School Board Elections - Tuesday, September 8 - Support Public Schools and Vote at Your Local School Board Election
School board members in Iowa are locally elected public officials. School districts are subdivisions of the state and most general laws regarding conduct of public officials and handling public funds apply to members of the local board of education.
The board of directors of a school district operates as a corporate body. Individual school board members have no authority to act independently and cannot commit or bind the board by their individual actions. Powers and duties of the board must be exercised by the board as a whole.
More than 2,000 men and women serve on local school boards in Iowa, guiding the education of approximately 475,000 young people at an annual expenditure of over $5 billion.
Local school boards may have five or seven members. They may be elected at-large, from director districts or in several combinations of at-large and districts, depending on the system locally adopted. The school board secretary can inform prospective candidates about the structure of the local board and which voters may cast ballots for each seat.
Board members serve four-year terms. Elections are held in odd-numbered years with parts of the board being elected every other year.
School board members receive no compensation. Their reward is the satisfaction that comes from rendering an indispensable public service.
Effective board members...
- Focus their efforts on serving all children.
- Understand the board's roles and responsibilities.
- Work well as members of a team.
- Act with professionalism and integrity.
- Commit the time and energy required to be effective.
Code of ethics
The Iowa Association of School Boards recommends a set of ethical guidelines for school board members in fulfilling their roles. These guidelines include listening, respecting the opinion of others, adhering to public openness and accountability, abiding by majority decisions of the board, being prepared and informed and others. The complete guidelines are available on the IASB website at www.ia-sb.org.
The official work of school boards is carried out at regular monthly meetings. Most Iowa school boards hold at least one regular meeting per month; a growing number hold two meetings per month. Meetings may be held as determined by the board, called by the president or by the secretary of the board upon the written request of a majority of the members of the board or according to board policy. Check with your board secretary for a local meeting schedule.
Please feel free to check the IASB website for more information. www.ia-sb.org
2015 School Board Election Dates
July 6 - First day to file nomination papers with the board secretary.
July 25 - Vacancies or resignations on a school board occurring on or before today must be filled at the school board election.
July 30 - Last day to file nomination papers. Deadline is 5 p.m.
July 31 - Board secretary delivers nomination papers to county auditor. Deadline is 5 p.m.
August 4 - Last day candidates may withdraw. Last day written objections to nomination papers or eligibility of candidate may be filed.
September 8 - School Election Day
September 11 - Election canvas of official vote totals.
Organizational Meeting - No date is legally specified for the organizational meeting. It is the local board's first regular meeting following the canvass.
Serving on a school board is a challenging job requiring leadership, vision and dedication. Board members are entrusted with one of the most important responsibilities assigned to a citizen: ensuring that Iowa schools help students reach high levels of educational achievement.
(information taken from IASB)