July 31, 2013

A 39-year-old Carroll mother with extensive teaching experience in Arizona at both public and private schools said Tuesday night she plans to file as a candidate for the Carroll Community School District board.

Jennifer Munson, 221 Timberline Road, a native of Tucson, Ariz., moved to Carroll with her husband, John, and family in July 2011. She served last year on the Carroll School District's School Improvement Team, a collection of citizens who worked to develop strategies to move the system forward.

Her role on that team sparked an interest in the school board campaign, she said.

Munson, a graduate of Prescott College in Arizona, where she earned a bachelor's degree in education, has 16 years of teaching experience in the grade school and middle school levels in the Tucson Unified School District, the Vail (Ariz.) School District, St. Michael's Episcopal School in Tucson and a K-12 online school based on Virginia.

"I think I have a unique perspective as a teacher in public, private and virtual education," Munson said. "I just want to ensure that the Carroll district continues to excel."

Munson's husband is the chief financial officer at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll. The couple have two children: Drew, 9, a fourth-grader; and Abby, 7, a second-grader. Both children are in the Carroll Community School District.

Munson has earned credits toward a master's degree in counseling at University of Arizona in Tucson.

Two of the five school board seats are up for election this year as members Jerry Fleshner and Dennis Molitor are not seeking re-election.

Candidates for the school board have until 5 p.m. Thursday to file with the district secretary at the Adams building. All materials must go the district secretary, who in turn, files with the Carroll County Auditor's Office.

Candidates need at least 50 signatures to file for the Carroll Community School Board.

School board elections for four-year terms in Iowa will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10.

District officials reported no other formal candidacies for the board as of this morning. If there is only one candidate on the ballot, write-in votes will determine the winner of the other seat.