Waterloo Community Schools, Iowa

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Waterloo Community Schools
Waterloo, Iowa
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District Profile
Superintendent:Gary Norris
Enrollment:10,555 students
Graduation rate:74.29%
Number of schools:20
Budget: $165.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mike Young
Board members:7
Term length:4
Waterloo Community Schools is a school district in Iowa. Enrollment is approximately 10,555 students. The District operates two regular and one alternative high school, four middle schools and eleven elementary schools. It provides transportation for about 6,000 students each day.[1] As of 2013, it is the seventh largest school district in Iowa. The district was created in 1942 following the merger of the West Waterloo Independent School District and the East Waterloo Independent School District.[1]

About the district


Waterloo is located in Black Hawk County, Iowa
Waterloo is the county seat of Black Hawk County and lies along the banks of the Cedar River in eastern Iowa. The city's population is 68,406 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Waterloo lags behind the rest of Iowa in regard to higher education achievement, median income, and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 18.5% of Waterloo residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.9% rate for the entire state. Waterloo had a median household income of $40,238 in 2010 compared to $50,451 for all of Iowa. The poverty rate for Waterloo was 18.9% in 2010 compared to an 11.9% rate for the rest of the state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Waterloo (%) Iowa (%)
White 77.3 91.3
Black or African American 15.5 2.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.4
Asian 1.1 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 3.0 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.6 5.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 59.3 39.1
2008 60.2 37.9
2004 55.4 43.9
2000 54.7 42.6

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4]


The current Superintendent is Dr. Gary Norris, who has served since as Waterloo Community Schools superintendent since July 1, 2008. Norris previously served as a superintendent in school districts in Kansas, Minnesota, and Florida.[5]

School board

The Waterloo Community Schools Board of Education is made up of seven members who serve four-year terms, four of whom are elected from districts and three of whom are elected at-large.[6]

Waterloo Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Shanlee McNally At-large 2017
Lyle Schmitt At-large 2015
Andrea Sparks At-large 2015
Mike Kindschi 1 2017
Sue Flynn 2 2015
Mike Young 3 2015
Angela Weekley 4 2017

School board elections

See also: Waterloo Community Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in September of odd-numbered years. Three seats were up for election on September 10, 2013 and four seats are up for election in 2015.[6]


The table below displays the budget for Waterloo Community Schools.[7] |-

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $80,792,000 40.6% $38,798,934 19.5% $5,874,000 2.9% $0 0% $73,763,929 37% $199,228,863
2012-2013 $85,829,000 116.7% $41,145,000 55.9% $6,140,000 8.3% $0 0% $32,670,545 44.4% $73,574,981
Averages: $83,310,500 61% $39,971,967 29% $6,007,000 4% $0 0% $53,217,237 39% $136,401,922

Teacher salaries

The district employs the full time equivalent of 851 teachers and administrators, with 40% of the teaching staff holding advanced degrees.[1] The district's 2012-2013 teacher salary schedule sets $34,408 as the minimum and $69,773 as the maximum annual salary for district teachers.[8] Prior to signing the agreement, the Waterloo Education Association sought an 8% total package increase for all employees, including increased contributions to the Iowa Public Employee Retirement System, increased base salary and annual step increases.[9]


Teachers are represented by the Waterloo Education Association.[10]

Schools in Waterloo


Waterloo Community Schools serves 10,555 students in 20 schools.[1][11]

Total Enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year Change (%)
2009-2010 10,147 N/A
2010-2011 10,020 -1.3
2011-2012 10,103 0.8
2012-2013 10,555 4.5

District schools

Waterloo Community Schools operates 20 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Waterloo Community Schools
School Name
Bunger Middle School
Central Middle School
Dr. Walter Cunningham School for Excellence
East High School
Elk Run Early Childhood Center
Expo Alternative Learning Center
Fred Becker Elementary
George Washington Carver Academy
Highland Elementary School
Hoover Middle School
Irving Elementary School
Kingsley Elementary School
Kittrell Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Lou Henry Elementary School
Lowell Elementary School
Orange Elementary School
Poyner Elementary School
Waterloo Educational & Behavioral Center
West High School

Academic performance

Waterloo Community Schools publishes Annual Progress Reports, with the most recent report detailing the 2010-2011 school year.[13] During the 2012-2013 school year, student test scores generally improved with few exceptions in the district.[14]


Teacher hiring

On August 12, 2013, the school board voted to hire 74 new teachers for the district, which brings the new teacher total to 98 for the 2013-2014 school year.[15] The district placed a particular emphasis on hiring special education teachers in this group.[15]

District initiatives

Current initiatives underway in the District include the creation of Career Interest Academies in high schools, designed to demonstrate real-world relevance of teaching lessons. A performance-based diploma program is in place in three facilities.[16]

Contact information

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Waterloo Community Schools
1516 Washington St.
Waterloo, IA 50702
Phone: 319-433-1800

Website evaluation

Last rated on December 27, 2011.

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Budget documents are published.[7]
  • Board meeting agendas and minutes are published.[17]
  • Names and contact details are published for elected officials.[6]
  • Administrative contact details are published.[18]
  • Employee contracts are published.[19]
  • Financial audits are published.[20]
  • Annual progress reports containing academic performance details are published.[13]

The bad

  • Local tax information is not available.
  • Public records request information is not available.
  • Background check and other teacher certification information is not available.

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Waterloo Community Schools, "About Us," accessed July 30, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 US Census, "Quick Facts: Waterloo," accessed July 30, 2013
  3. Iowa Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed July 30, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Waterloo Community Schools, "Superintendent Biography and Vita," accessed July 30, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Waterloo Community Schools, "Board Members," accessed July 30, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Waterloo Community Schools, "Proposed Waterloo School Budget Summary - Fiscal Year 2011-2012," accessed September 4, 2013
  8. Waterloo Community Schools, "Schedule A - Waterloo Teacher's Salary Schedule," accessed September 6, 2013
  9. Emily Christensen, WCFCourier.com, "Waterloo educators seek pay increase," January 15, 2012
  10. Waterloo Community Schools, "Table of Contents," accessed September 4, 2013
  11. Waterloo Community Schools, "Enrollment History for WCSD - 1942-2012," accessed September 4, 2013
  12. Waterloo Community Schools, "Schools," accessed September 6, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Waterloo Community Schools, "Annual Progress Report for the District," accessed September 6, 2013
  14. Andrew Wind, WCFCourier.com, "Waterloo Community Schools test scores up," July 18, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Andrew Wind, WCFCourier.com, "Nearly 100 new teachers in Waterloo schools this fall," August 13, 2013
  16. Waterloo Community Schools, "Superintendent's Welcome," accessed July 30, 2013
  17. Waterloo Community Schools, "Board of Education," accessed September 6, 2013
  18. Waterloo Community Schools, "Contact Information for WCSD Administration," accessed September 6, 2013
  19. Waterloo Community Schools, "Contract Agreements," accessed September 6, 2013
  20. Waterloo Community Schools, "Financial Services," accessed September 6, 2013