Ames schools top administrator pushes voter turnout

Less than a week before the Ames School Board elections, the district's top administrator wonders why voter turnout is so low. Superintendent Tim Taylor says some monumental decisions, including the passage of a $56 million bond issue to pay for the construction of three new elementary schools and the renvation of two others, have been made in less than a decade by a school board chosen by less than 10 percent of voters. He says the big issues facing the incoming school board should be more than enough reason to get people to the polls Tuesday including the possible construction of a new high school and closing the district's achievement gap. Ames school district voters will chose three school board members from a four-candidate field, as well as decide whether to renew the district's Physical Plant and Equipment Levy for another 10 years.