Wednesday, July 30

Iowa City School Board Race

With the wild summer that we have been having, it would be easy to forget the Iowa City Consolidated School Board races that are about to begin, as the filing deadline is August 1st. There will be at least four candidates vying for three seats. Incumbents Patti Fields, Toni Cilek are running for reelection and Richard Tiegs, and Michael Shaw will run for the three seats.

Toni Cilek graduated from University High School in Iowa City and received both her BS and MA from the University of Iowa. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. Toni is the parent of four children, three past and one current student in the ICCSD.

Patti Fields graduated from Solon High School and received a BA in Spanish from the University of Iowa. She is Director of Community Impact at the United Way of Johnson County. Patti and her husband Jeffrey have two sons in the ICCSD.

Shaw received his bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from the University of Iowa. He has worked for more than 25 years in a variety of capacities as a social worker and youth worker, including as the Family Resource Center coordinator at Grant Wood Elementary.

Richard Tiegs is a former PTO president at Coralville Central Elementary and part-time administrative assistant for the Presbytery of East Iowa.

With the change approved by the Iowa House and Senate and signed into law by the Governor to extend terms to four years, beginning in September 2009, school board elections will only happen during odd-numbered years.

In this election, the public will be able to vote at "centers" anywhere in the county.

The school board election is September 9th.

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