Concerned parents and community members turned out in record numbers on Tuesday, Sept. 13, for the Ames Community School Board election, where voters overwhelmingly favored adding new members to the district’s governing body – including Story Construction President Mike Espeset.
Espeset’s “big picture” approach to looking at the district’s needs helped him win a seat on the board. While many candidates and constituents focused exclusively on facilities improvements, Espeset took the position that they are just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to enhancing and optimizing the educational needs of Ames students.
“Student achievement is dependent on many variables – including school size, class size, school location, staffing and support, costs to operate and diversity of the population” he said. “As a district, it is our responsibility to look at the bigger picture so we can ensure every child has the opportunities he or she needs to succeed.”
The Ames Community School District is comprised of five elementary schools, an early childhood education center, one middle school and one high school. The district consistently ranks among the nation’s highest in terms of test scores, graduation rates and achievements in academics, fine arts, athletics, extracurricular activities and volunteer service.
Espeset’s two-year term officially began Sept. 20 when he took his oath of office. The School Board meets regularly on the first and third Monday of each month.