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GMG Board of Education

GMG School Board Members:
 
  • Ann Jackson, President
  • Bill Backoff, Vice-president
  • Stephanie DeSchamp
  • Doug Dieleman
  • Kyle Hall
  • Nathan Holven
  • Randy Sienknecht
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     School Board Secretary - Katie Mathern

     Superintendent - Ben Petty

Iowa's open meetings law "seeks to assure, through a requirement of open meetings of governmental bodies, that the basis and rationale of governmental decisions, as well as those decisions themselves, are easily accessible to the people." All actions and discussions at meetings of governmental bodies, whether formal or informal, including work sessions, must be conducted in open session unless exceptions or exemptions are specifically provided by law. "Open session" means a meeting to which all members of the public have access.
 

For information on board meetings and communicating with board members at an upcoming meeting, see the attached handout.   Board form GMG - public comment.pdf

GMG School Board members can also be contacted via email using "first initial last name" @gmgschools.org

Minutes from past board meetings can be found in the GMG District Newsletter

The Legal Authority of School Boards

A school board operates as a corporate body. Individual members acting independently have no legal status or authority and cannot commit or bind the board by their actions.  As a corporate body, the board may conduct business only with a quorum present during a regular or special meeting.

Under Iowa law, the school board has the authority to:

  • Appoint a school improvement advisory committee (SIAC) to make recommendations to the board, which the board may utilize to, among others:
    o Determine major educational needs; and
    o Evaluate progress toward educational goals. (Iowa Code §280.12).
  • Maintain adequate administration, school staffing, personnel assignment policies, teacher qualifications, licensing requirements, facilities, equipment, grounds, graduation requirements, instructional requirements, instructional materials, maintenance procedures and policies on extracurricular activities. (Iowa Code §280.14).
  • May include in the educational program additional courses, subjects or activities that fit the needs of the pupils. (Iowa Code §280.3). 
  • Maintain attendance centers based upon the needs of the school-age pupils, and determine attendance centers for the district and the particular school each child will attend. (Iowa Code §279.11).
  • Employ a superintendent (Iowa Code §279.20), teachers (Iowa Code §279.12), principals (Iowa Code §279.21), other licensed professional personnel and support personnel, and determine their salaries.
  • Act on recommendations to terminate the contract or immediately discharge any employee subject to the provisions of any applicable law. (Iowa Code §279.15-19A; §279.23-25; §279.27).
  • Appoint a secretary and a treasurer. (Iowa Code §279.3).
  • Expel a student from school for violation of the rules established by the board or when the presence of a student is detrimental to the best interests of the school. (Iowa Code §282.4).
  • Fix the time and place of regular and special meetings. (Iowa Code §279.1-2).
  • Fill by appointment board vacancies occurring between elections. (Iowa Code §279.6).
  • Develop and adopt board policy governing all school district operations. (Iowa Code §279.8).
  • Become members of the Iowa Association of School Boards and pay dues to the association. (Iowa Code §279.38).
  • Employ legal counsel. (Iowa Code §279.37).
  • Allow all just claims against the corporation. (Iowa Code §279.29).
  • Insure against loss of property. (Iowa Code §279.28).
  • Provide transportation services. (Iowa Code §285).
  • Acquire, hold, convey, lease, rent and manage property, real and personal. (Iowa Code §297).
  • Incur indebtedness when authorized by the voters of the school corporation. (Iowa Code §296.1).
  • Comply with the with Open Meetings and Public Records laws. (Iowa Code §21; 22).
  • Negotiate in good faith with representatives of local employee associations. (Iowa Code §20).

Although the list is not comprehensive, it illustrates the authority vested in Iowa school boards.