REGIONAL—N’West Iowa will see six contested races for public board of education seats up for election this fall.

Regular school elections will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5. Polls will be open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

The N’West Iowa school districts that will have contested races are Central Lyon, George-Little Rock, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Rock Valley, Sibley-Ocheyedan and South O’Brien.

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Sioux Center are going to ask their voters whether a revenue purpose statement should be adopted to authorize the expenditure of revenues received by the school districts from the state of Iowa’s Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) Fund.

Okoboji voters on Sept. 10 passed a public measure similar to the ones Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Sioux Center have put on the ballots for their voters to consider.

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Iowa House File 546 into law on May 24, extending the statewide penny sales tax to Jan. 1, 2051.

The SAVE legislation allows Iowa school districts to borrow against statewide penny sales tax revenue to help fund school infrastructure projects.

A revenue purpose statement defines the parameters and limits of how a public school district may spend the money that it collects as part of SAVE.

Okoboji’s board of education is going to ask its voters the following question:

Should the Okoboji school board sell the old Okoboji Middle School property at 10 Broadway St. in Arnolds Park to the highest bidder after an advertised and public bidding process, and apply the proceeds to pay down debt incurred for the new middle school building?

Okoboji voters last year approved a $25 million bond issue to help pay for the construction of a new middle school building next to the high school in Milford.

The project is set to be completed by the summer of next year.

Imagine Iowa Great Lakes’ bid of $1.1 million for the former middle school property had been approved 3-2 by the Okoboji school board on July 19, 2018.

However, the nonprofit beautification group withdrew its bid about two weeks later and decided not to buy the real estate due to controversy over it seeking the property.

On July 30, 2018, Okoboji received a petition from a small group of school district voters requesting that an election be held to direct the sale of the real estate.


Listed below are the candidates for the four-year school board seats up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in N’West Iowa public school districts:


  • District 2: Jason Moser and Laura Woelber, incumbents.
  • District 3: Jake Ten Haken, incumbent.

Central Lyon

  • Three at-large seats: Joel DeWit, David Jans and Andy Koob, incumbents, and Cassandra Downard.

George-Little Rock

  • District 1: Andrew Sprock.
  • District 4: Jason Fugitt, in­­cumbent.
  • One at-large seat: Paul De­­ne­­kas, Austin Lloyd and Allison Sandbeck.


  • District 1: Ryan Haack, incum­­bent.
  • District 2: Anthony Diehm and David Vander Broek.
  • District 4: Scott Heetland, in­­cumbent.

MOC-Floyd Valley

  • District 1: Kley De Jong.
  • District 2: Amy Kleinhesselink, incumbent.
  • District 4: Shane Jager, incum­­bent.


  • Three at-large seats: Tracy Evans, John Klopstad and Jon Pausley.

Rock Valley

  • Two at-large seats: Jerry Kelderman, incumbent, and Stacy Remmerde and Mike Suter.


  • District 2: Steve Waldstein.
  • District 3: Kecia Hickman, in­­cumbent.
  • One at-large seat: Jessica Brink, incumbent.


  • District 2: Kyle Grimes, incum­­bent.
  • District 5: Kristen Beyer and Roxanne Hayenga.

Sioux Center

  • Two at-large seats: Timothy Gesink and Scott Te Stroete, in­­cumbents.

South O’Brien

  • District 2: Julie Paulsen, in­­cumbent.
  • District 4: Beth Sibenaller-Woodall.
  • District 5: No candidates.
  • One at-large seat: John Beck and Sue McCauley.

West Lyon

  • District 3: Justin Metzger, in­­cumbent.
  • District 4: Derek Knobloch, incumbent.

West Sioux

  • District 3: Larry Gregg, in­­cumbent.
  • District 4: Corey Utech, in­­cumbent.