School Board Election 2017
School board elections will be held this year on Tuesday, Sept. 12. There will be three seats on the ballot, as well as a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) renewal.
The School Board
The school board represents the parents and citizens of our community. In the West Des Moines Community Schools, school board members are elected at-large, or represent the entire school district. They receive no compensation for their service.
Each school board member is elected for a term of four years. Terms are staggered to ensure continuity of leadership.
The filing period for school board candidates ended at 5 p.m. on July 30. The following individuals have filed nomination papers. Follow the links to profiles from “The Des Moines Register.”
- Incumbent Elizabeth Brennan, 804 38th St., West Des Moines, is currently a preschool teacher at Montessori Children’s House in West Des Moines. She is a former West Des Moines Community Schools ESOL teacher and Valley High School graduate.
- Incumbent Vicky Poole, Ed.D., 12844 Clark St., Clive, retired from the West Des Moines Community Schools where she served as Valley High School principal (2000-11) and associate principal (1996-2000).
- Kelly Davydov, 4812 Stonebridge Circle, West Des Moines, serves as a program manager for the Family Development and Self-Sufficiency Program, an Iowa Department of Human Rights in-home service for low-income families with children birth through 18.
- Jennifer Wells, 508 25th St., West Des Moines, is executive director of Please Pass the Love, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing school-based mental health supports. She is also an adjunct professor at Drake University and taught special education at Western Hills Elementary, Hillside Elementary, and Indian Hills Junior High.
Current Board President Tali Greenspon is not seeking re-election.
Public School Board Candidate Forums
Iowans for Public Education Forum, 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the WDMCS Learning Resources Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. Iowans for Public Education invites the public to meet all the candidates for the West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education and get the chance to ask them a question.
The PPEL Renewal
Voters will be asked to renew the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy—$1.34 per $1,000 of taxable property value. This levy will not increase property taxes. West Des Moines Community Schools has depended on this levy for more than 60 years.
Funds generated will be used for:
- Purchasing education technology
- Updating computer systems as needed
- Safety improvements
- Building repairs and renovations
Remember to Vote on Sept. 12
Polling hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Please see the following websites for additional information: