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Waterloo superintendent to retire at end of school year

WATERLOO (KWWL) - Waterloo Community School District superintendent Dr. Gary Norris announced Thursday that he will retire.

His retirement will be effective June 30.

Norris has been the superintendent at Waterloo for six years. Before that, he was a superintendent at districts across the country for 32 years. He came to Waterloo from Sarasota County, Florida.

"I have really enjoyed the past six years in Waterloo, Iowa, perhaps as much as any school system or community in which (wife) Julie and I have been fortunate to have served," Norris said in a statement Thursday. "I have also enjoyed making professional acquaintances in the Cedar Valley and all over the State of Iowa."

In his time with Waterloo Schools, Norris said he has focused on improving technology use in classrooms, updating literacy & math curriculum, and expanding programs for students with special needs..

But his stint has not been without controversy. Norris introduced a dress code for students, switched bus companies, and was one of three people named in an FBI investigation over the purchase of Promethean white boards while he was still in Florida. No charges were filed.

"It's been a real challenge, but it's been a real blessing," Norris said.

Norris began as a superintendent at a district in Kansas before serving as a superintendent in Minnesota and Florida.

"Perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences, for me personally, is witnessing the professional transformation of Waterloo educators, as they have learned to use every tool in the playbook to raise student achievement," Norris said.

The school board noted they will accept Norris' retirement at their meeting Monday night and begin searching for Norris' replacement early next year.

"Dr. Norris always has the best interests of our students in mind," said Waterloo School Board President Mike Young. "He built on past successes of his predecessors and has left the district in a better place than when he arrived in 2008. The school board is so grateful for his dedication to our schools."
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