Cedar Rapids Superintendent Noreen Bush takes sick leave

Cedar Rapids Superintendent Noreen Bush takes sick leave

School district superintendent of 16,700 students diagnosed with cancer in 2020

Cedar Rapids Superintendent Noreen Bush takes sick leave

Superintendent of Cedar Rapids Schools Noreen Bush (Cedar Rapids Community School District)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Superintendent Noreen Bush of the Cedar Rapids Community School District is taking sick leave beginning Monday.

Bush was diagnosed with cancer two and a half years ago when he was superintendent of the school district of 16,700 students.

“Noreen has established a theme of love and care for our district to begin this school year,” school board chairman David Tominsky said in a message to the community on Thursday. “And we, as a school district and the wider community, fully support her with all of our love and care as she takes this important time to focus on her cancer journey.”

Bush will retain her superintendent title throughout her sick leave, according to a district press release Thursday.

Over the summer, Bush participated in a cancer clinical trial in Pittsburgh, Penn., where she underwent cell therapy.

In a message to families in June, Bush wrote that she hoped to return from Pittsburgh “with a rebooted immune system that will approach cancer cells very differently from the chemo and immunotherapies I underwent.”

In that same message, Bush said she considers herself “very fortunate to have received ongoing treatment from an incredible medical team at Hall Perrine Cancer Center” in downtown Cedar Rapids.

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