MREA members at their 2023 Annual Membership Meeting on December 5 approved revisions to the organization’s bylaws. The revisions were aimed at improving MREA’s governance and were approved by a majority vote of the members attending the meeting. View ByLaws here.

Changes included clarification of membership eligibility, voting and other rights, and Board and staff roles, and the addition of sections related to financial controls. The bylaws are designed to ensure MREA is well-managed and accountable to its members, said Board President Michelle Rinke Koch.

The meeting also included voting on MREA’s 2024 Legislative Platform, comments from 15 candidates running for Board of Directors open seats, recognition of outgoing Board members, and a review of 2023 association highlights. Highlights included:

  • Educational funding increases
  • Greater Education Summit
  • Selection of Morris teacher Jenny Maras as 2023 National Rural Teacher of the Year

MREA staff revised the bylaws over the summer, and the MREA Board recommended member approval at its October 3 meeting.