Iowa City school board member LaTasha DeLoach to resign

She cites 'medical concerns' as reason for stepping down

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IOWA CITY — LaTasha DeLoach plans to resign her position on the Iowa City Community School District’s school board, she announced Friday. Elected to the board in September 2015, DeLoach said in news release that she will resign July 14 because of medical concerns.

“Unfortunately, I have developed medical concerns that require me to end my term early,” she said in a statement. “I appreciate everyone’s understanding and support as I make this change for myself and my family. It has been an honor to serve in this role. I am proud of our progress over the last two years, and I wish you all the best as the district continues to move forward.”

DeLoach, 36, told The Gazette in 2015 she was running for a school board seat to improve the board’s representation of the district’s residents and to improve its transparency.

“We’ve appreciated Latasha’s contribution and she’s definitely been a huge advocate of equity and diversity,” School Board President Chris Lynch said. “I know I’ve learned a lot from LaTasha and we’ll really miss her on the board.”

To fill her vacant seat, there will be a two-year term on the district’s Sept. 12 ballot, said John Deeth of the Johnson County Auditor’s Office. That ballot also will include the district’s $191.5 million bond — which DeLoach, in her statement, urged voters to support — and three four-year seats as the terms of board members Chris Liebig, Brian Kirschling and Chris Lynch expire this year.

“That’s a definite,” Deeth said of the additional race on the ballot. “The only thing that’s not a definite is what will happen in the meantime.”

The school board could appoint a member to fill DeLoach’s seat until September, Deeth said, or it could be left vacant. Lynch said board members will discuss that decision at their July 11 meeting.

“I think the reality now is the time is pretty short,” Lynch said. “By the time we approve somebody, there might only be a couple meetings left.”

Candidates for the two-year term and the three four-year terms can declare their candidacies starting Monday, Deeth said. The deadline to file is Aug. 3.

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