Since 1946, the Iowa Association of School Boards has been committed to serving Iowa school boards and public schools. As a 501c4 nonprofit organization, the association advances the goals of its members through education, advocacy and service.
To educate, support and challenge public school board members in their pursuit of world-class education for all students in Iowa.
All Iowa school boards utilize effective governance practices, which contributes to Iowa’s being a leader in education.
Our Core Values
Service, Innovation, Accountability
Our Strategic Goals
Goal #1: To provide board development opportunities and resources that meet member needs for effective governance.
Goal #2: To increase advocacy for public education.
Goal #3: To enhance organizational effectiveness and capacity.
Who We Serve
IASB members include boards of education for Iowa’s public school districts, area education agencies and community colleges. In addition to board members themselves, IASB provides important support services for roles that work closely with boards: superintendents, business officials, board secretaries and school attorneys.
School Boards: More than 1,900 men and women serve on local school boards for Iowa’s 333 school districts. Iowa school boards govern the education of approximately 483,000 young people while overseeing school budgets totaling $5.9 billion. School board members are elected by their local communities in an election held the second Tuesday of September in odd numbered years.They serve four-year terms. They may be elected at large, from director districts or in several combinations of at-large and districts, depending on the system locally adopted.
Local school boards may have five or seven members. School board members receive no pay. Their reward is the satisfaction they receive from public service.
Area Education Agency Boards: The state’s nine area education agencies (AEAs) are governed by board members who are elected for four-year terms by public school board members. Iowa AEAs are intermediate service units that provide special education, media and educational services to local schools.
Community College Trustees: The Iowa Association of Community College Trustees holds a membership in IASB. Iowa’s 15 two-year community colleges are governed by five-to-nine board members elected by local residents in an election held the second Tuesday of September in odd-numbered years. They are elected to four-year terms.