Among four area school districts, only the River Valley School District will have contested elections for the school board in the Sept. 12 election.
David Scott Carnes, the incumbent director district 1 school board member, is running for reelection and is being challenged by Marty E. Lau.
Terry L. Jensen, the incumbent director district 4 school board member, is running for reelection and is being challenged by Craig Shever.
In the Cherokee School District, only one seat is up for election. Terri Weaver, the incumbent, is running unopposed for reelection.
There will be a referendum seeking renewal of the Instructional Support Program (ISP) levy for three years, possibly bringing out more voters in the Cherokee District than would otherwise vote in an uncontested election.
The ISP levy is used for equipment and infrastructure purchases and consists primarily of revenue from a state income tax surtax with smaller amounts coming from property tax and state aid.
In the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School District, two incumbents are running for reelection unopposed. Loren Mohning will be the only candidate on the ballot for the director district 1 seat and Rachel Holmes will be the only candidate on the ballot for the director district 3 seat.
In the Aurelia School District, there will only be two candidates on the ballot for the two seats up for election. Jim Hultgren is seeking reelection and Colby Entriken is seeking his first term on the board. Kirk Nelson, the current board president, is not seeking reelection.
All terms are for three years. School boards in Iowa have either five or seven members. Those in this area have five members, except for MMC which has seven members. All school board members in the Cherokee and Aurelia districts are at-large.
Some of the board members in both the MMC and RV districts, including all those up for election this year, represent director districts. In that case, the board member must live in the director district which they represent but all voters of the school district are eligible to vote in all the director district elections.