Interim Superintendent to be extended

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Press Release:

Akwi Nji, Director of Communications
Cedar Rapids Community School District
(319) 558-4201

anji@cr.k12.ia.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/8/19

CRCSD Interim Superintendent contract to be extended through 2020-21 academic year

Pending Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) Board of Education approval on Monday, August 12, 2019, Interim Superintendent Noreen Bush’s contract will be extended through the 2020-2021 academic year.

Bush served as Associate Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of Cedar Rapids Community School District in the two years prior to being appointed Interim Superintendent effective July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. On Monday, the Board will vote on extending her contract to June 30, 2021.

“This will be in the best interest for all. Our intent is to allow for stability and continuity for our students, staff, and families,” said Board President Nancy Humbles. “We must also provide board members with the appropriate time needed to complete a judicious superintendent hiring process.”

Four seats on the CRCSD Board are open, making this fall’s Board election a unique one for the school district and one which would result in a Board of Directors with at least four members who have not participated in a superintendent hiring process. “The superintendent hiring process is one which should not be taken lightly or executed hastily,” said Humbles.

The newly-elected board members will be sworn in November 2019, and the first sitting board meeting – at which officers will be elected – will be in December. “We want to provide a stable foundation for the new Board of Directors. We didn’t want the new board members to walk into the middle of a hasty superintendent’s search or be charged with tackling a new search immediately in January,” said Humbles. “Extending Ms. Bush’s contract provides the new board members time to acclimate to their role and thoughtfully begin the important work of determining a search and hiring plan for the next Superintendent of Schools.”

Under Bush’s leadership, progress will continue on a bold and innovative five-year strategic plan, supported by the CRCSD Board of Directors, which has led to a number of noticeable initiatives including the development of a diversity hiring and recruitment plan, a robust digital literacy plan, and an investment in innovative learning opportunities with a focus on equity and access for all students.

“The opportunity to serve CRCSD as Interim Superintendent for the next two years is one which I am deeply honored to have been offered,” Bush said. “This means that the work of the five-year strategic plan, supported by the Board and fueled by the important work of our entire staff, will only continue and gain additional momentum. I don’t take this work lightly. My heart is in this work and I look forward to supporting our students, staff, and families over the next two years.”

Bush has been directly involved in the CRCSD five-year strategic plan since its inception and is currently earning her Ed.D at Drake University.

“We are confident that the progress we have made as a school district over the last four years will continue to gain in momentum under Ms. Bush’s leadership,” said Humbles. “We’re also committed to providing a strong foundation for a judicious superintendent search which ensures a smooth transition for our staff, students, and families.”

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The Cedar Rapids Community School District is committed to delivering on its vision of Every Learner: Future Ready. It is the mission of CRCSD to ensure all learners experience a rigorous and personalized learning experience so they have a plan, a pathway and a passion for their future. Founded in 1855, CRCSD is heralded for its nationally-recognized academic programs, experienced and qualified faculty and staff, and rich diversity in enrichment and extracurricular activities.

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