School districts in Iowa are required by Iowa Code 285.9 to have each AEA Board of Directors review and approve all transportation agreements between districts and to approve all bus routes outside the boundary of the school operating buses.

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Agreements typically are approved in the spring and Routes approved in the fall. Superintendents will be reminded by the AEA approximately four to six weeks before being taken to the board for approval.
Districts can access their current agreements and routes online via Google (in two separate documents) and superintendents and/or transportation directors simply need to scroll down to their respective district(s) to view their individual documents.
If there are no changes, you do not need to do anything further. Your current agreements and routes will stay in effect.
If there are updates to agreements, routes or both, please email those to Lori Thomas, Executive Assistant/Board Secretary at Central Rivers AEA ( and those updates will be made for you. A record of all updates/changes will be kept.
Please note that on the very first page of both the agreements and routes, the Permissible Situations are listed for your convenience.  You may also view a document that lists all updates/changes with the date they were made. This will enable you and your transportation director to review at any time in case additional updates need to be made.
*In 2020-2021, the transportation agreements and district bus routes were updated and taken to the CRAEA board for approval at the same time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.