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This profile was last updated on 12/1/03  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • degrees
    University of Wisconsin-Steven Point
  • degrees
    University of Iowa
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December 2003 SAI Report
www.sai-iowa.org, 1 Dec 2003 [cached]
Steve Waterman, retired superintendent of Clarke Community Schools, announced he is a Democratic candidate for the Iowa Senate in the new District 48.
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Waterman was superintendent at Clarke from 1993 until his retirement in June 2003.He worked as a teacher, guidance counselor, coach and school administrator for 39 years, including serving as junior-senior high principal at Lamoni Community Schools from 1983-85.
Budget
www.osceolaiowa.com, 9 Jan 2003 [cached]
Clarke Community Schools Superintendent Steve Waterman anticipates a potential shortfall as well in his fiscal 2004 budget.
Clarke Schools, like many other districts, labored over across-the-board cuts ordered last November when state legislators met in special session and slashed the budgets by 4.3 percent.Those cuts resulted in more than $220,000 at Clarke.
With a budget deficit looming, Waterman doesn't anticipate schools will feel such cuts when lawmakers convene for session in January.
"I haven't heard anything official," he said, "but word is schools will not get funds cut for this year."
What remains in jeopardy is the 2 percent allowable growth the state passed in the spring for fiscal 2004.With school scrambling to make the ordered cuts in November, superintendents and school boards requested more time for planning budget shortfalls.Cutting the allowable growth percentage is one way the state could comply with the schools' wishes for more planning.
Taking the allowable growth percentage to zero wouldn't have as significant impact on Clarke as it would school districts which experience growth.The local school lost 10.8 students, which relates to $78,000 in state funding, Waterman said.
The Clarke superintendent anticipates state lawmakers will address the school funding early in the session.Schools have until April 15 to certify their budgets for fiscal 2004.
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Waterman and Boswell announce 'Fair Share Tour' of Senate district
www.crestonnewsadvertiser.com, 24 Feb 2004 [cached]
Waterman and Boswell announce 'Fair Share Tour' of Senate district
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OSCEOLA - State Senate Democratic candidate Steve Waterman of Osceola announces that U.S.
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I will work to ensure that the people of southern Iowa get their fair share," said Waterman.
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When Waterman was principal of Lamoni High School in 1984, he volunteered on Boswell's first state senate campaign in 1984.Boswell has agreed to support and help Waterman in his first run for public office.
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The seven-county tour will end with Boswell speaking at a fund-raising event for Waterman in Osceola.
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Waterman was superintendent of the Clarke Community School District in Osceola from 1993 until his retirement in June 2003.He worked as a teacher, guidance counselor, coach and school administrator for 39 years.He also served as junior-senior high school principal of the Lamoni School District from 1983 to 1985.
Waterman formally announced his intention to run for the state senate in November 2003.
Waterman receives Bernie Saggau Award of Merit
www.crestonnewsadvertiser.com, 16 April 2004 [cached]
Waterman receives Bernie Saggau Award of Merit
Steve Waterman, Democratic candidate for the Iowa Senate in District 48, has been awarded the Bernie Saggau Award of Merit.
The award, presented annually by the Iowa High School Athletic Association, is given only to those deemed worthy via their service to interscholastic athletics.It is the highest honor the association bestows.
Waterman has worked as a teacher, coach, guidance counselor and school administrator for 39 years.He served 10 years as athletic director at Muscatine, where he started the girls' programs for basketball, volleyball and softball.He later became the secondary principal and athletic director at Lamoni.After two years in Lamoni, he spent eight years as superintendent at Mediapolis.
In 1993, Waterman moved to Osceola to assume the superintendency of the Clarke Community School District.He was named Green Valley Area Education Agency Superintendent of the Year three times and was chairperson of the IHSAA Board of Control in 2001.He remained superintendent until his retirement in 2003.
Waterman
www.osceolaiowa.com, 8 June 2002 [cached]
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 said he 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.
Before Waterman 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:
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