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Cedar Rapids schools Superintendent Noreen Bush wins national award

Cedar Rapids schools Superintendent Noreen Bush on Friday received the National Female Superintendent award from the Ame
Cedar Rapids schools Superintendent Noreen Bush on Friday received the National Female Superintendent award from the American Association of School Administrators. Bush has been the Cedar Rapids superintendent for one year, which included managing the pandemic and the Aug. 10 derecho damage to school buildings. (Cedar Rapids Community School District)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Noreen Bush, superintendent of the Cedar Rapids Community School District, was recognized with a national award Friday.

The National Female Superintendent Award from the American Association of School Administrators honors women superintendents for talent, creativity and vision in public schools.

The honor came with a $1,000 award, which Bush is donating to the Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation.

Bush is the first woman to be named superintendent of the Cedar Rapids district.

She served as interim superintendent before accepting a three-year contract for superintendent in February 2020. She previously worked as the district’s associate and deputy superintendent.

Since becoming superintendent, Bush has guided the district through the COVID-19 pandemic and the Aug. 10 derecho, which damaged every building in the district.

Bush was named a finalist for the award in November 2020.

The award “is designed to recognize the exceptional leadership from exemplary women in public education administration who are making a positive difference in the lives of students every day,” said Daniel Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators.

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Candidates were judged on meeting the learning needs of students, personal and organizational communication strength, professional improvement and community involvement.

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