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School Management

Budget Preparation and School Finance

The Grant Wood AEA Business Office can provide assistance with school finance issues, the Certified Annual Report (CAR) and with preparation of school budgets.

Barb Harms
Business Manager



Bus Driver Certification and Inspection Forms

School districts may contact the Grant Wood AEA Business Office to receive Bus Driver Certification and Bus Chassis Inspection forms.

Denise Scott
Accounts Receivable Specialist


Computer Services

Grant Wood Computer Services provides software solutions to Iowa AEA's and LEA's. Software includes PowerSchool student records, Grant Wood Accounting and Payroll, On-Line Assessment, IMS, network support, as well as other software programs, custom programming as well as consulting and support for all applications.

Dave Brousard
Director of Information Technology


Cooperative Purchasing

Through statewide coordination, schools can receive aggressive discounts on purchases of computer peripherals, audio-visual equipment, supplies, media and technology resources, equipment, paper, janitorial supplies, athletic supplies, food and more.

Jerry Cochrane
AEA Purchasing


Crisis Communication

Throughout the school year, many crises and emergencies can occur. As a result, it's crucial to have a written emergency plan, outlining communication procedures, and strategies for informing parents and news media. Agency staff can provide samples of district plans and suggestions for an effective emergency plan.

Renee Nelson
Public Relations Coordinator



Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

Teams are available to provide immediate assistance to local schools in times of crisis or traumatic events, and to help schools plan for such events. For additional information or to contact a CISM Team:

Katy Lee
Team Coordinator


Tracy Liebermann
Regional Administrator


CISM Team Toolbox

The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.

Enrollment Reports

Enrollment figures for public and nonpublic schools and an analysis of historical enrollment trends and projections are available.

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Financial Accounting

GWAEA EEO/AA Progress Report

GWAEA Human Resources - Vacancies


Home School (Competent Private Instruction)

The agency has a legal responsibility to certify that children being taught in private settings, such as home schools, are receiving competent instruction. Standardized tests for the children are administered annually at the agency.

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Iowa Paycheck Calculation Program (Illinois)

Iowa Quality Center

News Media Relations

The GWAEA Communications Office offers support for the development of news releases, public service announcements, and other news media relations activities.

Renee Nelson
Public Relations Coordinator


On-line Assessment System

The GWAEA On-line Assessment System is an Internet tool, which facilitates the district's collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of student assessment data. The assessment system may be used to generate a number of reports, including some required in the Annual Progress Report (APR).

Michelle Tressel
Instructional Data Facilitator


Organizational Development

Services such as strategic planning, shared decision-making, school improvement planning, learning organizations, systems thinking, total quality management, problem-solving and leadership development are available upon request. Agency staff will coordinate and facilitate community forums, planning sessions, and information campaigns.

Contact your Grant Wood AEA Regional Administrator

Reorganization Studies

By law, area education agencies must prepare and approve a reorganization plan for any district within their areas, which have fewer than 350 students. The Grant Wood AEA Reorganization Plan, in addition, offers a great deal of data on school districts in the area.

Kim Martin
Board Secretary


Strategic and School-Community Planning

Certified planners will assist districts with organizing and facilitating a strategic plan within their communities.

Contact your Grant Wood AEA Regional Administrator

Substitute Employee Management System (SEMS)

Grant Wood AEA houses the computer system that arranges substitutes for teachers. The Substitute Employee Management System (SEMS) is used by the Anamosa, Cedar Rapids, College Community, Metro Catholic, Linn-Mar, Marion, Mount Vernon, and Springville school districts, Summit Schools and EduCare. The SEMS Help Desk is staffed between 7-11 a.m. on school days.

SEMS is available by telephone at (319) 366-0039 and via the Internet at


Additional information regarding SEMS, including meeting registration for new substitute teachers, is available at

Sandy Edwards
SEMS Coordinator

(319) 399-6761

Universal Service Fund


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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.

ADDRESS: 4401 Sixth Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
TELEPHONE: 319-399-6700 | 800-332-8488
Fax: 319-399-6457
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