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Superintendent Martha Bruckner Announces Retirement at End of School Year

Council Bluffs Community School District Superintendent Martha Bruckner announced today to district staff members that she will be retiring at the end of the school year on June 30, 2017. Bruckner began serving as superintendent on July 1, 2007.

Her message to district staff members:

“When I came to Council Bluffs Community Schools in 2007, I told myself and my family that I would work as long as the position was exciting, interesting, and meaningful.  Well, in ten years the experience has been that and more. I absolutely love our work and I thrive on being part of your team.  The educators in Council Bluffs Community Schools have made a tremendous difference in the lives of children, and it has been wonderful to be part of that work.  However, the time has come for me to spend more time with my family.  I told the Board of Education last Tuesday that I plan to retire at the end of June.  Coincidentally, my husband and I were listening to a PBS Special Saturday night, and the feature included one of Cat Stevens’ songs.  It certainly had new meaning for me:

And though you want to last forever
You know you never will
(You know you never will)
And the goodbye makes the journey harder still.
                      Cat Stevens: Oh Very Young
This school district and our community mean the world to me.  I pledge to dedicate all my energy in the next months and far beyond to do anything I can to support you, our district, our community, and all our kids.”
Now in her tenth year as superintendent, Bruckner has lead the efforts to advance educational opportunities for students and to make high school graduation a priority in the community. Among the highlights,
  • Graduation Rate increased for 10 straight years, with a 20% increase in the decade
  • Council Bluffs Community was a two-time National All-America City Finalist in the categories of literacy and support for children and families
  • Council Bluffs Community (led by the district) received four national Pacesetter Awards from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in the areas of school attendance, preschool and summer school
  • District updated all elementary and high schools to meet modern specifications
  • District Implemented 1:1 computing devices for all students in grades 2-12 to enhance learning
  • Community committee and district raised $12 million in private funds to transform the Gale Wickersham Athletic Complex into a source of community pride
  • District secured multi-year 21st Century Community Learning Center grants to support student achievement before and after school at three elementary schools, and at both middle and high schools
  • District secured Iowa Teacher Leadership Compensation funding in the first year of the program to provide opportunities for teachers to participate as leaders in professional development.

Bruckner has been recognized for her contributions to education, most recently as the School Administrators of Iowa “Superintendent of the Year,” and has brought national attention to Council Bluffs, leading the efforts to advance educational opportunities for children in the community. She was featured in the national Ed Week newspaper and other national publications for her innovative educational leadership and the projects that have enhanced teaching and learning in Council Bluffs.

Dr. Bruckner holds her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Administration from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and other degrees from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Her experience as a leader in education includes service as president of the Board of Directors for the International Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). She has also been appointed to serve on numerous Iowa educational task forces and advisory committees.

She joined the Council Bluffs School after serving in a variety of educational leadership roles, include associate superintendent for educational services in the Millard Public Schools and professor and chairperson of Educational Administration and Supervision at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She served as a teacher, assistant principal, district strategic planning coordinator, high school principal and member of the Board of Education in the Ralston (Nebraska) Public School District.

The Board of Education will begin a search for the next superintendent in early 2017.

Council Bluffs Community School District Superintendent Martha Bruckner announced today to district staff members that she will be retiring at the end of the school year on June 30, 2017. Bruckner began serving as superintendent on July 1, 2007.

Her message to district staff members:

“When I came to Council Bluffs Community Schools in 2007, I told myself and my family that I would work as long as the position was exciting, interesting, and meaningful.  Well, in ten years the experience has been that and more. I absolutely love our work and I thrive on being part of your team.  The educators in Council Bluffs Community Schools have made a tremendous difference in the lives of children, and it has been wonderful to be part of that work.  However, the time has come for me to spend more time with my family.  I told the Board of Education last Tuesday that I plan to retire at the end of June.  Coincidentally, my husband and I were listening to a PBS Special Saturday night, and the feature included one of Cat Stevens’ songs.  It certainly had new meaning for me:

And though you want to last forever
You know you never will
(You know you never will)
And the goodbye makes the journey harder still.
                      Cat Stevens: Oh Very Young
This school district and our community mean the world to me.  I pledge to dedicate all my energy in the next months and far beyond to do anything I can to support you, our district, our community, and all our kids.”
Now in her tenth year as superintendent, Bruckner has lead the efforts to advance educational opportunities for students and to make high school graduation a priority in the community. Among the highlights,
  • Graduation Rate increased for 10 straight years, with a 20% increase in the decade
  • Council Bluffs Community was a two-time National All-America City Finalist in the categories of literacy and support for children and families
  • Council Bluffs Community (led by the district) received four national Pacesetter Awards from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in the areas of school attendance, preschool and summer school
  • District updated all elementary and high schools to meet modern specifications
  • District Implemented 1:1 computing devices for all students in grades 2-12 to enhance learning
  • Community committee and district raised $12 million in private funds to transform the Gale Wickersham Athletic Complex into a source of community pride
  • District secured multi-year 21st Century Community Learning Center grants to support student achievement before and after school at three elementary schools, and at both middle and high schools
  • District secured Iowa Teacher Leadership Compensation funding in the first year of the program to provide opportunities for teachers to participate as leaders in professional development.

Bruckner has been recognized for her contributions to education, most recently as the School Administrators of Iowa “Superintendent of the Year,” and has brought national attention to Council Bluffs, leading the efforts to advance educational opportunities for children in the community. She was featured in the national Ed Week newspaper and other national publications for her innovative educational leadership and the projects that have enhanced teaching and learning in Council Bluffs.

Dr. Bruckner holds her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Administration from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and other degrees from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Her experience as a leader in education includes service as president of the Board of Directors for the International Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). She has also been appointed to serve on numerous Iowa educational task forces and advisory committees.

She joined the Council Bluffs School after serving in a variety of educational leadership roles, include associate superintendent for educational services in the Millard Public Schools and professor and chairperson of Educational Administration and Supervision at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She served as a teacher, assistant principal, district strategic planning coordinator, high school principal and member of the Board of Education in the Ralston (Nebraska) Public School District.

The Board of Education will begin a search for the next superintendent in early 2017.

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