Osage/Riceville Superintendent finalist for ‘Iowa Superintendent of the Year’

Osage and Riceville Superintendent Barb Schwamman is a top-3 superintendent in the state of Iowa. At least, the ‘School Administrators of Iowa’ think so – as they have recognized Schwamman as a finalist for the ‘Iowa Superintendent of the Year’ award.


The award recipients are chosen based on their ability to lead with emphasis on creating opportunities for their students and staff to learn and grow. 


According to the release, some of the accolades that contributed to the nomination were:

  • 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.
  • 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.


Overall, Schwamman gives a ton of the district’s credit to her staff and their collaborative spirit.



Carter Melrose

Carter bullied his way onto the KCHA radio waves after spending 4 years at the University of Iowa as a studying journalist. He writes news, short stories, features, but more than anything, he has a proclivity to wax philosophically.
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