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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Mark your calendars!

Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 4, 2:30-7:00 p.m.
Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m.

GWAEA Board meeting
Open House, Sixth St. Facility
Sixth St. Holiday Potluck

Thoughts about The United Way Campaign

We have many various charities to which we can contribute. The value of giving to the United Way is that the administrative cost for the fund raising is considerably less than what many charities themselves would have to spend if they were to conduct their own funding campaigns. (In fact, some of the telephone fund-raising calls you receive for charity groups contribute MORE money to the telemarketing firm than they do to the charity to which they ask you to contribute!)

The dollars you give to the United Way, for the most part, stay in the local communities, helping families and children who most need our support. And by giving through payroll deduction, you can have a small amount such as $10 or $15 per paycheck withheld, and you may hardly miss it. Yet, by giving as little as $10 per pay period, you would contribute $260 per year!

For more information about the United Way campaign, contact George Held, Communications Supervisor, Ext. 6714.

News from Computer Services

Computer Services has purchased software that will help organize online files as they are converted to PDFs. The department also will have the ability to do large scale scanning of existing paper documents so the documents can be stored electronically. More information about this will be featured in upcoming issues of The Bulletin Board.

Facilities Update

  • Over the next several months the agency will be collecting information about the usage of the various areas of the 2nd floor of the Sixth Street office. We will use this data to help inform us of how we might continue to make changes and adjustments to make the space as efficient and effective as possible for staff.
  • Please remind staff that if they need personal work space that they need to visit with their regional administrators. Our hope is to be able to accommodate all of those with a real need for their own reserved workspace.
  • Clocks for the Conference Center and 2nd floor conference rooms have been ordered and will be installed as soon as possible.
  • Duct work was installed in the hearing booth last week and our ice maker was installed!

Phishing Scams

Last week's phishing scam to have people change their password and then send their contact information and password to the "tech support" people is a good reminder to all of us to be cautious in sharing ANY information via emails. Andy Crozier advises that it is NEVER a good idea to change your password if it's requested via an email. Also, if you don't recognize the name of the individual sending such a request, never assume it's just someone new on the staff. Most likely it's not!

Reminder to update emergency contact information and beneficiaries

In the event of an emergency, we want to be sure to have accurate, up-to-date emergency contact information on file for employees. To ensure that this information is current, employees are asked to review this information annually. As a reminder, in an emergency situation, we will always try to contact a spouse first, if identified, then Contact 1 or Contact 2.

To update:

  1. Go to GWAEA home page, click on GWAEA Staff, click on Employee Information System under the HR & Business Services heading. (
  2. Enter your first and last names and the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
  3. Click on Contact List (found under Navigational Links).
  4. Click on the text under either "relationship" or "name" to update the record.
  5. Click on Save Changes or Delete this Contact.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Human Resources Office at Ext. 6703. Thank you for keeping this information current.

Please also remember to update beneficiary information as family changes occur. Employees designate beneficiaries for the group life and IPERS benefits. Contact Cathy Kearns, Compensation/Benefits, at Ext. 6706, to make any beneficiary changes.

Open House for Sixth Street Office

Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, Nov. 4. The agency will be hosting an open house to celebrate the facility's restoration from last year's devastating flood. The open house will run from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. Feel free to invite friends or family to come tour the building. Light refreshments will be available in one of the conference center rooms.

21st Century Learning Institute - cohorts for Grant Wood AEA staff

We have opened three additional cohorts of our 21st Century Learning Institute. This is the same technology program that has been extremely popular with teachers in our schools. These cohorts are for Grant Wood AEA staff only. Click here for additional information.

The registration deadline is Oct. 23.

For information, contact Andy Crozier, Ext. 6866.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Click on the link above to access Professional Development opportunities for October.

For more information on any of these listings, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development coordinator, Ext. 6517.

Thank you

To the Grant Wood AEA Staff:

Thanks seems so inadequate for all GWAEA has done for me through the years of my employment there. I am truly thankful for and appreciative of the love and care shown through the years. I am truly blessed!

Thank you for the kind words, cards, gifts, well wishes and party for my retirement. Grant Wood AEA is a wonderful group of people with whom to work. They are very caring, thoughtful and are always there for you in every situation. May all of you continue to show and to share that concern and help take care of one another. Thanks again for the wonderful years at GWAEA! I will miss all of you!

Careece Thompson

Agency Craft Show

If you would be interested in participating in an Agency Craft Show, please contact Erlene at Ext. 6489. A tentative date of Thursday, October 22, is planned.

Wanted: Pink Yoplait yogurt lids

Stacy Murphy, IMS operator, is collecting pink Yoplait yogurt lids to support the annual "Save Lids to Save Lives" drive for breast cancer research. Collection containers will be available in the break rooms of the Cedar Rapids and Coralville facilities or contact Stacy, Ext. 6888.

Buy, Sell and Trade

Computer desk $50. Call Deanna, Ext. 6513.

Vacancies, October 16, 2009


The Bulletin Board is published and distributed weekly to all GWAEA staff and Board members. Buy, Sell or Trade items are run for 2 consecutive issues, unless we are notified to remove an item. If you wish to submit items, please do so by Wednesday of the week you wish the item to be posted. Send items via email to George Held in the Communications office (

Please note: The Bulletin Board is also posted on the agency's Web site and is publicly accessible. We recommend you use your office or voice mail phone number instead of your home telephone number for any items listed in this newsletter.

Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency's Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 1-800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

The Bulletin Board is the official employee information publication of Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 4401 Sixth Street, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404