The upcoming school board election has drawn a great deal of attention and offers an unusually large number of candidates.
As an educator, with a respected teaching career at City High, Tom Yates will provide valuable insights and experience vital to the school board. He has a vision of what education should provide and a clear commitment to the well-being and educational development of the students — who are, after all, the district’s primary concern. With his background as an educator and his understanding of district operations and finances, he will be an advocate for the students’ best interests and work to ensure transparency and accountability among the board, staff and administration.
Another candidate who will bring valuable experience to the board is Brian Richman. A former member of Iowa City’s Housing and Community Development Commission and currently on the faculty of the University of Iowa College of Business, he will bring his expertise in business and public service financing to the board.
A commitment to respectful participation, transparency and accountability on the board is critical, especially as the district considered the General Obligation Bond in 2017.
Please join me in casting two of your four at-large school board votes for Tom Yates and Brian Richman when you vote for ICCSD school board on Sept. 8 (or, vote now at the county administration building).