MASON CITY | Jodi Draper, Jacob Schweitzer and Alan Steckman have been elected to the Mason City School Board, pending confirmation of election results.

Draper was elected to her second term, while Schweitzer and Steckman are each newcomers to the board. According to initial election results, Draper received about 23.5 percent of the vote, with Schweitzer and Steckman getting 22.3 percent and 21.4 percent of the vote respectively. All three will serve four-year terms.

Draper, a chief financial officer for County Social Services, said she was appreciative of the opportunity to serve for a second term, and added relationships between school officials and the board are paramount.

"First and foremost, I want us to build trust with the staff and community," she said. "That teachers know there's an open-door policy with the board and vice versa."

Schweitzer, a local firefighter, was "humbled" by the opportunity and looks forward to helping improve the school district. He added that defining what pay and benefits look for non-bargaining staff members will be vital.

"That seems to be some of the areas where we've run into issues," he said.

Steckman, a retired postmaster, was "thrilled and honored" to be elected to his first term. He said he doesn't have any specific goals set as a board member, but said cooperation between school officials is important moving forward.

"I don't know what the plans are at this moment," Steckman said. "Just to have the best interests in teachers, students, and the administration."

According to results released Tuesday night, about 6.7 percent of registered voters participated in the election. Two years ago, turnout was about 5.5 percent.

Board President Janna Arndt, the other incumbent seeking re-election, finished last in voting, behind Richard Haas. Arndt received about 14.9 percent of the vote.

Draper, the incumbent who was re-elected, said she would "let the board decide" who its new president should be.

"Janna was a great director, and I want to thank her for her service," she said. 

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