Feb 28, 2018
Wednesday morning the Grant Wood Area Education Agency Board of Directors named Dr. John Speer as its next Chief Administrator.
In his new role, Speer will support the AEA's 514 full and part-time employees who provide special education and school improvement services in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington counties. These counties include 32 public school districts, 16 state accredited non-public schools and 8 independent accredited non-public schools, and a combined enrollment of 74,000 students.
The Board of Directors approved a three-year contract for $235,000 for the position.
"John’s professional background includes experience with both rural and urban Iowa school districts, and he is well-respected in our region for his commitment and passion for students," commented Grant Wood AEA Board President Jim Green. "Our board feels that John is well-suited to continue and expand on our successes as we continue to support student learning."
"My entire career has been focused on helping students and improving teaching and learning. I'm honored to continue that effort by working with the dedicated staff at Grant Wood AEA," said Speer. "I feel like this is a unique opportunity to expand my reach and focus by impacting even more students and districts. I’m excited to begin the next phase of my professional career with an organization known nationally for quality people and programs, a service-oriented nature, and an entrepreneurial spirit.”
Speer's educational background includes multiple degrees from the University of Northern Iowa including a bachelor's degree in English/education, a master's degree in educational administration, and recently obtained his doctorate in education. Speer most recently served as the superintendent of the College Community School District, a position he has held since July, 2012. He also served as superintendent in the Ballard Community School District, at Allamakee Community Schools, and held administrator positions at Independence and East Buchanan Community Schools. Speer also taught high school language arts at Independence Community Schools.
Speer was selected from more than 50 applicants and three finalists including Dr. Susan Meade, superintendent of Winterset Community School District, and Mr. Steve Murley, superintendent of Iowa City Community School District.
Speer will assume the chief administrator role from Joe Crozier, who will retire in June of 2018. Crozier has held the position since July, 2011.