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Mark your calendars!

April 2


Agency closes at 3 p.m.

April 7, 10 a.m.


Severe Weather Awareness - Statewide Tornado Drill

April 21, 5:30 p.m.


GWAEA Board meeting

April 22


GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet
Ms. Susan's Catering and Reception Hall, North Liberty

Aug. 18


GWAEA All-Agency Inservice, College Community, Concert Hall

East Conference Center hallway door to be locked beginning March 26

Beginning today, Friday, March 26, 2010 another addition to our efforts to make the building safer and more secure for our staff and visitors will be implemented. The doorway that separates the Conference Center from the rest of the building on the east end (near the Conference Center restrooms and tech support/back stairway) will be locked 24/7. Staff may access this door at any time using their Agency assigned access card.During business hours (7:30-4:30) staff may use the double doors from the Reception area to gain access to the building by simply displaying their Grant Wood ID badge.

Suggestions for making this transition smooth for you:

  • If you frequently utilize the doorway between the Conference Center and the area near tech support you may want to attach your access card behind your photo ID on your lanyard or clip. This will ensure that it is always with you and available for quick and easy use.

  • If you have an access card that does not have a pre-punched hole in it, take it to Eric or Lisa in the Creative Services Graphics department to punch a hole in it for you. This takes only a few moments.

  • If you frequently access this doorway and do not have an access card, please contact Mike Kiely and request a card.

Severe Weather Preparations at GWAEA
Tornado Drill planned Wednesday, April 7, at 10 a.m.

On Wednesday, April 7, at 10 a.m., the agency will have a tornado drill to prepare staff for possible severe weather situations we might have this spring.

The agency no longer uses the fire alarms to alert staff of tornados. Instead, you will hear an announcement over the speakers in the new the phone system throughout the building.

During a drill or during an actual tornado alert, when you hear we are under Tornado warning, please follow these steps:

  • Go immediately to the designated SAFE area closest to you.  See maps posted throughout the building and become familiar with the route suggested.

  • Do NOT go outside or try to call home.

  • Once you are in a SAFE area remain there until notified that the warning has been removed or has expired.

  • Secretaries should take their flashlights with them.

ATornado Watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to form.
A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted in the area. We will alert staff in the building only when a Warning has been issued.

Teacher Quality Update

Two upcoming dates for proposals include Apri 7, 2010 and June 2, 2010 Click here for a link to the application and directions as part of the Teacher Quality Portal.

Autism Walk 2010

The East Central Iowa Autism Walk is planned on Saturday, April 24, 2010, from 8:30-11 a.m. at Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids. For more information, call 319-431-9052 or visit Click here to access the walk form.


Melissa Grennan (Central Region SLP), husband Matt, and daughter Jayce, welcomed a new addition on March 20th. Parks Matthew Grennan weighed 8 lbs.,10.5 oz., 20 1/4" long. Mom and baby are doing great!

Chair Massages

Terri Nicol, LMT, will provide chair massages on April 15, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m,. in the Iowa Conference Room, Sixth St. Facility. The chair massages are 15 minutes long and cost $10. There will be a drawing after the appointments on April 15 for a free hour table massage at Terri’s shop, “Main Street Massages” in Solon. The winning entry will be drawn from those who schedule appointments during March and April.  E-mail Stacy Murphy at to schedule an appointment time.

Moving Sale

Call Jim or Dianne Mills at 363-1926 if interested in the following items: Outdoor/Indoor George Foreman Grill on stand used only once--$75; stereo cabinet $10; tan wicker small side table $8; out door pyramid shaped cedar trellis $15, solid maple desk in excellent condition $120; wood sewing machine table $5; intricately handcarved chess set with legged game board in mint condition $100. Also= have Star War figures and original Millenium Falcon.

Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

Click on the link above to access Professional Development opportunities.

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

Grant Wood AEA Webinars

Information about Grant Wood AEA Webinars and Assistive Technology Webinars.

Grant Wood AEA Online Resources Webinars

Webinars featuring information about the online resources.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo March 26, 2010

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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