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Dubuque Community Schools, Iowa

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Dubuque Community Schools
Dubuque, Iowa
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District Profile
Superintendent:Stan Rheingans
Graduation rate:90.0%
Number of schools:19
Budget: $105.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mike Donohue
Board members:7
Term length:4
Dubuque Community Schools is a school district in Iowa that consists of 13 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 3 high schools. The district is the sixth-largest by enrollment in Iowa and serves 10,518 students.[1]

About the district

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Dubuque Community Schools is located in Dubuque, Iowa. According to the 2010 US Census, Dubuque is home to 58,155 residents.[2] The district lies on the eastern border of Iowa and is 201 miles east of Des Moines.


The median household income in Dubuque in 2011 was $43,362 compared to $50,451 for the state of Iowa. The poverty rate was 11.8% in Dubuque compared to 11.9% statewide. The graduation rate for Dubuque was 90.0% whereas statewide the graduation rate for Iowa is 90.3%.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Dubuque City (%) Iowa (%)
White 91.7% 91.3%
Black or African American 4.0% 2.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3% 0.4%
Asian 1.1% 1.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.1%
Two or More Races 1.8% 1.8%
Hispanic or Latino 2.4% 5.0%

Party Affiliation, 2013[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 24,887 39.9%
Unaffiliated 22,627 36.3%
Republican 14,781 23.7%
Other 102 0.2%

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 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.[6] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The current superintendent of Dubuque Community schools is Stan Rheingans. Before his appointment in 2012, Rheingans previously served as the executive director of human resources for the district since 2004. In that role, he served as the main spokesperson in negotiations with the district’s bargaining units and served as the main human resources officer for the nearly 2,000 employees in the district. He also has a background in education, serving as both principal and assistant principal in nearby schools. Rheingans holds a bachelor’s degree from Loras College, a master’s degree from the University of Iowa, and a certificate of advanced studies (superintendent’s license) from the University of Northern Iowa.[7]

School board

The Dubuque School Board is a seven-member board with each member elected to a four-year term. Board members are elected as at-large representatives.[8]

Dubuque School Board
Member District Term Ends
Craig Beytien At-large 2017
Mike Donohue At-large 2015
Terra Siegert At-large 2017
Jim Prochaska At-large 2017
Tami Ryan At-large 2015
Tom Barton At-large 2015
Matt Strelo At-large 2015

School board elections

See also: Dubuque Community Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Dubuque School Board 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 in September 2013 and four seats are up for election in September 2015.[8]


The table below displays the budget for Dubuque Community Schools:[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
2009-2010 $86,220,343 81.5% $4,802,703 4.5% $9,639,803 9.1% $0 0% $5,270,629 5% $105,833,478
Averages: $86,220,343 81% $4,802,703 5% $9,639,803 9% $0 0% $5,270,629 5% $105,833,478

Teacher salaries

Contracts are negotiated with the Dubuque Education Association, but are not posted online.


Teachers, nurses, and counselors are represented by the Dubuque Education Association. The Dubuque Education Association is an affiliate organization of the National Education Association and the Iowa State Education Association.[10]

Schools in Dubuque

District schools

Dubuque Community Schools operates 19 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Dubuque Community Schools
Name Grades
Alternative Learning Center on the Jones Campus 9-12
Audubon Elementary School K-5
Bryant Elementary School K-5
Carver Elementary School K-5
Eisenhower Elementary School K-5
Fulton Elementary School K-5
Hempstead High School 9-12
Hoover Elementary School K-5
Irving Elementary School K-5
Jefferson Middle School 6-8
Kennedy Elementary School K-5
Lincoln Elementary School K-5
Marshall Elementary School K-5
Prescott Elementary School K-5
Roosevelt Middle School 6-8
Sageville Elementary School K-5
Senior High School 9-12
Table Mound Elementary School K-5
Washington Middle School 6-8

Academic performance

The latest Annual Progress Report, from 2010-2011, can be found here.

Contact information

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2300 Chaney Road
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone: (563) 552-3000

Website evaluation

Last rated on December 22, 2011.

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The good

  • Current budget proposals are available.[12]
  • Meeting schedules[13], agendas[14], and minutes[15] are published.
  • School Board members' names and contact details are available.[8]
  • Administrative officials' names and contact details are available.[16]
  • Annual financial reports are published.[12]
  • Annual school progress reports are available.[17]

The bad

  • Property tax details are not provided.
  • Current approved and archived budget documents are unavailable.
  • Teacher contracts are not published.
  • Public records request information is not provided.
  • Teacher certification information is not available.

See also

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