Through 2008, school elections were held every September, and terms were three years.

From 2009 through 2017, school elections were held in odd years only. School board terms were lengthened to four years.

2017 was the final September school election. Beginning in 2019, the school election was combined with the city election.

School election results are available from 1976 for Iowa City only and 1977 to the present for all districts. Prior to 1976 school districts conducted their own elections, and records from before that date are not in our office.

Turnout

School election turnout tended to be highest in elections where funding questions appear on the ballot.

Record Turnout by District Voters Date (links
to results)
Key Contests
Iowa City 16,002 9/12/2017 Bond (ICCSD &
Kirkwood), board
members
Clear Creek Amana (regular) 1,744 9/12/2017 Bond (CCA &
Kirkwood), board
members
Clear Creek Amana (special) 2,447 2/14/2006 Bond (New School)
Lone Tree 584 9/11/2001 Bond (School
Improvements)
Solon 1,757 9/12/2000 Bond (New High
School)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turnout in
Recent School
Elections
(date links to
results)
Registered
Voters*
Total
Voters
% Ballot Issues
9/12/2017 88,099 19,008 21.58% Kirkwood bond
(all districts),
IC/CCA bond
9/8/2015 82,711 7,945 9.6% none
9/10/2013 87,711 10,180 11.65% Kirkwood levy
(all districts),
IC/CCA levy,
LT sales tax use
9/13/2011 88,471 5,451 6.16% Kirkwood bond
(all districts),
Solon sales
tax use
9/8/2009 85,071 5,834 6.86% Kirkwood levy
(all districts)
9/9/2008 81,842 2,863 3.50% none
9/11/2007 74,395 3,402 4.57% none
9/12/2006 74,683 2,683 3.59% Solon Levy
9/13/2005 78,079 3,893 4.99% Kirkwood bond
(all districts),
Lone Tee and
Solon levies
9/14/2004 74,563 2,945 3.95% Iowa City levy
9/9/2003 66,620 4,472 6.75% Kirkwood levy
(all districts),
Clear Creek
Amana levy
9/10/2002 69,388 3,618 5.21% none
9/11/2001 67,801 3,475 5.13% Lone Tree
bond issue
9/12/2000 64,197 4,316 6.72% Solon bond
issue
9/14/1999 61,819 5,341 8.64% Clear Creek
Amana levy
9/8/1998 60,837 4,978 8.18% Kirkwood levy
(all districts)
9/9/1997 59,108 3,060 5.18% Clear Creek
Amana and
Solon levies
9/10/1996 59,127 4,942 8.36% Solon levy
9/12/1995 57,909* 6,236 10.77% Iowa City
bond issue
9/13/1994 57,273 3,438 6.00% Kirkwood levy
(all district)
Lone Tree Levy
9/14/1993 56,396 4,902 8.69% none
9/8/1992 59,910 1,307 2.18% none

* Registration figures from 1996 to present include the Iowa City, Clear Creek Amana, Lone Tree, and Solon school districts. Due to the merge process the Clear Creek Amana district did not hold a regular school board election in September 1995, and the 1995 registration totals do not include Clear Creek Amana. Registration totals from 1994 and earlier include the Iowa City, lone Tree, and Solon districts and the former Clear creek district, and do not include the former Amana district. These totals include all voters within these school district, including voters from outside Johnson County.

Low Turnout

The lowest turnout election of any type in recent years was the September 8, 1992 school board election. County-wide, 1,307 out of 59,910 registered voters participated, for a county-wide turnout of 2.18%. Turnout in the Iowa City district was 0.96%. Only the Clear Creek school district had any contested races. More voters went to the polls in the Clear Creek district than in the Iowa City district, even though the Iowa City district had 23 times more registered voters.

Turnout by
District,
9/8/1992
Registered Voters Turnout Contests
Iowa City 53,707 515 0.96% 2 seats at large
2 candidates
Clear Creek 2,321 646 27.83% District 3: 1 seat, 2 candidates
District 5: 1 seat, 1 candidate on ballot, 1 write in
Lone Tree 1,121 73 6.51% 2 seat at large
2 candidates
Solon 2,761 73 2.64% 2 seats at large
2 candidates

Highest Vote Totals for Candidates

District Candidate Votes Year Contested?
Iowa City J.P. Claussen 10,446 2017 yes
Clear Creek Amana Nicole Knapp 1,149 2017 no
Lone Tree Jon Ronan 483 2001 no
Solon Don Otto 1,118 2000 no

Close Elections

The closest school election in Johnson County was a 1995 tie in the Solon school district. Phyllis Connelly and Jan Kublik Miller each won 74 votes. Connelly was selected by lot at the official canvass of votes.

The closest Iowa City school district election in recent years was in 1977, when Bill Kidwell won the second and final board sear by 35 votes over Ann Bovbjerg.

Early Voting

The February 11, 2003 Iowa City school bond was the first election of any type in Johnson County history with more ballots cast early than on Election Day. 6,298 early ballots were counted, accounting for 50.45% of the vote. That remained the record high absentee percentage for all elections until the November 4, 2008 presidential election.

Write-Ins

Candidates are sometimes elected as write-ins, usually when no candidate is on the ballot. This happened in 2015 in Lone Tree. Three incumbents filed for two full four year terms, but no one filed for a two year term to fill a vacancy. Appointed incumbent Michael Waldschmidt withdrew from the fill term race, and was elected to the two year term as a write-in.

The largest scale write in school election in recent years was the 1997 Iowa City School Board election. Two seats were open but only one candidate filed. Peter Wallace was elected as a write-in.

Write-in candidates have defeated candidates who were listed on the ballot, most recently in 1994 in Lone Tree. The most prominent case was in the 1983 Iowa City school board election, when three write in candidates ran ahead of the two candidates listed on the ballot in a contest for two seats.

Bond Issues

Bond issues require a 60% yes vote for approval. Key statistics from 1977 to present:

  • Largest Yes percentage, school district: 71.21%, Iowa City School District, February 11, 2003
  • Largest Yes percentage, non-school: 95.41%, Coralville pool, July 9, 2002
  • Narrowest successful Yes margin: 60.7%, Solon School District, 1979
  • Highest unsuccessful Yes percentage: 57.95%, Iowa City School District, May 12, 1992
  • Largest No percentage. 83:00%, City of Iowa city sports complex, June 25, 1991.