Des Moines School Board

School Board members

The Des Moines School Board (l to r): Rob Barron, Heather Anderson, Cindy Elsbernd (vice chair, Dr. Thomas Ahart (superintendent), Teree Caldwell Johnson (chair), Dionna Langford, Natasha Newcomb, Connie Boesen

The people of Des Moines elect seven members to serve as their representatives on the Des Moines School Board. In turn, the Board is responsible for the governance of Iowa’s largest provider of public education.

School board members in Iowa are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every other year on the second Tuesday in September, and new members begin their term the following week. The school board then elects a chair and vice chair from among its members. Appointment of the board secretary and treasurer takes place before August 15 each year.

In addition to their responsibilities on the school board, members also serve on a variety of district committees, represent Des Moines Public Schools on a variety of local, state and national organizations, and maintain cooperative relationships with both national organizations and local governmental bodies.

For information about current members of the School Board, their work and meetings please visit the links to the right.

Contact the School Board

Board of Directors
Des Moines Public Schools
2323 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-242-7713

NOTE: Individuals who write or email the School Board should be aware that their correspondence may be subject to examination and copying by others pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 22 of the Code of Iowa.