SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION SET FOR SEPTEMBER 13.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10th, 2011
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Ames Community Schools
AMES—School board elections in Iowa will take place September 13 this year. On the ballot will be five of the seven seats of the Ames Community School District’s (ACSD) Board of Directors.
The Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) is encouraging Iowans who are passionate about education to consider running for election for local school boards. Nominations for open seats on the school board can be filed between July 11 and August 4, 2011.
A statement released by the IASB urges Iowans to be active in the education systems in their communities, “Strong leadership in every school district is critical to moving education forward in this state. School board members play significant roles in their communities – members must have leadership, vision and dedication.”
School board members are elected to serve four-year terms, with elections taking place in odd-numbered years. Those elected receive no pay. Experienced board members say the rewards of service lie in meeting the needs to the children and communities. In Ames, the terms of Board members Mary Jurenka, Paul Sodders, Francis Todey and Dan Woodin are up; Board member John Hascall’s seat will also appear on the September 13 ballot. Hascall was appointed by the Board to fill Roy Cakerice’s seat following his resignation in January 2010. The candidate elected to this seat will fill out the remainder of the term, which expires in September 2013.
Nomination papers for school board seats in Ames are available from school board secretary Karen Shimp. Shimp’s office is located in the Educational Services Center, 415 Stanton Avenue.
School board candidates must obtain the signatures of at least one percent of the qualified electors of the District, or 50 electors, whichever is less, but at least 10 signatures. A free guide for board candidates, titled “Leaders Who Care,” is available upon request from Karen Shimp, or the IASB.