In Iowa, school board members, or directors, are elected to serve four-year terms. Beginning in 2019, School Board elections are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November in odd-numbered years, on the same day as municipal elections. School Board members are an unpaid elected position.


The 2019 School Board election will be held on Tuesday, November 5. This is the first year that School Board elections in Iowa are being held in November during odd-numbered years, at the same time as municipal elections, rather than in September.

There are four seats up in the 2019 election for the Des Moines School Board.

Three of the seats up for the 2019 election are for four-year terms:

One seat up for the 2019 election is for a two-year term*:

*This is due to an upcoming resignation of the District 2 director and is to serve the two-year balance of their term.

Please visit the links in the menu to the right for key dates in the 2019 election and additional resources that may be of interest to School Board candidates.


School Board members in Des Moines are elected by a combination of at-large and director district seats. Three members are elected at-large and four members are elected from one of four districts. At-large members are elected by voters from the entire school district while district members are elected by voters who reside within a specific district. Click on the image below to see an enlarged version of the director districts map or click here to download a PDF of the map.


School Board district map

For a more detailed map of each director district, download one of the following PDFs from the Polk County Election Office: