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School Board Election: Nov. 5th, 2019

School Board Election: November 5, 2019
By Kate Baldwin, Executive Director of Admin Services

On November 5th Iowans across the state will be headed to the polls to elect candidates to their local school boards. During the 2019 legislative session, Iowa adopted new legislation that moved the traditional school election from September to align with the city official elections held on the first Tuesday of November. School board members will continue to be elected to 4-year terms.

The Norwalk Community School District board of directors consists of five members. All directorships are “at-large”, meaning candidates may reside at any location within the school district. A candidate must be at least 18 years of age. The Norwalk board of directors conducts one regular meeting per month and usually holds a second special meeting most months.

Three of the five positions will be up for election in the fall. Members with expiring terms are David Albrecht, Rick Kaul, and Dana Schuemann. Mr. Kaul has served on the school board since 2004 and has been president of the board since 2016. Mr. Kaul announced he will not be seeking another term. Albrecht and Schuemann were elected in 2015. Other school board members are Justin Fletcher and Maribeth Wright. We are very grateful to all current and past board members for the dedicated service and the skillful leadership they have provided to the school district.

To become a candidate for school board, a citizen must submit a nomination petition to the Board Secretary. The nomination forms are available at the Norwalk Community School District office located at 380 Wright Road, during normal office hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm or at the Iowa Secretary of State website http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/candidates/index.html. The nomination petition must contain the signatures of a minimum of 50 eligible electors (citizens eligible to vote) within the Norwalk Community School District. (It is recommended that candidates secure 75 signatures.) Once this petition is submitted, the candidate completes an affidavit of candidacy, declaring their intent to run for term of office. The affidavit of candidacy must be submitted to the board secretary by 5:00 pm, September 19th . The Board Secretary will submit these forms to the county auditor to verify eligibility. Once this process is complete, the candidate’s name is officially placed on the ballot.

Renewal of Sales Tax Revenue Purpose Statement: In addition to school board candidates, voters will be asked to renew the Norwalk Schools’ Sales Tax Revenue Purpose Statement. The 2019 Iowa legislature renewed the 1-cent Sales Tax for Schools for another 20 years (2029 through 2049). This law change did not increase the percentage of sales tax being paid to Iowa schools. However, the new law requires all local school districts to renew their Revenue Purpose Statement to provide voter approval for the use of the funds. Norwalk is requesting approval for all eligible purposes provided under the law. Additional information will be following regarding renewal of the Sales Tax Revenue Purpose Statement.

Below is a timeline of dates specific to the November 5, 2019 school election. Voters will cast their ballot at their normal polling location. If you have questions, please contact the Warren County auditor’s office at 515-961-1020. The polling hours are 7 am to 8 pm.

2019-2020 School Election Calendar

August 26, 2019 First Day for Candidate to File Nomination Petitions with Board Secretary and Complete Affidavit of Candidacy (The Affidavit of Candidacy is available at the Office of the Board Secretary or the state website https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/electioninfo/schoolelections.html

September 19, 2019 Last Day for Candidate to File Nomination Petitions with Board Secretary (Deadline is 5:00 PM, Thursday, September 19, 2019)

September 20, 2019 Board Secretary to File Nomination Papers with County Auditor & File of any Public Measures to be placed on the ballot, Due to county auditor by Noon

September 24, 2019 Last Day for Candidates to Withdraw by Filing a Written Request With the Board Secretary (Deadline is 5:00) (Last day for citizens to file a petition challenging a candidate’s nomination)

October 7, 2019 First day to file absentee ballots.

November 5, 2019 General Election Day, Polls Open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

November 12, 2019 Absentee Ballot Deadline (Noon) & Warren County Board of Supervisors Canvass and Certify Election Results

November 18, 2019 School Board Reorganization Meeting (Tentative)