Great Prairie Area Education Agency Board Member Elected

A Great Prairie Area Education Agency Board member was elected to fill the remainder of Mr. Harold L. Mick’s four-year term of office.  Mr. Mick passed away in February, 2012, leaving a vacancy on the AEA Board.  On April 16, 2012, Ms. Melissa Ballard from Melrose, was elected to the Board, and will represent Director District #2 which includes:  Albia, Chariton, Eddyville-Blakesburg, Moravia and Wayne Community School Districts.  Ms. Ballard will serve through October, 2013.

Great Prairie AEA Board members are elected by the school boards of the districts they represent.  Ms. Ballard will be officially sworn into office at the May 8, 2012 Board meeting.  Board meetings are held in Fairfield at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center on the second Tuesday each month throughout the year unless otherwise occasionally designated by the Board.  The May 8th meeting will be held at the Albia Satellite Office located at 103 South A Street in Albia, Iowa.

Great Prairie Area Education Agency, with main offices in Ottumwa and Burlington, and 6 satellite offices, is a regional education organization that provides school improvement services for students, teachers and administrators.  The Agency is an educational partner with 34 public school districts and 6 accredited, private schools in a 14-county area of southeast Iowa.  Great Prairie AEA staff, schools, and families work together to help all children reach their highest potential.

For more information, please contact Nancy Brown, Communication Specialist/Board Secretary, Ottumwa, at 800-622-0027, Ext. 5210/email: or Jennifer Woodley, Communication Specialist/Administrative Assistant, Burlington, at 800-382-8970, Ext. 1232/email: .  More information about Great Prairie AEA is also available at the Agency’s website:

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