Author Archives: Beth Strike

Negotiations and settlement update

Last night, the Central Rivers AEA Board of Directors approved our recommended negotiation agreements, and we wanted to take the opportunity to share the information with you. Given the fact that we are in a solid financial position and our … Continue reading

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Updated Emergency Procedures Manual now available

Central Rivers AEA recently updated the Emergency Procedures Manual which includes a series of procedures to follow in various emergency situations and cases of illness or injury. The manual also lists specific emergency information for each office location including contact … Continue reading

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Catch the Wave! Introducing the 2020-21 wellness program

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. It is a process of achieving a … Continue reading

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Congratulations to our staff with 35 and 45 years of service!

Please join us in recognizing staff for their many years of service to children, families and educators. Staff members receiving recognition this month include those who have reached the major milestone of 45 and 35 years of service!

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What is Contact Manager and how can I use it to target email communication?

Contact Manager is a tool created to allow staff to send email messages for targeted groups of educators. The system uses data collected and housed in the Central Rivers AEA Lending Library system (Medianet). This is a great tool for … Continue reading

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The Stream? The Channel? Which one should I read?

A few years ago, the agency unveiled a new blog called The Stream targeted specifically to region staff. The Stream is published on an as-needed basis by Regional Administrators and strives to provide news and information that staff out in … Continue reading

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Social Security Payroll Tax – deferred or forgiven?

Beginning September 1st, employers are given the option of implementing an executive order, issued by President Trump, that would defer the tax (6.2%) employees pay toward Social Security through December 31st.  As of this writing, this is only a deferral … Continue reading

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2020-21 Educational Directory available online

The Educational Directory for 2020-21 has been updated and can be viewed on the agency website under the About section. In addition, a downloadable pdf of the directory can be found on the resources page of the staff website. If … Continue reading

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Healthiest State 10th Annual Walk

Join thousands of other Iowans statewide and support Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative by getting out and walking on October 7, 2020, for 30 minutes. Iowa’s 10th Annual Walk serves as a kick-off to Healthiest State Month, happening throughout October, celebrating … Continue reading

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Need business cards?

Whether you are new to Central Rivers AEA or had a recent title change, business cards are available to staff and can be ordered through Creative Services. The order form can be found on the staff website under Resources. Contact … Continue reading

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CRAEA evaluations system gets an update

As supervisors begin to share out the beginning of the year evaluation documents, we wanted you to be aware of changes we have made to the system. You’ll notice a new look and revised documentation for CWA/NUSS and Certified Support … Continue reading

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Flu Shot clinics to be offered in October

Again this year, the agency is partnering with HyVee Pharmacy to offer flu shot clinics for employees and their families. Those with health insurance through Central Rivers AEA will not have a copay. (Other insurances may be accepted. Please contact … Continue reading

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Follow-up to staff survey on “return to work”

Thank you for taking the time to complete our recent staff survey and provide feedback and suggestions regarding returning to work. Your input allows us to address areas of need/concern and will make us better prepared for when we physically … Continue reading

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Welcome back Covid-19 “swag” bags now available

This year’s welcome back “swag” bags contain some useful items that you won’t want to miss. Please plan to stop by one of the three main offices anytime between now and the start of the school year to pick up … Continue reading

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Update on in-state/out of Iowa travel

Until further notice, all in-state and out-of-state travel continues to be suspended. This includes conferences, state meetings, networks, etc. Please plan to participate in those offerings virtually and discuss any concerns with your supervisor.

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