Attendance at school conferences a mixed bag

By Tara Brandl

Tracy Area Public Schools’ fall parent teacher conferences saw a large disparity in attendance between the elementary and high school buildings, as reported during the school board meeting Monday night.

The elementary building had 277 out of the 315 families attend conferences.

“This is the largest percentage we’ve had since I’ve been here; 88% of the families attended conferences at the elementary,” TAES Principal Michael Munson said.

However, the high school did not have the same turnout. The school had 320 families attend between the two nights — down from 339 last year, despite having more families this year.

“We added eighth-grade core conferences this year so we had two grades of scheduled conferences,” TAHS Principal Kathy Vondracek said. “To me it is disappointing. We have more students this year and we had more scheduled conferences, but we had less of a turnout.”

In addition to the smaller turnout for conferences at the high school, the information meetings on vaping provided by the high school were poorly attended as well. There were two information sessions on both nights of conferences. A total of six parents attended.

However, the flu shot clinic offered at the high school during conferences was well attended. Sanford provided the flu shots the first night and had such a large turnout it didn’t think it would have enough for the second night. Hy-Vee then provided the flu shots for the second night of conferences.

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