2023 School Board Election Results
November 8, 2023
Unofficial results from the Iowa Secretary of State are listed below and available online. Please note that these results are considered unofficial until certified.
Four seats were on the ballot - three seats for the full four-year term and one seat with two years of service remaining. The following individuals will be sworn into office on November 20, 2023:
- Patrick Meyer, term expires 2025
- Stacia Sanny, term expires 2027
- Laurel Swanson, term expires 2027
- Kayla Vandehaar, term expires 2027
Thank you to all candidates for their dedication to our district’s students, staff, and families!
Meet the Candidates for School Board
Four candidates are on the ballot for the upcoming school board election. This year, Bondurant-Farrar has three open seats for the full four-year term and one seat open with two years of service remaining. Voting will take place on November 7, 2023.
To help community members get to know each candidate, profiles have been assembled for each individual. The candidates' own statements are listed below. They have been minimally edited. Each bio is designed to give voters a better idea of the candidate, therefore this page is long (just keep scrolling) and we encourage you to read through each one. Profiles appear in alphabetical order.
Background Information: Jennifer and I moved to Bondurant in 2014. Our son Caleb is a recent graduate of Bondurant-Farrar and our daughter Bailey attends the junior high school. I am a graduate of Camanche High School and the University of Northern Iowa where I studied accounting. I currently work as a Certified Public Accountant.
Community Involvement: I have been heavily involved in the community since we moved here. I have been a volunteer coach for numerous youth football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and soccer teams. I have helped with booster clubs, Party of Bluejays events, school bond vote groups, FCA and youth church groups, and the school's Bluejay Digital sports broadcasting team.
Accomplishments: Locally, I received the Bluejay Way Community Partner Award. This program recognizes community members who have positively impacted the school district and student experience.
What motivates you to serve on the Bondurant-Farrar Board of Education? I believe high quality public schools are a key to the success of many lives. Bondurant-Farrar is a great district and I want to help to continue that as the community grows. I want to see the growth lead to additional opportunities for our students in industrial technology and trades, college prep, and extra-curricular activities, etc. I feel this will maximize the ability to learn real life lessons to prepare them for their future after graduation.
Stacia Sanny, Incumbent
Background Information: Originally I am from Cedar Rapids, but I have lived in Bondurant for 24 years with my husband, Eric, and our two children, Carter and Elise. Eric was raised in Bondurant and Carter graduated in 2022 and currently is at South Dakota State University. Elise is a junior in high school.
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1999 from Iowa State University, and have since worked for the university for 23 years in different roles. Currently, I assist families who are low-income by serving as the Staffing & Training Coordinator for our nutrition education programs. Much of my experience is in the human resources field, focusing on successful supervision along with hiring and onboarding new staff across the state. Volunteering in the community and supporting activities that my kids are involved in has been my focus, but personally my passion is to ensure that students and families don't go hungry.
Community Involvement: Locally-elected school board member, current board president, member of several district advisory committees, Backpack Buddies volunteer, and 4H volunteer. Formerly served as a WATCH Dog volunteer, youth volleyball coach, board member of the Bondurant Christian Church preschool program, and Clover Kids leader.
Accomplishments: As a current school board member, I've had the opportunity to lead numerous major projects and initiatives in our district, most notably the 2020 bond referendum that allowed for our new junior high as well as our current 2023 bond referendum that is on the November 7 ballot.
What motivates you to serve on the Bondurant-Farrar Board of Education? I am motivated to serve by my desire to support our teachers, staff and administration as their job continues to face many challenges. It is important to provide them with the necessary tools to best educate and support all of our students. Since joining the board four years ago, we have successfully completed a number of projects that expand opportunities for our students and provide a safe learning space. Ensuring secure entrances in each of our schools has been a priority of mine and completion of that will take place over the next year. As the education system in Iowa continues to change, I want to be sure that Bondurant-Farrar students are learning in a way that fits their individual needs and that each student has opportunities to explore their interests through hands-on learning opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Background Information: I was raised in Fairfield, Iowa, and attended Drake University for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I work as a Church Business Administrator at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona. My husband Jamie and I have lived in the Bondurant-Farrar school district since 2006. Our boys, Spencer (24) and Parker (19) are Bluejay graduates.
Community Involvement: I dedicated six years to the Bondurant-Farrar Fine Arts Boosters, where I also served as president. In 2017, I co-chaired the After-Prom committee. Additionally, for nearly the past decade, I've been the clerk of course for the majority of the track meets, supporting our athletics department. I've served on a number of district committees, including, most recently, being a member of the Portrait of a Graduate committee throughout the 2022-2023 school year. Currently, I also serve on the Friends of the Bondurant Library committee and the Bondurant Library Foundation.
Accomplishments: I received my MBA from Drake University. I am a Certified Church Administrator with The Church Network/National Association of Church Business Administrators, and currently serve the organizations as vice president. I have also served on both state and national boards for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.
What motivates you to serve on the Bondurant-Farrar Board of Education? I believe strong schools are important for strong communities. I look forward to using my gifts to serve the school district that made such a difference in the lives of both of my children. I am excited by the challenges and opportunities that await this district.
Kayla Vandehaar, Incumbent
Background Information: My husband and I are deeply connected to Bondurant and this area. He comes from a long line of Bondurant-Farrar alumni, while I graduated from the Southeast Polk Community Schools. Over the past seven years, we've made Bondurant-Farrar our home, raising our three young children here. My education includes a Master's in Business Administration and a Bachelor's in accounting, both from Iowa State University.
Community Involvement: Volunteered in the classroom to lead Junior Achievement programs and help educate students on other aspects of financial literacy through the Iowa Society of CPAs; Appointed as school board director in December 2022; Treasurer and volunteer for the Bondurant-Farrar Education Foundation; Member of several district advisory committees
Accomplishments: As a member of the education foundation, I've had the opportunity to positively impact our schools, students, and staff through various programs and initiatives. Through a partnership with the elementary PTO, we co-sponsored a recent teacher and staff appreciation event. As a newer member of our school board, I'm able to dedicate my time and attention to finding solutions that benefit and support our students, staff, and families.
What motivates you to serve on the Bondurant-Farrar Board of Education? As a parent of three young children, I have a deep personal commitment to preserving and enhancing the educational experience within the Bondurant-Farrar school district. My experiences as a community volunteer and now school board member have allowed me to foster meaningful relationships with key stakeholders across the district. My financial background helps me to provide insight into the financial viability of the district while we work together to manage our growth. It is rewarding to be part of a growing school district that cares for its students and staff. I have nothing but respect and appreciation for the administration, staff, and teachers. I'm excited about the opportunity to continue to serve as a school board member and be part of something great.