2022 (Black History Month), we will be sharing information about what equity looks like in Ames. We have provided an outline of what to expect below. 

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Translation Services

Translation Services

This was the feature article in Volume 17 of the Ames Community School District’s Amazing Magazine. 

Arabic: Translations Services Article
Chinese: Translations Services Article
Spanish: Translations Services Article

As the Ames Community School District is becoming increasingly diverse, a unique team of staff from Communications, Equity, and English Learner Curriculum and Instruction are bringing important messages to families in languages other than English. With approximately 58 different languages and dialects spoken in the District, which accounts for hundreds of students and families, communication that reaches all is the goal. 

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Superintendent Search Update

Superintendent Search

With the new year upon us, we are approaching the final stages in the search for the next Superintendent of Ames Public Schools. As a recap, the Ames School Board began the superintendent search earlier this year and contracted with Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) to assist with the search process. 

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