Wills to run for Iowa City school board

Parent is co-president of district parents organization

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Brianna Wills, the co-president of the Iowa City school district parents organization, is running for school board in the September election, she said Friday.

Wills, 37, is the parent of three Hoover Elementary School students and a fourth child who will attend Hoover next year.

“I have a lot invested in (the district),” she said.

Wills said her experience with district committees and parents organizations would allow her to have a “more collaborative, less adversarial” relationship with district administrators as a board member.

Before serving this year as the districtwide parents organization co-president, Wills said, she was president of the Hoover parent teachers association.

She also was a member of a magnet school committee created by the district and said she would be “a pretty big proponent” of magnet schools if elected.

Wills said she liked the district’s data-driven approach to updating its facilities master plan last month. She said the school board’s process for developing new attendance zones in the district, which will determine where students go to school, has been fair.

Wills’ term as co-president of the parents organization ends this month. She said she would resign as the organization’s past co-president, a role that still involves some duties at meetings, if elected to the board.

Wills moved to Iowa City in 2011 and works as the director of development and community relations at Salvation Army. She said she likely will make a formal campaign announcement in June.

The Iowa City school board election on Sept. 8 could include two open seats.

Current board member Jeff McGinness said last month he will not run for reelection. And board member Orville Townsend said he would not run this fall when he was appointed to the board last year.

Board members Patti Fields and Marla Swesey also have expiring terms this year.

Parent Jason T. Lewis announced his second run for the school board last month.

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