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Osage and Riceville Superintendent Barb Schwamman receives statewide recognition

Oct 21, 2020 01:18PM ● By Submitted via the School Administration of Iowa

Barb Schwamman, superintendent of the Osage Community School District and Riceville Community School District, was a finalist for the 2020-21 Iowa Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the School Administrators of Iowa.

“It is an honor to be recognized by your peers for work that so many are doing around the state and is a testament to the excellent work both districts are doing to be leaders in learning and giving our students the best possible education we can," Schwamman told Enterprise Journal. "We have great teams in both districts and I am blessed to work with some of the Best educators in the state which makes my job easier. “

“SAI is pleased to recognize school system leaders who demonstrate excellence in leadership and strive to provide opportunities for students and staff to learn and grow,” said Roark Horn, the association’s executive director, in a press release from the School Administration of Iowa.

The Osage Community Schools have recently undergone major renovations and construction projects, while adding innovations of Iowa BIG North and a K-12 Computer Science Pathway. Riceville Community Schools make up a small but growing district that is also updating facilities, including the new Wildcat Activity Center addition.

Schwamman earned her superintendent endorsement through the University of Northern Iowa, principal endorsement through the Iowa Principal Leadership Academy, master’s degree from Viterbo and bachelor’s from UNI. 

She currently serves on the Iowa High School Athletic Association Board of Control, Rural Schools of Iowa Legislative Committee, Central Rivers Advisory Committee, Osage Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Osage Kiwanis and Osage Development Corporation. She mentors principals through the IPLA program and is an adjunct professor for Drake University. She was honored nationally with the 2018 Computer Science Teachers Association Administrator Impact Award.

Nominated for the award by her peers, Schwamman will be recognized by the association, along with MOC-Floyd Valley Community School District Superintendent Russ Adams who was recently selected as the recipient.

SAI, a statewide organization founded in 1987, represents more than 1,800 Iowa educational administrators. SAI's mission is to support, encourage and develop Iowa’s educational leaders and learners.