WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- Waterloo Community School District Superintendent Dr. Jane Lindaman is announcing her retirement after eight years in her position and 17 years with the district.
Her retirement will be effective at the end of the current school year on July 1, 2022.
“When I began my professional career here in this district in 2005 as the principal of Bunger Middle School, I was seeking a new challenge in a new district,” Lindaman said in a release on Thursday. “My thought was that I would come to Waterloo to have new experiences before moving on to another position elsewhere. What I never imagined was that I would fall in love with the students, families, staff and community, beginning a 17-year stay in this district.”
Shanlee McNally, President of the District's Board of Education, praised Dr. Lindaman for her collaboration over the years and says that she is proud of how Dr. Lindaman has served the Waterloo community. Among Lindaman's accomplishments as Superintendent was the development of the Waterloo Career Center, which now serves students from 10 school districts in the Cedar Valley.
The Board will soon begin its search for the District's next Superintendent and McNally anticipates the position to be posted in late November.
“We plan to be transparent, involve our stakeholders, and offer regular updates to our staff and community,” McNally said.
Dr. Lindaman had originally communicated that she planned to retire in 2023, but says that personal developments with her family have changed her decision.
“There have been changes within my extended family in the last couple of years, especially with the passing of my sister this spring, that have impacted my personal responsibilities for the foreseeable years ahead,” Lindaman said. “With decisions like this, you can always anticipate that people wonder if there’s more happening. I’m excited to be a wife and a mom, and I’m blessed to be able to retire and turn my attention to family while my health is great. It’s only one year earlier than I’d planned, but it doesn’t make it any less emotional because I absolutely love Waterloo Schools.”
Dr. Lindaman and her husband plan to stay in Waterloo, where their kids go to school. She says she will continue to support waterloo schools, the Board, and the next Superintendent during the transition.