Project Initiative

Attendance Task Force

The Attendance Task Force is a short-term project convened to identify opportunities for community partners to contribute in meaningful ways to address the systemic barriers that prevent students from being present at school. This project will identify barriers to regular school attendance (such as transportation, housing, job relocation, health and competing family needs) before proposing recommendations that leverage existing resources, planned events and community resources.


Kathryn Addison, MNPS - Family Engagement Specialist

Alan Calhoun, Juvenile Court Metropolitan Nashville- Metro Student Attendance Center

Kawema Orita, Communities In Schools

Katrinna Collins, Metro Nashville Public Schools - special populations

Marvin Cox, Metro Action Commission

Marcel Hernandez, Be About Change

Catherine Knowles, Metro Nashville Public Schools - HERO 

Viva Price, Youth Encouragement Services

Beth Schroeder, MNPS - Coordinator, School Counseling Services

Makeda Watson, MNPS Community Achieves

Lyn Ratliff, MNPS - Attendance 

Tremeta Norman, MNPS - Family Engagement Specialist (high schools) 

Carol Lampkin Brown, MNPS - Attendance

Megan Trcka, MNPS-Office of English Language Learners 

DaVonne Jinks, MSAC

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