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Bulletin Board


Sept. 21, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
GWAEA Board of Directors Meeting


In this issue:

2011-2012 Budget Communication
GWAEA Communications and Graphics Standards
GWAEA on Facebook, Twitter
Our Thanks to...
School Board Elections and Kirkwood Levy Vote
Invitation to Fall 2011 Form E Content Webinars
Food Service at Sixth Street Office
GWAEA Team - Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer
Thank you
Professional Development for AEA staff members only
TQ Proposal Application Date - Sept. 14
GWAEA Professional Development Opportunities
GWAEA Webinars
Buy, Sell and Trade
Vacancies, Aug. 19, 2011


Past Issues

August 12, 2011

July 29, 2011

July 15, 2011

July 1, 2011

June 17, 2011

June 3, 2011

Archive issues of The Bulletin Board




2011-12 Budget Communication

As we begin a new school year at Grant Wood AEA I would like to provide some reflections on the budget for the 2011-2012 school year.  We received the final year of ARRA stimulus funds totaling $3,111,425, so we were faced with a large drop in federal funding.  This past spring the legislature provided zero percent allowable growth for all school districts including the AEAs for the coming year.  The AEAs also received a $20 million dollar reduction, which will result in a $2,590,760 reduction in state funding to Grant Wood AEA for this fiscal year. The settlements for all employee groups resulted in an increase of $1,024,892 in additional compensation for staff. 


A number of factors were considered in planning the budget for FY12, including 1) expected zero percent allowable growth, 2) AEA 10 enrollment is flat, 3)  an anticipated $20 million reduction ($2,590,760), 4) increases in benefits costs for IPERS and health insurance.  As a result of these factors, the agency staff and administration were conservative in spending on supplies, equipment, technology, travel, extra days, speakers, etc. during the 2010-11 school year.


Budget expectations for the 2011-12 school year

Increases in staff compensation/benefits and the loss of ARRA funds were off-set through attrition and staff reduction.  We acknowledge that we have less for those reasons.  That is now balanced in the 2011-12 budget.


The other budget categories for equipment, supplies, travel, technology, and speakers will continue in the 2011-12 budget to provide the appropriate resources to support schools and students.  We also will continue to plan for facilities needs including maintenance needs and potential relocation opportunities.  Our fiscal responsibility as an agency is to have an adequate reserve and use the remaining funds to provide for staff and resources that support the work.


I have directed the agency cabinet to review the budget to ensure that we become proactive in spending the current budget to ensure staff are provided the resources to perform their work with schools and students.


We will continue to work together to decide what technology and travel opportunities will support our work to remain on the cutting edge and provide schools with leadership.

After a great deal of uncertainty in the past year, we will move forward with our work and continue to spend our budget around the priorities we have within the agency.

Joe C.

Grant Wood AEA Graphics and Communications Standards

The marketing of Grant Wood AEA depends on the consistency of all staff in developing clear, jargon-free communications.


If you are developing a newsletter, brochure or flyer, we ask you to submit a copy of the text to George Held or Valerie Taylor Hill in the Communications Office for review and editing before you print it or send it to Creative Services for layout and design. We will review for style, contact and publicity potential. And, by sending your materials through the Communications Office, you will also alert us to possible activities and events that may need additional promotional news, support or posting to social media.


In planning your production timeline, please allow 24 hours for the Communications Office to complete the review. It may be processed in less time. One exception is if the document is several pages, needs management approval, or requires legal review, additional review time may be required. The documents can be e-mailed or provided in printed copy.


Assistance is available from the Communications Office for writing and editing your text. The Grant Wood AEA Graphics & Communications Standards provides support for the development of agency communications. For more information, contact George Held, ext. 6714 or Valerie Taylor Hill, ext. 6824.

Grant Wood AEA on Facebook facebook logoand Twitter twitter logo

Are you connected with Grant Wood AEA? The agency has a presence on both Facebook and Twitter. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For questions, contact the Communications Office.

Our Thanks to...

College Community for allowing us to use their beautiful performing arts center at no charge. The district normally charges outside organizations for use of that facility. We deeply appreciate the ongoing support and collaboration we receive from the College Community School District!

School Board Elections and Kirkwood Levy Vote

The elections for these two important items will be Tuesday, Sept. 13. We encourage you to cast your ballot for the candidates in the school district where you live. If you would like to vote via absentee ballot, it’s easy to do! Here are where to go for the various counties:
If you need an absentee ballot, download one here, print it out, and mail it to your county of residence:


Linn County Election Services
PO Box 1328
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-1328


Benton County Election Services
PO Box 549
Vinton IA  52349


Jones County Election Services
PO Box 109
Anamosa IA  52205


Iowa County Election Services
970 Court Ave
Marengo IA  52301


Johnson County Election Services
913 S. Dubuque St., Ste. 101
Iowa City IA  52240


Cedar County Election Services
400 Cedar Street
Tipton IA  52772


Washington County Election Services
PO Box 889
Washington IA  52353


Important: Absentee ballot requests are due by Friday, Sept. 9 with those absentee ballots voted (completed) returned by mail and postmarked on or before Monday, Sept. 12.

Join us for the Serve Iowa: Empower Your Future through Volunteerism Mini Conference

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 – 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Coralville Public Library - lower level meeting rooms
1401 4th Street, Coralville, Iowa
See flyer for details

This event will help people with disabilities and their providers explore exciting volunteer service opportunities that match their skills and abilities. Attendees will leave with information on the benefits and expectations of being a volunteer, and recognize firsthand how keeping active through volunteering builds successful lives.

There is no cost to attend this conference, but pre-registration is required.

There are two workshop tracks for volunteers or professionals (like social workers, employment specialists and educators).  Attendants and chaperones are welcome.
Read more and pre-register at:

Registration is limited.  Sign up before September 1.

For more information, contact: Sarah Hinzman, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, 515.725.3091 or

Invitation to Fall 2011 Form E Content Webinars

To Iowa Educators –
During the 2011-2012 academic year, new forms of the Iowa Assessments will replace the current ITBS and ITED forms.   With new forms comes a need to share information about content and alignment.   As part of our ongoing process of introducing the new forms, Iowa Testing Programs would like to invite you to a series of informational webinars in early Fall for a more in-depth review of the content coverage of the new Forms—their development under and alignment to the Iowa Core, and what has changed and what remains the same.  The sessions will be appropriate for curriculum supervisors, department heads, and classroom teachers; though you are free to invite any interested colleagues.
The webinars will focus on different grade spans:   K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-11.  The webinars will be held early in the day (7:15 – 8:00 a.m.) and repeated each afternoon (3:15 – 4:00 p.m.).  For grade spans higher than K-2, separate webinars will be held for different content areas (Reading, Mathematics, English Language Arts {ELA}, Science, and Social Studies).  There is no cost to attendees, and you are welcome to attend as many sessions are you find useful.  You may register here:

Upon registration, you will receive a confirming e-mail.  Approximately one week prior to your session(s), you will receive a follow-up e-mail with instructions on how to access the webinar.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact David Henkhaus at 319-384-2714, or
We look forward to sharing with you this chapter in Iowa education.
Catherine Welch
Iowa Testing Programs

Food Service Available for Sixth Street Office

Woolf’s Lunch Box has a food service truck that stops by the Sixth Street Office to sell hot and cold sandwiches, muffins, cookies, desserts, milk, fruit, etc. The truck arrives at about
11:40 a.m. and stays for 10 minutes. There is no cost to the agency for this service, and we have no contract with them. It’s strictly an entrepreneurial business. The driver of the truck is named Teri. She can accept cash or checks, but  no credit cards. Prices for sandwiches range from $3 to $4.50; and the company often has specials for the day that include a beverage. The business is headquartered in Marion.


For a limited time, coupons to the Lunch Box are available at the front desk. The coupons give individuals a $1 discount on purchases of $5 or more with Woolf’s Lunch Box .

GWAEA Team - Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer

You are invited to register for the Especially for You® Race Against Breast Cancer as part of the GWAEA team.

Who:   Women, Men and Children are welcome
What:  Women’s and Men’s 5K Run
             Women’s and Men’s 5K Walk
            1-Mile Family Fun Walk
When: Sunday, October 2, 2011
            Opening ceremonies at 7:45 a.m.
            Race begins at 8:00 a.m.
Where:  Start at Mercy Medical Center on 8th Street SE
For safety reasons, dogs, bicycles, roller skates and in-line skates are prohibited from the course.  Baby strollers, joggers and wagons are permitted.
How to Register with the GWAEA Team:


Fill out a registration form and return with your payment to one of the GWAEA Team Reps no later than Monday, August 29, 2011
A registration form is attached or you may pick up a copy from one of the GWAEA Team Reps
GWAEA Team Representatives
Kim Martin, ext. 6710
Stacy Murphy, ext. 6888
Karen Desmarais, Voice Mail 6656
Elizabeth Steffensmeier, ext. 6210
Will my shirt have a GWAEA logo on the back?
This is an option available to us if we have 15 people who would like a logo on the shirt.
You do not have to add the logo!
May I register friends and family members?
Yes, any is welcome to register as part of our team.
What is the race registration deadline?
The deadline to register as part of the GWAEA team is Monday, August 29.  However, race registrations are accepted even the day of the race.  
What is the run/walk entry fee?
$20 Youth (15 & under); $25 (16 and over)
What is the color of the shirt this year?
The shirts are a dark purple.
When and how will I pick up the t-shirt and goodie bag?
A GWAEA team rep will pick up all of the t-shirts and goodie bags on Thursday, September 29, 2011 and bring them to the GWAEA Sixth Street facility.  

Thank you

Thank you to all who provided caring thoughts, comforting words and prayers in the loss of my father. The beautiful plant, cards, and memorials have been honoring to a wonderful man I was fortunate enough to call Dad.  


Patty Soldner


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The first TQ Professional Development proposal application date is Sept. 14

The proposal templates and directions are on the GWAEA Staff Portal under the Teacher Quality Committee link.


Grant Wood AEA Professional Development opportunities

For more information, contact Sherry Sines, Professional Development Coordinator, Ext. 6517.


Grant Wood AEA Webinars

The webinars have concluded for this year. Visit the link above for archived Grant Wood AEA and Assistive Technology webinars.

Buy, Sell and Trade

Lost and Found:

- A SPORTLINE Pedometer, blue and gray.

- A car key found in the ladies room upstairs. It is an automatic type that will lock/unlock and open three separate entrances along with a panic button.

- A telephone charger power cord that was left at an upstairs work station.


- Red Coleman cooler holding a water type bottle and a 1- quart container. Found in Linn Room late May.

Vacancies, Adobe PDF logo Aug. 19, 2011


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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 800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

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