Josh Kaine, active in the We Love Our Neighborhood Schools group, has filed for Iowa City School Board, bringing the announced candidates to five for three seats. Kaine says his platform is:
Serving as a representative of the older neighborhoods and neighborhood schools, bringing a bit more balance to a board that has been represented predominantly by folks from the newer housing developments in the area. Specifically, I'm hoping to represent those of us in the community who feel strongly about the value of smaller neighborhood schools. Supporting historic preservation, with an emphasis on obtaining a better balance of tax dollars spent on new vs. older schools. Working for greater transparency in communications with the public from the board and the district, including an emphasis on seeking public input well before plans are written.
The rest of the field includes incumbent Mike Cooper, Jean Jordison, who has been on the district's Comprehensive School Improvement Plan Advisory Committee, Weber PTO leader April Armstrong, and local labor leader Sarah Swisher.