Board Goal Statement: 

The Independence Community School District’s Board of Education will promote efforts to increase student achievement by supporting district initiatives and will strive to provide opportunities, resources, and a highly qualified staff to all students. The Board will work to enhance a climate of positive communication while managing the schools in an efficient and cost effective manner.


  1. Obtaining and Sustaining Academic Excellence
  2. Responsibly Manage Fiscal Resources
  3. Strengthen Communications
  4. Maintain a Long Term Facility Plan
  5. Create an Exemplary Activities Department

Board Goals 17-18 08-23-2017

President Eric Smith

Eric B. SmithPresident Eric B. Smith

Elected Date: September 2015
Term Expires: September 2019

I grew up in Rowley, Iowa, and attended South Elementary and Independence Middle School.  My hobbies include collecting farm toys and looking for geocaches while traveling for work.


  • Master of Business Administration, University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University
  • Bachelor of Science, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University

Employment: Agricultural Tractor Engineer, John Deere, Waterloo, Iowa

Committee Assignments

  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • IASB-Delegate Assembly
  • Traffic Flow
  • Sustainable Independence
  • City Council Liaison
Vice President Brian Eddy
Director Kim Hansen
Director Gina Trimble
Director Jennifer Sornson



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