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Iowa Association of School Boards

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The Iowa Association of School Boards is the Iowa state chapter of the National School Boards Association, a government sector lobbying association. The association uses 6 million taxpayer dollars a year.[1]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

See also: Iowa government sector lobbying

The Iowa Association of School Boards has a registered lobbyist with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.[2]

Income and expenses

Iowa Association of School Boards
Year Total expenses Total income Membership dues
(included in total income)
2007[3] $376,016 $879,006 $-
2006[4] $707,324 $274,711 $-
2005[5] $385,428 $261,161 $-

Note: Tax years begin July 1 and end June 30 of the following year.

Executive Director scandal

In April 2009, the association fired its Executive Director. The director increased her salary to $367,000 without the consent of the Iowa Association of School Boards governing board. The board fired the now-former Executive Director Maxine Kilcrease under a clause in her contract that allowed the association to withhold the remainder of her contract amount in cases of "moral turpitude."[1] Additionally, Kilcrease would be required to reimburse the organization for roughly $50,000 in pay, in addition to the $59,000 Kilcrease repaid in early April 2010.[1] Kilcrease had fired several employees of the organization, justifying that by stating it was in order to address a $1.5 millions pay gap, while giving pay raises to herself and staff responsible for her being hired.[1]

Misconduct and financial discrepancies

The organization's Skills Iowa program mistakenly double-billed taxpayers for $500,000 worth of expenses in 2009.[1] The association also mistakenly under-billed school districts for $700,000 worth of fuel it helped them acquire, and in 2008 it forgave a $491,000 loan to the National School Foundation Association, which it helped launch.[1]

The association now owes roughly $1 million to various financial companies that assist Iowa school districts with their short-term borrowing needs.[1]

See also

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