|Board member, Iowa City Community School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||September 10, 2013|
|First elected||September 10, 2013|
|Next general||September 12, 2017|
|Bachelor's||University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada|
|Profession||Operations Management, Procter and Gamble|
Chris Lynch earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He went on work in Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, and Engineering for Procter & Gamble for 21 years. He lives in Iowa City with his wife, Sheri, and their two children
Lynch won an election for a four year term on September 10, 2013 against eight other candidates for 3 school board member positions.
|Iowa City Community School District, At-large General Election, 4-Year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Tuyet Dorau Incumbent||16.1%||3,738|
|Nonpartisan||Karla Cook Incumbent||11.5%||2,671|
|Nonpartisan||Jason T. Lewis||10.3%||2,392|
|Source: Johnson County Auditor, "September 10, 2013 School Election Results," accessed January 8, 2014|
Chris Lynch received an endorsement from The Gazette on September 7, 2013.
Chris Lynch's campaign Facebook page and personal blog listed the following issues for his 2013 campaign.
Focus on Education
Benchmark best schools/programming in country Benchmark global leaders in education for learning Determine lead models for progressive programming (magnet programs, year around school, etc.) Teacher Survey: Are we meeting your needs? Professional Development Renewal (based on Teacher Survey) Commission teams to execute a Help Needed Assessment at most challenged schools (Principles, Teachers, Parents, Students, Admin involved)
21st century classroom
21st Century Classroom: Student Achievement Focused Develop Class Room standards (temperature, technology, etc.) Develop School Standards (safety, security, appearance, etc.) Determine future classroom to support lead model programming Student Survey: Can you follow your passion? What are your unmet needs?
What was at stake?
The board met on July 16, 2013 to discuss the possibility of closing schools. The board received a set of proposals from a community committee, one which called for the closing of Hoover, Lincoln, and Hills elementary schools and another that only called for the closing of Hoover Elementary. District officials are attempting to address facility needs in the growing school district. On July 26, 2013, the School Board voted 5-2 in favor of closing Hoover Elementary in 2018. The two dissenting votes were made by Marla Swesey and Tuyet Dorau.
About the district
Iowa City outperforms the rest of Iowa based on higher education achievement while underperforming the rest of Iowa in median household income and ersons below poverty level. The 2010 U.S. Census found that the median household income in Iowa City is $41,956 compared to $50,451 for Iowa. The percentage of residents over 25 years old with a bachelor's degree or higher in Iowa City (58.2%%) than Iowa (24.9%). Iowa City has a higher poverty rate at 28.5% than the 11.9% rate for the entire state.
- Vote Chris Lynch "About Chris" Accessed July 30, 2013
- Johnson County Auditor, "September 10, 2013 School Board Election," accessed September 11, 2013
- The Gazette.com, "Our endorsements for school board," Accessed September 9, 2013
- Vote Chris Lynch "Issues: Objectives, Goals and Strategies" Accessed July 30, 2013
- [http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Iowa-City-School-Board-To-Discuss-Possible-Schools-Closures-215731171.html KRCG ABC 9 "Iowa City School Board To Discuss Possible Schools Closures" Accessed July 30, 2013
- [http://iowacity.patch.com/groups/schools/p/iowa-city-school-board-votes-to-close-hoover-elementary-school-as-part-of-facilities-plan Iowa City Patch "Iowa City School Board Votes to Close Hoover Elementary School as Part of Facilities Plan" Accessed July 30, 2013
- U.S.Census, "Quick Facts: Iowa City," Accessed July 29, 2013
- Johnson County Election Services, "Election Returns," Accessed July 29, 2013