Voting & Precincts
The school board is here to serve and govern the school district. The school board is made up of seven individuals representing the parents and citizens of our community. Members are elected at-large by residents of our district. They receive no compensation for their service. Each school board member is elected for a term of four years. Terms are staggered to ensure continuity of leadership. School board members are elected by their local communities in an election held the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November in odd-numbered years. The next few regular school elections will take place on the following dates:
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019
Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023
The role of the school board is to:
-Set policy for the school district.
-Select an executive officer and delegate to that officer the authority for carrying out the policies, plans and administrative details.
If you are preparing for the fall school board elections, these key dates can help. Download a PDF outlining the key dates.
Aug. 26: First day to file nomination papers with the board secretary.
Sept. 19: Last day to file nomination papers with the board secretary. Deadline is 5 p.m.
Sept. 20: Board secretaries deliver nomination papers to controlling commissioner. Deadline is noon.
Sept. 21: Vacancies or resignations on a school board occurring after this date must be filled at the school board election if a valid petition for election is filed. Any appointments made will be temporary until the election. Note that this is a Saturday.
Sept. 24: Last day candidates may withdraw. Last day written objections to nomination papers or eligibility of candidates may be filed. Deadline is 5 p.m.
Nov. 5: School election day. Polls are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Nov. 12 or 13: Tier 1 canvass of votes for all school districts: first Monday or Tuesday after the election, unless these dates fall on a legal holiday, then it pushes back one day. This is the only and final election canvass for school districts located within one county.
Nov. 18 or 19: Tier 2 canvass of votes for districts whose boundary lines fall within multiple counties: second Monday or Tuesday after the election. This is the second and final election canvass for those districts.
Dates vary: No date is legally specified for the organizational meeting. It is the board's first regular or special meeting following the final canvass. During this meeting, the board organizes for the new term.
Download a PDF outlining all the education opportunities for candidates and newly elected board members.
Visit the Iowa SOS school elections website for a variety of resources including:
Visit the Board of Ethics and Campaign Disclosure website for information on topics including:
Political advertising disclaimers
Permitted and prohibited corporate activity
Independent expenditures/in-kind contributions
Duties of a committee treasurer
Prohibition in use of public funds for political purposes
Guidelines for campaign fundraising