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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Mark your calendars!

Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m.

GWAEA Board meeting
Sixth St. Holiday Potluck


Two People Retire from GWAEA Board

Two Grant Wood AEA board members will not be returning to the table for the coming year. Janet Martin (left) and Randy Jordison (right) were recognized for their years of service with the board at the September 23 meeting by Dr. Fielder and Board President, Jim Green. Dr. Fielder noted the strong contribution both members have made to the work of the agency throughout their tenure on the board.


Four positions open on GWAEA Board

Four positions are open on the GWAEA Board this fall. They include the positions representing the following Director Districts:

Director District 1, currently held by Randy Jordison from Iowa City
(Represents all of Coralville 2 and 6, Iowa City 5, 6, 11, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22 (including E. Lucas North), 23, 24, 25, North Liberty 2, and Penn Township, and the portions of Scott, Newport and North Liberty 1 Precincts within Iowa City CSD.)

Director District 2, currently held by Janet Martin from Monticello
(Represents all of Monticello, Midland, Olin Co., North Cedar, Tipton, West Branch, Lisbon, Solon and Mount Vernon CSDs, all of College Precinct and the portions of Jefferson East, Jefferson West, Putnam, Cedar Rapids 1 and Big Grove Precincts within College CSD.)

Director District 4, currently held by Sue Gates from Vinton
(Represents all of H-L-V, Iowa Valley, Belle Plaine, Benton, Vinton-Shellsburg, and Center Point-Urbana CSDs, the portions of Cedar Rapids 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10, and Monroe Precincts within College CSD, and all of Cedar Rapids 1 and 2, and Fairfax Precincts..)

Director District 8, currently held by Morris Greenfield from Cedar Rapids
(Represents all of Cedar Rapids 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21 and 22, and Clinton Precincts, and the portions of Cedar Rapids 1, 3, 8, 9 and 10 Precincts within Cedar Rapids CSD.)

Gates and Greenfield are running for re-election. Jordison and Martin are not running for re-election.

GWAEA Board members are elected by the school board members of the districts they represent, not by the general public. They serve for four-year, unpaid terms and the terms rotate so there will always be stability on the board. The elections take place by written ballots, which are due on Sept. 30, 2009.

Effective with the September 2009 election, House File (HF) 2620 states that school board members will be elected to four-year terms, and the September school election will occur only in odd-numbered years. That means 2010 is the first year in which there will be no September school board election, but there may be school special elections.

The GWAEA Board is responsible for establishing policies and regulations governing the agency, for approving the budget and expenditures, for the maintenance and purchase of equipment, facilities, vehicles and materials, and for hiring agency employees. The board also enters into contracts or agreements with other agencies or persons for services or program sites.

Board meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Grant Wood Room of the Sixth Street Facility. All board meetings are open to the public.


Teacher Quality Update (Salary Dollars)

Teacher quality (TQ) dollars have been subject to annual approval by the legislature and provided in addition to the regular salary schedule. Therefore, TQ dollars were not included in the salary amount reflected on individual employment contracts issued for 2009-10. Contracted staff eligible for these funds will see the dollars included in their bi-weekly paychecks beginning October 16 and ending June 25 (spread over 19 paychecks). These payments will be identified in a separate line called 'Teacher Quality' at the top of the pay stub (this separate line will appear in the section titled "Payment Description").

The state has now communicated the TQ allocations for the current year. Based on this information, the TQ pay schedule for 2009-10 has been updated and is available online at the Agency's web site (go to the "HR/Business Services" section of the Staff portal: select "General Info, Contacts, Forms;" scroll down to "Human Resources" where the TQ schedule is the 6th item on the list).

Please be aware that while the dollars received from the state this year are about the same as last year, the dollar amount each full-time employee will receive for 2009-10 will be less than last year (in the range of $80-$100 less). A primary reason for this is the dollars are being distributed across more staff this year (the FTE for contracted staff increased by about 8 FTE for 2009-10 with the support of Recovery dollars). The dollars for part-time employees are disbursed on a prorated basis.

If you have questions about the TQ salary dollars, please feel free to contact Jackie in Human Resources at x6731 or jschreder@gwaea.org. For questions regarding your paycheck, please contact Cathy in Business Services at x6706 or ckearns@gwaea.org.


Employee Leave Balance Information

Leave balance information is available for staff to view through the Employee Information System on the GW Resource and Information Portal https://business.gwaea.org/cfapps/gwess/

From the main page go to GWAEA Staff, under online systems go to Employee Information System. You will then sign in to enter the system. This is the same area where staff complete leave forms, calendars, and calendar changes. Staff may also update their address and contact information, as well as view their job history.

*NOTE: The leave balance information is not "real time." Balances are not updated until HR enters them into a separate system. Contact the Human Resources Office at Ext. 6748 if you have questions concerning the leave balance system.


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.


Call Manager phone trainings

Here are the dates and times.

Tuesday, Oct. 6 - 6th Street Facility
9-10 a.m., 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 7 - 6th Street Facility
9-10 a.m., 10:30-11:30 a.m., 1-2 p.m., 2:30-3:30pm

Friday, Oct. 9 - Coralville Facility
9-10 a.m., 10:30-11:30 a.m., 1-2 p.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.

To sign up for a training, check your secretary's counter for a sign up sheet or contact Connie Dvorak, Ext 6720 or cdvorak@gwaea.org

Please bring your laptop to the training. To install the Call Manager software prior to the training, go to: http://www.gwaea.org/tech/instructions


Iowa Youth Survey Trend Report available online

The newest AEA 10 Iowa Youth Survey Trend Report for 1999, 2002, 2005, & 2008 is now on the Learning Supports section of the GWAEA website: http://www.aea10.k12.ia.us/datasources/docs/GW_IYS_Trend_99-08.pdf

The Trend Report captures 12 years of data.  The reports are designed to:

  • Help state-level planners, community agencies, AEA and school personnel identify youth development needs
  • Implement relevant targeted interventions
  • Assess outcomes
  • Assess the strengths and challenges of schools, families, and communities over time from the youth perspective
  • Help the Iowa Department of Education, Area Education Agencies, and school districts obtain funding for a wide variety of programs and services

School districts received their 2008 IYS Reports last month, and they should receive their Trend reports by the end of October.


Harkin and Roberts Introduced Legislation for Congress to Fully Fund IDEA

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) reintroduced bipartisan legislation on 9//19 to meet the federal government's commitment to fund 40 percent of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Congress approved IDEA in 1975, requiring states to provide an appropriate education for students with special needs. As a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, funding for the IDEA grants to states was increased to $22.8 billion this year, or 34 percent. However, the Recovery Act is a one-time investment designed to address a crisis caused by the recession, and without it IDEA grants are currently funded at around 17 percent of the cost of special education programs. Prior to this year, federal funding has never exceeded 18 percent. This leaves state governments and local school districts to pick up the tab, many times at the expense of other necessary programs like remedial classes, after-school tutoring and summer school.

"We tell our children all the time to keep their promises, to live up to their commitments, to do as they say they are going to do," Harkin said. "It is time for the Federal Government to make good on its promise to students with disabilities in this country."


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.


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

Contact

Contact

Nancy Lochner, Ext. 6737
nlochner@aea10.k12.ia.us

Barb Aanonson, Ext. 6211
baanonson@aea10.k12.ia.us

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


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.


Congratulations!

Brigette and Heath Ayers welcomed Brixen Maddox Ayers on Friday, Sept. 18. Brixen weighed 8 lbs, 1 oz, and was 20 3/4 inches. Congratulations!


Our Condolences

Our condolences to two former Grant Wood AEA employees - Ronda Bagge (formerly Rhonda Locke) and Ron Bowers - in the death of Ronda's husband and Ron's son-in-law, Michael Bagge. Michael was killed in a grain bin accident. The obituary is available at: http://gazetteonline.com/obituaries/2009/09/19/bagge-michael-a


Thank you

Thank you to everyone who showed your kindness to me with cards and words of support following my mother's passing late last week.

Ken Connelley, Maintenance Technician
Sixth Street Office.


Vacancies, September 25, 2009

 

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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