School Board Invites Public to Community Input Meetings

A school board represents and supports the vision for education in a community. In order to continue providing the best representation, it is important for the school board to receive input from the community it serves.

That is why the Des Moines School Board is inviting members of the community to attend one of several meetings throughout the city to gain insight as to the educational expectations citizens have for the public schools. The school board extends to all members of the community an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas.

“As a school board, our fundamental role is to govern the district and oversee the work of the superintendent in a way that reflects the needs of our community and the principles that they collectively value,” said Cindy Elsbernd, chair of the Des Moines School Board. “These sessions will provide the board an opportunity to hear and understand what it is those we represent think and what they want for our students now and in the future so that we might incorporate what we learn into student outcome goals and into the policy and decision-making we do on their behalf.”

The school board is holding a series of eight meetings throughout the community, with two location options during each scheduled time. Each meeting will follow the same format, and be held at the times and locations list below:

1:00 – 2:30 PM

  • Garton Elementary School (library) – 2820 E. 24th Street
  • Edmunds Elementary School (library) – 950 15th Street

9:00 -10:30 AM

  • John R. Grubb Community YMCA – 1611 11th Street
  • Southside Suburban YMCA – 401 E. Army Post Road

12:00 – 1:30 PM

  • DMPS Operations Center – 1917 Dean Avenue
  • DMPS Administrative Office – 2323 Grand Avenue

6:30 – 8:00 PM

  • Hoover High/Meredith Middle school library – 4800 Aurora Avenue
  • Lincoln High School (library) – 2600 SW 9th Street