Why School Board Members Serve

IASB asked current Iowa school board members why they serve on their local boards. While we found there are many reasons why they are willing to give their time and commitment to serve their communities, there is one that remains consistent no matter who you ask—they serve to make a difference for the children in their district. Read through the slideshow below, or proceed at your own pace using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

"School board members are more than just stakeholders. We are ambassadors. I strive to be an informed board member so I can help all students regardless of socio-economic, racial and ethnic background. I believe that the school board should represent the diversity in each community. This helps make decisions that will positively impact all students."
Rhonda McRina, Waterloo School Board
"The school board is one of the most important elected offices in the country. Boards ultimately make decisions that impact the lives of students. Having a board that is representative of the student enrollment is one of the best things a community could have going for it. Diverse boards bring more values to the table and help make better informed decisions."
Rob Barron, Des Moines School Board
"Working with other board members toward a common goal gives me a feeling of accomplishment. I've seen how we can improve education for children when we put our minds to it. It's gratifying being part of the decision making process and part of making sure our students have a strong future."
Jim Green, Grant Wood AEA Board
"I volunteer to be a school board member to represent children and contribute my background and experience for the future of our kids. It's a worthwhile commitment to serve because you have the ability to set policy and strategy that impacts not only current students but the future education that the district provides,"
Molly Bergfeld, North Scott School Board
"I find board service rewarding because I can help provide opportunities for children in the district. I am proud of what we accomplish at the board table because it prepares our kids for postsecondary education and any career they choose. We are providing programs that encourage work based learning, internships, community service and leadership skills for our students."
Murray Fenn, Riverside School Board
"If you have a desire to learn, then the school board is for you. There are opportunities to ask questions and gain clarity about the issues that impact the district. I really enjoy seeing students succeed--every time I walk into a school building and see students learning, working on projects, and sharing what they learned--it makes me glad I ran for the board."
Amy Truax, Aplington-Parkersburg School Board
"As a school board member, I feel like a valued partner in the future of our students. I believe we are doing what is best for our students every step of the way. The rewards far out weigh the challenges and time commitment."
Christy Kunz, Central DeWitt School Board
"The most rewarding outcome of board service is seeing the smiling faces of kids walking across the stage at high school graduation. Just knowing that I approved the new Spanish teacher that inspired them to take AP Spanish, knowing that I had one little bit of their life that I can be proud of, that's the most inspiring part for me. Graduation gets me through the rough spots throughout the year."
Liz Brennan, Heartland AEA Board