Western Dubuque Community School District
Address: 310 4th St. SW, PO Box 68 | Farley, IA 52046
Phone: (563) 744-3885
Fax: (563) 744-3093
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Meet Our Superintendent

Mr. Rick Colpitts

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This is Mr. Rick Colpitts' seventh year as the superintendent of the Western Dubuque Community School District. Prior to his appointment here he served as the Executive Director of Human Resources for the Dubuque Community School District for three years. He began his career in education as a business teacher and coach at St. Albert High School in Council Bluffs before moving on to Columbus High School in Waterloo where he taught for two years and was the school business manager for four years. He was a teacher and coach at Union High School from 1993 to 2002 before he moved into the principal’s position in that building. From 2005 through 2012 he worked at Senior High School in Dubuque as an assistant principal and principal. His career in education has also included coaching several sports including football, basketball, track, softball, baseball and cross country.

Rick received his BA in Business Education in 1984 from the University of Northern Iowa. In 2002 he earned his MA from Drake University and he received his Education Specialist Certificate from UNI in 2009. In 1994 he was selected as the Teacher of the Year at Union High School. He was the Class 2A State Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2001 after his team won the state title. He was also chosen as the State Assistant Principal of the Year in 2009. In addition to his work in education, Rick has been an active volunteer in his community and in his church.

Rick is married to his wife Kim who is a 5th grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School in Dubuque. They have three children. The oldest child, Mandy, is an elementary teacher in Nebraska. Their son, Joshua, lives in Denver and works for Arrow Electronics. Kaylen, their youngest daughter, is a pastry cook in Minneapolis.

A Message From Our Superintendent

Welcome to the Western Dubuque School District. Our students, staff and community are very proud of our school district and our accomplishments. We truly are a school system with a rich past and a very promising future. Our community is focused on delivering a first class education for all students. We strive to be innovative and creative in our approach to teaching while maintaining a caring environment in our classrooms and buildings. The Western Dubuque School District is a vibrant and growing community with countless opportunities for education, employment, recreation and entertainment.

While our enrollment is moderate at around 3400 students in K-12, we offer our children and families a wide range of choices in instructional delivery methods and programs. I invite and encourage you to visit any of our schools in our district. I believe you will find that our staff is second to none and that they are truly dedicated to our students and their learning. You will also see that our curriculum is innovative, challenging and differentiated to meet the needs of the individual student. After visiting our schools and our communities you will leave with the sense that we truly value our children, families and education. This is a great school district with many wonderful communities and we are very proud of what we have built.

Our strategic plan calls for “Success for All” with our guiding philosophy of “Better Every Day.” The plan represents our commitment to continually improve the three key areas that contribute to quality schools. We promise to focus on student achievement and success, to manage our resources responsibly, and to develop healthy relationships with one another. These three areas may sound simple on the surface but our success is dependent on collective effort and dedication. Our mission is to inspire and challenge our students and provide them with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens. Take a few minutes to watch our 
district video which really depicts what our district is all about.

Thank you for your interest in the Western Dubuque School District. As you explore our website, I hope you find the information you need to address your area of interest. Our staff is dedicated to providing the community with quality service and timely responses to questions. If you are unable to locate what you need here on our website, please call 563-744-3885 and you will be directed to a staff member who can assist you. Our school system is dedicated to our students and communities to help make this an even better place to learn and grow!


Rick Colpitts, Superintendent 
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