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We appreciate your interest in the Van Meter Community School District and welcome your presence at School Board Meetings.

What is the Board's Role?
The Board's role is to provide leadership and establish policy for the school district. The Board sets district goals, determines curriculum, and allocates resources to meet its objectives. The Board is accountable to the state of Iowa and the people of Van Meter. Board members are also responsible for providing oversight to ensure that students are achieving at high levels and that public resources are being effectively and efficiently managed.

When and where does the Board meet?
The Board meets at 6:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in Room 219.  

Does the Board offer an opportunity for public comment?
All meetings are open to the public except those permitted by law to be held in closed session. You may address the Board during the open forum held at the beginning of board meetings. These comments are usually limited to three minutes. Those wishing to have an item considered for placement on the agenda should contact the superintendent (996-9960) at least seven days prior to the meeting.

How may I contact board members?
You may email or telephone board members at the addresses and telephone numbers listed on this page.

2016-17 School Board Members

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Vice President

 Member Since:  2013
Term expires 2017
36835 Forest Lane, Van Meter, IA 50261
996-9983
mark.smith@vmbulldogs.com

I am honored to serve on the Van Meter School Board. I thank you for this opportunity and your trust and confidence in me. My goals as a board member are two-fold; to keep our school strong both academically and fiscally and to make the school expansion project a success. There will be many new and unforeseen challenges as we grow over the next 4 years and my background and experience in construction and business management will hopefully lend to a positive transition.

 
I grew up on a farm in the eastern Iowa community of DeWitt. I graduated from the University of Iowa through the ROTC program. I entered the USAF as an officer in the military intelligence field. While in the military, I married my high school sweetheart, Melanie. After 6 years, we had an opportunity to leave active duty and return to the Midwest. After a company transfer to the Des Moines area we settled in our home in the Van Meter district. We chose Van Meter because of the small community and school with a strong academic foundation and what we believe was 
tremendous opportunity for our boys. 
 
Our three boys, Cameron 16, Marshall 14, and Harrison 12 all attend Van Meter and are involved in both performing arts and athletics. My wife Melanie, after substitute teaching for several years, is now a 2nd teacher at Van Meter. I have been employed at TimberPine Landscaping and Nursery for 8 yrs where I am the Marketing and Sales Manager. I enjoy helping out at the at Van Meter football games and track meets and spend many nights and weekends coaching and refereeing basketball.
 
Again, I am proud to serve you and I look forward to the exciting work ahead.
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Dan Koster
President
Mark Smith
Vice President
Brian Gordon
Liz Thompson
Brent Haynes