Chris Liebig won’t be doing his usual one-stop shopping school board election post at A Blog About School this year, so I’m stepping in and putting one together here.
I will be using this post as a collection point for information about the 2015 ICCSD school board election scheduled for September 8th. I will continue to add information here as it becomes available. If you see that I have missed something, as surely I will, please suggest additional links in the comments, by e-mail, or by Twitter.
Eight candidates are competing for four open four-year seats; no incumbents are running for re-election. In a separate race, three candidates are competing for one two-year seat, which became vacant upon Tuyet Baruah’s submission of her resignation last week.
The voter pre-registration deadline is Friday, August 28th at 5 pm. Voters will need to use the election day registration procedure to register to vote after this deadline.
Your school polling place is likely to be different than your regular polling place. Find your school polling place here. Please note that a few ICCSD school precincts have new locations for 2015. Polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm on Tuesday, September 8th.
Early voting begins Thursday, August 13th
will commence as soon as ballots can be prepared after August 4th (deadline for candidates to withdraw). Mailed absentee ballots can be requested at any time from now until Friday, September 4th at 5 pm. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Saturday, September 5th (remember that Monday, September 7th is Labor Day), but can be returned in person to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office until polls close on election day, Tuesday, September 8th, at 8 pm. Once early voting begins, you can also vote early in person, on weekdays between 7:45 am and 5:30 pm, at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City. Due to Labor Day, the last day to vote in person at the Auditor’s Office will be Friday, September 4th.
The Johnson County Auditor’s Office will have a satellite site for school election voting at UIHC, Fountain Lobby, on Thursday, September 3rd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- Save Hoover question and candidate responses here, here and here or all three compiled into a single post here
- North Corridor Parents candidate interviews here, Tom Yates (inadvertently omitted) here
DEBATES AND CANDIDATE FORUMS
- Hani Elkadi, producer and host of Education Exchange, will be interviewing candidates Wednesday, August 19th at PATV studios. Live streaming will be available at the PATV website or the Board of Education 2015 Candidates Facebook page. The taped programs will air at various times on Education Channel 21 and PATV Channel 18 and be posted on YouTube and the PATV website.
- 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm with panelists Todd Fanning, Jason Lewis, Brian Richman, Lori Roetlin, and Brianna Wills
- 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm with panelists LaTasha DeLoach, Shawn Eyestone, Phil Hemingway, Lucas Van Orden, and Tom Yates
- 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm with panelists Chris Liebig, Paul Roesler, and Megan Schwalm
- DPO sponsored Candidate Meet and Greet; Saturday, August 22nd, 10:00 am to noon at the ESC, 1725 N. Dodge Street
- North Liberty Building Community Group sponsored Candidate Meet and Greet; Saturday, August 29th, 10:00 am to noon at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry Street, Gerdin Conference Center Room 2 (lower level)
- Iowa City Education Association/Press-Citizen ICCSD Board Candidate Forum; Monday, August 31st, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Coralville Public Library, Schwab Auditorium
- ICCSD Board Candidate Forum: Beyond iPads and IPM: Sustainability and STEM in our schools; Tuesday, September 1st, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Coralville Public Library, Schwab Auditorium [Added: This is a discussion forum hosted by Ecopolis, Backyard Abundance, and Field to Family. School board candidates will be asked to comment on information shared.]
- Special Education Forum; Thursday, September 3rd, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A
- KXIC School Board Candidate Interviews: scheduled for different dates and times between Tuesday, August 18th and Thursday, September 3rd. Find podcasts of the interviews here.
[Note: Edited 8/26 to move candidate guest opinions and profiles to Candidate Statements and Profiles section below.]
- Press-Citizen’s Letters to the Editor page (letters in support of candidates will appear here)
- The Gazette’s Letters to the Editor page (letters in support of candidates will appear here)
- Press-Citizen: Our View: Candidates needed for school board (7/24)
- Maria Houser Conzemius: Hemingway, Yates for School Board’s 4-Yr. Terms; Liebig for 2-Yr Term (7/31)
- Federation of Labor endorses School Board candidate (7/31)
- Michael Tilley: A Primer on the Arguments For and Against Closing Hoover (8/3)
- Jeff McGinness: Much at stake in upcoming school election (8/7)
- Labor group endorses 3 for school board (8/12)
- Mary Murphy: Show Me the Donors School Board Candidates (and how much they donated) (8/13)
- School board has not demonstrated need to close Hoover (8/14)
- Chris Lynch: Vote for our students on Sept. 8 (8/20)
- New School Board should revisit Hoover decision (8/20)
- The Gazette: Our endorsements for Iowa City school board (8/23) [Spoiler: The Gazette endorsed DeLoach, Eyestone, Hemingway, Lewis, and Schwalm]
- Scott Koepke: Back to school with the “5 P’s” (8/24)
- Beware of one-issue School Board candidates (8/25)
- Save Hoover Elementary: Vote September 8 (8/26)
- Mary Murphy: 2015 ICCSD Candidate Positions on Comment by Public at Board Meeting at Time of Specific Agenda Items (8/24)
- School Board must provide critical oversight of ICCSD (8/26)
- Hani Elkadi: School Board candidates share favorites (8/28)
Articles and posts substantively discussing the school board elections. See Candidate Statements and Profiles for articles about individual candidates announcing campaigns, candidate profiles, and candidate statements.
CANDIDATE STATEMENTS AND PROFILES
Candidates for the four-year seats
- LaTasha DeLoach: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Shawn Eyestone: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Todd Fanning: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Phil Hemingway: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Jason T. Lewis: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Brian Richman: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Lori Roetlin: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Lucas Van Orden IV: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Brianna Wills: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Tom Yates: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
Candidates for the two-year seat
- Chris Liebig: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Paul Roesler: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Megan Schwalm: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
CANDIDATE CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact information for all thirteen candidates is now available at the JC Auditor’s website here.
Candidates for the four-year seats
- LaTasha DeLoach: Facebook page, website, Twitter
- Shawn Eyestone: Facebook page, Twitter, candidate events
- Todd Fanning: Facebook page, website, Twitter
- Phil Hemingway: Twitter, website
- Jason T. Lewis: Facebook page, website, Twitter
- Brian Richman: Facebook page, website, candidate events
- Lori Roetlin: Facebook page, website, candidate events
- Lucas Van Orden IV: Facebook page, website, Twitter
- Brianna Wills: Facebook page, website, candidate events
- Tom Yates: Facebook page
Candidates for the two-year seat
- Chris Liebig: Website, blog, Twitter, candidate events
- Paul Roesler: Facebook page, Twitter
- Megan Schwalm: Facebook page, website, Twitter, candidate events
2013 regular school election: Winning candidates received at least 3,041 votes; 11.86% voter turnout.
2011 regular school election: Winning candidates (four-year seats) received at least 1,910 votes, winning candidate (two-year seat) received 3,165 votes; 5.96% voter turnout.
2013 special election: Revenue Purpose Statement passed with 56% of the votes (3,405 yes votes); 8.09% voter turnout.