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School Board

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education is here to serve you and govern the school district.

  • The school board is made up of seven individuals representing the families and citizens of our community.
  • The members are elected at-large by residents of our district community.
  • 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.
  • Elections are held bi-annually in odd-numbered years on the second Tuesday in September.

The role of the school board is to:

  • Set policy for the school district.
  • Select an executive officer and delegate to that officer the authority for carrying out the policies, plans, and administrative details.
  • Determine the operational efficiency of the schools not only in dollars and cents but also in the results of instruction.