Letter to the Editor: Vote JP Claussen for ICCSD School Board

Photo by Adam Burke
Photo by Adam Burke
By April Dirks, PhD, Iowa City

Dear Iowa City Voters:

Please take a moment on July 19th during a special election to vote for JP Claussen for the open seat on the Iowa City School Board. As an educator and a long term Iowa City resident with two children in the elementary school system myself, I can say with great enthusiasm that I fully support JP Claussen for the very important position of school board member. I have known the candidate for over a decade and have always been amazed by his level of community involvement and commitment to serve others. Not only is JP an involved father interested in education but he also has lengthy experience in special education serving the Iowa City School District for years as an educator. In that time as an educator he had experience serving as the president of the teachers union and has an understanding of administration and education alike. JP will not be a candidate who will “rubber stamp” items that come to the school board nor is he a one-sided candidate who will vote with popular opinion of the day. JP Claussen is a candidate with an independent mind and the experience to serve on the Iowa City School Board. With his commitment to social justice issues related to the economy, housing, and racial issues I feel confident in my vote for JP Claussen on July 19. I hope that you will also take the time to vote during this very important special election. The education of our children is something that I trust in the hands of community member JP Claussen.

April Dirks, PhD

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