REGIONAL—There will be 34 public board of education seats up for election this coming fall in N’West Iowa.

Nomination papers may be picked up from each respective school district’s board secretary or an area county auditor’s office or may be accessed through the Iowa secretary of state’s office website at sos.iowa.gov.

The filing period will start Monday, Aug. 26.

Candidates need to turn in nomination papers by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, to their respective school board secretaries.

Regular school board elections, which used to be held in September, will be held this year on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

An Iowa law approved in 2017 requires regular school elections to be held in November on the same day as regular city elections.

That legislation, which went into effect in July, was passed in an effort to encourage increased participation from voters in low-turnout school elections.

The minimum number of signatures needed for each school board candidate depends on the number of registered voters in his or her respective school district.

Candidates are encouraged to ask their respective school district’s board secretary or area county auditor for the minimum number of signatures needed in their respective school district:

  • For school districts with less than 1,000 registered voters, the minimum number of signatures is 10.
  • For school districts with more than 1,000 registered voters, the minimum number of signatures is 1 percent of the number of registered voters or 50, whichever is less.

SEATS UP FOR ELECTION:

Listed below are the incumbents for the four-year school board seats up for election this fall in N’West Iowa public school districts:

  • Boyden-Hull: Jason Moser and Laura Woelber, District 2; Jake Ten Haken, District 3.
  • Central Lyon: Joel DeWit, David Jans and Andy Koob, at large.
  • George-Little Rock: Doug Krull, District 1; Jason Fugitt, District 4; Curt Fiedler, at large.
  • Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn: Ryan Haack, District 1; Scott Heetland, District 4.
  • MOC-Floyd Valley: Chris Immeker, District 1; Amy Kleinhesselink, District 2; Shane Jager, District 4.
  • Okoboji: Scott Dodge, Bob Hansen and Jay Weaver, at large.
  • Rock Valley: Jerry Kelderman and James Van Veldhuizen, at large.
  • Sheldon: Mark Brown, District 2; Kecia Hickman, District 3; Jessica Brink, at large.
  • Sibley-Ocheyedan: Kyle Grimes, District 2; Dan Berkland, District 5.
  • Sioux Center: Tim Gesink and Scott TeStroete, at large.
  • South O’Brien: Julie Paulsen, District 2; Todd Faust, District 4; Sandra Fritz, District 5; Tom Wagner, at large.
  • West Lyon: Justin Metzger, District 3; Derek Knobloch, District 4; Scott Lee, District 5.
  • West Sioux: Larry Gregg, District 3; Corey Utech, District 4.

Four seats on the Sheldon-based Northwest Iowa Community College Board of Trustees also are up for election this fall.

The minimum number of signatures for each candidate is at least 50 from the respective trustee district he or she is running to represent.

The terms are four years for each of the following seats:

  • District 2, which is represented by Steve Simons of Larchwood. The trustee district encompasses the Central Lyon and West Lyon school districts and a portion of the Rock Valley School District.
  • District 3, which is represented by Loretta Berkland of rural Sibley. The trustee district encompasses the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Sibley-Ocheyedan school districts.
  • District 5, which is represented by Adam Besaw of Sheldon. The trustee district encompasses the George-Little Rock and Sheldon school districts.
  • District 6, which is represented by Leroy Van Kekerix of Orange City. The trustee district encompasses portions of the MOC-Floyd Valley, Sioux Center and West Sioux school districts.