|Board Member, Des Moines School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||September 10, 2013|
|Appointed||January 27, 2012|
|High school||Jefferson-Scranton High School|
|Bachelor's||Iowa State University|
Joe Jongewaard resides in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife. Jongewaard graduated from Jefferson-Scranton High School, which is not a part of Des Moines Public Schools. He earned a B.S. in Economics from Iowa State University. Jong has spent nearly 16 years employed with Equitable Life Insurance, and has served as an aide to both former Governor Tom Vilsack and U.S. Senator Tom Harkin. He is currently a Project Manager for the Iowa Department of Economic Development. Jongewaard also volunteered on a committee that developed Downtown School in the school district.
|Des Moines Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Connie Boesen Incumbent||24.4%||2,838|
|Nonpartisan||Rob X. Barron||23.2%||2,699|
|Nonpartisan||Joe Jongewaard Incumbent||22.9%||2,671|
|Source: Polk County Auditor, "School Board Election," accessed September 14, 2013|
As of September 9, 2013, Joe Jongewaard reported $13,015.00 in donations and $5,294.82 in expenditures to the Iowa Secretary of State, which left him with $7,720.18 on-hand.
Jongewaard's re-election announcement highlighted his efforts to increase the number of teachers in the school district, to initiate an employee wellness program and to expand funding for English Language Learner students. He emphasized a desire to eliminate achievement gaps and distrust in the school district. Jongewaard also expressed that he would not support a settlement with former superintendent Nancy Sebring. He advocated an increase in district spending to meet revenue, arguing, "We need to put the resources we have and put them towards the kids, we have 20 million dollars more in ending balance this year than we had last year. That money shouldn't be piling up in an account somewhere it should be in the classroom." Jongewaard cited research statistics in support of keeping class sizes small, and on the subject of mental health, stated, "A first-grader does not learn to read if they have mental health problems, so that is something that we really need to pay attention to. The second thing is, we need to educate so that we can remove the stigma of mental (illness) so more people get the treatment that they need."
What was at stake?
There were four seats on the school board up for election on September 10, 2013. Incumbents Connie Boesen, Teree Caldwell-Johnson and Joe Jongewaard sought re-election to the board while fellow incumbent and current Chair Dick Murphy did not file for re-election, thereby ensuring that the election would result in a change of board leadership. Boesen and Jongewaard faced three challengers for two at-large seats. Rob X. Barron, Heather Ryan and Shane Schulte filed for the at-large race, while Ed Linebach and Toussaint Cheatom filed for the new District 2 seat. Caldwell-Johnson, Darlene Blake and Joel Doyle filed for the new District 4 seat.
About the district
- See also: Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa
Polk County outperformed the rest of Iowa in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Polk County was $57,473 compared to $50,451 for the state of Iowa. The poverty rate in Polk County was 10.6% compared to 11.9% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 33.8% of Polk County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 24.9% in Iowa.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
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- Des Moines Public Schools, "Joe Jongewaard," accessed August 2, 2013
- Facebook, "Joe Jongewaard," accessed August 2, 2013
- The University of Iowa - Public Policy Center, "Joe Jongewaard," accessed August 2, 2013
- Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "Mix of incumbents, challengers to join Des Moines school board," September 10, 2013
- IECDB Web Reporting System, "DR-2 Disclosure Summary Page," accessed September 9, 2013 (dead link)
- Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "Teachers union endorses candidates in Des Moines school board race," August 8, 2013
- Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "AFSCME endorses four candidates in Des Moines school board race," August 20, 2013
- Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "Jongewaard to run for D.M. school board," August 1, 2013
- Stephanie Moore, WHOtv.com 13, "SCHOOL BOARD: Three Incumbents Running," September 5, 2013
- Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "Des Moines forum addresses schools' class size," September 4, 2013
- Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "School board candidates call for more counselors," August 28, 2013
- Des Moines Register, "10 vie for seats on Des Moines school board," August 2, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Guide to 2010 Census State and Local Geography - Iowa," accessed July 29, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Polk County Quick Facts," accessed July 29, 2013
- Iowa Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Totals by County,” accessed July 29, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.