The Southeast Polk Community School District Board of Education is a non-partisan group of community individuals who serve the Southeast Polk Community School District by putting our students, staff and families first. The School Board represents the parents and citizens of our community. They are dedicated to the SEP Vision and Mission and focus on our Core Values.  

At Southeast Polk, school board directors are elected at-large and represent the entire school district. They receive no compensation for their service as a school board director. Each school board director is elected for a term of four years. Terms are staggered to ensure continuity of leadership.

The 2023 SEP School Board election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, with four seat openings.

If you are interested in learning more about being a candidate, please view this instructional video :


A candidate must be an eligible elector in the school district at the time of the election. An eligible elector must be a citizen of the United States, be a resident of Iowa, and be at least 18 years old. The filing period for school board candidates ends at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21.

If eligible to run, you may pick up your nomination petition and affidavit of candidacy from our School Board Secretary, located at the SEP District Office at 407 8th St. SE, Altoona, IA (the old City Hall building).

Important Dates:

Aug. 28: Candidate filing begins.
Sept. 21: Candidate filing deadline by 5 p.m.
Sept. 26: Candidate withdrawal deadline by 5 p.m. (last day for candidates to withdraw by filing a written request with the school secretary).
Nov. 7: School election day. Polls are open from 7 a.m.–8 p.m.

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