Steve Waterman, Clarke Community School District superintendent, will retire next year, he told the school board Tuesday night. Waterman is completing 38 years in education, having served six schools in two states as a teacher, counselor, athletic director, coach, principal and 20 years as superintendent. He
will retire June 30, 2003. Waterman
is announcing his
retirement 13 months in advance to give the school board as much time as possible to find a replacement during a period of a critical shortage of superintendents in Iowa.
"Clarke should be the first school district looking for a superintendent," he
said."It is an excellent 3-A school that should be attractive to candidates." The Iowa Association of School Board estimates
65 of Iowa's 371 school districts will be looking for superintendents next year. Waterman
came to Osceola in 1993 from Mediapolis. He is a native of Wisconsin, began his career in education as a math and chemistry teacher and coach at Ithaca and Richland, Wis.He returned to Ithaca as superintendent, was junior senior principal at Lamoni and athletic director at Muscatine before taking the superintendent's position at Mediapolis. Waterman
was chosen from more than 50 candidates for the Osceola position. His
tenure at Clarke ended the school's ill-fated reputation as being a revolving door for superintendents.Previous to Waterman
, school board and superintendent relationships for decades were tenuous and led to frequent turnover at the job.
was selected, the school board involved scores of citizens in the selection process in an effort to smooth relationships between the school and community. Waterman
continued to do that.He
involved the community in a wide spectrum of roles including studying the district's physical plant needs and passing of a $3.5 million bond issue for the the construction of a new auditorium, band room, wrestling room and physical fitness center.Voters in 1998 also approved a ten-year Physical Plant and Equipment Levy which gives Clarke the funds for maintenance and renovation of school facilities. Waterman
has been frequently invited to speak at state and national educational seminars on school and community cooperation. He has been involved in community affairs, serving as a Sunday school teacher at United Methodist Church, president of Rotary Club and is currently president of the Iowa Boys High School Athletic Association. His
wife, Carol, a college professor at Iowa Wesleyan College
before the couple moved to Osceola, has also been active in the community.She has taught at Southwestern Community College, East Union High School and Graceland University. Waterman
thanked citizens and employees for their help in making some important changes at Clarke during the last nine years."During my last year it is my intent to continue with the progress made and make appropriate plans for the future of Clarke schools."
In other action Tuesday, the school board: