Iowa Board of Regents

Board Reschedules Vinton Public Forums for Superintendent Search

January 17, 2014

(URBANDALE, Iowa) – The Board of Regents has rescheduled the Vinton open forum for public comment on the desired qualities of the next Superintendent of the Iowa School for the Deaf (ISD) and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School (IBSSS).

The forum originally scheduled to be held yesterday at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School was postponed due to inclement weather. This forum has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 22, 2014, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Main Building Auditorium on the IBSSS campus in Vinton. If weather conditions are once again uncertain on January 22, please check the Board’s superintendent search web site for possible cancellation information –,

For the January 22 forum, the ICN sites listed below will be available for public participation in the forum beginning at 4:45 p.m. It is recommended that members of the public wishing to participate via the ICN contact the selected site via phone during normal business hours for information on the appropriate building entrance to use.

School Address City Phone Number
Albert City Truesdale HS 300 Orchard Street Albert City (712) 843-5416
Ankeny - DMACC
Community College
2006 South Ankeny Blvd Ankeny (515) 964-6200
Bettendorf AEA 729 21st St. Bettendorf (563) 359-1371
Burlington AEA 3601 West Avenue Burlington (319) 753-6561
Cedar Falls AEA (cart) 3712 Cedar Heights Dr. Cedar Falls (319) 273-8200
Cedar Rapids Kirkwood
Community College
6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW Cedar Rapids (319) 398-5452
Clear Lake AEA 9184B 265th Street Clear Lake (641) 357-6125
Council Bluffs AEA 24997 Hwy 92 Council Bluffs (712) 366-0503
Elkader AEA 1400 2nd St. NW Elkader (563) 245-1480
Ottumwa AEA 2814 N Court Street Ottumwa (641) 682-8591
Sioux Center AEA 1382 4th Ave NE Sioux Center (712) 722-4378
Urbandale Public Library 3520 86th Street Urbandale (515) 331-6765
Vinton Iowa Braille School 1002 G Avenue Vinton (319) 472-5221

Members of the search committee and Board staff will be present at each of the public forums.

Individuals wishing to submit written comments may do so at the Board’s website.

The Board appointed Rose Vasquez to serve as chair of the search committee at its meeting on December 4, 2013. The remaining members of the search committee are as follows:

  • Nicole Carroll, Board of Regents, State of Iowa
  • Dana Cheek, Parent John Cool Iowa School for the Deaf – Assistant Administrator
  • Barb Guy, Department of Education – Director of Special Education
  • Kenda Jochimsen, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation – Bureau Chief
  • Kate Kasal, Iowa School for the Deaf – Faculty
  • Theresa Legg, Deaf Services Commission of Iowa
  • Dixie Meyer, Parent
  • Kathy Miller, Iowa School for the Deaf – Staff
  • Brook Nolin, Parent
  • Doug Penno, Keystone AEA – Director of Special Education
  • Susan Rolinger, Parent
  • Karrie Schloemer, Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Faculty
  • Richard Sorey, Iowa Department of the Blind – Director
  • Gwen Woodward, Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Regional Director, West

Ex-Officio/Non-Voting Members

  • Bob Donley, Executive Director, Board of Regents
  • Diana Gonzalez, Chief Academic Officer, Board of Regents

For More Information:

Contact: Robert Donley, Executive Director, Board of Regents, State of Iowa, (515) 281-3934 

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