Candidates for the Mason City School Board held a forum Wednesday evening at Lincoln School.
All seven candidates attended. Four of the seven are incumbents (Darshini Jayawardena, Paula Recinos, Robert Thoms and Mark A. Young) and three are new-comers (Scott Warren, Ed Wineinger and David G. McCourt).
Each candidate gave an introduction and then answered a series of questions from the audience.
One candidate stood out, Scott Warren, a retired teacher in Mason City who came here in 1972. He said the schools should pay more attention to building skills for students who are not college-bound. He also said that the best piece of technology a student should learn to use is an alarm clock so they can learn to be on time.
The school board oversees the Mason City Community Schools budget, which for most property owners in Mason City is at least 40% of their annual tax bill, a few percent more than the City of Mason City’s share.
Watch video, showing a few words from each candidate:
Left to right:
David G. McCourt, Scott Warren, Ed Wineinger, Mark A. Young, Robert Thoms, Paula Recinos, Darshini Jayawardena