Turnquist seeks Alta School Board seat

Friday, September 1, 2017

Jon Turnquist has lived 34 of 46 years in Alta with his wife Carrie and daughter Brittany on a farm just outside of Alta. He has strong community involvement. He is member of St. Paul Lutheran Church (Alta).

He has held various roles such as Sunday School teacher and Superintendent, Trustee, Financial Secretary, and Evangelism chair person. He has assisted with teaching youth softball pitching and high school softball pitching. Jon is a 1989 Alta graduate and holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Morningside College 1993.)

What prompted Jon Turnquist to run for school board? A few community members asked him to run and after much consideration he decided to run for Alta school board.

He has had experience in education as a teacher for eight years. He Taught in Hampton-Dumont (5th grade) for three years and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (6th grade) for five years. Jon coached for all eight years in various sports such as football, softball and track. Since 2001, He has been a farmer with his brothers, Steve and Dave Turnquist, and has the unique combination of being once an educator and now a business owner.

“I wouldn’t do anything different since the start of the sharing agreement. I feel the direction of the schools has been very successful and one that needs to continue. I am a proponent of consolidation as it would benefit both school districts, communities, and especially the students,” says Turnquist.

Declining enrollment in northwest Iowa seems to be the norm these days; however, Alta/Aurelia is maintaining and in some instances gaining in class sizes.

Since the whole grade sharing, it allows students to have more opportunities in the secondary education classes and allows school districts to be run more efficient by sharing educators and administration.

Without consolidation or the sharing agreement, it would only take a few years for both schools to decline rapidly and lose their identity. Also, students would lose the opportunity to have various higher level classes thus hindering their education,” he said.

“Having been in two consolidations at H-D and H-M-S, it was a seamless transition and one that benefited all communities,” said Turnquist.

One major advantage that Alta and Aurelia share is the proximity to one another. Busing can be a major issue for school districts but fortunately this one makes sense,” he said. Another advantage is the opportunity for students to perform or engage in various activities making the experience for children a beneficial one.