Scott Mason has announced his resignation from the Burlington School Board and his recent hire as District Transportation Supervisor.
Mason resigned Nov. 3 to replace current Transportation Supervisor Richard Link, who gave his notice of resignation at the Oct. 24 school board meeting and is retiring after more than 10 years with the district.
Mason’s hiring was approved by the board on Monday. He will take office on January 1 and will receive an annual salary of $70,000.
Mason was elected to the school board in November 2021 along with Christi Burghoffer. Mason served on the council’s transportation committee last year alongside council vice chair Deborah Hatteberg.
Mason is a 1990 graduate of Burlington High School, served as an athletics coach for the district, and worked as the district’s truancy officer from 2007-2020.
In an address to the board Monday, Mason thanked his fellow board members for their support during his tenure and said he was honored to have been able to serve the district.
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“While it’s hard to say goodbye to the board and my family at the Farm Bureau, there are a lot of positives to coming back (to work as an employee) in this school district,” Mason said. “There’s just something that makes me prefer working for you to trying to figure out what the district should be doing.
“But it’s been a great experience. I can’t thank the people of Burlington enough for trusting me. And I can’t thank you enough for accepting me to the board.”
Council members congratulated Mason on his new position and commended Link for his time and service to the district.
“I want to say good luck to Scott,” Hatteberg said. “I know that at transport meetings he has always had a great contribution, and I think all the skills he has acquired during his (time) with the district will really come in handy for us. So welcome aboard in this new responsibility.”
Board Chairman Joel Sieren also announced that the board will fill Mason’s seat by appointment at its November 21 meeting. Anyone interested in serving on the board is asked to contact one of the board members or Burlington Superintendent Robert Scott.
“It will save us the cost of having to run a special election, which I’ve heard the estimate is $10,000 to $15,000,” Sieren said of the nomination.
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The seat will then be up for grabs in the November 2023 election, with the winner serving the remaining two years of Mason’s term.