Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

The Board Room

Board Members

The Prairie Lakes AEA Board of Directors welcomes you to attend monthly meetings. By attending, you will better understand how our agency operates. There will be discussions about student learning, the structure of our agency, partnerships and agreements we have with external partners, finances, staffing, and other topics related to service and education. View the board packet and agenda for the current month. View the minutes/packets from previous meetings here.

Your interest is appreciated.

Your PLAEA Board of Directors

A seven-member Board of Directors representing every school district that the agency serves governs Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency. The board represents the legal body that establishes educational policies and sets goals and objectives for the agency. These policies and goals are carried out by the chief administrator and staff under the board’s direction.

Terms are for four years and overlap to ensure continuity of board leadership. AEA board members receive no pay for their public service.

See a complete profile of PLAEA board members, including contact information.

Chief Administrator

The Chief Administrator is the chief executive officer of the board, but does not vote. It is his/her responsibility to advise board members on all matters, to execute policies and decisions made by the board, and to operate the agency to the maximum of its potential.

Board Meetings

Regular meetings are traditionally held on the third Monday of every month in the PLAEA office in Pocahontas.The meeting location occasionally rotates to other venues. For a current agenda, including details about location, visit our website. Meetings are traditionally held at 5 p.m. and are open to the public.

A quorum of board members must be present for a regular meeting to take place. All actions authorized or required by law are taken in open meetings. State law allows the board to consider matters of personnel and building site acquisition in closed session and then vote on them in open session.

The role of the PLAEA Board of Directors

  • Some of the main roles of the board are to:
  • Hire, oversee and evaluate the chief administrator.
  • Set policies which are regularly reviewed against changes in the law and to ensure ongoing effectiveness.
  • Establish a mission to direct policies and work.
  • Act as the intermediary when there is a breakdown between staff and administration (usually in the case of a termination), administration and students, or between LEA's (local school districts) as is the case in a merger or transportation issue.
  • Oversee the budget including the approving of bills, establishment of salaries, and approving capital improvements.

The board does not manage day-to-day operations or determine programming. Unless policies are violated or programming fails to meet the mission, questions, concerns or suggestions about day-to-day operations, staffing, programming or other management decisions should be addressed to the appropriate PLAEA administrator.

How to address the PLAEA Board of Directors

While meetings are open to the public, there is not a general “question and answer” time on the agenda between the audience and the board or between the audience and presenters.

Persons from the general public with issues, concerns or suggestions should address them to the chief administrator who will determine if the item is appropriate for the board agenda.


For more information about the PLAEA Board of Directors please contact:

Michelle Dowd
Chief Financial Officer/Board Secretary
Phone: 515-705-7138

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