One-stop Shopping for the 2015 ICCSD School Board Election

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.

THROWBACK THURSDAY

It’s the Thursday before election day, so just for fun, here are a few posts from this blog written during the run up to the 2013 school elections.

ELECTION RESULTS

The Johnson County Auditor’s Office has posted a guide to election returns. Follow @jcauditor on Twitter for updates throughout election day. Turnout by precinct will be posted here and updated several times throughout election day. Results will be posted here starting after polls close at 8 pm on election day, as returns are become available (refresh the page periodically to follow as results are added).

The Johnson County Auditor’s Office is also live-blogging election day here.

  • 9 am voter turnout down approximately 200 from ICCSD 2013 school board election. [0.92% of registered voters have voted this morning.]
  • 11 am voter turnout down approximately 350 from ICCSD 2013 school board election. [1.88% of registered voters have voted this morning.]
  • 3 pm voter turnout down approximately 500 from ICCSD 2013 school board election. [4.14% of registered voters have voted so far today.]
  • 6 pm voter turnout down approximately 600 from ICCSD 2013 school board election. [7.23% of registered voters have voted so far today and turnout has now surpassed the 5.96% voter turnout at the ICCSD 2011 school board election.]

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: New school board members are DeLoach, Hemingway, Yates, Roetlin, and Liebig. 10.5% of registered voters turned out to cast votes in this election, falling short of the 11.86% turnout at the 2013 school board election, for the second highest turnout ever. Winning candidates for four-year terms needed at least 3063 votes, the two-year seat was won with 2669 votes.

The votes have been canvassed and the results are now official, with DeLoach’s record setting vote total now standing at 4316.

THE BASICS

Ten 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.

Sample ballots are now available here.  Ballots may vary within ICCSD depending upon which Kirkwood director district you reside in. Be sure to also confirm your school polling place here.

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.

QUESTIONNAIRES

  • Save Hoover question and candidate responses herehere and here or all three compiled into a single post here
  • North Corridor Parents candidate interviews here, Tom Yates (inadvertently omitted) here
  • Iowa City Education Association questionnaire and candidate responses here
  • Coalition for Racial Justice questionnaire and candidate responses here
  • Field to Family, Backyard Abundance, and Ecopolis questionnaire and candidate responses 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.] Find a recording of the forum here or watch below:

  • Special Education Forum; Thursday, September 3rd, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A. Find a recording of the forum here.
  • 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.

COMMENTARY 

[Note: Edited 8/26 to move candidate guest opinions and profiles to Candidate Statements and Profiles section below.]

NEWS COVERAGE

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

Candidates for the two-year seat

CANDIDATE CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact information for all thirteen candidates is now available at the JC Auditor’s website here.

CAMPAIGN WEBSITES

[Note: Edited 9/3 to add links to campaign reports filed with the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board as it takes some navigating to locate the school board reports on the website (DR-1 Statement of Organization (candidate’s committee) and DR-2 Disclosure Summary Page (donors and expenditures–must be filed if exceed $1,000)). School board reports are due by 4:30 pm today. Due to interest in PACs, I’ve added the Save Hoover Committee in this section under “other PACs”.]

Candidates for the four-year seats

Candidates for the two-year seat

Other PACs

RELATED LINKS

ICCSD Facilities Master Planning

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.

Nicholas Johnson: Board Governance: Theory and Practice

City High: 6 Year Preview (9/3)

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9 thoughts on “One-stop Shopping for the 2015 ICCSD School Board Election

    1. Karen W Post author

      Thanks for the link, John. The Johnson County Auditor website is a great resource.

      Readers may also want to follow JC Auditor Travis Weipert on Twitter for updates throughout election day at @jcauditor.

      Reply
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    1. Karen W Post author

      Thanks, Michael. It’s labeled as one on Facebook, but reading the description again, I can see that it doesn’t seem to be what people might expect a candidate forum to be (candidates lined up, answering a series of questions) so I’ve added a note.

      Reply
  2. Sara Langenberg

    Hi. The North Liberty Building Community Group has recently invited all ICCSD candidates to a meet and greet from 10 am to noon, Saturday, August 29, at the NL Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St. We have not yet sent out the press release, but here it is if you can please add it to your list of candidate forums. Thank you!

    Iowa City Community School Board candidates invited to August 29 event in North Liberty

    The North Liberty Building Community group has invited the 13 candidates running for seats on the Iowa City Community School District’s board of directors to meet with the North Liberty residents from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 29 in North Liberty.

    The event will be held in the lower level of the North Liberty Community Center, in Gerdin Conference Room 2, at 520 W. Cherry St., North Liberty.

    At the beginning of the event, the three candidates vying for two two-year seats on the board will speak for up to five minutes, in alphabetical order. Then, the 10 candidates seeking four four-year terms will speak, also in alphabetical order.

    After all candidates 13 candidates have spoken, the candidates have been encouraged to engage with individual audience members over free light refreshments. Each candidate also has been encouraged to bring informational campaign materials.

    The North Liberty Building Community group is a nonpartisan grass-roots group that does not make endorsements. The purpose of the free event is to give North Liberty residents an opportunity to meet all of the candidates.

    There are five seats on the ballot for the September 8 election in the Clear-Creek Amana School District, although none of those seats are contested.

    Visit the Johnson County Auditor’s website at johnson-county.com to find your voting location as it may be different for the September 8 school board elections than it is for other elections.

    http://northlibertybuildingcommunity.org/
    https://www.facebook.com/nlbuildingcommunity

    Reply
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