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Read candidate responses ahead of our School Board Forum Aug. 30

August 15, 2017 at 1:09 PM

Ahead of its school board candidate forum set for Aug. 30 at the Coralville Public Library, the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce has invited the candidates to respond to several written questions about various issues. 

"It is important to the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce to educate its members and the public about positions of our school board candidates, because they help shape district policy for years to come," said Ryan Sempf, ICACC Director of Government Relations and Public Policy. "Making sure the our school board members understand the importance of the business community to education - and education to the business community - is key to making sure the jobs pipeline is continually filled with employees who are trained for the jobs of both today and tomorrow."

Click on any of the questions below to read responses from the candidates:

Question 1. What are your top three priorities if elected? Why are they important?

Question 2. What is your opinion on the upcoming school bond referendum, and why?

Question 3. How will you work to improve career and technical education throughout K-12?

Question 4. What will you do to improve coordination between the district and the business community?

Question 5. What makes you the most qualified candidate for this office?



Four of seven at-large seats on the Iowa City Community School District Board of Education are up for general election. One of the four seats is a two-year term seat up for special election; Charlie Eastham and Shawn Eyestone are running for this two-year seat.

The candidates for the three remaining four-year seats are J.P. Claussen, Janet Godwin, Ruthina Malone, Laura Westemeyer, and Karen Woltman. 

The candidate forum will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 30 in Schwab Auditorium at the Coralville Public Library.

The school board vote will take place on Sept. 12, the same date as the vote on the General Obligation bond referendum.