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May is School Board Recognition Month

The Facts Regarding School Board

School Board Members Board members are locally elected, non-salaried public officials entrusted with the task of providing the direction for the education of students across Iowa. The board of education is a uniquely American institution, dating from the earliest days of our country. It has made public schools flexible and responsive to local community needs. Today, public schools are being asked to raise the bar of academic achievement, while remaining good stewards of the public’s investment in education. That demands sound knowledge in several key areas, including leadership, school improvement, school finance, advocacy and more, while keeping student achievement as the board’s primary focus. Iowa school board members represent a continuing commitment to local citizen decision-making in public education. Each week, they donate their personal time in service to Iowa students.

K-12 School Boards Iowa has 333 school districts with five or seven member school boards. School board members are elected by their local communities in an election held the second Tuesday of November in odd-numbered years. They may be elected at large or from director districts and serve four-year terms

K-12 Public School Board Data

Board seats in Iowa.................................................1,893

Male board members...................................................61%

Female board members ............................................. 39%

Five member boards.................................................. 219

Seven member boards .............................................. 114

Student enrollment 2016–17 ..     ...................... 485,1471

Total General Fund Revenues 2016–17.................... $5.8 billion 

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