MREA announced today it will have four open seats on its Board of Directors beginning Jan. 1, 2021. The MREA Board welcomes members to apply by October 18 and help build on MREA’s success by contributing knowledge, expertise and energy.

2021 Board Openings

MREA’s four membership zones are each represented on the Board by one school administrator, one teacher, one school board member, and one at-large member, who are elected by MREA membership. The Board also appoints two higher education, two service cooperative, and one education district representative. View interactive zone map. View current Board.

These positions will be open for 2021:

South Zone

  • School Board Representative: 4-year term, 2021-2024

South Central Zone

  • Administrator Representative: 4-year term, 2021-2024

North Central Zone

  • At-Large Representative: 4-year term, 2021-2024
  • School Board Representative: 1-year term, 2021 (mid-term vacancy)

Time Commitment

Board Meetings

Directors generally serve 4-year terms and meet four times annually in St. Paul and in Greater Minnesota. They are expected to be prepared for forward-looking discussion regarding education issues. When hosted in person, meetings are held over two days, starting late afternoon/evening and continuing until noon the second day; online meeting times and formats vary based on the agenda. View the meeting schedule.

Member Meetings & Advocacy Leadership

Board members attend the Fall Member Meeting in their area and the MREA Annual Conference. Directors also serve as MREA ambassadors and provide leadership for educational advocacy at local and state levels.

Expense Reimbursement

MREA reimburses travel expenses and provides meals and lodging. Directors may also be eligible for per diem per board policy. Districts are reimbursed substitute pay for teacher representatives.


Members ready to be visible leaders for MREA must meet these qualifications at application and for the duration of their MREA Board term:

    • Represent a “full” (non-introductory) member of MREA in the zone in which the vacancy exists
    • Ability to travel and attend overnight meetings
    • Availability for Board and other meeting dates
    • Willingness to actively participate in MREA governance and affirm policies and by-laws
    • Strong commitment to advocating for Greater Minnesota students
    • School Board directors must actively serve on a member-district board of education in the zone in which the opening exists
    • Teacher directors must hold a MN teaching license and be employed under the terms of a teachers master contract with a member district in the zone in which the opening exists
    • Administrator directors must hold a MN Board of School Administrators licensed position with a member district in the zone in which the opening exists
    • At-Large directors must maintain employment or residency within a member district in the zone in which the opening exists

Apply Now

Candidates must submit their applications online and email MREA a brief Statement of Interest summarizing their interest and qualifications in serving on the Board. The application deadline is Sunday, October 18. Submit your application here.

Candidates are encouraged to register for a 2020 Fall Member Meeting near them and the Annual Conference.

Ballots will be mailed to eligible voting members in late November. Elected candidates will take office effective January 1 with orientation prior to the first Board meeting. Call the MREA office at (320) 762-6574 with questions.