Board Invites Community Input in Setting Future Goals

The Des Moines School Board is committed to its core value of community engagement and is announcing an initiative to involve the public in the process of setting future goals that will guide the education of the district’s more than 30,000 students. Board policy mandates receiving community input every three years to inform the goal-setting process.

A series of public sessions will provide parents, community members and partners, district staff, and students with a way to actively participate in informing the Board’s development of future goals. For those who cannot attend an in-person session, an online survey will be available so they may share their ideas and aspirations for DMPS students.

“Education is a team effort, and our community is the heart of our team,” said Board Chair Jackie Norris. “Together with our Superintendent, we’re building a roadmap that reflects the aspirations and dreams our community has for our students. We are excited to listen and ensure our goals reflect the priorities of our community.”

The Board, Superintendent and district staff will review and analyze public input and survey data, as well as a host of district data. The summary data will be available online at The result will be the creation of goals and guardrails for the Superintendent, which the Board will regularly monitor and adjust to meet the evolving needs of students.

The district asks that attendees of the public sessions RSVP in advance to help organizers align space requirements. To learn more and RSVP, click here.