Gentry New Edge Principal

Ivan Gentry
Ivan Gentry Named Principal at Prairie Edge

Ivan Gentry has been recommended by Superintendent John Speer to be the Principal at Prairie Edge pending board approval.  Gentry is replacing Noreen Bush who last May was named the Director of Secondary Education and Innovation for the College Community School District.  Each will begin their new appointments effective July 1, 2014.

“After a thorough process, it was very clear to me that Mr. Gentry was the perfect match to continue the excellence at Prairie Edge,” said Speer.  “He has a variety of experiences we were looking for and a passion for education.  He will be an outstanding principal at Edge.”

Gentry comes to Prairie from the Iowa City School District where served as a Special Education and Transition Coordinator. His responsibilities included coordinating special education programs, implementing professional development designed for best practice and was responsible for developing transition initiatives to assist students and teachers. Gentry also spent ten years as a Special Education teacher.  He taught in the Iowa City and Linn Mar school districts including two years at Tanager Place.

Gentry, a native of Lowden, Iowa, received his Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Cornell College, a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Morningside College, and received a Specialist Degree in Education Leadership from Drake University.

“I am honored to be named the next principal of Prairie Edge,” said Gentry.  “During the interview process it was clear how the teachers and staff in the district are committed to providing the best learning opportunities for all students.  I look forward to working with all staff to help students achieve their highest potential. My family and I love the Cedar Rapids area and are excited to be part of the Prairie community.”

Prairie Edge is the College Community’s off-site school located on the Four Oaks campus.  Prairie Edge serves students in grades K-12 who have a severe behavior disability.

School Day Schedule

Classes at Prairie Edge will change starting next year. Students in grades K-12 will start their day at 8:15 am and classes will end at 3:00 pm. The change was necessitated due to size and an increasing student population.  Transportation systems will remain the same with adjusted pick up and drop off times.

“We are looking to have the same school day hours for all of our classrooms in order to better serve our students,” said Prairie Edge Principal Ivan Gentry. “We will make every effort to support our students’ needs; this schedule change should not impact students’ integration or other opportunities in our other schools.”

Prairie Edge is located at 5400 Kirkwood Blvd. S.W., Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404. It is adjacent to the Four Oaks Residential Facility. Although Edge is within the Four Oaks facility, it is a College Community School District school. Prairie Edge serves K-12 students who have significant behavior challenges and are served with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) from College Community School District. Some Edge students are CCSD residents and some are residents of Four Oaks.

For more information or questions, please contact Ivan Gentry at 319-298-3406.

Additional Classroom Added

Prairie Edge will be adding a Transition Room next school year in order to serve new students to our district who may require additional supports or services. The Transition Room teacher will be conducting assessments and social skill inventories in order to expedite the process of placing students in the educational environments that will best support their needs for special education services. This is not a service for all students – only those whom we need more data and information about in order to best serve them.

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