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Mason City's school superintendent will receive a $12,950 raise for the fiscal year beginning July 1. 

The school board renewed Dave Versteeg's contract for two years, which includes a 7 percent salary increase for 2019-20, on May 20. 

His base salary will increase to $188,900. 

The board members had high praise for Versteeg, who became the superintendent on July 1, 2017. 

Board President Jodi Draper said she appreciates Versteeg's transparency and honesty, even when he is telling them something that's "going to make us not happy."

Versteeg has built trust with the board, the community and the administrators, according to Draper. 

"If we don't have trust, we don't have a lot," she said. 

Draper also said she appreciates that Versteeg is frequently in the classrooms, on the school bus, and at school and community events. 

Versteeg also puts education in the classroom first, according to Draper. 

"You are passionate about kids and that's what we need," she said. 

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