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"It's our job to make sure students graduate. If they fail, we have not found whatever it is that
we need to motivate or support that student to success." -Martha Bruckner, Ph.D., superintendent

PROFILES

// The district renovated the Gale
Wickersham Athletic Complex and Stadium.

Defying Expectations
COUNCIL BLUFFS COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
FOCUSES ON IMPROVEMENTS THAT WILL HELP
EVERY CHILD GRADUATE AND SUCCEED IN LIFE.
>COUNCIL BLUFFS COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

BY JANICE HOPPE

Council Bluffs Community School
District had the lowest graduation rates
in the state of Iowa nine years ago when
Superintendent Martha Bruckner, Ph.D.,
stepped into her position. With the help
of her team in the district and community support, the district's graduation
rates have risen every year since then.
"We had to figure out a plan, and we
had to stop the bleeding immediately," she

says. "We put a plan in place to pay more
attention to every high school student to
figure out who they were and what they
needed. We are hoping the graduation
rate is up for the 10th year in a row. It's
our job to make sure students graduate. If
they fail, we have not found whatever it is
that we need to motivate or support that
student to success. The kids can't take all
the responsibility; if we don't succeed with
all of them, our job isn't done yet."

Council Bluffs Community School
District has 9,100 students and about
70 percent qualify for free or reduced
lunch. "We have a high poverty population and a population that's very
mobile," Bruckner explains. "They move
from school to school and district to
district. We can't change some of those
things, but we absolutely do our best to
help every child succeed."
The high poverty population results
in a lot of students attending school
-------------------------------------- [ PROFILE ]
Council Bluffs Community School District
www.cb-schools.org
Revenue: $121 million
Headquarters: Council Bluffs, Iowa
Specialty: K-12 education
Employees: 1,220
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