CEDAR RAPIDS — Tom Yates, a longtime City High School teacher and former teachers union president, is running for the Iowa City school board, he said this week.
Yates, 61, retired from City High in 2011 after teaching language arts there for 31 years. He also was president of the Iowa City Education Association from 2009 to 2013.
Yates said the school board has been “dysfunctional” and too dependent upon district administrators for information. He said being retired would give him more time to gather information before making decisions.
In addition to mentioning the dysfunction of the board, Yates said also criticized the way school board meetings are run.
“I feel that the public has been shut out to some extent,” he said.
Yates said he would bring an understanding of the Iowa City Community School District as a whole, noting that his children attended schools on the district’s west side while he was a teacher at City High on its east side. He said he would support a mandate to revisit boundaries, also known as attendance zones, in the district every three years.
The Iowa City school board election on Sept. 8 could include two open seats.
Board members Patti Fields and Marla Swesey also have expiring terms this year.