Sept. 8 School Board ElectionsWritten by Theresa Rose on July 3, 2015
Education in Iowa depends on good leadership IASB encourages Iowans to consider school board service Des Moines, IA (June 2015) –
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 336 local public school boards can be filed between July 6 and 5 p.m. on July 30, 2015. School board elections will take place Sept. 8.
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 than 480,000 young people at an annual expenditure of more than $5.2 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.
The Mt. Pleasant Community School District will be electing Directors in 2015 for District I, District III, District IV and two At-Large positions.
Nomination papers for school board seats are available from local school board secretaries and the Iowa Secretary of State website at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/schools.html . School board candidates must obtain the signatures of at least 50 electors. A free guide for board candidates, titled “Leaders Who Care,” can be found at www.ia-sb.org.