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Upcoming AEA Board of Directors elections

Elections for five members of the Board of Directors of the Keystone Area Education Agency will be conducted in November.

Director District 2 includes the Central, Postville, and South Winneshiek Community School Districts, and a portion of the Decorah Community School District in the area known as Decorah Community School District prior to reorganization with North Winneshiek Community School on July 1, 2019. (Portions of Bluffton, Canoe, Decorah, Frankville, Glenwood, Hesper, Highland, Lincoln, Madison, Pleasant, Springfield & Waterloo townships).

Director District 4 includes the North Fayette Valley, Oelwein, and West Central Community School Districts and the New Hampton Township in the New Hampton Community School District.

Director District 5 includes the Maquoketa Valley, Starmont, and West Delaware Community School Districts as well as Delaware County precincts 2, 10 and 12; and Dubuque County precincts 37 and 39 in the Western Dubuque Community School District.

Director District 8 includes the Dubuque County precincts 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, and 19 in the Dubuque Community School District. 

Director District 9 includes the Dubuque County precincts 1, 2, 4, 16, 20, 32, 34, 42, and 45 in the Dubuque Community School District. 

Current directors are Davis Johnson of Decorah in Director District 2; Sue Updegraff of West Union in Director District 4; Jerry Hilton of Strawberry Point in Director District 5; Walter Pregler of Dubuque in Director District 8; and George Holland of Dubuque in Director District 9.

These positions are for four-year terms that will expire in December 2023.

The elections are conducted in accordance with Section 273 of the Code of Iowa. Nominations may be submitted by filing a Statement of Candidacy form with the board secretary of the Keystone AEA on or before October 15, 2019. If no candidate files by the deadline, a convention will be scheduled with prior notice given, and persons may file for candidacy or be nominated at the convention. Each board of education within the director district may cast a vote, weighted according to the school district’s population, for the election of a member to the Agency's Board of Directors. 

 

Statement of Candidacy forms may be obtained by contacting  Julie Tschirgi, Keystone AEA Board Secretary, in Elkader at 563-245-1480.

Keystone AEA welcomes new employees for 2019-20

Welcome!

We are pleased to introduce several new staff members as we kick off the 2019-20 school year. Please join us in welcoming them aboard!

Samantha Corsbie

Special Education Consultant
Elkader

Stefanie Dingbaum

School Based SEBMH Facilitator
Delhi

Carrie Fellinger

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher/Consultant
Delhi

Holly Fish

School Improvement Facilitator
Elkader

Courtney Hansen

Speech-Language Pathologist
Dubuque

Katie Heiar

Speech-Language Pathologist
Dubuque

Margot Lombardi

Early Childhood School Psychologist
Dubuque

Kelli Olson

School Improvement Facilitator
Elkader

Carissa Otto

Special Education Consultant
Waukon

Nicole Rawson

School Social Worker
Dubuque

Kimberly Reinert

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher/Consultant
Dubuque

Kathleen Stuart

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
Dubuque

Jessica Swaab

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher/Consultant
Oelwein

Terri Thompson

Special Education Consultant
Elkader

Michelle Tlusty

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher/Consultant
Decorah

Notice Regarding Destruction of Records

NOTICE REGARDING DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS
July 30, 2019

Keystone Area Education Agency (AEA) maintains records on each student served in order to facilitate the instruction, guidance, and educational progress of the student.  The records contain information about the student and his/her education. These records may include, but are not limited to, the following: identification/directory information, permission(s) of parents for evaluation and placement, support services reports, Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs), Individual Education Programs (IEPs),  and external agency reports. These records are located at the local field office of Keystone AEA serving the local school district.  

Iowa Administrative Rules of Special Education in compliance with FERPA regulations specify that records must be maintained for five years after Early ACCESS/special education services end. [41.624(3)]  Keystone AEA has maintained records since 1974 and has recently adopted a policy stating it will destroy records after the student’s attained age of 26 years and at least five years after exiting from Early ACCESS/special education consistent with these statutes and regulations.

You are hereby notified that Keystone AEA intends to destroy records for those students whose birth year is 1992 or before as these records are no longer needed.  You may want a copy of these records for your own file or to support applications for other supports (e.g. social security disability benefits).  Authorized persons wishing to review records prior to destruction must contact Keystone AEA prior to July 1, 2021 at 1400 2nd St NW, Elkader IA 52043, or phone 1-800-632-5918.

Students and parents may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Keystone AEA to comply with the requirements of FERPA. 


Correspondence should be addressed to:
Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC  20202

Annual Notice Regarding Records

ANNUAL NOTICE REGARDING RECORDS
July 30, 2019

1. FERPA.

Keystone Area Education Agency (AEA) maintains records on each student served in order to facilitate the instruction, guidance, and educational progress of the student.  The records contain information about the student and his/her education. These records may include, but are not limited to, the following: identification/directory information, permission(s) of parents for evaluation and placement, support services reports, Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs), Individual Education Programs (IEPs),  and external agency reports. These records are located at the local field office of Keystone AEA serving the local school district.  

Authorized persons have the right to review education records of the student, have those records explained, obtain copies of the records, and write a response to materials in the records.  They also have the right to challenge the content of the records they believe are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  The Agency’s policy on student records can be secured upon request by contacting Keystone AEA, 1400 2nd St. NW, Elkader IA 52043, or phone 1-800-632-5918. 

Agencies and organizations, as identified in FERPA regulations, may have restricted access to student records without prior written consent of the parent or student over the age of 18 years.  Any other access to student records shall be only upon written consent or upon court order or legally issued subpoena. A Record of Access is maintained so that parents may learn who has viewed their student’s records.  

2. Record Maintenance/Destruction.

It is Keystone AEA’s policy to destroy the following information deemed no longer needed for determining educational services for its students: 
a. Electronic communication more than five years old;
b. Agency forms not related to Early ACCESS or special education more than five years old; and
c. Underlying information reported in IEPs/IFSPs (i.e. progress monitoring probes, staff notes and evaluation data) more than five years old.

Be advised that this information may contain personally identifiable information regarding students.  If you would like a copy of these materials prior to destruction, please contact Keystone AEA at 1-800-632-5918.

Students and parents may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Keystone AEA to comply with the requirements of FERPA. 


Correspondence should be addressed to:
Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC  20202

Regional History Day Results

Montauk (Keystone AEA) Regional History Day was held Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Decorah Middle School, Decorah, Iowa. This year's theme is Triumph & Tragedy in History. Approximately 97 students from 3 schools participated in five categories (Jr. Division). The following entries/students advanced to the State Contest that will be held Monday, April 29, 2019, at the Iowa Events Center, Des Moines. At State, they have a chance to advance to the National Contest, held at the University of Maryland, June 9-13, 2019, in College Park, Maryland.

Listed by Division and Category:

JUNIOR DIVISION HISTORICAL PAPER:

Title: Triumph & Tragedy: Penicillin’s Discovery & Repercussions
Student: Justin Berlage
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien

Title: Münster, Germany Anabaptists
Student: Sophia Christman
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL EXHIBIT:

Title: The Manhattan Project: The Atomic Bomb
Student: Abby Woosley
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

Title: Blizzard of 1940
Student: Max Wilson
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP EXHIBIT:

Title: Lewis W. Hine: Triumphing Over Child Labor
Students: Ellen Rooney, Jaden Weis, Sami Mount
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien

Title: Agent Orange: The Tragedy with No Triumph
Students: Reid Kuehner, Cole Christopher
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTARY:

Title: Tragedy & Triumph in the Pacific: A Decisive Victory at Midway
Student: Jenna Hartz
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien

Title: Mary McLeod Bethune: Educator and Matriach
Students: Sophia Gallentine
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP DOCUMENTARY:

Title: The Hidden Massacre of Greenwood
Students: Casey Brickley, Victor Merritt
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

Title: Robert Capo & Gerda Taro: Photojournalists Who Brought the Realities of War to Life
Students: Mairi Sessions, Amelia Dugger
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:

Title: Triumph After Tragedy: Francis Perkins & the New Deal
Students: Alex Kane
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien

Title: Edith Eger: The Dancer That Survived the Holocaust
Student: Ada Lovelace
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP PERFORMANCE:

Title: Rodney King & the LA Riots
Students: Asley Bjork, Kiah Tweten
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

Title: Penicillin: The Accidental Triumph and Impending Tragedy of Bacterial Evolution
Students: Mason Myers, Davis Coppola
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien

JUNIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL WEB SITES:

Title: Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell: Life of a Female Physician
Student: Leslie Campbell
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

Title: Helen Taussig: Blue Baby Syndrome
Student: Ella Grouws
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

JUNIOR DIVISION GROUP WEB SITES:

Title: The Saving of the U-505
Students: Nathaniel Myers, Aiden Burroughs
School: St. Benedict School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Patty Lien

Title: Freedom Summer: A Fight for the Right to Vote
Students: Tiana Frana, Grace Hoyland
School: Decorah Middle School, Decorah, IA
Teacher: Wesley Knaack

SENIOR DIVISION GROUP EXHIBIT:

Title: Révolution Française (French Revolution)
Students: Gabrielle Kielkucki, William Lemke
School: Beckman Catholic School, Dyersville, IA
Teacher: Anna Durr

SENIOR DIVISION INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:

Title: Black Death
Students: Anya Westhoff
School: Beckman Catholic School, Dyersville, IA
Teacher: Anna Durr

For more information, contact:
Patricia Lehmann, School Improvement Consultant/Social Studies
Keystone Area Education Agency
2310 Chaney Road
Dubuque, IA 52001-3090
email: plehmann@aea1.k12.ia.us

Keystone AEA offers Substitute Authorization course

The Iowa Substitute Authorization allows an individual to substitute in a PK-12 classroom. If you are a Certified Paraeducator, this assigned special education classroom may be at the elementary, middle school, junior high school or high school level.

The four core components of the course are Classroom Management, Strategies for Learning, Diversity, and Ethics. Upon successful completion of the program the participant may apply to the Board of Educational Examiners for a license, ($85 issuance fee). A state and federal background check is required ($75 background fee) (also a $3.00 credit card user fee).

Local districts have the option of hiring individuals with the Substitute Authorization. It does not guarantee employment. Please check with your local district.

Anyone who meets the following five criteria is eligible to receive this new authorization:
1. Has achieved at least one of the following: (1) holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, OR (2) has completed an approved Paraeducator Certification Program and holds a Paraeducator Certificate.
2. Has attained a minimum age of 21 years.
3. Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check.
4. Has successfully completed a National Criminal History background check.
5. Has successfully completed all the requirements of an approved Substitute Authorization course.

Renewal of Authorization
The period of renewal for this authorization is once every five years. At the time of renewal you will need to submit verification of two 15 contact hour courses taken within the five year period from the date your Authorization was issued, the renewal application form, documentation of Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse training and the renewal fee.


In Dubuque: 
The Substitute Authorization course is 20-clock hour training.
The course dates are February 8-10, 2019
(Friday, February 8 – 5:00-9:00pm; Saturday-Sunday, February 9-10 – 9:00am-5:30pm.)
Keystone AEA, 2310 Chaney Road, Dubuque, Iowa.
The section number is 250805 – Dubuque Office
The deadline to register is February 1, 2019.


A minimum of 10 participants is required to make the course a “go”. Participants must attend all sessions. Course fee will be $115.00. Keystone AEA reserves the right to cancel the program due to low enrollment. Notification of cancellation will be made to those registered.


To Register for the class go to: 
Visit the AEA Professional Learning Registration System If you’re a first time user, select ‘Create Account’.  Fill in the information as requested.  When it asks for your BoEE folder number—select NA.  (The system updates new accounts during the night. This means you'll need to register for the course the following day.) Once you’re logged in, select 'Courses' on the menu bar. In the Course Search box, enter 250805.  Now you'll see the Substitute Authorization course listed, select the ‘Register’ button for the appropriate date and location. 

View additional information about the substitute authorization application process

Once you have successfully completed the Substitute Authorization class
An online application must be submitted to the Board of Educational Examiners
If you have any questions, contact Kathy Wessel at 1-800-632-5918, ext 1320, or kwessel@aea1.k12.ia.us during regular business hours.

Children’s Mental Health Listening Post: October 10, 2018

Area residents are invited to share personal experiences on children’s mental health services at a listening post set for 6:00-7:30PM on October 10, 2018, at the Carrie Lee Elementary Auditorium, 210 Vernon Street in Decorah.

Listening posts are being hosted at locations across Iowa* on behalf of the Children’s System State Board established by Gov. Kim Reynolds in April. The board will review the information gathered from these listening posts as part of its charge to review existing resources and develop a strategic plan with specific recommendations to implement a better approach to help children with mental health issues. This report is due to the legislature on Nov. 15.

Two additional opportunities have been created for parents/children unable to attend the meeting outlined above.

A survey is available for those unable to attend a listening post. The deadline is Oct. 12.

An online listening post has been scheduled for October 4 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. To join from your computer, click on this URL: https://zoom.us/j/290354386 To join via phone, dial 1-646-876-9923 and when prompted, enter meeting code:  290-354-386

For more information, contact Jeff Herzberg at 515-570-2601. 

 


*Listening post meetings include:

Great Prairie AEA, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 North Main, Fairfield: Oct 8 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Mississippi Bend AEA, 729 21st St., Bettendorf: Oct 11 from 5:30-7:00 pm
Keystone AEA, Carrie Lee Elementary Auditorium, 210 Vernon Street, Decorah: Oct 10 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Northwest AEA, 940 Lincoln St SW., LeMars: Oct 2 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Green Hills AEA, 257 Swan St., Creston: Oct 10 from 5:30-7:00 pm
Prairie Lakes AEA, 500 NE 6th Street,  Pocahontas: Oct 3 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Central Rivers AEA, 9184 265th Street, Suite B, Clear Lake: Oct 10 6:00-7:30 pm
Grant Wood AEA, 4401 6th St. SW, Cedar Rapids: Oct 11 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Heartland AEA, 6500 Corporate Drive, Johnston: Oct 8 from 5:30-7:00 pm

Keystone AEA welcomes new employees

Keystone AEA is pleased to introduce several new staff members as we kick off the 2018-19 school year. Please join us in welcoming them aboard!


new employees 2018

Erica Borgerding

School Social Worker
Dubuque

Tara Henry

Special Education Consultant
Decorah

Megan Johannsen

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Teacher
Dubuque

Taylor Klostermann

School Psychologist
Dubuque

Lyndi Leonard

Speech Language Pathologist
Delhi

Richard Mejia

Technology Support Specialist
Elkader

Rebecca Peterson

Speech Language Pathologist
Dubuque

Alayna Schutte

School Psychologist
Decorah

Greg Schutte

School Psychologist
New Hampton

Allyson Schwendinger

Speech Language Pathologist
Dubuque

Courtney Thompson

Speech Language Pathologist
West Union

Brett Thomsen

Technology Support Specialist
Elkader