New Report Shows Iowa’s Education System in Need of Major Remodel

July 21, 2011 – The Iowa Department of Education released a new report, “Rising to Greatness: An Imperative for Improving Iowa’s Schools.” The report provides critical information that will help policymakers, educators, parents and other Iowans target solutions in a statewide effort to restore Iowa’s standing as a leader in education. View the report online:

Dr. Jon Sheldahl Named New Chief of Great Prairie AEA

The Great Prairie Area Education Agency Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of a new Chief Administrator for the Agency.  Jon Sheldahl, currently the Superintendent of the Ottumwa Community School District, was selected from a field of 16 applicants.  Sheldahl will succeed Joe Crozier who has been Chief Administrator at the Agency since 2002.

In his new position, Sheldahl will oversee over 320 full and part-time staff members who provide special education and school improvement services along with technology support for over 37,000 students and 3,700 educators throughout the 14 counties served by the Agency.

Sheldahl has held administrative positions in Iowa for the past 15 years, including 5 years as Superintendent in the Ottumwa District, 5 years as Associate Superintendent in Ottumwa, Superintendent at Stuart-Menlo and West Central Valley, and Principal at Oak Street Middle School in Burlington.

Sheldahl is a graduate of the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa.  He earned his MA and EdD degrees from Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Dr. Sheldahl will assume the responsibilities as Chief Administrator for Great Prairie AEA in the coming weeks, subject to his release from his current contract with Ottumwa Community Schools.

Great Prairie Area Education Agency serves 35 school districts and 7 approved non-public schools in Appanoose, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Van Buren, Wapello, and Wayne counties.  The mission of the Agency is to improve teaching and learning by developing leaders, discovering solutions and delivering services through collaboration with students, families, schools, and communities.