Iowa City school board: Ask questions and question assumptions

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Many are asking, who is LaTasha DeLoach and why is she running for school board? So let me introduce myself to some and reintroduce myself to others.

I am an ICCSD graduate. I am a wife and mother of twins. I’m a social worker. I’m a bridge-builder whose goal is that families have a better today than yesterday. I am also the first Black woman to ever run for school board in this community. I wear many hats, and I am proud of all of them. They inspire me to approach every day with the strength to advocate and provide opportunities for our community.

Why did I decide to run? When I looked what we’ve achieved so far, the future we face, and, yes, the lack of racial diversity among the candidates, I felt it was my time to step forward.

Four essential characteristics will make me an excellent board member: 1) ability to lead; 2) knowledgeable oversight of district finances; 3) development and implementation of effective policy; and 4) commitment to representing the voices of the people.

Ability to Lead: I am a trailblazer and a collaborator. My leadership roles on city, county, and statewide boards and committees demonstrate that I will achieve strong outcomes. I ask questions and question assumptions in order to find the best solutions. I have been prepared for hard work.

Knowledgeable Oversight of District Finances: I participate in the oversight of millions of dollars in local and state funding. I work with grants and several streams of restricted and unrestricted funding, very similar in structure to our school district budget.

Development and Implementation of Effective Policy: For the last eight years, my job has focused on improving outcomes through effective policy. Most recently, I was part of a team that created a first-in-the-state diversion program designed to keep one-time offenders out of the juvenile justice system. Our work was recognized by the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court for its innovation and collaborative implementation.

Commitment to Representing the Voices of the People: I seek out and understand the needs of families. I consider the potential impact of decisions on a variety of groups and individuals. I have lived and worked in North Liberty, Coralville and Iowa City. I listen and know how important good communication is.

The ICCSD prepared me to become a future leader, and now I’m ready to lead.

• More information: latashaforboard.wordpress.com

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