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5 November Results: Liz Cox is returned to the WDMCS Board by a wide margin.

"Thank you to everyone who voted. I am blessed to have your support." - Liz




"I have been honored to represent our youth, families, businesses and teachers in my position as Director of the Board of Education. I am eager to continue serving our dynamic community and hard-working staff." - Liz Cox

+ Come join the West Des Moines Community School Board at our meetings.

Our meetings are open to the public. Members of the public are invited to speak to the board during open forum which happens at the beginning of each board meeting. Board meeting minutes and schedules are posted online. 

+ A vibrant community begins in our schools.

A strong public school system is the foundation of a thriving populace, supporting jobs, providing community resources, connecting neighborhoods, and most importantly, setting the vision for a globally competitive educational system.  

+ An organized and effective school board sets the tone for a high-functioning district, city and broader community.

West Des Moines Community Schools will continue to serve our culturally diverse community within our funding parameters. We will meet the educational needs of every student, grow leadership skills and support positive character development to better preparing each person for a globally competitive world. 


Our re-election campaign has once again received the endorsement of the West Des Moines Education Association.

"So pleased to let you know that WDMEA enthusiastically endorses you for school board. We feel as though you strongly support teachers and understand the importance of union matters!"

— West Des Moines Education Association


Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:39 PM

Liz Cox retains Board seat in WDM

Latest update from the campaign: Liz Cox is returned to the WDMCS Board by a wide margin, receiving the second most votes, well ahead of the rest of the pack in a four-seat race featuring six candidates. Incumbent Board President, Jill Johnson receives 4,024 votes, Liz Cox, Vice President, finishes in second with 3,926, Lonette Dafney garnered 3,024 votes and Jeff Hicks narrowly grabs the fourth seat with 2,522 votes.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:00 AM

DM Register: Meet the West Des Moines school board candidates

Six candidates are seeking election to four seats on the West Des Moines school board. The candidates are incumbents: Liz Cox and Jill Caton Johnson...

Q: List your top three priorities for the school district and how you would address them.

Liz Cox:

  1. Ensuring WDMCS provides positive and supportive programs for students who may not choose to go on to college or would otherwise feel disenfranchised.

  2. Advance policies that support a thriving school culture where students are connected, and access to academic and mental health supports are readily available.

  3. Develop facilities and programs that not only meet the needs of students, but also are accessible to the community.

Sunday, September 1, 2019 12:00 AM

Project Based Learning - An Interview with Clive Elementary Students

Learn about Clive Learning Academy from its learners, who explain how project-based learning has changed their education

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:00 AM

Valley HS Senior Saves Father's Life with CPR Learned at School

Her favorite class, Valley's certified nursing assistant course, is a full-year program that allows students to earn CNA certification by the end of the school year.

One section lets students learn about emergency care, like attending to fractures and burns as well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known as CPR.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 12:00 AM

5 Valley Students Earn Perfect ACT Score

For the first time in Valley High School history, five students in a single graduating class have earned top composite scores of 36 on the ACT.

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