Note: The application deadline has been extended to 10 pm Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

MREA announced today it will have six open seats on its Board of Directors beginning January 1, 2020. Administrators, teachers, school trustees, and community representatives in member districts are encouraged to apply and help build on MREA’s success by contributing knowledge, expertise, and energy to advocate for students and school districts across Greater Minnesota.

Interested individuals must apply online by the deadline below.

2020 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 current Board.

These positions open January 1, 2020 and end December 31 of their final year:

South Zone
Administrator: 4-yr. term 2020-2023

Teacher: 4-yr. term 2020-2023

South Central Zone
At-Large: 4-yr. term 2020-2023

Teacher: 2-yr. term 2020-2021

North Central Zone
Administrator: 4-yr. term 2020-2023

North Zone
School Board Member: 4-yr. term 2020-2023

Find your zone.


Members ready to be MREA leaders must meet these qualifications:

  • Represent a full (non-introductory) member of MREA
  • Come from the zone in which the opening exists
  • Attend all 2020 Board and other meeting dates, including overnight meetings
  • Actively participate in MREA governance and affirm policies and by-laws
  • Commit to advocating for Greater Minnesota students

Time Commitment

Directors generally meet four times annually in the Twin Cities and throughout Greater Minnesota. They are expected to review meeting packets and arrive prepared for forward-looking discussion regarding education issues. Meetings are held over two days, starting late afternoon/evening and continuing until noon the second day. View the meeting schedule.

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

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.

Apply Now in 2 Steps

There are 2 steps to the application process: 1.) Candidates must submit their own applications online and 2.) email MREA a brief Statement of Interest summarizing their interest and qualifications in serving on the Board. The application deadline is 5 pm, Wednesday, October 16. Submit an application.

Candidates are encouraged to register for the 2019 Fall Member Meeting near them and the Annual Conference. Candidates in attendance at the Annual Conference will be introduced during  the Annual Business Meeting November 19 at Cragun’s Resort.

Ballots will be mailed to members for voting in late November. Call the MREA office at (320) 762-6574 with questions.