Iowa City woman hopes to represent wider audience on school board

LaTasha DeLoach decided to run for an Iowa City school board seat in order to represent the community and advocate for transparency.

  • Photo

IOWA CITY — LaTasha DeLoach is now one of 10 individuals vying for a four-year seat on the Iowa City school board.

DeLoach, 34, said she decided to run for the school board seat after reviewing the candidates and feeling as if they did not fully represent the district.

“I didn’t see myself, I didn’t see my friends, and I didn’t see my children represented,” she said. “So I got some courage about myself and [to] run for school board for the kids who are currently in the district as well as those who are coming.”

Having lived in Iowa City for about 19 years, DeLoach said a major current issue is the lack of representation and transparency. If elected, she would aim to make the board more transparent when it comes to decision making.

“The ability to make things plain for the community,” she said. “We say we’re the Iowa City Community School District but sometimes it can be a struggle to get across really why the school board is making a decision.”

DeLoach said she would also like to see more action taking place after a decision is made, saying oftentimes she feels as if there is not as much follow through as there should be.

Currently, DeLoach works as the community projects specialist for Johnson County in the social services department, something she refers to as “community social work.”

A major part of her campaign, she said, will focus on equity.

“It’s almost a buzzword, but as a person that currently works on equity … I know that that’s an issue,” she said.

She also said she would like to see the definition of success broadened.

“Sometimes we can be so narrowly focused on what success is for students,” DeLoach said.

Like what you're reading?

We make it easy to stay connected:

to our email newsletters
Download our free apps

Give us feedback

Have you found an error or omission in our reporting? Tell us here.
Do you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.