We've received conflicting information as to whether the appointment would be until the November, 2016 general election or the next scheduled school election in September, 2017, but the Iowa Code regarding the appointment process is pretty clear on the fact that we must try to appoint. The guidance we received from the Director of Elections from the Iowa Secretary of State's Office is to:
"..... advise your Board of their statutory duty to appoint within 30 days. Provisions in §279.7 that provide for an election if an appointment is not made within 30 days do not give your school board authority to go straight to an election."
6/7/2017 UPDATE: Despite conventional wisdom, sometimes things move pretty fast with the Board. This morning we received guidance from the Johnson County Auditor, as well as the Director of Elections for the Iowa Secretary of State that if we appoint tonight, the term will only run until the next General Election (not School Election) ballot in November of 2016. On the surface, the shorter term (5 months vs 15 as initially thought) isn't an issue with me. However, the District would be responsible for 50% of the cost for regular precincts where ICCSD voters reside. That cost to the District is estimated to be approximately $75k. So, now the dilemma is to appoint and spend $75k in 5 months, or to not appoint and hold a special election in July and spend $16k to do so. As with many questions the Board has to ponder, there are no good decisions, only varying levels of bad ones. I suspect we will get to six votes pretty quick
In other words: you can disregard much of what was written in the initial post above.