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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Mark your calendars!

Nov. 11, 5:30 p.m. (2nd Wednesday)
Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m.

Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m.

GWAEA Board meeting
Sixth St. Holiday Potluck
GWAEA Board meeting

gwaea ribbon cutting

Agency Open House Celebrates Flood Recovery

The Sixth Street Facility celebrated recovery from the 2008 flood with an open house and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 2:30-7:00 p.m.

Members of the Chamber of Commerce joined staff and GWAEA board members for a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. Agency personnel were on hand to facilitate guest tours of the revitalized facility.

To date, the agency has submitted $3,176,000 in claims to FEMA for clean-up, contents, building repairs and temporary facilities costs. Clean up costs from the flood accounted for $1,274,974 of this total. It is expected that FEMA will cover 90 percent of the flood recovery costs with the state department of homeland security providing the other 10 percent.

In addition to facility repairs, the agency incurred approximately $345,000 in losses of furniture, partitions, equipment, and supplies. That total included contents at the Sixth Street facility plus the Linn County Youth Shelter classroom, which is run by Grant Wood AEA. VAST Science kits, which were stored at the Cedar Rapids Schools warehouse, were also lost in the flood and are a part of the damaged supplies list.

Here’s a link to the news story KCRG Channel 9 did about the open house:

Retirement Investors' Club 403(b) Plan Annual Eligibility Notice

United Way update

The Grant Wood AEA United Way campaigns for both Johnson County and East Central Iowa will close November 16. If you have not made a pledge for the 2010 campaign year, please send your pledge or check to George Held in the Communications Office. If you did not receive a pledge card, we have plenty of blank ones! We’ll be happy to get you a replacement card.

Currently, the campaign contributions are as follows:

United Way of East Central Iowa


# of Pledges

Amount Given

Last Year



So Far…



Difference from last year




United Way of Johnson County


# of Pledges

Amount Given

Last Year



So Far…



Difference from last year



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.

Chair Massages

Terri Nicol, LMT, will provide chair massages on Thursday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Iowa Conference Room, Sixth St. Facility. The chair massages are $10. To schedule a time, please e-mail Stacy Murphy, at

Welcome, New Staff!

Megan Fetter is a Speech-Language Pathologist. She serves in the Cedar Rapids and Northwest regions. She comes to us fresh from the Masters in Speech Pathology program at the University of Northern Iowa.


Kristy Fay is a School Social Worker, serving the Cedar Rapids region. Prior to being with GWAEA, Kristy worked in the South Oaks residential treatment program, which is part of Four Oaks. She has both her BA and Master’s degrees from Indiana University.


Megan Burke-Brunscheen
is returning to GWAEA as an Inclusion Resource Specialist working out of the Sixth Street office facility. She has an MAE from Clark College and her MSE from Drake University. She is on track to earn her EdS from Drake by next summer. She was the Lead Teacher for Lutheran Social Services in Indianola before coming back to Grant Wood AEA. She also has worked as a behavior disorder teacher and as the principal at Olin Community School District.



Heidi Baumert comes to the agency as a Clerk in the 33rd Avenue facility. She has a degree in elementary education from Northwest Missouri State University and has worked in various day care facilities prior to joining the agency.


Andrea Haldy is serving as a Paraeducator in the Cedar Rapids Aware program. She has a Bachelors degree in social work from the University of Northern Iowa. She served as a paraeducator in Cedar Rapids for 6+ years in an off-site, BD classroom.


LeAnn Trana is an Occupational Therapist serving out of the Cedar Rapids office. She has her MOT from St. Ambrose University and worked at Witwer Children’s Therapy prior to joining the agency.



Kimberly Cope is a new Inclusion Resource Specialist serving the agency out of the Coralville office. She has her B.S. from Texas State University. She has worked in general education and as a special education teacher in Iowa, Virginia and Texas over the last 10 years. Most recently, she was a Behavior Specialist in Texas.


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.



Brad and Heidi Primrose welcomed the arrival of their son, William Joseph, into their family on October 14 at 3:34 pm. Will weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21 3/4 inches long. Big sister, Olivia, was excited to meet her baby brother and welcome him home.



Wanted: New Home


11-year-old neutered male - Purebred Jack Russell Terrier with papers TRAITS: loves to cuddle, loves people and tennis balls, understands basic command, house trained, current on vaccinations, is not allowed to sleep on furniture or in bed but would prefer to. This dog just doesn't age. Most people ask us how old our puppy is and we have to tell them about a decade+. He is perfectly content to play fetch and cuddle with owner each day. He needs an attentive new owner that will spend the time with him that he deserves and a single dog household would be best to reduce competition for toys.

Price - $25.00 and nurturing new owners. Includes basic pet supplies (kennel, meds, leashes, training collar, feeding bowl, etc.

For information, contact Sarah at 319-899-3745.

Vacancies, November 6, 2009

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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