Mr. David Coziahr, President

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Mr. David Coziahr, President

Mr. David Coziahr is in his fifth term on the Board of Education, and is currently serving as President. He has served as Prsident in prior years, and most recently as Vice President.   His current term extends through 2019.

Mr. Coziahr is the longest serving member of the Board of Education, elected in 2005. He is the current Vice President, and has served in past years as President and Vice President of the Board. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and from Iowa State University, where he earned a Construction Engineering degree. He returned to Council Bluffs and his family’s business, Coziahr Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., which has been in operation since 1936.

Mr. Coziahr and his wife, Luanne, raised twin sons who are graduates of TJ. He said he enjoys being a member of the School Board and serving as an advocate for students. He believes that public education is the proven way to advance the education of our country’s citizens. He want all Council Bluffs students to know that school is a safe place to take risks in order to determine what excites them in a possible career. He encourages all students to find joy in what they do. Thanks to Mr. Coziahr for the longtime dedication to our school district and community!

Mr. Chris LaFerla, Vice President

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Mr. Chris LaFerla, Vice President

Chris LaFerla is in his first term on the Board of Education, and is serving as the Vice President. His term extends through 2019.

Growing up in Council Bluffs, Mr. Chris LaFerla attended Franklin Elementary, Wilson Middle School, and Thomas Jefferson High School. After high school, he attended Iowa Western Community College, and then studied education at Simpson College. Although he thought he wanted to teach, but started my career in a non-teaching role at Iowa Western Community College. During that time, he realized the important role education played in his own life, and developed a passion for education. Deciding he wanted to give back, he ran and was elected to the school board in 2015. Now, he serves as the Executive Director for the Community Education Foundation, finding ways to engage the community in support of the Council Bluffs Community School District. 

There are many aspects of being a school board member he shared that he enjoys, “The most rewarding experiences are when I witness the successes of our students and parents. There are miracles, big and small, happening in classrooms across our district every day, and most of them go unnoticed. But sometimes we hear about the student who overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles, or we get the opportunity to celebrate a success. Those things inspire me, and they reinforce the importance of quality public education for all. “

“I have two children in elementary school, and each year their teachers ask my wife Lea and me a question" ‘What are your goals for your student this year?’ Our answer to this question never changes. We want our kids to be happy and well adjusted, and to love learning. My advice to any student is this: Be a part of your learning. Find things you are interested in, ask questions, talk to experts, and learn to love the discovery of new ideas. Don't limit yourself. You really can do anything, and if you love learning, it won't feel like work at all. "

Mr. Troy Arthur

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Mr. Troy Arthur

Troy Arthur is in his third term on the Board of Education, and served the past two years as President. His current term extends through 2019.

 

Mr. Troy Arthur was elected to the School Board in 2011. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and the father of two TJ graduates, as well as a daughter at Wilson Middle School, and a son at Franklin Elementary School. Mr. Arthur is a Bank of the West Market Leader for Nebraska and Iowa in the area of Wealth Management. He took a non-traditional path toward this career field, and has learned new skills in every role along the way. As a School Board member, Mr. Arthur shared that he enjoys helping shape the direction of the school district and being a voice for the community. He values that public education levels the playing field for all children. He wants students to know that they should never underestimate their abilities. "If you fail at something, try again and take another path toward success."

Mr. Bill Grove

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Mr. Bill Grove

Bill Grove is in his third term on the Board of Education, and is a Past President and Vice President. His current term extends through 2019.

Mr. Grove was elected to the School Board in 2009.

Mr. Grove grew up on a farm north of Waukee, Iowa, and graduated in a class of 24 students. He attended McPherson College in Kansas, received his BA in Math, and earned endorsements and advanced degrees at the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University. He began his education career in Kansas, and then taught for seven years in Africa. Upon returning to Iowa, he served as Superintendent at Stratford and Eldora-New Providence. As a board member, he enjoys working with everyone to help students learn. He feels the school district has made a lot of progress, and he appreciates that the school board is strong.

He is proud of our school district’s continued growth in student achievement, graduation rate, and the wide variety of curriculum offerings . He encourages our younger students to learn to read well, and our
high school students to take full advantage of the free offerings.

Mr. Grove and his wife, Lois, can be seen at athletic events and concerts throughout the school district, cheering on our students! Please join us in thanking Mr. Bill Grove! #CelebrateIASchoolBoards

Mr. Kyle McGlade

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Mr. Kyle McGlade

Kyle McGlade is in his first term as a member of the Board of Education. His term extends through 2021.

Mr. Kyle McGlade graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 2012, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Morningside College.   He is currently working towards a Master’s in Public Administration, which he expects to complete in August 2019.

Mr. McGlade is a Graduate Assistant in the Service Learning Academy at UNO, and will be working at the Omaha Municipal Land Bank. 

As a member of the Board of education since September of this year, he has enjoyed seeing the accomplishments of students, and being able to be a voice on the board. He said he believes he has a different perspective than that of other members and enjoys being able to have input and a say in making our district the best it can be for students, employees, and the community at large. 

Mr. McGlade shared  that he believes the public aspect of public education is important because it allows all people the same access to opportunity and breaks down barriers that exist.  He would like to encourage all students to be willing to take risks. “While I know people are afraid to fail at something, you cannot chase after your passions if you don't take risks, McGlade said.  “Whether it be applying and going to a school in another part of the world or making a new friend on the playground, taking that leap of faith can make all the difference in achieving something truly great. My example is that I decided to run for a public office at a fairly young age and ended up succeeding. I didn't have any guarantee that it would work out and I would be elected, but unless I filed the papers and gave it my, all I would never have had the incredible chance to speak up for others in Council Bluffs in the same way.” 

Mr. John Minshall

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Mr. John Minshall

John Minshall is in his first term on the Board of Education. His term extends through 2021.

Mr. Minshall is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. He attended Creighton and UNO, and later joined the IBEW Local's apprenticeship program. He has worked at Miller Electric for 11 years and is currently a General Foreman on a project. 

Mr. Minshall sees being on the board as an opportunity to have a positive impact on our community. "Being a new parent in the district, it's my way of being involved," he said.  "I feel a strong school system is vital to the success of a community."
 
He feels public education is important because it is available to everyone. "If provided th the appropriate resources, public schools can provide so many more opportunities for students to succeed."  His advice for students is for them to realize there are many roadmaps to success. "Find what drives you, and challenge yourself every day to do more."
 
Join us in showing appreciation to Mr. Minshall for his service on the School Board, and to his wife, Melissa, and daughter Mieren, a member of the Council Bluffs Community School District's Class of 2031!
Dr. Jill Ogg-Gress

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Dr. Jill Ogg-Gress

Dr. Ogg-Gress is in her second term on the Board of Education, and is a Past Vice President. Her current term extends through 2021.

She is a Council Bluffs native and has served on the Board of Education since 2013. 

In addition to her dedicated service to the school district, Dr. Ogg-Gress is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who practices clinically in gastroenterology and emergency medicine. She is also an assistant professor in the family nurse practitioner program at Georgetown University in Washington DC.  

As a member of the School Board, she enjoys having the ability to see growth with our students, both academically and outside of the classroom. She also appreciates collaborating with other board members to ensure a strong and vibrant district for administrators, staff and students. 

According to Dr. Ogg-Gress, public education is incredibly important for individuals to be successful in crafting their personal  knowledge skills and ability as they prepare for life after high school, whether that be in a post-secondary institution or trade school. 

Her advice to any student is to “always push yourself to be successful both academically and outside of the classroom, and surround yourself with people who love and support you and always maintain positive relationships.”

Join us in thanking Dr. Ogg-Gress, her husband Loren and her daughter Alexis who is a 2017 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School.