Dr. Brad Buck
Superintendent of Schools
Superintendent Brad Buck was born in Cedar Rapids and grew up here, graduating from Jefferson High School. He is a first-generation college graduate, earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and both a Master's Degree and Ph.D. from Iowa State University. (He is still a devout Iowa Hawkeye Fan, however.) Dr. Buck began his career in education as a classroom teacher and then held administrative roles in various districts. In 2015, he was named Superintendent of the Cedar Rapids Community Schools. As Superintendent, and in partnership with the Board of Directors, his focus is on innovation and implementation of a bold five-year strategic plan designed to ensure all learners experience a rigorous and personalized learning so they have a plan, a pathway, and a passion for their future.
What are the responsibilities of your office or department?
As Superintendent of Schools, I collaborate with the Board of Directors on a bold, 5-point, 5-year strategic plan designed to deliver on progress towards our vision of Every Learner: Future Ready. I manage the internal and external environment of our organization, in part, by building relationships with various stakeholders including families, community partners, business leaders, and elected officials. I support and empower the senior leadership team most directly and less directly, the entire CRCSD Executive Council. My goal is always to improve the experiences of our students and the adults that teach, serve, and lead them.
Fun Facts about Brad:
I was inspired by my teachers at Jefferson High School. My love of people and science initially led me into education and then I developed a desire to lead from a variety of perspectives as my career path expanded. I appreciate the rich variety of people with whom I get to interact in any given week and I feel fortunate to be learning from, working with, and leading really smart, passionate, dedicated, caring people as we work together to improve the system for all students and the adults who teach, serve, and lead them. I continue to be driven by a desire to serve students, staff members, and the communities in which I have and currently live.
There are so many things to be passionate about! Right now there is exciting work underway to meet the SEB, academic, and soft skill (Profile of a Graduate) learning needs of all of our students. Strengthening our system of schools so that they are equitable and accessible for all of our students is especially important to us as a public school district. I’m additionally passionate about closing the expectation/opportunity/achievement gaps while at the same time seeing increases in the scores of all of our groups of students, and supporting and leading staff as they too build their capacity to further increase the likelihood of great outcomes for students. Improved facilities is certainly part of this work as we strive to design a culture and environment that most efficiently and effectively fosters future-ready learning and teaching.
I live in Cedar Rapids with my wife Traci who is a principal’s secretary at Erskine Elementary School. We enjoy spending quality time with our six children and a son-in-law. Of our three youngest children, two will be attending Kennedy High School and one will be attending Taft Middle School in 2018-19. I enjoy reading, politics, and—more recently—trying to get into shape.
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