The end of summer break and the beginning of the next school year are in sight (insert painful groan). With the significant amount of snow days and the extension of this past school year, for many of us it feels as though the summer break has just started. Hopefully each of you have found the opportunity to do some relaxation, get away with family, or even just enjoy a little “staycation” with the family at home. If not, get out there while you can and find a way to enjoy these last few weeks of summer break. Come August 23rd, we will all be back and fired up to start a great 2019-20 school year. Teachers have already begun “sneaking” back into their rooms getting things set up. All new teachers to the district will join us officially starting August 16th for orientation. The entire faculty and staff will return on August 21st for professional development and mandatory trainings. It is going to be a great school year!
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the changes in school board elections that will go into effect this coming fall. The Iowa Legislature has moved the election date for school boards to align with the regular general election date of the first Tuesday in November. This year’s school board election will be on Tuesday, November 5th. With this change in the election date, there is also a change in the key dates for filing candidacy papers if you are considering running for a position as a school board member. This fall we will have four positions open on the Jesup school board. Serving your school district as a school board member can be a rewarding opportunity in meeting the needs of young people as well as that of your local community. The first paragraph of the Iowa School Board Association’s Candidate Guide states the role perfectly:
“Serving on a school board is a challenging job that requires leadership, vision and dedication. A school board member is entrusted with one of the most important responsibilities that can be assigned to a citizen: ensuring that Iowa schools help students reach high levels of educational achievement. Serving on a school board is a crucial aspect of grassroots democracy.”
School board members demonstrate strong leadership, vision, and dedication as they are charged with accountability for student learning, determining educational goals, setting policy, overseeing school finances and overall governance of the school district. If you feel strongly about the future of the Jesup Community School District, have a passion in serving your local community and are student focused, we would strongly encourage you to consider pursuing this great opportunity.
Additional information can be found on the Iowa School Board Association website at https://www.ia-sb.org/, scrolling down, and clicking on “Get On Board With School Board Elections”. In this newsletter we are also including a “Key Dates” information sheet to assist anyone who is considering running for school board. In addition to this information, please do not hesitate to contact the district office at 319-827-1700, Board Secretary Sheila Tharp at email@example.com, or reach out to an existing school board member.