“True advocate” steps down from the AEA 267 board

Betty Westmeyer, Director District 4

Betty Westmeyer, Director District 4

Betty Westmeyer, a long-time advocate for students with special needs, is stepping down from the AEA 267 board when her term ends in October. Westmeyer has been a member of the AEA board since 1982 when her son was a student at River Hills.

When asked about the highlights of her tenure as an AEA board member, Westmeyer cited her advocacy for a formal graduation ceremony at River Hills School. “Prior to that, there had not been a ceremony,” she said. “I’ve attended every ceremony since 1984 when they started and I’ve shed tears every time. It’s a very moving experience.”

Westmeyer was also instrumental in the transition from three Area Education Agencies (AEAs 2, 6 & 7) to one in 2003. “It was a time of great uncertainty and fear of the unknown. I feel very good about how things have turned out.”

Although her accomplishments are many, Westmeyer feels a tinge of regret about the fact that her advocacy for lengthening the school year has not resulted in real change in the state. She has been a long-time proponent of a longer school year to retain and advance student learning. Still, she feels the time is right to step down.

“The friendships I have made while on the AEA board have been wonderful,” said Westmeyer. “This closes an important chapter in my life. My advice to any new board member is to speak up and let people know how you feel…being a board member is very rewarding.”

In her capacity as an AEA 267 board member, Westmeyer has represented Director District 4 which includes the school districts of Charles City, Denver, Janesville, Nashua-Plainfield, Sumner, Tripoli, Wapsie Valley, and Waverly-Shell Rock. A search for a candidate to fill Westmeyer’s vacancy is pending.

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3 Responses to “True advocate” steps down from the AEA 267 board

  1. Sara McInerny says:

    We will miss Betty’s wise counsel and humor. We appreciate all you have done and the support you have provided to AEA 267 and the AEA system as a whole.

    Thank you Betty!

  2. Jerry Schnabel says:

    Thank you Betty for your longtime dedication to children and your support of the AEA. There is a saying that 90% of success is just showing up. By my count, Betty has attended well over 300 Board meetings, as well as meeting with the schools that she represents and other AEA related meetings. Betty has not only shown up, but has been a true advocate for the students we serve. Betty exemplifies the values of the AEA as a Board member and we have become a better organization due to Betty’s contributions.

    Best wishes Betty and THANKS!

  3. Rod Ball says:

    Betty has been a pillar of support for the AEA process statewide. Here at AEA 267 she has been a strong advocate and friend of the instructional services the AEA provides. Her advocacy for services for students has insured the best for all students. Betty has been a key player in the development of the culture and values that make the AEA what it is.

    Thank You so much!

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