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IASB encourages Iowans to consider school board service

Posted July 09, 2013 in Community Blogs, Johnston

Education in Iowa depends on good leadership
IASB encourages Iowans to consider school board service

The Iowa Association of School Boards urges Iowans who are passionate about education to consider running for election to their local school boards, in order to ensure a bright future for all children and communities across the state. Nominations for open seats on the state’s 345 local public school boards can be filed between July 8 and 5 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2013. School board elections will take place Sept. 10.

Strong leadership in every school district is critical to moving education forward in this state. School board members play significant roles in their communities – members must have leadership, vision and dedication. School board members are locally elected public officials charged with accountability for student learning, determining educational goals, setting policy, overseeing school finances and other duties. Across Iowa, nearly 2,000 men and women serve on local school boards, guiding the education of more than475,000 young people at an annual expenditure of more than $5.1 billion.

School board members are elected to serve four-year terms, with elections taking place in odd-numbered years. Those elected receive no pay. Experienced school board members say the rewards of service lie in meeting the needs of children and communities.

Nomination papers for school board seats are available from local school board secretaries and from county auditors. School board candidates must obtain the signatures of at least one percent of the qualified electors of the district or 50 electors, whichever is less, but at least 10 signatures. A quick reference guide and comprehensive information for board candidates can be found online from IASB at

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board is hosting a “Candidate School” on July 19 at the Jesse Parker Building on the Iowa State Capitol grounds, 510 E. 12th Street, Des Moines, in the Vocational Rehabilitation Building’s Grant Room facility. The school will run from 1-3 p.m., with all candidates and their committee members welcome to participate. Please register by July 8 to Sharon Wright ( at the IECD Board.

Board members for community colleges are also elected on Sept. 10. Board members for area education agencies, which provide specialized services to local schools, are elected by the boards of schools within each area.

IASB is a private, nonprofit organization representing Iowa’s school districts, area education agencies and community colleges.

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