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Prairie Lakes AEA Chooses New Administrator

By Staff | Jul 8, 2010

Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency has named Jeff Herzberg as the agency’s new chief administrator. He succeeds Dr. Kay Forsythe who has been chief administrator since 2003.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve the students, families, schools, and staff members in Prairie Lakes AEA,” Herzberg said. “I have seen many great examples and firmly believe that the role of the AEA is vitally important to the success of each student that we serve. We must take this role seriously to serve the needs of all students.”

Herzberg is currently superintendent at Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School District. He has previously held positions as high school principal at Iowa Falls-Alden High School, junior/senior high principal at Anita Community Schools, and associate high school principal at Webster City Community Schools. He is in the process of completing his doctorate from Iowa State University.

“We were committed to finding a person with the experience, skills, and vision to lead Prairie Lakes AEA,” said Dean Saunders, Prairie Lakes AEA Board President. “Jeff epitomizes everything that we were seeking in our next Chief Administrator. The families, educators, and students served by Prairie Lakes AEA will benefit from his leadership.”

Herzberg’s start date is pending timely release from his position as superintendent at Sibley-Ocheyedan.

Prairie Lakes AEA provides special education, school improvement, media, and technology support services to the almost 4,000 educators in 45 public school districts and 11 accredited, nonpublic schools. The agency employs over 250 staff members throughout a 14-county area. Its mission is to ensure success for all learners through collaborative partnerships. For information: www.aea8.k12.ia.us.