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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Mark your calendars!

Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m.

Grant Wood AEA Board Meeting, Sixth Street Office

Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m.

Sixth St. Holiday Potluck

Special Education Eligibility Process Presentation

Contracted staff serving the schools have one last opportunity to hear Maria Cashman explain the changes that have been made to the special education eligibility process. If you were unable to attend previous sessions, you are welcome to attend this one. It will be in the basement at St. Jude's School in Cedar Rapids from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on September 17. Please contact the Northwest or Cedar Rapids region secretary to let them know if you plan to attend.

Park Before You Talk

How safely are you driving around schools and between schools? Safe Kids USA has released an article stressing the critical care drivers need to take when navigating on or near school grounds. The group notes that a person texting or using a cell phone can add up to 3 additional seconds to a driver's reaction time. That's similar to the amount of delayed response time caused from being intoxicated.

The Safe Kids group noted that a car going 30 MPH will travel approximately 33 feet per second. If a person is distracted for only a second or two, that can make the difference between being able to stop in time or not.

A recent Canadian study revealed that the 150 meter area around schools had the highest proportion of child-car collisions and proportion of fatalities as compared to areas 300 meters or more away from schools. Furthermore, the study showed that 50 percent of these collisions occurred in months and times-of-day when children were most likely to be walking to or from school.

The net take-away of this information is this: We know many of our itinerant staff rely on cell phones as a means of communications throughout the work days. We need and want you to stay connected. However, if you need to use your phone, consider when, where and how you use it. Pull over. Park the car, and then check your messages.


The Conference Room Calendar is now called Room Scheduler

The online Conference Room Calendar is now called Room Scheduler. Here is the link to access the calendar: You can access this link from the same location on our website as the previous calendar; GWAEA Staff, Conference Center and Meeting Rooms, Room Scheduler. With a wave of your curser on a date, you will be able to see what meetings are scheduled in the 6th Street building, Coralville building and off site locations. To schedule a room at the 6th Street Building, the Region Secretaries can schedule the meeting rooms found on 2nd floor and Connie Dvorak, Ext. 6720, will continue to schedule the rooms in the Conference Center.

Please log on and check it out.

Iowa Core Leadership Series for the 21st Century

The brochure link above contains information about upcoming presentations as part of the Iowa Core Leadership Series for the 21st Century.

Leadership Teams may attend the entire series and/or individual evening sessions with each of the presenters. The evening sessions are for superintendents, school board members, community members, LEA and AEA staff.

Upcoming presentations include:

October 1, 5-8 p.m. - Yong Zhao, Ph.D., "Globalization and American Education"
Presented by the Grant Wood AEA Iowa Core Leadership Series

To register for individual sessions, visit Grant Wood AEA's Professional Development.

Coffee Service FAQ

In an effort to become a more "green" organization, the Agency has worked to reduce the amount of energy it consumes in its facilities. Beyond improved efficiencies in lights, insulation, and balancing and zoning of heating and cooling, the Agency has worked to zone personal convenience items such as coffee makers, microwaves, and refrigerators throughout the building. This move towards a more "green" facility necessitates that all staff adhere to the guidelines. (Click here for more information....)

Flu Shots

Grant Wood AEA wellness program is again offering flu shots. Please let Barb Aanonson know by October 5 if you would like to participate at the Coralville Facility. Let Nancy Lochner know by October 5 if you would like to participate at the 6th Street Facility. The cost for Grant Wood AEA employees is $15.00. The cost for spouses of employees is $20.00. Checks will be collected that day and need to be made payable to Grant Wood AEA.

6th Street Facility
October 13, 2009
7:00-9:00 a.m.
Staff Conference Room

Coralville Facility
October 14, 2009
7:00-9:00 a.m.
Room A-B



Nancy Lochner, Ext. 6737

Barb Aanonson, Ext. 6211

Please Note: This vaccination program is not for H1N1 flu.

Tech Support located 33rd Avenue Facility

Tech Support is still located at our 33rd Avenue Building on second floor. Any A-V pick up/drop off or computer diagnosis is still maintained at that location. Thank you for your patience.

Upcoming Grant Wood AEA band performance

The Agency, a band comprised of current and retired Grant Wood AEA staff, will appear at the Secret Cellar in Shueyville, Friday, Sept 25, from 6-8 pm. This event does have a cover charge, since it is a wine tasting event, but is open to the public.

The Agency

The Agency performed at the GWAEA Staff Recognition and Partnerships Banquet on May 7.

Quit smoking study at the U of I

The University of Iowa is conducting a research study to assist smokers with quitting and maintaining a healthy weight and blood pressure. Details are available by contacting the University of Iowa's Preventive Intervention Center at (319) 384-5055 or visit

Ticket to Hope provides assistance

Project Recovery Iowa, Department of Human Services, offers Ticket to Hope, a free program providing up to eight confidential counseling sessions from a licensed mental health professional for Iowans impacted by the 2008 storms.

For information, contact Project Recovery at the Abbe Center, (319) 297-3275 or the Iowa Concern Hotline at 1-800-447-1985.

Vacancies, September 11, 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