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Brennan, Brown to Lead School Board

The WDMCS Board of Education elected Elizabeth Brennan as its president and David Brown as its vice president on Sept. 23.

Elizabeth BrennanBrennan was re-elected to a second term as board member during the Sept. 10 school board elections. This is also her second term as president. She is a preschool teacher at Montessori Children’s House in West Des Moines. She graduated from Valley High School and St. Olaf College. She earned her elementary teaching degree, with an English as a Second Language endorsement, from the University of Iowa and her International Diploma in Early Childhood Montessori teaching from the Montessori Centre International in London. Brennan and her husband, Scott, have two children: Lexi is a senior at Valley and Joe is a sophomore at Valley.

David BrownDavid is vice president of compliance at Principal Financial Group. He is a graduate of Valley High School. David holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University and a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. He and his wife, Julie, have three children: Ross is a 2010 Valley graduate and a student at Dartmouth College; Keegan is a 2012 Valley graduate and a student at the University of Utah; and Chase is an eighth grader at Indian Hills. David has served on the board of directors of Youth Emergency Services & Shelter and on the board of directors of Hospice of Central Iowa. He is also a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.

Meeting agendas and full minutes are available on the district website:

www.wdmcs.org/district/our-school-board/meetings

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Board Highlights from 9/9/13

Donation Helps Hungry WDMCS Students

A program that helps provide food to WDMCS students on the weekends received a $16,450 donation from the West Des Moines Community Celebration Committee during the Sept. 9 school board meeting.

Nearly one in three West Des Moines school district students are eligible for free or reduced meals at school.

The Booster Pak program is a non-profit organization that focuses on reducing childhood hunger in our school district by providing sacks of healthy, kid-friendly food to low-income children on weekends and school breaks, when they do not have access to the federal free and reduced price meal programs. There is no cost to the children or families that participate in the program.

The donation will allow the organization to reach more students in the junior high and high schools, where the program recently began providing food.  The organization partners with the Iowa Food Bank’s Backpack Buddies program to provide food to 550 students each week in our elementary schools. The Booster Pak program is the big brother to the Backpack Buddies and provides food to junior and senior high students. The Pak program serves more than 100 junior and senior students each week, and is expanding. A food and personal care pantry also serves these older students.

West Des Moines Community Celebration Committee is a non-profit committee of community members and City of West Des Moines personnel that sponsored A-MAY-Zing Days. The committee raised funds to promote and support community-wide events during the month of May and to support a West Des Moines community-based nonprofit.

To learn more about the Booster Pak program, please visit www.boosterpak.org.

Meeting agendas and full minutes are available on the district website:

www.wdmcs.org/district/our-school-board/meetings

Follow informal board highlights on Twitter @WDMCS.

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