The Great Prairie Area Education Agency will be accepting Statement of Candidacy submissions for the election of five (5) AEA Board members in October 2019. The five Board positions open for election are:

District 1: Central Lee, Harmony, Keokuk, and Van Buren

District 3: Keota, North Mahaska, Oskaloosa, Sigourney and Tri-County

District 4: Cardinal, Centerville, Davis County, Moulton-Udell, Seymour and portion of the Ottumwa School District

District 5: A portion of the Ottumwa School District

District 8: A portion of the Burlington School District

School Board Members from these districts will choose the Great Prairie Area Education Agency representatives. Under Iowa law, anyone who is a resident and elector of the Director District indicated, may seek election to the AEA Board, except local school employees or members of the Community College Boards of Directors.

Persons interested in declaring candidacy must file a “Statement of Candidacy,” available at the school board offices in the corresponding Director Districts and the Great Prairie AEA Ottumwa or Burlington Offices. The deadline for filing a Statement of Candidacy with Jennifer Woodley, Public Relations Coordinator/Board Secretary of Great Prairie AEA is Oct. 15, 2019.

Terms of office for these positions on the Board are for four years – December 2019 through December 2023. Meetings of the Great Prairie AEA Board of Directors are held at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 North Main in Fairfield, Iowa.

Anyone desiring further information on the election may call Jennifer Woodley, Great Prairie AEA Public Relations Coordinator/Board Secretary, at 800-382-8970, Ext. 1232, write to Great Prairie AEA, 2814 North Court Street, Ottumwa, Iowa, 52501 or email

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