Dubuque Community School District

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The Dubuque Community School District (DCSD) is a school district based in Dubuque, Iowa (USA). DCSD, which operates schools in eastern Dubuque County, is the seventh largest school district in Iowa. As of the 2007-2008 school year, DCSD has 10,728 students enrolled in its schools.[1]

General information[edit]

DCSD serves an area covering 245 square miles,[2] including most of the eastern half of Dubuque County, and a small portion of northern Jackson County. This area includes the city of Dubuque and the outlying communities of: Asbury, Durango, Graf, Rickardsville, Sageville, Sherrill, and St. Donatus.

DCSD is one of the largest employers in the city of Dubuque, with 1,876 employees,[2] 846 of which are teachers.[3] The number of district employees has been rising in recent years due to new school construction, and the expansion of existing schools. From 2003-2006, DCSD hired 268 new full- and part-time teachers.[4]

Sources of revenue for the DCSD in the 2005-2006 school year.

The district currently operates:

DCSD is governed by a 7-member elected school board and is managed by an appointed Superintendent of Schools. Current school board members include Tami Ryan, Mike Donohoe, Tom Barton, Craig Beytien, Jim Prochaska, Terra Simon Siegert and Lisa Wittman.[5] The Superintendent of Schools is Stan Rheingans.[6]

DCSD's budget for the 2005-2006 school year was $133,806,609.


Enrollment history & projections for the Dubuque Community School District 1998-2011.

In the 2007-2008 school year, there were 10,728 students attending schools inDCSD. 10,627 (99.1%) of those students lived in Dubuque County, and 101 (0.9%) lived in Jackson County. Of public school students living in Dubuque County, 81.3% attend DCSD schools.[7]

Recent developments[edit]

  • In December 2002, Dubuque County voters approved a 1% Local-Option Sales Tax, which expired after 10 years, on June 30, 2013. The extra revenue generated from the tax paid for the construction of new schools and renovation of existing schools in all Dubuque County School Districts. DCSD was estimated to collect $96.6 million over the 10-year span. To date, the DCSD has invested $67.8 million in new and renovated schools. Sales tax dollars have been used in the construction of Roosevelt Middle School (opened 2005), Carver Elementary School (opened 2007), Prescott Elementary School (rebuilt 2006), and renovation/construction projects at Kennedy Elementary School, Table Mound Elementary School, and Hempstead High School.

Approximately $10.5 million was spent on the Dalzell Field Reconstruction at Dubuque Senior High School, which was completed in April 2013. The field features 3,125 new spectator seats and the digital display on the scoreboard is 20 feet by 11 feet – one of the largest of its kind in the region.[8]

In 2008 Iowa passed a State Penny for School Infrastructure sales tax. This tax replaced the county local option sales taxes throughout Iowa. After the district’s local option sales tax expired the statewide tax took effect on July 1, 2013. It is anticipated that the FY 2013-14 sales tax collections will exceed $8 million.[9]

Schools in DCSD[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

  • [1] Audubon Elementary School
  • [2] Bryant Elementary School
  • [3] Carver Elementary School
  • [4] Eisenhower Elementary School
  • [5] Fulton Elementary School
  • [6] Hoover Elementary School
  • [7] Irving Elementary School
  • [8] Kennedy Elementary School
  • [9] Lincoln Elementary School
  • [10] Marshall Elementary School
  • [11] Prescott Elementary School
  • [12] Sageville Elementary School
  • [13] Table Mound Elementary School

Middle schools[edit]

  • [14] Jefferson Middle School
  • [15] Roosevelt Middle School
  • [16] Washington Middle School

High schools[edit]

Former schools[edit]

  • Central Alternative High School - closed in 2010.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Iowa School District Enrollments 2006-2007". Retrieved January 23, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "DCSD Information/Job Openings". Retrieved November 4, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Iowa Dept. of Education: Public school teachers 2006-2007". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved May 25, 2007. 
  4. ^ "New Teacher Data (p. 18)" (PDF). Retrieved November 4, 2006. 
  5. ^ http://www.dbqschools.org/school-board/meet-board/
  6. ^ http://www.dbqschools.org/school-board/meet-board/
  7. ^ "Iowa Dept. of Education: County enrollment by district". Retrieved January 23, 2008. 
  8. ^ Cyze, Mike. "Dubuque Community Schools". Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dubuque Community School District - Independent Auditors' Reports" (PDF). Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 

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