Mason City Schools superintendent says he’s retiring at the end of the school year

MASON CITY — The superintendent of the Mason City Community School District says he will retire at the end of the school year.

Dave Versteeg has been the district’s superintendent since July 2017.   “It’s with some apprehension tonight that I announce my retirement for the end of the school year. I’m not here to make a big, long speech about it, it’s just the way life rolls. Several of you have retired and you understand everybody has a time that works for them, and this is just my time, so it’s just a personal decision.”

Versteeg says he’s enjoyed his time working in the Mason City district.   “I love my job every day, and there’s so much good work going on here, you know you hate to walk away from it, but I cannot manufacture time. As much as people want me to do things for them, time is slipping away, so it’s time for me to exit.”

Versteeg says he wanted to give the board plenty of time to choose his successor.   “I wanted to give the board an adequate amount of time to develop a process for finding a replacement and getting started on that in a reasonable fashion, which I think is now. It’s not news when people retire, but I look forward to the process that you will develop to hire a new person. That will really be the news on what that person can do to further enhance this district and work with this board going forward.”

Versteeg made the announcement at the end of last night’s meeting of the Mason City School Board.