Davenport Community Schools, Iowa

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Davenport Community Schools
Davenport, Iowa
link=Davenport Community Schools
District Profile
Superintendent:Arthur Tate
Graduation rate:78.9%
Number of schools:27
Budget: $202.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Ralph Johanson
Board members:7
Term length:4
Davenport Community Schools is a school district in Iowa that served 15,545 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] It is the third-largest school district in the state behind Des Moines Independent Community School District and Cedar Rapids Community School District.

The district was created in 1858 as the Independent School District of Davenport. The district expanded to its present boundaries by 1965 due to mergers with surrounding school districts in Blue Grass, Buffalo and Linwood.[2]

About the district

Davenport Community School District is located in Scott County, Iowa
Davenport is the county seat of Scott County and rests along the banks of the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa. The city's population is 99,685 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


Davenport outperforms the rest of Iowa in terms of higher education achievement though lags behind on median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 25.9% of Davenport residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.9% rate for the entire state. Davenport had a median income of $42,983 in 2010 compared to $50,451 for Iowa. The poverty rate for Davenport was 17.6% in 2010 compared to an 11.9% rate for the rest of the state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Davenport (%) Iowa (%)
White 80.7 91.3
Black or African American 10.8 2.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.4
Asian 2.2 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander - 0.1
Two or More Races 3.9 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 7.3 5.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 56.1 42.4
2008 56.6 42.1
2004 50.9 48.3
2000 50.0 47.2

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]


The current Superintendent is Dr. Arthur Tate, who has served since his appointment in February 2011. Tate previously served as the superintendent of Tempe Elementary School District and school districts in Massachusetts, New York and New Hampshire.[6]

School board

The Davenport School Board is a seven-member board with each member elected to a four-year term. Board members are elected as at-large representatives and are not compensated for their services.[7]

Davenport School Board
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Richard Clewell At-large 2001 2017
Nikki DeFauw At-large 2003 2015
Ralph Johanson At-large 2004 2015
Ken Krumwiede At-large 2006 2015
Maria Dickmann At-large 2013 2017
Bill Sherwood At-large 2011 2015
Jamie Snyder At-large 2013 2017

School board elections

See also: Davenport Community School District 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 will be up for election in September 2015.[8]


Davenport Community Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[9]

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
2012-2013 $131,789,936 69% $3,788,496 2% $49,274,268 25.8% $0 0% $6,218,691 3.3% $191,071,391
2013-2014 $135,860,924 62.4% $3,903,614 1.8% $71,173,313 32.7% $0 0% $6,909,706 3.2% $217,847,557
Averages: $133,825,430 65% $3,846,055 2% $60,223,790.5 29% $0 0% $6,564,198.5 3% $204,459,474

Teacher salaries

The Davenport Community School District employs more than 2,500 staff members with a majority employed as teachers. Teachers are placed into salary categories based on years of teaching experience in the district as well as educational attainment. Undergraduate degree holders can earn salary increases within their category when they have achieved 15 graduate course credits. The current contract running through the 2013-2014 school year allows Master's degree holders to earn higher salaries with 15, 30 or 60 additional graduate credits. The following list details the salary schedule for district teachers during the 2012-2013 school year as negotiated by the Davenport Education Association and district officials:[10]

Salary structure
Level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 33,855 52,686
BA + 15 35,304 54,134
MA 38,201 64,274
MA + 15 39,649 65,722
MA + 30 41,098 67,171
MA + 60 42,546 68,619

Schools in district


The Davenport Community School District served 15,545 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district has experienced a 5.2% decrease in total enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details total enrollment in the district within that time span:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2008 16,397
2009 16,279 -0.7
2010 15,860 -2.5
2011 15,795 -0.4
2012 15,545 -1.6

District schools

Davenport Community School District operates 27 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Davenport Schools
Name Grades
Adams Elementary School K-5
Blue Grass Elementary School K-5
Buchanan Elementary School K-5
Buffalo Elementary School K-5
Central High School 9-12
Eisenhower Elementary School K-5
Fillmore Elementary School K-5
Garfield Elementary School K-5
Harrison Elementary School K-5
Hayes Elementary School K-5
Jackson Elementary School K-5
Jefferson Elementary School K-5
Kimberly Center High School 9-12
Madison Elementary School K-5
McKinley Elementary School K-5
Monroe Elementary School K-5
North High School 9-12
Smart Intermediate School 6-8
Sudlow Intermediate School 6-8
Truman Elementary School K-5
Walcott Elementary & Intermediate School K-8
Washington Elementary School K-5
West High School 9-12
Williams Intermediate School 6-8
Wilson Elementary School K-5
Wood Intermediate School 6-8
Young K-8 School K-8

Academic performance

Davenport Community School District conducts annual testing at grades 4, 8 and 11 for the Annual Progress Report. This report highlights changes in proficiency from year to year in reading, math and science. The most recent report available through the district website evaluates student performance in the 2010-2011 school year. The Annual Progress Report for 2010-2011 concludes that the district failed to meet goals for improving test scores in all three subject areas compared to scores from the 2009-2010 school year.[12]

The district has been labeled a District in Need of Assistance based on reading and math scores for the past seven years according to the 2012 State Report Card published by the Iowa Department of Education. The report also concluded that 20 district schools qualified as Schools in Need of Assistance based on reading or math scores.[13]

Change in Reading Proficiency
Grade Year-to-year change (%)
4 0.8
8 -3.8
11 -2.8

Change in Math Proficiency
Grade Year-to-year change (%)
4 4.1
8 -2.2
11 -5.7

Change in Science Proficiency
Grade Year-to-year change (%)
4 -0.5
8 0.1
11 -2.6

Contact information

Davenport Schools Logo.jpg
Davenport School Board
1606 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52803
Phone: (563) 336-5000

Website evaluation

Budget P
Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials
Public Records
Background Checks

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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of Iowa school district websites

Website most recently reviewed on Jan. 11, 2013.

The good

  • Budget
    • Some budget information and a budget summary are posted.
    • Most recent budget is posted.[14]
  • Elected Officials
    • School board members are listed with phone numbers and term expiration dates.[15]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting schedules and public participation information are posted.[16]
    • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.[16]
  • Background Checks
    • Background check policies are posted.
  • Academic Performance
    • Academic performance reports are posted.[17]
  • Audit
    • The most recent audit is posted.[14]
    • Monthly financial reports are posted and are available to 2008.[14]
  • Administration
    • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[18]
  • Public Records
  • Contracts
    • Vendor contracts are posted.[20]
    • Employee contracts also posted.[21]
  • Taxes
    • Property Tax Levy and other district funding sources are posted via a link to the Iowa Department of Education School Finance Reports.[22]

The bad

  • Elected Officials
    • Individual email addresses are not available for school board members.
  • Budget
    • Budget archives for at least three years are not posted.

See also

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Iowa Department of Education, "Certified Enrollment," accessed July 29, 2013
  2. Davenport Community School District, "Profile of our District," accessed July 29, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Davenport," accessed July 29, 2013
  4. Scott County Auditor, "Election Results," accessed July 29, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Quad-City Times, "School district taps Tate as its superintendent," February 7, 2011
  7. Davenport Community School District, "Board Policy 802," accessed July 29, 2013
  8. Davenport Community School District, "School Board Election information," accessed July 29, 2013
  9. Davenport Community Schools, "Adopted Davenport School Budget Summary," accessed November 26, 2013
  10. Davenport Community School District, "Human Resources Department," accessed July 29, 2013
  11. Davenport Community School District, "School Directory," accessed July 29, 2013
  12. Davenport Community School District, "Annual Progress Report," January 3, 2012
  13. Iowa Department of Education, "Education Statistics," accessed July 29, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Davenport Community School District, "Finance Department," accessed July 29, 2013
  15. Davenport Community School District, "School Board," accessed July 29, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 Davenport Community School Districts, "School Board Meetings," accessed July 29, 2013
  17. Davenport Community School District, "Student Achievement," accessed July 29, 2013
  18. Davenport School District Administration
  19. Davenport Community School District, "Public Records Requests," accessed July 29, 2013
  20. Davenport Community School District, "Bid Results," accessed July 29, 2013
  21. Davenport Community School District, "Human Resources Department," accessed July 29, 2013
  22. Iowa Department of Education, "School District Financial Report Card," accessed July 29, 2013