Great Prairie Area Education Agency Board Members Elected

Four Great Prairie Area Education Agency Board members were elected to new four-year terms of office in September, 2013.

Melissa Ballard, from Melrose, was re-elected to the Board, representing Director District #2: Albia, Chariton, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Moravia and Wayne Community School Districts.

Margaret Kelly, from Fairfield, is a new Board member who was elected to replace John Adam, who retired after 23 years on the Board.  Ms. Kelly will represent Director District #6:  Fairfield, Pekin, WACO, Winfield-Mt. Union and a portion of the Ottumwa Community School Districts.

Director District #7 will continue to be represented by Dr. Lonny Morrow of Mount Pleasant, who represents:  Mediapolis, Morning Sun, Mount Pleasant, New London and Wapello Community School District.

Vicki Stephenson of Fort Madison, was re-elected to her position on the Board, representing Director District #9:  Danville, Fort Madison, West Burlington, and a portion of the Burlington School District.

Great Prairie AEA Board members are elected by the school boards of the districts they represent.  Board members will be officially sworn into office at the October 8, 2013 Board meeting to be held at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center in Fairfield.  Board meetings are held in Fairfield on the second Tuesday each month throughout the year.

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 33 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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