NOTICE OF PETION


NOTICE OF REORGANIZATION PETITION CONCERNING VAN BUREN COMMUNITY
SCHOOL DISTRICT AND HARMONY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
You and each of you are hereby notified that petitions signed by the requisite number of eligible
electors of the Van Buren Community School District and the Harmony Community School
District have been presented to the Chief Administrator of the Great Prairie Area Education
Agency asking for the reorganization of the two districts into a new district as follows:
1. The name of the district shall be: Van Buren County Community School District
2. The territory of the new district shall be all of the current territory of the Van Buren
Community School District and the Harmony Community School District.
3. The number of directors of the new district is seven (7). Initial directors shall be
selected as provided in Section 275.41 (the alternative method of carryover
appointments), four (4) directors shall be initially appointed from the Van Buren
Community School District and two (2) directors shall be appointed from the
Harmony Community School District and the seventh director shall be unanimously
appointed or specially elected. The number of directors of the regular board shall be
seven (7) and shall be elected pursuant to Section 275.12(2)(c), Code of Iowa. Five
of the directors shall be elected as residents of five single member director districts
and two directors shall be elected at large. All directors shall be voted upon by all
district electors.
4. The assets and liabilities of both districts shall become the assets of the newly
reorganized district.
You are further notified that the Chief Administrator of Great Prairie Area Education Agency has
set 5:30 pm on November 8, 2017, as the date and time for a hearing to be held in the Van Buren
High School Commons, 405 4th Street, Keosauqua, Iowa. The hearing will be held before the
Board of Directors of Great Prairie Area Education Agency to consider whether to submit the
petition to a vote of the electors.
At the hearing patrons of the proposed district shall be given the opportunity to present evidence
and arguments in favor of or in opposition to the proposed petition to reorganize the two districts
into one community school district.
You are further notified that property owners may submit written objections in the form of an
affidavit objecting to the boundaries of the proposed district. Persons requesting a boundary
change must include the legal description of the property proposed to be removed from the
district.
Forms for objections to the reorganization or for objections to the boundaries of the proposed
district are available at the Superintendent’s Office, Harmony Community School District, 33727
Rte. J40, Farmington, Iowa 52626; Superintendent’s Office, Van Buren Community School
District, 503 Henry Drive, Keosauqua, Iowa 52565; or either of the Great Prairie Area Education
Agency Offices at 2814 North Court Street, Ottumwa, IA or 3601 West Street, Burlington, IA
52601. Forms are also available through the Great Prairie Area Education Agency website for
download at gpaea.org. All objections must be filed on or before 4:30 pmNovember 2, 2017.
All objections must be filed at the office of the Chief Administrator, Great Prairie Area
Education Agency, 2814 N. Court Street, Ottumwa, IA 52501 or Office of Chief
Administrator, Great Prairie Area Education Agency, 3601 West Street, Burlington, IA
52601. Late filed objections may not be considered by the Board.
TAKE NOTICE AND GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY
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Cindy Yelick, Chief Administrator
Great Prairie Area Education Agency
2814 N. Court Street
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

 

 

Affidavit of Objection Boundary Change Request 

Affidavit of Objection Request for Dismissal 

Van Buren Harmony Notice of Hearing 

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