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Board of Education

VCA Board of Education is the policy–making body.  The School Board is comprised of Christians with an interest in the success of Victory Christian Academy.  New members are elected by an annual vote of the School Association and serve a three-year term.  The school board has the authority to hire, evaluate, and retain or dismiss members of the administration, faculty, and/or staff.  Board meetings are held monthly.  Specific dates and times are found on the school calendar.


If you would like to place an item on the agenda, please contact the school administrator or School Board president.  Requests must be submitted in writing at least 7 days prior to the meeting.  Other information concerning the Board and its responsibilities is contained in the Bylaws of Victory Christian Academy.  

A summary of the monthly Board meetings can be found in our monthly newsletter and all complete VCA Minutes can be requested in writing by stopping in or E-mailing the office.  

Victory Christian Academy's ByLaws

​School Board Member Application (Word Format)


 

Board Adgenda October 2018

 


 

Board Members 2017-2018

 
Sandra Dop, PhD, Administrator

Dr. Dop and her husband Dennis are Indianola natives; however, his military career moved them around the country and three times to Germany. Dr. Dop’s experience as an educator spans forty years and includes teaching at all levels from pre-school to college as well as K-12 principal, curriculum director, and superintendent in several states and for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools.  She retired in 2016 from the Iowa Department of Education where she led the Iowa CBE Collaborative. In that capacity she worked with the state legislature, Area Education Agencies, local school districts, and colleges and universities to investigate and promote the innovation necessary to embed 21st century skills into the experiences and opportunities for all Iowa students and develop a framework for transformation to a competency-based system.  She left retirement to join VCA in August 2017.

Wes Blanchard, President                                                                 Board Term: 05/01/2016-04/30/2019

Wes and his wife Lynn have had their children enrolled at Victory Christian Academy since 2010. When Adam, their oldest, was in sixth grade, they came to Victory for smaller classes but quickly realized that was not the only difference. The curriculum and expectations were higher, and the benefit of learning the bible and Christina principles was appreciated. Anna is the youngest and the only one at Victory now, but Wes says they grew to appreciate the camaraderie of students (and parents) throughout the school, how the children learn about God’s Word and world from the teachers and staff, who care and pray over them daily, and having their children pray for their classmate’s concerns. They say they regret not considering VCA sooner. 

He has served on the school board since July of 2012 and appreciates the balance between ministry, education, and business, and that the school board walks alongside the teachers and administration.

Phil Langstraat, Member, Vice-President                                                          Board Term: 05/01/2017-04/30/2020

Graduated from Westman College in 1965 with a B.A. in Education. Taught and Coached in the Williamsburg and Clinton,Iowa High Schools for 5 years. Entered the financial services industry in 1970. Karen and I moved to Indianola in 1975 and I opened the Edward Jones Investment Office at that time. Spent the last 40 years serving the investment needs of people in and surrounding Indianola retiring in 2015. Karen and I have been involved in church ministry our entire married life. We currently attend and serve New Heights Church in Indianola.

We have 3 wonderful daughters, two son-in-laws, and 7 grandchildren. Our daughter,Jana and her husband Grant McGraw have 4 children that either have attended VCA or are attending at this time. We have experienced through our grandchildren the value of a bible based education at VCA. We love the way the teachers blend biblical and academic instruction into the children’s experience at VCA!

Sarah Bond, Member, Secretary                                                                       Board Term:05/01/2018-04/30/2021

Sarah and her husband Brian have two girls, Berkley, who is in 2nd grade, and Quincey, who attends 3 day pre-kindergarten.  The Bonds have been at Victory since 2016 after moving to Indianola.  Sarah has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Upper Iowa University and works in the IT consulting and sales space for a local Des Moines firm.  The Bonds are blessed by Victory in multiple ways from the incredible teachers in their girls’ lives to the strong academia and biblical foundation that is being built for their future.

Kevin Gould, Member, Treasurer                                                                        Board Term: 05/01/2017-04/30/2020

Kevin and his wife Amanda have four children.  Tara and Keira are young adults; Jacob came to Victory as a kindergartener in 2015, when the family moved to Indianola, and Sarah is still too young for school.

Kevin was raised in Washington County, Southeast Iowa and graduated high school in 1996 when he enlisted in the United States Navy and served until 2001 as military police; he deployed overseas twice.  Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Psychology from Buena Vista University and has been employed with the state of Iowa as a Special Agent in the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

The loving Christ centered education and personalized attention have been a massive blessing not only to Jacob, but the entire Gould family.  Kevin sought a position on the school board with the hope of ensuring that more families have the opportunity to be blessed by this great school.  The Gould’s are members at the Indianola Community Church and have been attending for 2 years.

Justin Keller, Member                                                                                   Board Term: 05/01/2016-04/30/2019

Justin Keller grew up in Indianola and graduated from Indianola High School in 2000. He then attended Pensacoa Christian College in Pensacola, Florida and graduated in 2004 with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Bible. He currently is a Patrol Sergeant for the Indianola Police Department where he has served since 2005. Justin also serves as a Worship Leader, Small Group Leader, and Deacon at Living Waters Fellowship in Des Moines.

Justin married his wife, Kristin, in 2009. He and his wife have been blessed with two daughters, Hailey and Lauren. Hailey started in the 3-year-old Pre-Academy class in 2015 and is continuing at Victory Christian Academy. Lauren just started the 3-year-old Pre-Academy class in 2017. The Kellers are thankful for the Christ-centered education both of the girls are receiving and are amazed at the progress they have made thanks to the wonderful teachers and staff at VCA.