PERSONALIZED. INNOVATIVE. GLOBAL.
School Board Election
We have two candidates running for the two open seats. Brent Haynes is an incumbent and Tony Bradley is running for his initial term. Please be sure to vote. More information about each candidate can be found below:
My name is Brent Haynes, and I am running for another term on the Van Meter School Board.
I have been married for 26 years to my wife Janel, formerly Janel Allcott, who is a 1987 graduate of VMHS. We have 2 boys. Bryce graduated in 2015. Tyler is a senior and will graduate in May. Both boys have been very active in sports, including baseball, wrestling, soccer, football, and track. I have been active in coaching many youth sports over the years including soccer, baseball, and football. I have also served on the Van Meter school board since 2015.
I feel Van Meter Community School is a very special place. The growth I have seen in my own children is amazing. I feel we have a really good thing going with our small-town rural atmosphere yet we maintain the ability to compete academically with the most technologically advanced large schools in central Iowa.
If elected to represent the children of the Van Meter district on the school board, I would pledge to do my part to be an advocate for the education of every child attending Van Meter school by:
- Continuing to work on increasing the percentage of graduating students who go on to seek secondary education.
- Improving partnerships between the school and the city for mutually beneficial growth and expansion.
- I would also pledge to the community that I would be a strong fiscal watchdog for your tax dollars.
Those of you who know me hopefully recognize that I will always voice an opinion on issues and will ask the hard questions until I am sure we are making the best decisions possible for our children and school.
This is YOUR community!
This is YOUR school!
This is for the education of EVERY child!
My name is Tony Bradley and I would appreciate your vote for Van Meter School Board on November 5th. I want to serve on the school board because I have a passion for education, life-long learning, and I want each student to excel at Van Meter schools while preparing for post-graduation success. My priorities as a school board member will be:
- Student and staff well-being
- Holistic-approach to student learning & development
- Fiscal responsibility
- Open Communication
My wife, Brandi, and I moved our family to the Van Meter School District last year to provide our three elementary-aged boys a small academic setting that allowed for a more personalized educational experience. Additionally, our boys share different interests and we felt a small school would offer more opportunities for activity participation. My wife is a nurse in the metro and I am a military officer. I am confident my 19 years of small and large-scale strategic planning experience will assist Van Meter school leadership to develop plans to meet current and future challenges. We have been very pleased with our Van Meter Schools experience and we look forward to many more years of being a part of this community.
State Cross Country
Maya Herman (15th place)
Clare Kelly (1st place)
Mary Kelly (2nd place)
Also, congratulations to Carson Wille for qualifying as an individual for the Boys 1A State Cross Country Meet. Carson placed 13th in the qualifying meet.
The State Cross Country Meet is held Saturday, November 2 in Fort Dodge. More information about the meet can be found here.
Facilities Committee Meeting
- a two-story building for grades PK-2 or 3
- extending the school lane off R16 for a bus drop off
- using the current lane for car entry
- possibly acquiring land from the city and American Legion to do a joint project with the city of Van Meter and the Legion for a turf field and shared parking lot for soccer and secondary and elementary practices of multiple sports (the district does not own this land.)
- a bridge connecting the Legion and the District properties (image not shown)
- maintain the land east of the practice football field for another potential building in the future.
The timing of the future building will depend on our bonding capacity and debt limit. We have to pay down current debt so we have the debt limit to support another building project. This will take the district a few years. Once we have enough debt limit that would allow us to build a new building, we would need voters to support a bond issue before we could erect a new structure. Again, we anticipate this taking place a few years from now.
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (515) 996-2221.
Van Meter High School students participated in Fish-a-thon this past week! Partnering with Americorps and utilizing supplies from Dallas County Conservation, students' goal was to collect data on the fish species and population in the school pond. Stay tuned for updates on our pond restoration project!