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Open Board Positions

The Great Prairie Area Education Agency will be accepting Statement of Candidacy submissions for the election of five (5) AEA Board members in October 2019. The five Board positions open for election are: 

District 1: Central Lee, Harmony, Keokuk, & Van Buren
District 3: Keota, North Mahaska, Oskaloosa, Sigourney & Tri-County
District 4: Cardinal, Centerville, Davis County, Moulton-Udell, Seymour & portion of the Ottumwa School District 
District 5: A portion of the Ottumwa School District
District 8: A portion of the Burlington School District

School Board Members from these districts will choose the Great Prairie Area Education Agency representatives. Under Iowa law, anyone who is a resident and elector of the Director District indicated, may seek election to the AEA Board, except local school employees or members of the Community College Boards of Directors.

Persons interested in declaring candidacy must file a “Statement of Candidacy,” available at the school board offices in the corresponding Director Districts and the Great Prairie AEA Ottumwa or Burlington Offices. The deadline for filing a Statement of Candidacy with Jennifer Woodley, Public Relations Coordinator/Board Secretary of Great Prairie AEA is October 15, 2019.

Terms of office for these positions on the Board are for 4 years – December 2019 through December 2023. Meetings of the Great Prairie AEA Board of Directors are held at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 North Main in Fairfield, Iowa.

Anyone desiring further information on the election may call Jennifer Woodley, Great Prairie AEA Public Relations Coordinator/Board Secretary, at 800-382-8970, Ext. 1232, write to Great Prairie AEA, 2814 North Court Street, Ottumwa, Iowa, 52501 or email
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GPAEA Board of Directors Meeting - September 9, 2019

The Great Prairie AEA Board of Directors will hold the following on Monday, September 9, 2019:

4:30 PM - Transportation Hearing / Board Meeting - Perkins Conference Room

5:45 PM Dinner/Joint Board Meeting with Indian Hills Community College

Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave, Ottumwa, IA 52501

Agenda and past minutes may be found at

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Leadership Connection - May 2019

As a District Leader, we realize that your time is valuable and you receive a lot of emails. Leadership Connection is GPAEA's way of streamlining the "need to know" information for the next two months. Check your inbox the first Friday of the month or bookmark for easy access.

Agency Updates
  • ICYMI: The Cornerstone - April 2019
School Improvement
  • ESSA Timeline
  • ESSA Summer Workshop for Schools - June 12 & 13/14
  • Curriculum Network - May 13 (Burlington) & May 21 (Ottumwa)
  • Supporting Students' Complete Mental Health in a Multi-Tiered Framework with Dr. Shannon Suldo - June 6 & 7
  • Summer Course Offerings
Special Education
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training available August 1
State Supported Trainings & Information
  • AEAs Provide Programs Free Access to myIGDIs for 2019-20 Literacy Screening
  • Iowa Leadership Academy
  • The Center Summer Convening
  • Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning
View the Leadership Connection at Please feel free to contact your District's Regional Director with questions or for support.
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The Cornerstone - April 2019

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