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Mason City school board offers four seats in this November election

MASON CITY – The Iowa Association of School Boards and the Mason City Community School District urge Iowans passionate about education to consider running in the November 2, 2021 school board election. Public schools need strong leadership and governance to ensure a bright future for all children and communities across the state.

Strong leadership is critical to moving education forward in our state. School board members play significant roles in their communities—they must have leadership, vision and dedication. They are charged with accountability for student learning, determining educational goals, setting policy, overseeing school finances and more.

School board members are elected to serve four-year terms, with elections taking place in odd-numbered years. Those elected receive no pay. Experienced school board members say the rewards of service lie in meeting the needs of children and communities.

Volunteering for the Mason City School Board is such a rewarding experience. Preparing our future leaders in K-12 is an honor every day. – Mason City Community School Board of Education President Lorrie Lala

The scope of educational services offered to our Mason City students is vast. Being a Mason City Schools volunteer school board and Iowa Association of School Board member, allows me an opportunity to serve as a voice for students and public school advocate. Monthly training from the state association has guided me in my role. — Mason City Community School Board of Education Director Katherine Koehler.

The Mason City Community School District has four seats up for election on November 2. Nominations for open seats can be filed between August 23 and September 16. See all key dates and deadlines at

Nomination papers for school board seats are available from the board secretary: Mason City Community School District Administrative Center
1515 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
Mason City, IA 50401

Office hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

School board candidates must obtain the signatures of at least 1% of the qualified electors of the district or 50 electors, whichever is less, but at least 10 signatures.

For information on the rewards of board service, campaign finance disclosure law, conflict of interest, key dates and candidate education, visit

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