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Nominations open for local school boards

Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Iowa voters will go to the polls Sept. 13 to cast their ballots in school board elections.

Nominating petitions can be taken out starting July 11 with the filing deadline Aug. 4 to get on the ballot. The last day to remove a name from the ballot for the annual school board election is Aug. 9.

In Storm Lake the term filled by interim appointee Leslie Cutler will be up for reelection. No candidates have yet announced a plan to run.

In Alta, terms expiring include those of Richard Marshall and Val Rosenthal. Marshall is apparently not going to file for reelection while Rosenthal, Board president, has not indicated whether she will file again.

In Newell-Fonda, Roger Sarchet plans to be running again as a candidate representing District 1, the old Newell-Providence area. Voters throughout the entire district will vote in that election.

In Sioux Rapids Community School District, Bill Johnson's term will be expiring.

Brett Barglof's term will also be expiring at Laurens-Marathon.

According to the Iowa Association of School Boards, there are 364 local public school boards that will have elections this Sept. 13.

Serving on a school board is a challenging job that requires 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. More than 2,000 men and women serve on local school boards, guiding the education of 485,000 young people at an annual expenditure of more than $3.6 million.

School board members serve three-year terms, with part of the board elected each year to maintain continuity and experience. School board members receive no pay. Experienced school board members across Iowa say that the rewards of service lie in meeting the needs of children and communities, according to the Iowa Association of School Boards.

Nomination papers for school board seats are available from local school board secretaries. School board candidates must obtain the signatures of at least 1 percent of the qualified electors of the district or 50 electors, whichever is less, but at least 10 signatures. Candidates may also obtain information about the campaign finance disclosure laws from the county auditor. A free guide to board service, titled "Leaders Who Care", is available upon request from the local school district board secretary or the IASB.

Board members for community colleges are also elected on Sept. 13. Board members for area education agencies, which provide specialized services to local schools, are elected by the boards of schools within each area.

IASB IASB also publishes manuals and newsletters to assist school board members in carrying out their duties, and provides training opportunities for school representatives.

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