How to vote for your candidates
The Des Moines School Board needs your help deciding who is best to take care of student needs and the educational efforts for our future work force.
With four seats available for the 2017 Des Moines Public School Board, and five candidates, the race for the at-large candidacy is on. The election will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12, with polls opening at 7 am and closing promptly at 8 pm.
With 32,979 K-12 Students, the Des Moines Public School District is the largest in the state. There are 63 schools in the Des Moines school district: 38 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, five high schools and 10 schools that offer specialized and alternative programs.
When members are elected to represent the Des Moines School Board, they swear into being responsible for the governance and aide of Iowa’s largest provider of public education.
Dionna Langford and Teree Caldwell-Johnson are running unopposed for district positions, so the main race is on between Rob Barron, Louisa Dykstra and Kyrstin Shelley who are competing to be at-large candidates. The members elected to the School Board serve four-year, unpaid terms.
Rob Barron has an edge when it comes to the at-large election, as he is the only returning member running.
“I believe in public service and have enjoyed my board service thus far. I think my history as a DMPS student and parent, along with my experience working in education policy for Senator Harkin, have prepared me for the job. And I have more work left to do,” said Barron.
There are an abundant amount of polling locations available to residents of the Des Moines area. For a full list of the closest ones to you, visit https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/auditor/election/school-election-2017/.