Andrews Thanked by Colleagues, Community

Andrews Thanked by Colleagues, Community
Posted on 12/15/2017

Andrews Thanked by Colleagues, CommunityThe Mason City Schools community thanked outgoing School Board member Randy Andrews during his last Board of Education meeting on December 12.


“The old cliche is ‘leave it better than you found it,’ and I don’t know if I can say that because it was in good shape when I got here.  I will continue to pray and hope for the very best for this district; it’s my home. I made Sherman Terrace [a Mason neighborhood] my home for 58 years, and I’ll still be a big part of Comet Country," Andrews said.


Andrews was elected to the school board in November 2013, and is finishing his service as the Board’s Vice-President. The former Mason Middle School teacher graduated from William Mason High School in 1972, and spent a career mentoring Mason students. He taught eighth grade social studies for 25 years and was a middle school Athletic Director, high school assistant baseball coach, middle school basketball coach, and a member of the Mason High School Athletics Hall of Fame. Andrews retired from Mason City Schools in 2013.


“Randy, when you joined the Board you shot straight to the top of the pack in years of service to the district. That perspective was brought to bear beginning day one. You are a man of few words and when you speak it is coming from a place of integrity - and it is true and thoughtful. You brought such experience, and you have been open to change - and all of that has taken us to new heights. We look forward to ways you will continue to serve this good City of ours,” said Board President Matt Steele.

During his last meeting as a member of the school board, Andrews cast his vote to name Mason's Chief Innovation Officer, Jonathan Cooper, the next Superintendent of Mason City Schools after Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline retires on June 30, 2018.

"I'm sure glad that our paths crossed four years ago and [Cooper] became part of this district. I've made a lot of decisions and votes on this board over the past four years, but tonight was the best vote I've made - to put you in [as the next Superintendent]," said Andrews.


Andrews received a crystal bowl and heartfelt words of gratitude for his service.


“You have been an amazing leader with a servant heart giving back to our district. Someone who cares deeply - and who has deep roots in  Mason - not only growing up here and graduating from here and being in the Hall of Fame, but also someone who I have counted on in your four years of leadership on the Board, and your legacy of a lifetime of leadership in our community and schools,” said Dr. Kist-Kline as she presented Andrews with his crystal bowl.


“Even with a new lens as a board member, you always had a seasoned view. You brought a lot of knowledge of this district - especially from being a teacher and serving here - and your words always meant a lot,” said Courtney Allen, Board Member.


“Working with Randy has been kind of a completion of a circle. The Andrews family has deep roots in Mason, and we know you have deep love for this community. You have brought valuable insight and ideas, and we as a district and board are better for it,” said Connie Yingling, Board member.


“I’ve often said this is the strongest board I’ve served on, and it is in many ways because of the unique insight you bring being a teacher. We had the privilege of serving with John Odell for a couple of years before he passed away from cancer, and that was my first taste of actually getting a teacher’s perspective on some of these conversations. You've had a really strong four years, and I just can't tell you how much I appreciate learning from that perspective and weaving it into the things we do,” said Kevin Wise, Board member.

Andrews did not seek reelection in November. Newly elected school board member Charles Galvin will join the Mason City Schools Board of Education in January.

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