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. School Board members are an unpaid elected position.

The 2019 School Board election will be held on Tuesday, November 5.

For more information on the 2019 School Board election visit the Iowa Secretary of State’s web site.

At-Large Seats/Director Districts

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: