FOREST CITY | The Iowa Association of School Boards and Forest City Community School District urges Iowans passionate about education to consider running for election to their local school boards. Public schools need strong leadership and governance to ensure a bright future for all children and communities across the state.

Nominations for open seats can be filed until Thursday, August 3, at 5 p.m. School board elections will take place Tuesday, September 12.

Strong leadership in each school district is critical to moving education forward in our state. School board members play significant roles in their communities – they must have leadership, vision and dedication. These locally elected public officials are charged with accountability for student learning, determining educational goals, setting policy, overseeing school finances and more.

School board members are elected to serve four-year terms, with elections taking place in odd-numbered years. Those elected receive no pay. Experienced school board members say the rewards of service lie in meeting the needs of children and communities.

Nomination papers for school board seats are available from your local school board secretaries. School board candidates in the Forest City Community School District must obtain the signatures of at least 50 electors.

Board members for community colleges are also elected on Sept. 12. Board members for area education agencies are elected by the school boards in each district.