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Western Dubuque Community School District: Article

2-Hour Delay (Tuesday, March 3)


There is a 2-hour delay (Tuesday, March 3) due to the weather.


School Board Announces New Superintendent

The Western Dubuque Community School District Board of Directors is pleased to have offered the position of Superintendent to Mr. Richard C. Colpitts.


School Board Announces New Superintendent

Western Dubuque Community School District welcomes Mr. Richard C. Colpitts as the new Superintendent. Mr. Colpitts is currently serving as Executive Director of Human Resources at Dubuque Community School District and will assume the duties of Superintendent for Western Dubuque Community School District beginning July 1, 2015.  Click here to read the District's press release.


Iowa Department of Education Attendance Center Ranking System

Notification of a new state website.


Iowa Department of Education Attendance Center Ranking System

Parents & Community Members:

The 2013 education reform law (House File 215) directs the Department to develop a system for evaluating and ranking schools based on their performance on nine measures: student proficiency rates, academic growth, attendance rates, parent involvement, employee turnover, community activities and involvement, closing achievement gaps score, graduation rate, and college readiness.

The new website serves as an update for Iowa legislators and other stakeholders on the Iowa Department of Education’s work to develop a system for evaluating the performance of public schools as required by law. This system is under development and is scheduled for a more complete release in the fall of 2015. In the meantime, many months were invested into the planning and development of the new website. The new website allows users to look up public school and school district performance on two of the nine measures required by law:

1. Student proficiency rates in grades 3-8 and 11 based on state assessment results in math and reading. Iowa’s definition of “proficient” means performing at a basic level. Proficiency does not necessarily put students on the path to college and career readiness.
2. Growth toward college and career readiness.

This website represents a limited set of measures, not a complete Attendance Center Rankings system. No rankings are included at this time.

Please contact the district office or your building principal with any questions or concerns.


Kelly Simon

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment


The new state website referenced above is:

Click here for Parent/Guardian notification letter regarding this new state website.


Make-up Days for Inclement Weather

Inclement Weather Make-up Days and Last Day of School (as of February 3, 2015)


Make-up Days

The current make-up days for our inclement weather school closings for this school year are as follows:

Tuesday, April 7 and Tuesday, May 26 


Last Day of School

The last day of school is May 26.


Non-Discrimination Policy Statement: It is the policy of the Western Dubuque County Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district´s Equity Coordinator,
Tina Brestrup, Director of Student Services, 310 4th Street SW, Farley, Iowa 52046, 563-744-3885 x 6010,