The Cedar Rapids community is rallying around Noreen Bush this morning. According to KCRG, after announcing earlier this month that she was taking medical leave to focus on her cancer treatment, the Cedar Rapids Community School District Superintendent has made the difficult decision to submit her resignation from her position, effective at the end of the current school year. An announcement from the President of the district's board of directors stated:

As Superintendent Noreen Bush has turned her focus on her health with a recent medical leave of absence, please see the following announcements. Noreen Bush will remain superintendent of the Cedar Rapids Community School District during her FMLA and through the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year.·Noreen Bush has submitted her resignation to the Cedar RapidsCommunity School District board of directors, effective June 30, 2023. An announcement will be forthcoming on a national search process for a superintendent who will begin July 1, 2023.

President David Tominsky continued to tout her leadership, including her designation as Iowa Superintendent of the Year, saying

We have all learned from how well she carries herself through school matters, and she has built an amazing team of talented, capable leaders around her. Collectively, we continue our dedicated service and support to the Cedar Rapids community as we move forward.

According to EducateIowa.gov,  Noreen Bush was first diagnosed with an advanced stage of cervical cancer in 2020. A tough year for the leader of a school district to be given that kind of news (not that it's ever a good time). Between the havoc caused by the early stages of the pandemic, and then the challenges caused by the derecho, by all accounts, she led the district strongly through it all and is now taking time to focus on herself, her health, and her family.

We wish her and her family the best as she continues her treatment and difficult battle.

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