Brian Kirschling

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Brian Kirschling
Brian Kirschling.jpg
Board member, Iowa City Community School Board, At-large
Term ends
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
First electedSeptember 10, 2013
Next generalSeptember 12, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Iowa
OtherIllinois College of Optometry (O.D.)
ProfessionClinical Assistant Professor, University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology
Personal website
Campaign website
Ballotpedia's school board candidate survey
Brian Kirschling is an at-large member of the Iowa City school board. He won the general election election for the seat on September 10, 2013.


Brian Kirschling earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Iowa. He went on to obtain his Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry. Kirschling is a Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology. He lives in Iowa City with his wife and their two children[1]



See also: Iowa City Community School District elections (2013)


Kirschling won an election for a four year term on September 10, 2013 against eight other candidates for 3 school board member positions.[2]


Iowa City Community School District, At-large General Election, 4-Year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTuyet Dorau Incumbent 16.1% 3,738
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Lynch 13.5% 3,121
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Kirschling 13.1% 3,041
     Nonpartisan Phil Hemingway 12.7% 2,936
     Nonpartisan Karla Cook Incumbent 11.5% 2,671
     Nonpartisan Sara Barron 11.1% 2,563
     Nonpartisan Jason T. Lewis 10.3% 2,392
     Nonpartisan Gregg Geerdes 8.7% 2,019
     Nonpartisan James Tate 2.8% 659
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 53
Total Votes 23,193
Source: Johnson County Auditor, "September 10, 2013 School Election Results," accessed January 8, 2014

Campaign themes

Brian Kirschling's campaign Facebook page and personal blog listed the following issues for his 2013 campaign.[3][4]

Achievement gap

"Meanwhile, an achievement gap has been growing between schools, especially at the elementary level. Suddenly, test scores are the focus and there is the perception that some schools are better to attend than others. When coupled with the achievement gap between Hispanic and African American students and their Caucasian or Asian classmates, we are failing a good portion of our students. We CAN do better and we OWE every student a fair shot at a great education."


"We’ve had explosive growth (20% in enrollment since 2003) in our district over the past two decades and have, in many ways, become reactive, rather than proactive, about building our schools. For years there has been a lack of a clear long-term plan for our district and the growth isn’t slowing."

What was at stake?

School closings

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.[5] 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.[6]

About the district


Iowa City is located in Johnson County, Iowa
Iowa City is the county seat of Johnson County, which is located in eastern Iowa. The city’s population is 70,133 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[7]


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.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Iowa City (%) Iowa (%)
White 82.5 91.3
Black or African American 5.8 2.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.4
Asian 6.9 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 2.5 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.3 5.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[8]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 67 31
2008 70 28
2004 64 34
2000 59 34

See also

External links

Suggest a link