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.
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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.
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