June 25, 2020

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (June 25, 2020)— Four northwest Iowa citizens were recently elected to the Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) board: Amy Jurrens, District 1; Patrick Murphy, District 4; Henry Jessen, District 5; and Julie DeGroot, District 7.

By state law, members of AEA boards represent geographic areas known as director districts. Each has been determined to contain about the same population. Local school boards in each district elect a person to represent them on the AEA board of directors. Each board is allowed a percentage of votes equal to the percentage of the school district’s population in the director district.

The nine current board members of Northwest AEA include:

Amy Jurrens, who works as a professor at Northwest Iowa Community College, represents the schools in District 1, comprised of the Central Lyon, George-Little Rock, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Rock Valley, Sibley-Ocheyedan and West Lyon school districts.

Mike McAlpine of Sioux Center, the District 2 representative on the board, represents Akron-Westfield, Boyden-Hull, Sheldon, Sioux Center and West Sioux school districts. McAlpine is the wealth management group president at People’s Bank in Sioux Center.

Roger Brinkert of Primghar represents schools in District 3, comprised of Cherokee, Kingsley-Pierson, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto, Remsen-Union, River Valley, South O’Brien and Woodbury Central school districts. Roger is a retired rural mail carrier and farmer.

Patrick Murphy of Le Mars represents schools in District 4, made up of Hinton, Le Mars and MOC-Floyd Valley. Murphy is a managing member of Murphy, Collins, McGill, PLC, Attorneys at Law.

Henry Jessen, owner of Johnson Propane Heating & Cooling, represents schools in District 5, comprised of Ar-We-Va, OABCIG, Denison, Galva-Holstein, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto and Schleswig school districts.

Glen Coble of Onawa represents District 6. The district is comprised of Charter Oak-Ute, Lawton-Bronson, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Westwood, West Monona, Whiting and two precincts in the Sioux City Community School District. Coble works in the insurance industry.

Julie DeGroot of Sioux City represents District 7, made up of the central portion of Sioux City. She is a retired teacher.

Glenda Den Herder of Sioux City represents District 8, comprised of the northern section of Sioux City. She is a psychiatric nurse practitioner for Associates for Psychiatric Services.

Ron Jorgensen of Sioux City represents District 9, made up of precincts in the south and east portions of Sioux City. Jorgensen works at Morningside College as the vice president of business and finance.


With offices in Sioux City, Sioux Center, Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars and Onawa, Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) works in partnership with public and accredited private schools in a 10-county area of northwest Iowa to help assure that all children reach their full potential. The AEA provides special education support services, media and technology services, a variety of instructional services, professional development and leadership to promote school improvement. The Iowa General Assembly created the state’s AEA system in 1975. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. For more information about Northwest AEA, visit www.nwaea.org.

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