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Cerro Gordo attorney’s office announces no criminal charges to be brought after $2.2 million of improper disbursements identified in Mason City School District under former Superintendents Anita Micich and Mike Penca

Cerro Gordo attorney’s office announces no criminal charges to be brought after $2.2 million of improper disbursements identified in Mason City School District under former Superintendents Anita Micich and Mike Penca

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo attorney’s office announced today that no criminal charges are to be brought after $2.2 million of improper disbursements were identified in Mason City School…

$2.2 million of improper disbursements identified in Mason City School District under former Superintendents Anita Micich and Mike Penca

$2.2 million of improper disbursements identified in Mason City School District under former Superintendents Anita Micich and Mike Penca

MASON CITY – The Auditor of the State of Iowa today released a bombshell report that alleges  over $2.2 million of improper disbursements in the Mason City School District under…

Mason City School District agreement with Anita Micich to leave

Mason City School District agreement with Anita Micich to leave

MASON CITY – AGREEMENT The Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Mason City Community School District (the “District”), and Dr. Anita Micich (“Dr. Micich”) agree as follows: 1. In…

Anita Micich out of Mason City School District June 6 (photos and video)

Anita Micich out of Mason City School District June 6 (photos and  video)

MASON CITY – Mason City School District Superintendent Anita Micich will be out of a job in Mason City as of June 6. Draft of Press Statement from Mason City…

Breaking news: School Board to consider action on Micich

Breaking news: School Board to consider action on Micich

MASON CITY – Things may be coming to a head at the Mason City School District. The Mason City School Board has called a meeting within the legally-required 24-hour window.…

BREAKING NEWS: Dr. Micich: School district will not participate in program involving Chinese students

BREAKING NEWS: Dr. Micich: School district will not participate in program involving Chinese students

MASON CITY – Mason City School Superintendent Dr. Anita Micich responded Friday to questions about a program where Chinese students were reportedly coming to Mason City to get diplomas from…

Clear Lake moving on from Anita Micich

Clear Lake moving on from Anita Micich

CLEAR LAKE – The Clear Lake School board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to part ways with School Superintendent Anita Micich. Sources reported the development to NIT Wednesday evening, saying “They…

Read Dr. Anita Micich contract with Mason City School District

Read Dr. Anita Micich contract with Mason City School District

MASON CITY – After a document request, the Mason City School District has made available to NIT the contract negotiated by the district with Superintendent Dr. Anita Micich. Subject to…

At listening post, Micich defends CL sharing agreement with MC (photo gallery, video)

At listening post, Micich defends CL sharing agreement with MC (photo gallery, video)

CLEAR LAKE – At a Clear Lake school district public listening post held this week, parents, teachers, administrators, and others voiced their opinions on the sharing of personnel and services…

Mason City School Board gears up for pursuit of two tax levies; set to give Superintendent Micich a raise

Mason City School Board gears up for pursuit of two tax levies; set to give Superintendent Micich a raise

MASON CITY – The Mason City Board of Education will convene at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Board Room of the School Administration Building for its regular meeting. Among the…

Superintendent Micich recomending Gary Hoffman to fill vacant school board seat

Superintendent Micich recomending Gary Hoffman to fill vacant school board seat

MASON CITY – The Mason City School District reported today that the Board of Education will meet in special session at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013, in the…

School Superintendent Micich to present school board with list of “personnel reduction recommendations” Monday

School Superintendent Micich to present school board with list of “personnel reduction recommendations” Monday

MASON CITY – Below, see the agenda for the Special Session/Committee of the Whole meeting of the Mason City Community School District Board of Education scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on…

Mason City schools looking to increase student meal fees; Micich contract to be discussed

Mason City schools looking to increase student meal fees; Micich contract to be discussed

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Mason City School Board and Superintendent Anita Micich will be meeting Monday afternoon. Among the items on the agenda is a student…

Micich to discuss facilities options for 8th graders

Micich to discuss facilities options for 8th graders

Superintendent Anita Micich will provide options to the Mason City School Board tonight at a school board meeting regarding facilities for 8th grade students to be located on the Mason…

Mason City school board to get details on proposed new gymnasium and swimming pool

Mason City school board to get details on proposed new gymnasium and swimming pool

MASON CITY – The Mason City school board will meet Monday night and talk about proposed projects to build a new gymnasium and swimming pool, potentially costing beleaguered taxpayers millions of…

Mason City school board to allow open forum tonight at meeting on bombshell audit showing millions of dollars lost

Mason City school board to allow open forum tonight at meeting on bombshell audit showing millions of dollars lost

MASON CITY – Want to tell the Mason City school district what you think about the alleged millions of dollars mis-used by former administrators and elected school boards?  Tonight is…

Mason City School Board President Jodi Draper responds to state audit showing millions mis-appropriated

Mason City School Board President Jodi Draper responds to state audit showing millions mis-appropriated

MASON CITY – Mason City School Board President Jodi Draper responded this afternoon to the bombshell state audit showing millions of taxpayer dollars meant for children’s education were mis-appropriated by…

Mason City school board to meet and plan new gym and swimming pool, possible pay raises for administrators

Mason City school board to meet and plan new gym and swimming pool, possible pay raises for administrators

MASON CITY – A school board meeting is planned for Monday evening gin Mason City, where the panel evidently will plan a new gym and swimming pool. The Mason City…

Former Mason City schools employee who was overpaid thousands of dollars is now suing district for gender bias

Former Mason City schools employee who was overpaid thousands of dollars is now suing district for gender bias

MASON CITY – A former Mason City schools employee who was overpaid by thousands of dollars is now suing district for some kind of gender bias after a man was…

Office of Auditor of State release of reaudit report of Mason City schools

Office of Auditor of State release of reaudit report of Mason City schools

MASON CITY – A potentially tantalizing and explosive audit of Mason City schools is set to be released soon to the county attorney’s office. According to the Mason City school…

More light shed on potential Mason City school district salary shenanigans

More light shed on potential Mason City school district salary shenanigans

MASON CITY – Emails obtained via public records request between top Mason City school district board directors and administrators have been released, and new light is being shed on possible…

Former Mason City school board member hired by Belmond schools as principal

Former Mason City school board member hired by Belmond schools as principal

BELMOND, IOWA – A former Mason City school board member has been hired as a principal with Belmond-Klemme schools. At the June 1, 2017 Special Board of Education Meeting for…

Mason City Schools’ Director of Finance on administrative leave, will be replaced at special meeting Monday

Mason City Schools’ Director of Finance on administrative leave, will be replaced at special meeting Monday

MASON CITY – As questions swirl in the community about his salary, John Berg, Director of Finance/Board Secretary for the Mason City Community School District, was placed on paid administrative…

Steve Minert takes former mayor Tom Jolas’ place as county compensation board chair

Steve Minert takes former mayor Tom Jolas’ place as county compensation board chair

MASON CITY – There is a new chairman of the Cerro Gordo County Compensation Board, as the long-serving former mayor of Mason City, Tom Jolas, was ousted in favor of…

Mason City school board to evaluate superintendent candidates tonight

Mason City school board to evaluate superintendent candidates tonight

MASON CITY – The Mason City school board will go into closed session tonight at a work shop to evaluate candidates for superintendent. The closed session under Iowa law is…

Complaints spark request for audit of Mason City schools

Complaints spark request for audit of Mason City schools

MASON CITY – A Mason City School Board member says in a confidential email obtained by NIT that complaints about mishandled funds led her to request an audit of the…

Mason City schools to be audited again

Mason City schools to be audited again

MASON CITY – The Mason City School District is facing another audit of financial transactions under the watch of former Superintendent Anita Micich. The Mason City Community School District Board…

NEW CONCESSIONS: Prestage Foods announces updated development terms with Mason City

NEW CONCESSIONS: Prestage Foods announces updated development terms with Mason City

MASON CITY – The City of Mason City and Prestage Foods of Iowa are pleased to share additional terms to the pending Development Agreement being considered by the City Council.…

Mason City school district employee earnings: $24 million

Mason City school district employee earnings: $24 million

EMPLOYEE / EARNINGS 2014-2015 Employee Earnings Report for Mason City Community School District ABBAS, DOUG 65,747.60 ACKERMAN, KAY 7,400.45 ADAMS, DANIEL 38,140.72 ALBERTSON, ETHAN 52,838.87 ALBRECHT, DEBORAH 41,740.25 ALBRECHT, MEGAN…

Opinion: Iowa towns with “mega” meat processing plants struggle with student achievement, free lunches and poverty

Opinion: Iowa towns with “mega” meat processing plants struggle with student achievement, free lunches and poverty

Now that the professional cheerleaders (Mayor, Chamber President, Economic Development) have told us how great it will be to have a mega packing plant in the back yard let’s take…

Questions raised about program where Chinese kids come to Mason City for high school diplomas

Questions raised about program where Chinese kids come to Mason City for high school diplomas

Good morning Dr. Micich, Can you provide information on the current status of the partnership that has been launched between the Mason City School District (MCCSD) and Abroad Education, involving…

Pork processing company chooses Mason City for mega-development (photos and video)

Pork processing company chooses Mason City for mega-development (photos and video)

MASON CITY – Mayor Eric Bookmeyer, North Iowa Corridor CEO Chad Schreck and Governor Terry Branstad today announced a mega-development hog processing plant for Mason City. In a major announcement…

Mason City School Board to meet Monday

Mason City School Board to meet Monday

MASON CITY – The newly-elected school board will meet Monday evening at the school administration building at 5:30 PM. Among the items on the agenda, the board secretary will administer…

Democrats announce this year’s “Wing Ding” featuring Hillary and other big names

Democrats announce this year’s “Wing Ding” featuring Hillary and other big names

CLEAR LAKE – Tickets are now available to be purchased if you care to attend this year’s Democratic “Wing Ding”. The Annual Iowa Wing Ding will be the largest ever…

School boards honored this month

School boards honored this month

MASON CITY – The Mason City Community School District is joining with other communities throughout Iowa this spring to honor its elected school board members during Iowa School Board Recognition…

Mason City school board to meet Monday

Mason City school board to meet Monday

MASON CITY – The Mason City Community School District Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 PM in the Administration Building Board Room, 1515 S. Pennsylvania Avenue,…

Madison School demolition debris: Is it being safely dealt with? (video)

Madison School demolition debris: Is it being safely dealt with? (video)

EMAIL: from: Matt Marquardt <northiowatoday@gmail.com> to: Council Member Alex Kuhn <atlargea@masoncity.net>, Anita Micich <amicich@masoncityschools.org>, Michael Lashbrook <mlashbrook@masoncity.net>, Brent Trout <btrout@masoncity.net>, Council Member Scott Tornquist <tornquistatlarge@masoncity.net>, Council Member John Lee <WardOne@masoncity.net>…

Secret decisions? School board has replacement picked out for vacant seat

Secret decisions? School board has replacement picked out for vacant seat

MASON CITY – A Clarion, Iowa pharmacist recently quit the Mason School Board, and now the board has somehow selected a replacement. Tim Becker, who works in Clarion, Iowa as…

UPDATED: Mason City High School in grips of “sexting” scandal

UPDATED: Mason City High School in grips of “sexting” scandal

MASON CITY – Details are beginning to emerge about a “sexting” scandal that has rocked Mason City High School and police are involved along with school officials in rooting it…

School board has 30 days to fill vacancy left by Clarion pharmacist Becker

School board has 30 days to fill vacancy left by Clarion pharmacist Becker

MASON CITY – A Clarion, Iowa pharmacist has resigned from the Mason City School Board, and it has 30 days to fill the vacancy, while the board moved ahead with…

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