GMG School Board


GMG School Board Members:

  • Ann Jackson, President
  • Bill Backoff, Vice-president
  • Kevin Bovenmyer
  • Patrick Cornwell
  • Doug Dieleman
  • Stephanie DeSchamp
  • Jackie Stonewall
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     School Board Secretary - Katie Mathern

     Superintendent - Ben Petty


At GMG, a commitment to open, transparent governance


Iowa's open meetings law "seeks to assure, through a requirement of open meetings of governmental bodies, that the basis and rationale of governmental decisions, as well as those decisions themselves, are easily accessible to the people." All actions and discussions at meetings of governmental bodies, whether formal or informal, including work sessions, must be conducted in open session unless exceptions or exemptions are specifically provided by law. "Open session" means a meeting to which all members of the public have access.

For information on board meetings and communicating with board members at an upcoming meeting, see the handout attached below.  GMG School Board members can also be contacted via email using "first initial last name" @garwin.k12.ia.us


Minutes from past board meetings can be found in the GMG District Newsletter (link found along left sidebar)





Policies below are from most recent series of review.  On rare occasions, individual policies may be reviewed/modified since, so please contact the district central office to request a copy of a policy or to ask if it varies from those attached at this website.

Legal Authority of School Boards 


The board of directors of a school district operates as a corporate body. Individual school board members have no authority to act independently, and cannot commit or bind the board by their individual actions. Powers and duties of the board must be exercised by the board as a whole.

Iowa school boards have the legal authority to:

  • Develop a shared educational vision for the community.
  • Determine major educational goals and objectives, and implement a means of attaining the goals.
  • Fix the time and place of regular and special meetings.
  • Fill, by appointment, vacancies occurring between elections.
  • Employ a superintendent, teachers, principals and other licensed professional personnel, and determine their salaries.
  • Discharge any employee subject to the provisions of any applicable law.
  • Adopt board policy which establishes the rules governing the operations of the school district.
  • Utilize funds received through gifts, devises and bequests in the general or schoolhouse fund, unless limited by the terms of the grant.
  • Employ legal counsel and bear the costs of litigation.
  • Allow all just claims against the school corporation.
  • Insure against loss of property.
  • Appoint a secretary and a treasurer.
  • Determine attendance centers for the district and the particular school each child will attend.
  • Provide transportation services.
  • Acquire, hold, convey, lease, rent and manage property, real and personal.
  • Incur indebtedness when authorized by the voters of the school corporation at an election.

     Although this list is not exhaustive, it illustrates the authority vested in Iowa school boards.




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