Parent declares for Iowa City school board election

Jason Lewis is past president of Mark Twain parent-teacher organization

A parent who has been active in the Iowa City school district is running for school board.

Jason T. Lewis on Thursday announced his candidacy for the Sept. 10 election.

Lewis, 41, of 1403 Hollywood Blvd. in Iowa City, is a past president of the Mark Twain Elementary School parent-teacher organization. He also was a vocal supporter of the diversity policy a divided school board adopted early this year.

Twain has one of the highest free or reduced-price lunch rates in the district, and the diversity policy is intended to achieve a better balance of those rates at schools throughout the district.

Lewis said in a news release that schools in the growing district “face myriad challenges,” and strong leadership is needed to overcome them.

“The children in the district deserve an education that will prepare them for a complex future,” he said in a statement. “The board’s job is to facilitate the partnership among families, teachers and administrators with clear vision, listening to all stakeholders, but unafraid to lead.”

Lewis is married with a daughter who attends Twain. He is director of the Writing and Humanities Program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Three of the school board’s seven seats are up for election. Current board member Karla Cook has already announced her candidacy.

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