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DUBUQUE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Superintendents of the Dubuque Community School District
1895 1910 Franklin T. OLDT
1910 1921 James H. HARRIS
1921 1926 Otis P. FLOWER
1926 1926 Charles PRALL
1926 1930 Fred G. STEVENSON
1930 1940 Earl D. CLINE
1940 1947 Jordan LARSON
(1942-1943) (1944-1945) A.W. Merrill, Acting Supt.
1947 1966 Dr. Max CLARK
1966 1977 Dr. Garlyn WESSEL
1977 1992 Dr. Howard PIGG
1992 1994 Diana LAM
1994 1996 Dr. Marvin O’HARE
1996 1999 Dr. Joel MORRIS
1999 2002 Dr. Jane PETREK
2002 2009 John L. BURGART (Interim 6/02-1/03)
2009 5/3/12 Dr. Larie GODINEZ
5/3/12 Stanton L. RHEINGANS (Interim 5/3-9/19)
DUBUQUE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT. The first school in Dubuque was a log cabin erected by James LANGWORTHY and a few miners in the fall of 1833. George Cubbage, the first teacher, was hired for the winter of 1833-1834 to teach thirty-five students. Barrett Whittemore taught the second term with twenty-five students.
Private schools were common. Mrs. Caroline Dexter Graves began teaching in Dubuque in 1836. The first female teacher in Dubuque and perhaps the entire state, she was paid $3.00 by the parents. From 1836-1839, Mrs. Louisa King offered a school for young ladies at her home. Alonzo P. Phelps operated a classical school from 1838-1839. At the same time, a boarding school for young ladies was provided by Mrs. Mary Ann O'Reilly. Thomas Hart Benton, Jr., later the Iowa Superintendent of Public Instruction, opened an English and classical school in Dubuque in 1839. (1)
On January 1, 1839 the Territorial Legislature of Iowa passed a law stating
there shall be established a common school, or schools in each of the counties of this Territory, which shall be open and free for every class of white citizens between the ages of five and twenty-one years. (2)
The second section of the act provided that the County Board would create districts governed by a board of trustees. Each district was required to maintain school for at least three months annually. Later laws provided for county school taxes which would be used to pay teachers. Whatever additional money was needed was assessed the parents of children according to the amount of time the children were in school. (3)
Despite early interest in schools by the State, nothing was done to establish public education in Dubuque until the spring of 1844. In April 1844, a tax levy was approved and board of education officers were elected. These included Warner LEWIS, president; J. J. E. Norman, secretary; Timothy MASON, treasurer; and William CARTER, director. This board arranged with private schools to accept any children living within the district. Tuition were paid on a per capita basis. Money remaining in the treasury after the payment of tuition was used to purchase school sites in the First and Third Wards. Records indicate no further activity of the board until 1849 when a tax of 2.5 mills on the dollar was established to construct three schools, one in each of the three wards. (4)
During 1850 contracts were issued for the construction of two one-story brick schools, one in the First Ward and the other for the Third Ward. Each was to serve eighty pupils. Soon after the buildings were completed, the district ran into financial difficulties; the buildings were sold under the Mechanics Lien laws. (5) During 1851, Directors of the Third Ward District redeemed their school building. A school census in 1855 indicated that 3,466 children resided within the city.
Dubuque's slow movement toward establishing a school system led the state legislature in 1855 to pass a law making the City of Dubuque a permanent school district. The law further authorized the city council to appoint a board of education to serve until the next city election. (6)
No action was taken on this matter by the city council until January 21, 1856. (7) The city council then created a board of education consisting of the MAYOR and one member from each ward in the city. The City Recorder and City Treasurer were given ex-officio status. The board also included Dennis MAHONY, First Ward; James A. Reid, Second Ward; James Burt, Third Ward; James R. Goodrich, Fourth Ward, and C. B. Waples, Fifth Ward. At the board's first meeting on February 7, 1856, Mahony was elected President pro tempore.
Friction between the school board and the city council led the entire board to resign. On March 10, 1856, the city council adopted an ordinance that repealed the appointment of the first board. A new board was named including Henry A. WILTSE, Frederick. Ezekiel BISSELL, J. J. E. Norman, J. A. Reed, and S. M. Case. The board first met on March 11 and elected H. A. Wiltse as its president.
The city council appropriated $30,000 for the construction of schools. Contracts for the construction in the 1st and 3rd wards were signed with architect John Francis RAGUE. When the school board surveyed the city, it found there were 2,808 children of school age but because only private schools were operating just 300 children were actually getting an education. (8)
School property in 1857 consisted of:
2/5 of Lot 447 at the corner of Clay and 12th Street
part of Lot 602 having a one-story brick schoolhouse
part of Lot 600
a lot of one acre in the 5th Ward with frame schoolhouse
two school buildings (1st and 3rd Ward buildings)--1st and second stories for primary and secondary with the third story for the grammar department. Each could accommodate 800 students. (9)
Difficulties arose again in 1857 between the school board and city council. The board charged that the council could not appropriate funds from the state for anything except schools. The controversy affected the operation of the schools and the payment of teachers. The office of superintendent of district schools was abolished and teachers were paid in DUBUQUE HARBOR IMPROVEMENT COMPANY or city script which rapidly depreciated in value. On March 13th this board of education named by the city council was legislated out of existence by the Iowa legislature. (10)
A new board was elected by the citizens. This board included Henry A. Wiltse, president; and directors Timothy MASON, John H. THEDINGA, and W. H. RUMPF. In May, the board purchased the DUBUQUE FEMALE COLLEGE for $12,000 and opened a high school with 110 students. (11) To enroll, students needed to pass an examination in arithmetic, geography, grammar, and history. George Wallace JONES donated books for the school's library. (Board minutes)
Schools at the time were prohibited from enrolling African American children, as such an action would be illegal. Class size, an issue decades later, was already a concern. A limit of sixty students per teacher was set in the Third Ward School while fifty students per teacher was established in the Fifth Ward School. The academic year was divided into three terms and a resolution forbidding the use of tobacco in the schools was adopted. Continued friction between the board and city council was shown when the Board censured the Council for appointing a committee to inspect the Third Ward School. (Board minutes)
In February 1863 County Superintendent J. J. E. Norman reported on the last teacher institute. He closed his remarks by stating:
I cannot say I'm entirely in favor of the present fashionable mode of conducting institutes; it strikes me there is too much done with paid lecturers, and too little by live teachers. (14)
The report to the school board on September 27, 1863 about the start of the new year included the following: (15)
In the First Ward School, D Room Primary, taught by Miss Maggie McKinley, there are one hundred pupils enrolled, where there has been as many as one hundred twenty-five present at one time...The room seats but seventy-four without crowding, fully as many as any one teacher should have under her, and more probably than she can do justice to.
On January 15, 1864 school board members were presented with a list of applicants for teaching positions in the district. Balloting then took place with the person receiving the most votes getting the position. A motion was passed that all new and inexperienced teachers would receive $20.00 per month. A motion was then made that teachers with at least one year experience would be paid accordingly:
Primary Department...........$25.00/month Secondary Department.........$30.00/month Grammar Department...........$35.00/month Assistant Principal..........$40.00/month
This failed to pass. (16)
On May 31, 1864 a petition signed by thirty-two residents was received by the Board asking that a school for African-American children be opened. (17) Since a private school for these students was open at the time, the Board chose to pay the operator of the school ten dollars per month from May 1, 1864, for each student enrolled. (Board minutes)
In July 1864 those teachers "duly elected by the Board of Education for the coming year" were listed in the Dubuque Democratic Herald. (18)
The above are all experienced teachers in our schools. Positions will be assigned them after the examination of new applicants, and when the several vacancies are filled.
Transfers of teachers once they were assigned by the board "after mature consideration" was considered "inexpedient." (19)
If a teacher should feel aggrieved by being assigned to a position that is not agreeable to the party, the same can be remedied by a resignation "which the board at all times will be willing to accept.
The condition of several school buildings in 1864 led to the following: (20)
School House Improvements. The Fifth Ward School building is ready for occupancy. Mr. Keenan has received the contract and will commence at once to strengthen and fasten to the walls, the roofs of the First and Third Ward school buildings to (avoid) accidents in the future during heavy gales.
With the approaching NORTHERN IOWA SANITARY FAIR, district officials considered purchasing a ticket for each student rather than offer an end of year "pic nic"(sic). When the president of the fair suggested, however, that the idea was not practical, further action was not taken. (21)TURNER HALL which was later demolished and became the playground of PRESCOTT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. The high school was opened in 1865 on the top floor with primary students on the lower floors. A large room subdivided into classrooms remained the local high school until 1895. (22) The school board also purchased two acres of land in West Dubuque and erected a school called the "West Dubuque School." At the head of South Dodge Street, on land already owned by the District, the "South Dodge Street School" was constructed. (23)
Recognizing that all teachers were considered candidates for teaching positions each year, the board in 1865 considered the following evaluation procedure: (24)
1. There shall be an examination of all teachers now employed, commencing on the ---day of 18--- 2. That annually, commencing on ---after the close of school year, there shall be an examination of all candidates for positions for the year next. 3. That said examinations shall be both oral and written, and that the written answers of each candidate be filed with the Secretary of the Board. 4. That no candidate whose average standing in such examinations falls below 76% shall receive a certificate.
On December 15, 1865 a teacher institute offering ideas for teachers to use in their classrooms was held in Dubuque. An article in the Dubuque Herald pointed out how important it was for teachers to attend: (25)
Question: When a Teachers' Institute is in session and teachers have been required to attend, but instead of doing so have opened and continued their schools, will the County Superintendent be justified in revoking their certificates?
Answer: He will, and it is his duty to revoke them (School Laws of the State of Iowa p. 7) unless satisfactory reasons can be given for nonattendance.
Teachers were paid for the time of their attendance.
Teachers were also informed in 1866 that the State Superintendent of Public Instruction had ordered county superintendents to begin withholding certificates from teachers who used profane language. (26)
The public examination of public school education by a committee of the board and hopefully parents at the end of a year was reported in the newspaper. In 1866 one of the examining committee who was also the president of the board of education submitted a report including the following:
In nearly every room, where students were up to a high proficiency in Mathematics, History and the more general sciences....I could hardly escape the conclusion that proficiency in the above class of studies is erroneously and too commonly considered the real standard of excellence in our public schools....This conviction was fully confirmed by the examinations. With some commendable exceptions, the common branches Orthography, Reading, Grammar and English composition have not received that attention which they should ...the consequences of which neglect are painfully evident when the students are called upon to express their ideas on the simplest subject. (27)
The school census of 1866 showed a great increase in student population over 1865. Responding to the information, plans were drawn for the construction of a school on the northwest corner of Nevada and Fifth STREETS. This became the Fourth Ward School. (28) In July of that year, the president of the board announced plans to re-organize the high school that had been discontinued. Meeting on July 24th, the board entered into an agreement to purchase the lease for the upper stories of Turner Hall and all the property with the exception of the chairs for $500.00. A committee of three board members were appointed to "fit up" the room for a high school. (29) A course of study was also proposed. When the Fourth Ward School was opened in 1867, it was immediately filled to capacity.
Interviews for the principalship of the high school were set to include: (30)
algebra, natural philosophy, physical geography, geology, botany, chemistry, geometry, plane trigonometry, spherical trigonometry, navigation, surveying, Latin grammar, Greek grammar, Caesar (six books), Virgil's Aeneid (6 books), Livy (Preface and 3 books), Demosthenes' oration on the Crown.
In 1867 the system of student promotions was radically changed. Until that time, students were promoted based upon annual examinations conducted by teams of citizens chosen for the procedure. In 1866 an article described the following:
We are aware of the fact that it is poor policy for a reporter to attempt to draw comparisons between anything that he may be describing, but we will venture to assert that Mrs. Knowlton's class in point of orderly deportment, punctual attendance and proficiency in study cannot be surpassed by any class in the State, of their age. The reading was marked with expression, life and animation, while their exercises in grammar were truly surprising.... The decorations of the room, the smiling countenances of the children, the satisfaction of the committee, and above all the ready answers given to all the questions was very easy to witness. (31)
After consideration, the board proposed that student promotions should be the "reward of general progress" and not for "particular display." The promotions, therefore, were to be made by the principals of the school on the results of examinations "and the general advancement of the pupils in their studies during the term." Examining committees of citizens were appointed to attend the examinations and then to report their findings to the school board. (32)
Reported price gouging by local bookstores angered the board in 1867. The board responded by passing a resolution requesting local bookstores to reduce their prices to those charged by stores in Chicago or face the possibility of the board operating its own bookstore. Teachers were made financially responsible for any books lost or destroyed. (Board minutes)
Crowding in the First and Fifth Ward Schools during the 1868-1869 school year led to classes being divided into morning and afternoon shifts. A request by the German Catholic Congregation School to be considered a public school so that it could share in the school revenues was denied. (33)
On February 9, 1870, the Iowa Legislature passed a law legislating all the directors of independent school districts out of office, and enacted that the board of education in such districts be composed of only six members. The law also stated that at the first meeting of the board each year, the directors would elect a president, secretary and treasurer and that the latter two be chosen outside the board. (34) In April of that year, the "Dodge Street School" accommodating fifty students was completed. On July 25, 1870, the board passed a resolution discontinuing the separate "colored school" and enrolling the students in the schools near where they lived. (35) In August, however, this action was reconsidered after great protest from white residents and the closing did not occur. The board president cited as the reason for the reconsideration "mingling of the races" leading to "discord in the schools and a virtual exclusion of the colored children." (36)
The first graduation from a high school in Dubuque took place in 1870. Students of the high school, with additional citizen support, purchased an organ for the school and presented it to the board. The Secretary's Report indicated 6,929 children lived within the District and that 2,721 attended public schools. With six male and fifty-seven female teachers, the student-teacher ratio was 43:1. (Board minutes)
Vandalism plagued the district during 1872--1873 to the degree that the board requested the mayor deputize building janitors as special police. (Board minutes) Yielding to public pressure, the board of education suspended all schools on September 13, 1872 so that the "young scholars" could visit the Barnum circus. (37)
In 1873 citizens from the Fifth Ward petitioned the District for a school. Taxes were collected toward the construction of what became the Couler Avenue Schoolhouse. This building was formally opened on November 16, 1874. (38) Physiology was added to the curriculum in 1873. The examination of teachers in this subject was held in the office of the county superintendent during the last week of August. (39)
Records indicate that the average attendance in the high school was 71 students. An exhibition was held in 1874 by students to raise money to purchase a collection of Iowa minerals and a piano. In 1874-1875 a student request to use one of the rooms for a gym was granted. The students, however, had to equip the room and obtain an architect's notice that the activities would not damage the building. (Board minutes)
On March 2, 1874 the Republican and Democratic central committees met in joint session to nominate persons to be voted for at the coming election as members of the independent school board of the City of Dubuque. (40) By an act of the Iowa Legislative on March 19, 1874, normal (teaching) institutes were established in each county to be held annually by the county superintendent. (41) This was the first TEACHER IN-SERVICE program mentioned in records affecting Dubuque teachers. On May 1, 1874 the Board of Education adopted the rule that the president of the board would be given the discretion to grant leaves of absence to teachers. (42) Planning for a three-week normal institute began in June, 1874 with the county superintendent asking local teachers to consider housing teachers coming from outside the city to reduce costs for the visitors. (43)
The three-week teacher institute opened on August 10, 1874. Noted in the Dubuque Herald was the following philosophy emphasized during the program:
A teacher should consider academic attainments as of the first importance; then how to teach; the best methods of imparting instruction come next.
A person may know little or nothing of how to plow, or how to prepare ground for seed, and yet if he scatter forth good seed, he may get something; but if he knows all about preparing the ground, when to sow seed and how, and if the cultivation is given and the sower sows sand, there is no crop, no result. (44)
Attendance at the institute was not required, but "young and inexperienced" teachers could not expect to receive certificates higher than the lowest grade, unless they demonstrated regular attendance for the length of the program. Each participant was expected to pay one dollar to help pay for the institute and another dollar for registration. The length of the institute was decided by the county superintendent but by law it could not be less than "one week of six days." The Dubuque Herald stated that these were held in June, July or August when:
they (the teachers) should go fishing, ramble in woods and dells, study nature and from her vast store house eliminate new strength against the day of school labor. (45)
The annual examination of teachers for a primary, secondary or grammar certificate was held in the high school on June 28, 1875. Applicants for a high school or principal of grammar school certificate were examined on July 5th.
Candidates receiving an average of not less than 90% in an examination on algebra, geometry, trigonometry, natural philosophy, physiology, astronomy, geology, chemistry, rhetoric, Latin and Greek shall be entitled to a high school certificate.
Candidates receiving an average of not less than 90% in an examination on arithmetic, algebra, geometry, natural philosophy, physiology, and astronomy shall be entitled to a principal of grammar school certificate.
Candidates receiving an average of not less than 90% in an examination on penmanship, orthography, definitions, reading, mental arithmetic, geography, grammar, history of the United States, universal history, physical geography, physiology, constitution of the United States, algebra through simple equations, and theory and practice of teachers shall be entitled to a grammar certificate.
Candidates receiving an average of not less than 80% in the last named branches shall be entitled to a secondary certificate; and candidates receiving an average of not less than 70% shall be entitled to a primary certificate. (46)
Teachers' names and their scores were posted in the newspaper. (47)
In 1875 the Board was petitioned by 500 parents wishing their children to be taught the German language in school. Principals of the schools polled their students and found that 373 students were interested. Special teachers were hired to teach German classes one hour after school every day except Friday. After a trial period of one term, it was decided that students in 10th "class" and 11th "class" were not sufficiently trained in grammar to make the class profitable. It was maintained for those in the 12th "class." (48)
The contract for supplying wood to heat the public schools in 1875-1876 was awarded to Philip PIER. The amount contracted was 450 cords of first-class white oak at a price of $5.25 per cord. (49)
The water company in August 1875 decided to end the practice of allowing water hydrants along the streets to be available for private use. Keys to those hydrants were to be collected as soon as alternative sources of water could be established by placing hydrants on school yards. (50)
On September 20, 1875 the board of education took up the question of students taking special classes. It was decided that students could take special courses as long as they were not in advance of the class to which the student belonged. (51)
In September 1875 the board of education voted down the idea of admitting African American children into the ward schools. The petition was refused because it was thought to be in the best interests of the children themselves not to mix them with the white children "where they would be subjected to insults and annoyances." "There was no political party feeling on the board relative to the matter. The vote for it consisted of two Republicans and two Democrats while against it was one Republican and one Democrat." (52) The board appointed Miss Minnie Blackwedel teacher of the "colored school" located at Locust and 7th since the parents of the school could not agree on someone of their own choosing. (53)
African American children attempted to attend ward schools during the winter of 1876-1877, but were denied admission. In 1878 black students had to pay $5.00 per month for attending the "colored school" compared to an average of $1.22 for white students in the public schools. (54) On February 19, 1877 the board was taken to District Court over the issue, but instructed its counsel not to offer any defense. The decision of the court allowed Louisa J. Howard, and thus all African American children, the right to attend public schools. (55)
Shade trees were planted around the ward schools in April of 1876. The Dubuque Herald editorial staff commented that the addition would lend much to the attractiveness of those institutions of learning as well as the city. (56) In May, the semi-monthly teacher institute was held with a presentation made entitled "Thoughts From the Classroom." Mrs. O. E. Wells of the Third Ward School began by stating," I will not confine myself to any one branch of study, or to any one element, but will give you some thoughts which have come to me, time to time, during my busiest moments." (57) Those in attendance at the August institute came under the careful "eye" of the editorial staff of the Dubuque Herald which commented:
Those who desire to see a congregation of handsome girls are referred to the teacher's institute now in session. (58)
Enrollment in the high school in 1876 had increased so much that the board of education had to take action. It ordered all the desks to be taken up and moved slightly closer together. This created space for another row of desks on each side and one across the front of the classroom. (59) High school courses beginning in the 1876-1877 school year were divided into three classes. Business courses lasted three years. Classical, Latin, and scientific each required four years to complete. Students graduating with an average of ninety or better from the four-year courses were presented a Teacher's Grammar Certificate. Those graduating with an average from eighty to ninety received Teacher's Secondary Certificates. By 1877 most courses were extended to four years. Four year Latin, scientific and classical courses were continued after 1877 along with two-year business courses. After 1885 the classical course was discontinued. In 1895 the Board of Education realized that most students were enrolling in the two-year business course. This program was soon discontinued, and high school became a four-year program. (Board minutes)
The program for each of the teacher institutes for 1876-1877 was decided on September 23, 1876. The schedule decided upon was:
First: roll call, reception of communications from the board of education or other parties, miscellaneous business.
Second: reading of a selected chapter from some work on didactics, followed by a general discussion, such discussion to be opened by two individuals appointed at the previous meeting, the opening speeches to be limited to five minutes.
Third: recess of fifteen minutes
Fourth: presentation of class drills in the different sections, the sections to be constituted as follows: Section A: to include all those teaching in the grammar department and the high school Section B: to include all those teaching in the secondary department Section C: to include all those teaching in the primary department Each section to be in charge of one of the principals as permanent chairman. The class drills to be conducted by teachers who shall be appointed at the previous meeting by the chairman of the section, and such drills to be given upon some study of the grade to which the section belongs, the subject to be announced at the time the conductor is appointed
Fifth: after the presentation of class drills and the discussion upon them, the three sections shall be brought together as a general section and a systematic course of exercises shall be given by someone appointed for the purpose by the principal who shall have permanent charge of this section, each lecturer occupying as many sessions in succession as shall be needed to present his subject.
Sixth: announcement of the program for the next meeting
Seventh: adjournment (60)
In October 1876 the board of education considered eliminating recess at the high school and dismissing school an hour earlier. The change would result in class running without interruption from 9:00 a.m. until noon and then from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The board left the decision to the students and teachers. They voted and by a wide margin approved the change. (61) On November 2, 1876 notice was given that school in the afternoon would begin at 1:00 p.m. (62)
In 1877 the Iowa state superintendent of schools declared there were no legal holidays for teachers unless declared by the district's directors. Twenty days constituted a school month. (63)
Safety of the schools was raised as a concern in May, 1877. During the previous winter, a committee of the city council had inspected public buildings including schools to see what renovation was needed. The school board hired an architect and among the potential issues were changes in staircases, doors opening outward, strengthening walls, and new ceilings. Work was to be done during the summer vacation. (64) On June 30, 1877 the board of education was advised that the renovations would cost $6,372.50 in addition to stone hearths for each of the schools at $15.00 each. (65)
The following article appeared in the January 1, 1878 issue of the Dubuque Herald: (66)
Miss Johanna B. Doyle, the school teacher, and Mr. Burke, were "called" in church last Sunday, which means a marriage is in the near future. The bride intended has sent in her resignation as a teacher to the board of education. And now comes the scramble for the place.
In January, 1878 the board published the twelfth annual report in pamphlet form. Entitled "Public Schools of Dubuque," this was the first report in ten years and was the work of Thomas HARDIE. (67) During that summer, the Ruttan system of heating and ventilation was introduced into the First, Third, and Fifth Ward schools. This resulted in the end of heating by steam and ventilating by windows. This was soon added to the Fourth Ward School. (68)
In an article in the Dubuque Herald on April 2, 1878, Treasurer Joseph HEROD reported that in the month of March the district had paid its teachers $3,447.50 and that other expenses had come to $530.25. This placed the per pupil cost, based on average daily attendance, at $1.49. (69)
In July 1879 proposals to introduce telephones into the schools were tabled for further consideration. (70)
Drawing was started in the schools during the 1880-1881 academic year. Since the board did not wish to hire specialists, teachers were requested to attend classes to learn how to teach the new subject. (Board minutes) In 1880 Dubuque's public schools were served by seventy-three teachers of whom three were "specials" giving instruction in German. Sixty of the teachers had been educated locally. At the end of the 16th year, students were given competitive examinations. A score of 70% or higher entitled the student to entrance in high school. (71)
The course of study in 1880 was considered a "perfect and excellent one." (72)
Primary Department--reading, spelling, counting, mental and practical arithmetic, printing, writing, definitions, and oral instructions.
Secondary Department--reading, spelling, definitions, punctuation, geography, penmanship, mental and practical arithmetic, and oral instructions.
Grammar Department--reading, spelling, mental and practical arithmetic, grammar, geography, penmanship, composition, United States history, physics and oral instruction.
High School (first year)--arithmetic, Latin, physiology, algebra, botany, English composition, German and book- keeping. (second year)--algebra, Caesar, general history, geometry, commercial arithmetic, natural philosophy, geology, chemistry, Constitution and political economy, and German. (third year)--geometry, Cicero, Greek, natural philosophy, chemistry, and geology. (fourth year)-- trigonometry and surveying, Virgil, Anabasis, rhetoric and English literature, natural philosophy, Constitution and political economy.
In September 1880 County Superintendent made out certificates for successful candidates at the recent normal institute. There were fifty applicants of which 16 failed. The major weakness was arithmetic. The question asked were posted in the Dubuque Herald as follows: (73)
1. Name the fundamental rules of arithmetic and give examples to illustrate the use of the signs used in each, also name the result of each operation. 2. Define the greatest common divisor, least common multiple, common denominator, and least common denominator.
3. Divide 2/3 of 3 1/2 by the sum of 21-5, 5 1/2 and 35-9 and multiply the result by 7/8 of 2/3.
4. Change 3/8 to a decimal, multiple the result by three thousandths, divide by five thousandths, and subtract three hundredths.
5. A horse sell for $198 which is ten percent less than his asking price, and his asking price was ten percent less than he cost. What did the horse cost?
6. What is the amount due on a note of $500, bearing the date of September 14, 1871, and paid July 5, 1873, at Iowa rate?
7. If the longitude of Dubuque is 9 degrees 45 minutes west and that of Paris is 7 degrees 15 minutes east what time is it in Paris when it is 12 min. in Dubuque?
8. A person having an avordupois pound of silver to have it made into spoons weighing 1 oz 9wt 4 grs. each, how many will be have?
9. A square field contains ten acres is surrounded by a fence six feet high, what did the lumber cost at $14 per m. ?
10. How many square feet are contained in the surface containing 91,125 cubic feet?
Drug education started in the district during the 1886-1887 school year. A course, written to comply with a new state law, was introduced which showed the effects of alcohol, stimulants and narcotics on the human body. The student teacher ratio had risen to 54:1. (Board minutes)
In June 1890, the following article appeared (in part) in the Dubuque Herald: (74)
Another peculiarity of our public schools is that most of the extras, that have been gradually introduced into so many of the schools in other places, have been religiously excluded here. The course of instruction is confined to the branches originally intended to be taught in schools. The curriculum is limited to the the usual branches of a public school education; and those who have desired their children taught in other matters have had to seek for it elsewhere. Among the extras that have been excluded here, that is where no extra teachers are employed to instruct in them, are such matters as singing, drawing, military drills, sketching, cooking, manual labor, gymnastics and various other fads that could be enumerated.
As a result, it has subjected our schools to some criticism at school gatherings, institutes, and educational associations, where the professors and advocates of these different systems are apt to abound, but we have never heard of any complaint on that score from patrons of the schools.
With as many as 60 students without a place to sit, calls were made for a new high school.
Schools were renamed on September 23, 1889. (76) The schools with their former and new names were:
First Ward School--FRANKLIN SCHOOL
Third Ward School--PRESCOTT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Fourth Ward School--LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Fifth Ward School--AUDUBON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
West Dubuque School--IRVING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Couler Avenue School--FULTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Eagle Point School--MARSHALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
West Locust Street School--JACKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
South Dodge Street School--BRYANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Dodge Street School--Morse School
Lots 359 and 360 at the corner of 17th and White Streets were purchased for $700.00 and for $2,576.65. The PETER COOPER SCHOOL was constructed on this site. (Board minutes)
In January 1892 the board of education received a letter from the secretary of Wheaton College in Illinois announcing a prize $25 scholarship to be awarded to the senior of DUBUQUE HIGH SCHOOL with the highest rank in his/her class. The board petitioned the Iowa General Assembly to establish a "school for deaf mutes" in eastern Iowa and locate the same in Dubuque. (77)
Irving School, rebuilt after being destroyed by fire the same year, became in 1892 the first public school in the district to be heated by steam and provided with indoor toilets. Truch, Southworth and Company were granted permission to mine beneath the Lincoln School grounds for two years. (Board minutes)
The first edition of the High School Record was published in October, 1892 by the Dubuque High School Literary Society. Officers of the society included Joseph H. Nicol, editor; and Harker Brentnal SPENSLEY, Sr. and W. G. Hurd associate editors. (78) German students formed a German literary society. The goals of the group were to increase their knowledge of German, start a German library, and to decorate the German room in the school. (79)CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. The P. J. Lee lots at the corner of 15th and Locust were purchased for $15,000 as its location. G. Stanley Mansfield of Freeport, Illinois, was employed as the architect. In early October with trains running as early as 3:30 a.m., the board of education closed the schools on "Chicago Day" so more people could visit the World's Fair.
The office of superintendent had been abolished in the school system and it was not until 1893 that the suggestion of reinstating the position was made. (80) The issue was discussed by the Board while in public the Herald opposed the idea and the Times and Telegraph supported it. The issue was finally decided by the hiring of Franklin T. Oldt. (81)
Concern that young boys with jobs were falling behind academically, the school board in 1893 agreed to establish a night school at Prescott. On March 13th, the opening night, Thomas J. IRISH was amazed at 7:00 p.m. to find eighty-six young men and boys ready to participate. Overwhelmed by the number, Irish dismissed the more advanced until he could determine a way to classify them. The rest were given preliminary instruction and dismissed at 9:00 p.m. (82)
The high school, dedicated on January 17, 1895, was occupied by students on February 4, 1895, and used until the opening of DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in 1923. On January 28, 1895 the board announced that "one or two rooms, if necessary" were to set aside in the old high school building or one of the other school buildings for the establishment of kindergarten in the district. Among the reasons given were that statistics showed that a "very large portion" of students entering school had to leave it midway through the grammar school level and progressive schools nationwide were providing this program with success. This action, however, was halted at the meeting on January 31st. The issue was to be referred to a special committee "at which time it is hoped a full board will be present. (83) The Dubuque Daily Herald on February 7, 1895 announced that the issue was resolved at the February 6, 1895 school board meeting. Kindergarten was added and a committee of three appointed to prepare one or two rooms in the old high school. The vote was three in the affirmative to two against. The Dubuque Daily Herald of October 2, 1895 reported that Superintendent Oldt had established a new rule. No high school student would be enrolled in the next higher class if he or she scored less than 70% in more than one study.
Teachers' salaries were studied by a committee of the Board during the 1897-1898 school year. After comparing salaries in Dubuque with surrounding cities, the committee's report was adopted, and some salaries were cut. (Board minutes)
In 1897 the district, by state law, had to have the "elements of music" taught in all schools. In those cases where music was not taught by special teachers, the classroom teacher had to satisfy the county superintendent of their ability to teach the subject. No teacher, however, could be denied a certificate to teach or have their certificate lowered because they were unable to sing. (84)
In January, 1898, Dubuque had thirteen public school buildings. There were 5,756 children enrolled. (85) During 1898-1899 a resolution was introduced to include music in the curriculum. The resolution was defeated by the Board in a vote of four to one. The faculty of the District then consisted of sixteen men and one hundred twelve women that, with the student enrollment of 5,174, resulted in a student-teacher ratio of 40:1. (Board minutes)
Beautifying the schools seemed a goal in 1899. In that year the superintendent arranged for an exhibition of pictures in Temple Hall. Admission of ten cents was charged the public. The collection of $185 was used to purchase picture frames which were distributed among the schools. "This was the beginning of better things in classroom decoration." (86) A few months later, kindergarten rooms were given "casts." The educational committee of the DUBUQUE WOMEN'S CLUB was assisted by other groups in presenting "A Trip Around the World." The $810 collected was used to purchase pictures and statuary for every classroom. In 1900 a "dingy" room at Prescott was converted into a "model room" with the entire cost of $400 being paid by Mrs. F. D. Stout. (87)
Lack of business and school board support was the reason given for lack-luster athletics at the high school in 1903: (90)
The business men of the town do not take an active interest in the sports of the school. In towns like Davenport, Clinton and Rock Island, the teams are backed by the board of education. This assures the people, who put money into the game, that their money will be refunded if the season is unsuccessful. The Clinton high school boys are presented with suits by the business men of that city the day before their Dubuque game and the Davenport boys with hats.
When a number of boys who work together see that the business men are with then, they will work.
In January, 1904, Prof. F. T. Oldt, served as chairman of the committee on phonetic spelling at the State Teachers' Convention in Des Moines. He introduced resolutions, which were adopted, endorsing the simplified spelling of such words as thoro, thru, demogog, thorofare, etc. (91)
Dubuque schools received a gold medal for written work and shared another gold medal with the East Des Moines and Burlington Schools for best drawings submitted as part of the Iowa State Exhibit at the St. Louis World's Fair during the 1904—1905 school year. In his first annual report to the Board, John McCabe, the new truant officer, detailed the one hundred five cases he had investigated since taking office. In 1906 "OLD FIFTH" was torn down. (Board minutes)
In 1905 the school board was faced with a request to have the only African American girl removed from the high school. The request was made by the parents of a girl who had just moved to Dubuque from Texas. The board stood firm against honoring the request; the white girl left the school. (92)
In June 1909 St. Raphael's school petitioned to be accredited as a high school. The idea of free textbooks in the schools was voted down by the board. (93) The school board's committee on course of study reported that pupils from any parochial school whose course of study was presented to the city superintendent and approved by him could be admitted to the high school upon conditions similar to those governing the admission of pupils from the grammar department of the public schools.
The pupils of the upper eight grades were given two tests at times designated by the superintendent. If the combined monthly report marks and the test average in any subject was 80 or more, the pupil would be excused from the final examination in that subject. If the average was less than 80, a final examination would have to be taken with the questions furnished by the superintendent. When final examinations were necessary, the average required for promotion was 75% or more and the minimum in arithmetic and grammar had to be at least 70%. At the close of every semester, a complete report giving monthly report, test and final examination marks of all the pupils of the grade was given to the superintendent on forms provided by him. (Board minutes)
The announcement in May 1910 that Zeta Beta Psi Sorority would withdraw from the high school again raised the question of having fraternities and sororities in the public schools. There were still four secret societies in the high school: Phi Sigma, Alpha Omega, and Phi Delta fraternities and Iota Sigma sorority. The average membership ranged from six to ten with a large number of alumni. One of the differences between the secret societies in Dubuque and elsewhere was the absence of a room or house. Another problem elsewhere was the control of these societies over athletics. (95)
In May, Superintendent Harris met with the board of education. As a result of the meeting, the superintendent was given the power to visit a number of Iowa schools. The intended result was having medical inspection of the Dubuque public schools. Superintendent Harris was an advocate of medical inspection believing, with others, that the cause of many "backward children" was various physical ailments. The "open-air" school did not come up during the discussion, but it was expected that "with medical inspection the children predisposed to tuberculosis would be given plenty of fresh air while at their studies." (96) In July, 1910 a plan was described to hire the district's first "school nurse" to visit homes and then report cases to the home, physicians, or specialists. (97) The District also decided to introduce a course in stenography and typewriting in the high school. (98)
Merchants along Clay Street petitioned the board to abandon Prescott School on April 25, 1912. They complained that the building was unsafe and that the traffic posed both a noise problem for the students as well as a hazard. The board chose the half block facing White Street between 12th and 13th Streets for the new Prescott Elementary School. (Board minutes)
FRATERNITIES/SORORITIES in the high school were banned by action of the board in 1913-1914. Members of Zeta Beta Psi and Iota Beta Phi sororities and Alpha Omega, Phi Sigma, Phi Delta and Phi Sigma fraternities resigned during the 1914--1915 school year to comply with the Board ruling. (Board minutes)
On October 6, 1916, a petition was filed with the board for the construction of a new Bryant Elementary School. Of the 11,427 children living within the District, 3,152 attended public school. With the staff numbering fifteen men and one hundred thirty-one women the student teacher ratio was 27:1. (Board minutes)
In 1918 the board of education was praised for encouraging children in Dubuque to learn how to swim. The interest was a result of a high school and upper grammar grades census taken in the latter part of May. This showed that 276 pupils in the high school and 311 in the seventh and eighth grades of the grammar schools were unable to swim but interested in learning. In July the board announced that swimming lessons would be provided beginning on July 9th at the municipal bathing beach near EAGLE POINT. The instructor for the boys was Mr. G. H. Westby of Chicago. Miss Ella H. Schneider of Chicago was hired to teach swimming to the girls. (Board minutes)
Students in Dubuque public schools were involved in a fund drive in March 1920 to aid Armenia and residents of the Near East. Counting the money at the board of education revealed that $458.85 had been collected with Lincoln Elementary School the clear leader with a total of $97.47. (101)
"Part-time school" concerned Superintendent Harris in 1920. These schools were compulsory under Iowa law for all cities and towns with more than fifteen boys or girls between the ages of 14 and 16 who worked in factories, stores or other places of employment. Standards established by the State Board of Vocational Instruction stated that not less than eight hours of instruction per week were to be offered during the term of the public schools and the part-time school hours would be between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Any parent violating the law would be punishable by a fine of not less than $10 or more than $50 and any employer by a fine of not less than $20 or more than $100 or be imprisoned in jail for not more than thirty days. Enforcement would be carried out through the school board, the state department of public instruction, and the county superintendent of schools. (102)SISTERS OF CHARITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (BVM), cost $45,335. Teachers with five or more years of experience received a salary increase effective in 1921 of $400. Teachers with less experience received $30.
In April, 1920 J. H. Harris, superintendent of schools, continued his campaign to convince Dubuque residents of the benefits of establishing junior high schools. Although the district needed a new high school, he stated that other Iowa communities like Davenport and Cedar Rapids had already established or were establishing junior highs. In speaking to the DUBUQUE WOMEN'S CLUB he stated:
Most of the people do not understand what is meant by a junior high school. The pupils in this city now in the seventh and eighth grades and in the first year of high school would be students of the new school and they would be taught foreign languages, laboratory work, physical training, manual training and numerous other things. Most of the children in America complete their education when they finish the eighth grade and in the new school these children, before they leave school, would have at least one year of high school. (103)
In April, 1920 a petition was submitted to the board of education asking for a special election regarding the future of junior high schools in Dubuque. (104) On June 3, 1920, voters approved a proposal to erect two junior high schools. (Board minutes)
Sites for the junior high schools (now WASHINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL and JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL) were selected on April 22, 1921, and January 7, 1922, respectively. Preliminary plans for the junior high on Grandview were approved in June, 1921. (105) In 1921 summer school was again offered in the district after an absence of three years due to cost and a lack of student attendance. Courses for those who had fallen behind in their regular work were held at Lincoln, Fulton, Audubon and Prescott. (106) The board adopted a resolution during the 1922-1923 school year barring the employment of married women as teachers. (Board minutes)
In 1922 a thrift course was adopted by the board of education. In practice in over two hundred schools nationwide over the preceding seven years, the program was designed to encourage students to deposit money into savings accounts. Schools and their participation rates included Jackson (41%), Bryant (51%), Fulton (52%), Peter Cooper (55%), Irving (55%), Prescott (59%), Franklin (65%), Audubon (65%), and Marshall (69%). (107)
In 1923 Superintendent Otis P. Flower introduced the new system of 6-3-3 school organization. Such an organization "would place children of various mental capacity in various groups for more efficient development." (108) The same year, the COMMITTEE OF NINE completed its investigation of grade school textbooks for alleged un-American materials. (Board minutes)
On May 15, 1925 Dubuque Senior High School held an open house for working parents. Classes began at 2:00 p.m. instead of 9:00 a.m. and ran until 8:50 p.m. Every class was held, examples of work were on display, and the cafeteria was open from 5:35 to 7:35 to allow working parents to see how a day of school was operated. (109)
On May 25, 1925 police were used to clear the room of many spectators during a meeting of the school board. (110) Intent upon hearing the case against Superintendent Otis P. FLOWER, the spectators objected to the board going into executive session. (111) The board then met in executive session and asked Flower for his resignation. On July 17, 1925 the board rescinded their action. (112) Flower served until 1926.
The year 1926 could be called "The Year of the Superintendents." In what was clearly a divided board of education, struggles with each other and the superintendent led Otis P. Flower to leave, Charles Prall was hired and then almost immediately resigned, and finally former DUBUQUE HIGH SCHOOL principal Fred G. STEVENSON was hired. In the hiring of Stevenson, disagreements among board members even included how much he earned at his last position. There was even this statement quoted from one board member in the newspaper: (113)
In the third place, I will agree that Mr. Stevenson has some friends in Dubuque, but I want to say here and now that he has a great many more enemies than friends in Dubuque.
Public records of school board meetings in 1926 also showed the arbitrary nature of teacher payment. The following information came from a meeting of the board on May 25, 1925: (114)
Mrs. Becker (secretary) then read a list of recommendations for raising teachers' salaries, the recommendations being those of the education committee. The list follows: Ellen Jones, $500, because she has been changed to a principalship Leo McDonough, $100; C. M. Sarff, $300; Mr. Demkier, $400; Mary Hogan, $50; Mr. Garner, $100; and James More, $200 After the list had been read, Mr. Hoerner (board member) asked,"Are we raising these teachers' salaries on merit or on request." "You may vote as you choose. The raises are the recommendations of the education committee and I move their acceptance," was Mrs. Becker's reply. After making the motion, Mrs. Becker declared that all the other teachers were to receive the same salaries as last year. Mr. Davenport (board member) inquired,"Why should we do this? What is the reason? Mrs. Becker replied that she had given a specific reason in each instance. "What about Miss Lindermann? Shouldn't she have a raise?" inquired Mr. Davenport. Superintendent Flower then asked,"What about Mr. Hallman? I recommended him for a raise of $100." Mrs. Becker replied that,"We can't raise everyone."
Sixth grade students with grades of 90% or better were qualified to take part in a unique conservation program in 1926 and 1927. Joseph Flynn, the county superintendent of schools, the local Kiwanis club, and the Dubuque Poultry Association distributed pheasant eggs to interested students for hatching. The eggs were received from the Wallace-Evans Game Farm in St. Charles, Illinois. Students were contacted later as to the number of birds hatched and where they were released. A total of 550 eggs were distributed in 1926 with 350 in 1927. (115)
Mothers of students at Bryant Elementary in 1927 announced their intention of implementing an organized program of sun bathing at their children's school. It was their belief that ultraviolet rays from the sun would strength the children and help prevent disease. All that was required was grouping the students in a manner to be sure each had a specified amount of exposure to the light. Separate boys' and girls' groups would be used with the boys group beginning the program. "As little clothing as possible would be worn...since the ultraviolet rays do not penetrate materials from which clothing is made." The group intended to take their idea to the President's Council of PTA in the city and then to the school board. (116)
In 1927 the district created the position of dean of girls at the high school. The first person to hold the job was Harriet Greenhow, a former principal of LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and then the head of the Latin department at the high school. In the fall of 1927, the district received a letter from Clara M. Wallace, state superintendent of normal training in high schools. In the company of the county superintendent, she had visited the Normal Training High School at Dubuque on November 27, 1927. Superintendent Wallace described the program as "small but outstanding." "Students were getting splendid training and should make fine rural teachers. We trust you will use your influence in trying to help get these girls placed in the rural schools of Dubuque County when they are ready to teach." (117)
During the 1928-1929 academic year, junior high classes at Central School were discontinued. The move of junior high classes from Central to Jefferson and Washington had been begun in July with the removal of the ninth grade at Central to the two other junior high schools. The movement of the seventh and eighth grades was to be finished at the end of the first semester. The building was then to be used for the board's administrative offices, a part-time school and for a school of "special opportunities" for full time pupils. The movement of students ended in January. Superintendent Stevenson reported his discovery that the board in 1920, before submitting the proposal to the voters to build a new senior and two junior high schools, had adopted a program for the new schools---and a junior high school at Central. (118) The removal of students from Central did not resume until the issue was settled at the end of the 1928-1929 school year. Classes for the deaf, handicapped and part-time were then moved to the building. (Board minutes)
In January 1928, Superintendent Stevenson supported the practice of hiring married women as substitutes. He claimed it was his practice, following board policy, to seek unmarried women first, but that unmarried women were often not available on short notice. Finding substitutes for the high school was especially difficult since it was his policy to only call those qualified in the fields in which they taught. In this case, the only competent substitutes were often married women. It was also true that experienced married substitutes could more quickly get the students into a "working mood." The superintendent stated that he felt when the community realized these facts the board members would be less likely to be criticized. (119)
The Peter Cooper School was closed during the 1930-1931 school year. Voters in 1932 approved a plan to sell the building and place the money in the School House Fund. During the same year the practice of renting textbooks was started at Washington Junior High School. Financial problems returned to the district, and 10 percent of all salaries were withheld for balancing the budget. At the end of the year, 60 percent of the money withheld was repaid to the employees. (Board minutes)
In an effort to balance the budget, salaries were again reduced by 10 percent during the 1933-1934 year with an additional 10 percent coming from salaries exceeding one hundred dollars per month. At the end of the year, 75 percent of the withheld money was repaid. (Board minutes)
In 1935 with dangerous intersections near many public schools, the district and the DUBUQUE POLICE DEPARTMENT decided supervision was needed. With too many corners to be patrolled by police officers, they inaugurated the Safety Patrol system using students. Captains and lieutenants were appointed or elected for each school. Schedules were set up to supervise the corners. At various times during the year, the Dubuque Safety Council which provided badges and belts for the patrol members, sponsored theater parties and with the cooperation of merchants and the police department staged a picnic for the patrol close to the close of the school year. (120) Safety patrol continued in the District until around 2008 when the responsibility was given to adults who were paid. (121)Frederick Wilhelm KALTENBACH was not renewed, and the MURALS at Dubuque Senior were completed under the direction of Cyril FERRING, a former student. (Board minutes)
In 1936-1937 the Dubuque Teachers Association asked the District to begin payment of salaries in twelve equal installments. Each paycheck was issued on the first day of the month. (Board minutes)
In 1937 officials of the American Federation of Labor were told by members of the board of education that the organization of teachers into a union was a matter that "rested entirely with the teachers themselves." John J. Brown, A. F. of L. organizer, announced that he would ask Miss Helen Kintzinger, president of the Dubuque Teachers' Association, to call a meeting of the executive committee of the organization to consider the issue. Board members instructed Superintendent Earl C. Cline "to call a meeting of the teachers if the proposal met with the approval of the association's executive committee." (122)
On September 26, 1938, Dubuque voters approved by a vote of 4,763 to 1,265 to issue bonds for the construction of schools to replace Bryant, Fulton, Lincoln, and Marshal. A resolution was adopted on November 10, 1938, to accept a grant from the federal government to help in the construction of the schools in a sum not to exceed $343,636. Marshall was accepted as completed on January 23, 1940. Bryant was accepted on February 23, 1940. Lincoln was accepted on April 1, 1941, and Fulton was accepted on April 16. (Board minutes)
In 1940 the State Health Department asked local teachers across the state to carefully watch their students for signs of POLIO. These indications would include "signs of indisposition and irritability" along with fever, sore throats, and listlessness. Later indications would include fever, vomiting and stiffness in the neck or back. The department, however, stressed that schools should remain open in those areas where the most cases were being reported. (123)
During 1941 the Board adopted a rule that required all teachers to attend summer school and obtain a minimum of six hours of credit every six years. The federal government requested students in manual training classes to build airplane models to be used in the instruction of airplane spotters. (Board minutes) The quota of 100 model planes from Dubuque was exceeded by 500 leading to letters of praise from the state superintendent of public instruction and the Iowa director of the project. (124)
Hundreds of men and women waited in line to take standardized civil service examinations. Primary interest was finding machinist trainees, machine operators, and metal trade workers for employment at the Rock Island Arsenal. In response, a new machine shop training course was opened at Dubuque Senior High School in June as part of the vocational education department. (125)
Pre-aviation classes were offered during the day in the high school. In June 1942 an evening session was added and the summer program was extended. Available to young men 18 to 27 years of age, the program was intended for those interested in becoming pilots, navigators, or bombardiers in the Army or Navy air forces during WORLD WAR II. (126)
Increases in salary from $50 to $150 was granted teachers in the district in April 1942. These, however, were termed "emergency raises" and would be eliminated at the end of the war. In addition to the raises, teachers were granted $25 for each adult child living at home with a maximum of $50 allowed. (127)
To enable more women to enter the workforce during the war, the District began a day nursery at Audubon School for young children during the 1942-1943 academic year. In 1944 a second nursery was opened at Fulton School. (Board minutes)
An epidemic of polio delayed the opening of school for one month in 1943. The same year a School Site Fund was created and funded by all delinquent taxes collected. (Board minutes)
In 1946 the single salary schedule for teachers was adopted. In September the taxpayers of the Oakville School District met to consider consolidation with Dubuque. Pushing the issue was the annexation of the 59.6 acres served by the district by the City of Dubuque in April. This had been pursued by the JOHN DEERE DUBUQUE WORKS which had purchased some land in the area on which to construct one hundred homes. The company wanted sufficiently large school facilities for these families. The homes were located in the area of Broadlawn, Morningview, and Hillcrest. Members of the Dubuque board of education stated previously that the rural school with twenty-six students would probably be maintained for the present time if the consolidation was achieved. (128)
On July 9, 1947, part of the Center Grove School District was annexed. This was followed on October 10 by the Oakville School District. (Board minutes) On September 9, 1947 one of the members of the school board asked Superintendent of Schools Max Clark if any of the textbooks for the new school year might have any Communist leaning. The superintendent assured the board that the textbooks had been checked and none was found. (129)
In 1948 the State of Iowa's Department of Public Instruction established the Iowa Committee on Atomic Energy to develop a curriculum for the study of atomic science. In 1949, prior to the release of IOWA PLAN (THE), district administrators admitted that finding textbooks up-to-date with the rapid development of science was difficult. The standard practice of textbook adoption was for teams of teachers to study possible texts and then submit their choice to a Central Curriculum committee composed of the superintendent and several principals and supervisors. Superintendent Clark stated that most of the material on the United Nations and atomic energy came from newspapers, magazines, brochures and pamphlets purchased for the schools. He singled out "My Weekly Reader" as one source because it was published in several editions to meet the reading needs of children in different grades. (130)
The start of school in 1949 was again delayed by poliomyelitis. A strike by coal miners left the District with a fuel shortage. Temperatures in the schools were lowered, and all after-school and evening activities were cancelled. (Board minutes)
Construction contracts for the erection of a new Irving Elementary School were awarded in 1952. The building was dedicated on October 28, 1953, and WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH purchased the site of the old Irving School. (Board minutes)
Health concerns revolved around flies and rats during the 1950s. To aid the Junior Chamber of Commerce sponsored rat-control campaign, DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL students contributed bait boxes made in woodworking class. (131)
SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION had been occurring in Iowa for decades, but the pace increased in the 1950s affecting RURAL SCHOOLS. In 1953 the "community school district" became the unit of public education in Iowa. (132) The merger of the Independent School District of Dubuque and the Independent School District of Center Grove was approved effective July 1, 1956. On December 10, 1956, the Board passed a resolution changing the name of the District from the Independent School District of Dubuque to the Dubuque Community School District. Merger with the Asbury Independent School District was approved effective July 1, 1957. (Board minutes)
Audubon School opened a classroom on a half-time basis in the fall of 1954 for the teaching of the mentally handicapped. Eight students ranging in age from five to ten worked on such tasks as sitting still, taking simple directions, and differentiating between colors. Parents reported the children talked more at home and were better behaved. This class, the goal of the Dubuque County Association for Mentally Retarded Children, was the first of its kind in the state organized by the association and the public schools. Money for schools, workshops and clinical and diagnostic center was gathered through a Milkman's Drive. (133)
In September 1954 an estimated 250 teachers from the city and county attended the annual Business-Industry and Education Day sponsored by the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce. Speakers included the state director of civil defense, president of the chamber of commerce, the superintendent of the Dubuque public schools, and Dr. Gaylord M. COUCHMAN. (134)
In March 1955 Dubuque Senior High School and Bryant Elementary School were named as centers for the inoculation of first and second grade pupils with the Salk Polio Vaccine. Senior would host 700 children while Bryant would potentially see 525 vaccinations. Each student participating had to have a signed permission slip from parents. Initial shots would be given on a designated day to be followed by another shot one week later on the same day of the week. A final shot would follow four weeks later. Children who missed appointments would need to visit their family physician for the vaccine which would be commercially available "in the near future." (135)
Dubuque educators in 1955 received a 6% increase in salary. A major change was the equalization of salaries for men and women. Under the previous system, married men received an extra $300 and an additional $100 for up to two children. Starting in the fall, men teachers received additional salary only for assigned duties. The salary plan placed Dubuque fifth among the largest school systems in Iowa. (136)
In 1957 county public school reorganization was of primary interest in the Iowa Legislature. According to Iowa law by July 1, 1962 all public school districts had to be a part of a public school district that maintained twelve grades. If any area was not in a high school district by that date, it would be assigned to one. (137) In that year, Dubuque County had sixty-two districts, but twenty-seven of them existed only on paper. Besides DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, the only other four-year public high schools in the county were in Peosta and Epworth. Parochial schools and their enrollments were not part of the reorganization plans. In 1957 three reorganization plans were possible: have all areas join the Dubuque Community School District, split the county so that Dubuque Senior High and some high school in the western part of the county would serve a district, or allow the outlying Dubuque County districts to join school districts outside the county. (138)
In 1957 new teaching methods centered around the concept of "wholeness." In mathematics, for example, this meant relating the curriculum to real life experiences. This lessened the rote memorization that had been practiced previously. (139)
In 1957 Dubuque was part of a test of the civil defense system when hypothetical atomic bombs landed on several large Iowa cities during Operation Alert. Dubuque was not "hit" which was fortunate because the city did not have a Civil Defense director or a working disaster plan. In Operation Alert, Iowa Civil Defense headquarters in Des Moines received a call that enemy planes were sighted over Alaska. State headquarters phoned other cities in the state. At 11:15 a.m. education stopped as sirens began blasting away and remained going for ten minutes. It was learned that Dubuque was not "hit," when City Manager Laverne Schiltz opened a letter at 1:00 p.m. which told him of "Dubuque's fate." If there had been an attack, Dubuque would have then been asked to assume a support role. (140)
In 1959 Washington Junior High School, later WASHINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL was slated for an addition. Designed for five hundred students, the building was currently serving 650. In 1962, an estimated 270 additional students would be added to the enrollment under terms of the state-ordered school district reorganization. To remedy the situation, a twelve-classroom addition, reconstruction of the present facilities, and other improvements were planned. (141)
The Telegraph Herald in 1959 began offering local and area public and parochial schools the VEC Weekly News filmstrip. World and national events happening as late as Friday of the preceding week could appear in the filmstrips that were received in participating schools the next Monday. In addition to the thirty-five weeks of filmstrips and other materials covering news, the Telegraph Herald also provided each participating school with ten study filmstrips each covering one subject in depth. In 1959 these topics included "Algeria Today," the "U. S. Congress," and "What is a Watershed?" Each Monday the newspaper published a related News Quiz covering the same information as the filmstrip. (142)
In 1960 the Secondary School Administrative Council announced the first code of student dress for students of the two junior high schools and Dubuque Senior High School. The code was adopted in the belief that "girls and boys should be well-attired, that good appearance stimulates good behavior, and that proper clothes encourage self-confidence." Superintendent Max Clark said that individual schools had jurisdiction over any exceptional dress patterns thought "not in accordance with good taste." It was not stated what disciplinary action would be taken, "but it was assumed "deviation from the code would result in expulsion of a similar form of punishment." (143)
Boys: 1. Jeans and "levis" are prohibited. Slacks, wash pants, or other suitable trousers of waist height are acceptable. Regular or self-contained belts must be worn. 2. T-shirts are not considered as an approved outer garment. Shirts must be buttoned and worn inside trousers. Collars should be turned down. 3. Boots are prohibited, as are steel cleats. 4. Extreme hair styles which attract undue attention are not permitted. Girls: 1. Slacks or shorts are prohibited. 2. Extremely tight or short skirts are prohibited. Low neck- lines and tight sweaters are considered in poor taste. 3. Pin curls are not to be worn
In 1961 the issue of whether the areas outside of Dubuque and the newly created Western Dubuque School District would be merged with the Dubuque Community School District was still being debated. Superintendent Max Clark estimated that if this were to happen, the tax base would be increased by $17 million to a figure of $95 million. County Superintendent Cletus Koppen expressed the opinion that the law forcing reorganization might lack the power to accomplish the fact. Voluntary reorganization by election would then be the answer. (144)
Mergers with other districts, however, were occurring frequently. The District merged with the Stone Hill School District during the 1958-1959 academic year. The following year, the Dubuque district merged with the Rural Independent School District of Julien. The actual merger occurred July 1, 1960. Dubuque agreed to merge with the Derby Grange Rural Independent School District (effective July 1, 1961). (145) However, Dubuque denied the merger application of the Wilton Rural Independent School District, preferring to merge with only one district annually. In 1961 a petition to merge with the Table Mound Township School District was received. This was completed in 1962. Wilton Rural Independent School District merged with Dubuque on July 8, 1963. During the 1963-1964 school year the board set aside its limitation on mergers as five rural school districts (Salem Rural Independent, Washington Township, St. Joseph Rural Independent, Mosalem Township and Center Township) joined Dubuque. (Board minutes)
In 1962 the board approved a total net salary increase of $42,000 for 248 teachers and staff members. A new salary schedule had three groups each having 15 steps based on experience. Group I included teachers with a B.A. degree and two years of experience. Their salaries ranged from $4,600 to $6.700. This included the largest number of employees with 163 out of the 248 salaries teachers and staff members. Group II was for those with an M. A. degree including many principals and supervisors. There were 55 people listed with a salary range from $5,000 to $7,300. Group III had four people listed with an M. A. degree and 30 graduate hours. These people had a salary range from $5,400 to $7,900. There were also eighteen "cadet" teachers who had six to seven semesters of college credit or their B.A. degree but less than two years of experience. Their salary was raised from $4,400 to $4,500. There were eight teachers on the retired list. Along with the new salary schedule, several measures were approved including: (146)
1. No new teacher would be hired with less than a college degree and two years of experience unless there was a shortage. 2. In order to qualify for and maintain position in each salary group, a teacher had to earn six semester hours of approved college credit within six years preceding a new contract. 3. Teachers were retired automatically at the end of school year in which they reached their 65th birthday.
In testimonial to Wilbur DALZELL for his forty-three years of distinguished service to the District, the Board passed a resolution during the 1964-1965 academic year to name the athletic field at Senior High in his honor. (Board minutes)
Dr. Garlyn Wessels succeeded Max CLARK as superintendent of schools in 1966 at an annual salary of $16,000. Dr. Clark had been informed that his contract with the district as superintendent would not be renewed. He was offered the post of administrative consultant with responsibilities in the areas of building programs, financing and federal programs. (147) Dr. Howard PIGG was introduced as the new assistant superintendent. To comply with state law that all areas of the state be part of a K-12 school district, the County Board of Education announced that the following were attached to the Dubuque Community School District effective July 1, 1966: Bloody Run, Jefferson, St. Josephs, Knollville, Riverside, Sageville, Sherrill, Vernon and Washington Mills. In addition the merger of Prairie Springs and St. Donatus with the District was approved. (Board minutes)
In 1966 Horace Hoover, personnel director of the District stated that the 1966-67 starting salary for a teacher with no previous experience ($5,000) was "about average" in the state. At the time Des Moines was paying $5,300, Waterloo-$5,300, and Iowa City $5,000. In 1965-66 the board of education decided on a three-year plan to increase teacher salaries. Although the $5,000 starting salary would remain the same, the scheduled increases would become larger until they reached the "goal schedule" in 1968-69. Dubuque also used tuition reimbursement allowing up to $150 for teachers to use in graduate study. (148) New teachers had a week-long workshop beginning on Monday with an informal coffee, an orientation by the superintendent, a trip to their buildings to meet with their principals, and then a two hour bus-tour of the city. On Tuesday, dinner was served at the Dubuque Senior High School cafeteria with dessert in the home of a member of the present staff.STEPHEN HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL was awarded. HUMKE SCHOOL, now displayed at the HAM HOUSE, from Center Township was donated to the DUBUQUE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY. (Board minutes)
A county school tax equalization law by the Iowa Legislature in 1967 created a $400,000 "gift" to the Dubuque district. The law was designed to shift part of the school tax burden from a county's less wealthy districts to the more wealthy districts. In Dubuque County, the Western Dubuque District appeared to be more wealthy than the Dubuque district because it had a greater assessed valuation per pupil. In 1970 the Western Dubuque district had a valuation of $47 million with 2,512 students creating an assessed valuation per pupil of approximately $18,800. In Dubuque the valuation was $124 million with nearly 11,500 students for an assessed valuation per pupil of $10,800. Western Dubuque received $407,000 less than the tax money collected, while Dubuque received $407,000 more than it collected. (149)
When the county income tax was distributed to the two districts the equalization factor worked in reverse. The Dubuque district received $42,000 less than it collected and Western Dubuque received $42,000 more. (150)
In 1967 the board of education asked the community to approve bond issues for the construction of two new elementary schools. Unlike other buildings, these were designed on a cluster concept with classrooms positioned around a learning center. Using this design, each building would have 14% less corridor space than KENNEDY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. In addition, movable partitions between rooms would allow for flexibility of room use and doorways would exit to the playground giving the maximum of fire-escape potential. (151) The bond issue was passed and construction on Hoover and Eisenhower schools soon began.
Dubuque Senior High School was renamed for three weeks during 1967. On September 18th the board announced that the new high school would be named STEPHEN HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL after Iowa's second governor, Stephen HEMPSTEAD. At the same meeting, Senior's 44-year old name was changed to Julien Dubuque High School. Students were not pleased. On September 25th an estimated two hundred walked out of class in protest. Some marched to the administration building at 1500 Locust. Others staged a sit-in in front of CLARKE COLLEGE while some walked to WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL where they were turned away by six police officers. At the next board meeting on October 9th a petition against the name change signed by 4,797 people was presented. The board gave the change of name a two-year reconsideration and it was never brought up again. (152)
In 1968 the Dubuque Human Relations Commission suggested that the District pursue the active recruitment and hiring of minority group teachers by soliciting job applications and giving "favorable" consideration to minorities. Superintendent Wessel reported that teacher recruiters had recently completed interviews on fifty college campuses in seven states and had not had one minority group person ask to be interviewed. The board stated that the superintendent and director of personnel would meet with the commission to finalize plans for recruitment. (153) HOOVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL was dedicated on Sunday, November 17, 1968. EISENHOWER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL was dedicated on November 24, 1968. During the 1968-1969 school year a "Stay in School" eight-week summer program designed to prevent students from becoming dropouts was approved by the Board. It was announced that Hempstead High School would not be ready for students by September 2, 1969, necessitating double sessions of classes at Dubuque Senior High School. Three sections of Hempstead were ready for use following Christmas vacation in 1969. The Board declared that January 26, 1970, the start of the second semester, would be the date of the move. (Board minutes)KENNEDY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. A state of emergency was declared by the County Superintendent making repairs possible without advertising for bids. The Board authorized a two-year lease with the SISTERS OF THE VISITATION OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY (SVM) for the use of the ACADEMY OF THE VISITATION (THE). The building, used by shared-time students from Holy Ghost School, Saint Anthony School, and Nativity School was considered an annex of Washington Junior High School. The District purchased twenty-three acres of ground at Kaufmann Avenue and Chaney from the ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBUQUE for $75,000. Part of this site, once considered for a new junior high school, was later used for the administrative offices of the district. (Board minutes)
In 1970 the District became the third school district in its size category throughout a 10-state mid-western area to adopt a system of performance pay for school administrative personnel. The pay system would apply to an estimated thirty-seven administrators. The new pay system included five pay criteria--education, experience, responsibility of position, length of contract and performance appraisal. The average 1970-71 salary for the thirty-seven building administrators to be rated under the evaluation system was $15,245. The same year the board approved a teacher salary package of a $6,875 base salary, a $3,000 district-maintained term life insurance policy and a partial payment of the individual teacher's family health insurance. (Board minutes)
In March 1970 Dr. Wessel gave a speech entitled "We'll Manage Somehow" to the Dubuque Management Club. The unusual title alluded to the 105% growth rate the District had experienced in the last decade. He explained that the growth rate was far larger than any other district in Iowa with the exception of Western Dubuque. Since 1964, the number of buildings had grown from 13 to 20, the number of students served lunches from 1,200 to 7,000, and the number of buses from 12 transporting 600 students to 72 carrying 7,000. The pupil growth rate was largely due to students transferring from parochial schools in the city to the public schools. From 1967 to 1970, a total of 2,372 students had made this relocation. The original district included only the City of Dubuque in 11 square miles. Due to district reorganization in the early part of the 1960s, this area had grown to 245 square miles. (154)
By July, however, it was apparent that the District's enrollment surge had become a "significant decline." Compared to the 1968 census, the District had witnessed a seven percent decline in the number of students under twenty-one years of age. Blamed for the decline was the state-wide decrease in birth rates since 1960. (155)
During most of fiscal 1970, the district operated "in the red." When the financial books were closed on June 20th, the district was $2.9 million in debt. Interest payments during the year were $48,186--about 61% higher than the $30,000 budgeted for the category. School district revenue caught up with expenditures and the district operated "in the black" for only a short period in the fall. This did not mean the district was over-expending its budget. The Dubuque district expended only about 94% of the total amount budget for 1969-1970 leaving an unspent balance of $560,039.
Dubuque, like other districts, was forced to borrow money because under Iowa law property taxes to fund new budgets were not collected for at least half a year after districts began spending funds out of new budgets. School districts adopted budgets in July at the beginning of a fiscal year and began spending allotted funds. Property taxes levied to cover these budgets were not due until April 1 of the next calendar year and then only half of the money was collected. Property taxes for the previous three years had been collected late making the situation worse. (156)
In 1970 the Dubuque school board moved to solve this situation by establishing for the first time a $400,000 cash reserve in the 1970-71 budget. In addition, the board directed Superintendent Wessel to under-spend the total budget by at least $100,000 and add that money to the reserve fund. (157)
In July 1970, Earl MARIHART retired from the district after serving as the director of Adult Education since 1950. During his tenure, Marihart supervised the formation of a high school completion program allowing adults who had never finished high school to receive an equivalent diploma. With the cooperation of the local hospitals, the Dubuque School of Practical Nursing had been established. He also helped establish of apprenticeship and trades training programs and expanded drivers' education courses to include "defensive driving" techniques and a driver education program in cooperation with the Dubuque Municipal Court. (158)
Beginning in 1971 the Dubuque REALTORS Building and Vocational Training Association worked with the District staff, high school instructors and students on the Student Built House Project. The program ran until 1984, was put on hold for six years, and then restarted in 1993 and ran until 2009. During those twenty-nine years, hundreds of students from Senior and Hempstead along with WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL participated in the program which annually constructed an entire home including all aspects of construction, interior design and decorating. Proceeds from the sale of the homes were given to students who applied for scholarships. Over $135,000 in scholarships were awarded. (159)
The 1970s were beginning of outdoor education in the District. Encouraged by Dean Halverson, the district science coordinator, teachers attended workshops and brought ideas back to Dubuque for implementation. An outdoor learning center was piloted at Hoover Elementary. Classes of sixth graders were encouraged to take up to three-day field trips to camps like Little Cloud, Camp Courageous, Camp Ewalu, or Camp Wyoming and as far away as Minnesota for courses in canoeing, plant identification, and outdoor activities. Some classes experienced one-day canoe trips on the Little Maquoketa River near Monticello. These programs gradually withered out by 2013 due to the cost of transportation. (160)
Talented and gifted education may be said to have started with a Phi Delta Kappa grant to Hoover Elementary to establish a library of books for teacher in-service in educating the talented and gifted. Administrators and teachers traveled at least twice to Des Moines to hear expert Dr. Irving Sato speak about the areas of giftedness. A parent group called the Parents and Friends of the Talented and Gifted was quickly formed. The hiring of the first talented and gifted coordinator, Mrs. Ruth Ellis, led briefly to a program where identified students from each elementary building met together once a week at Irving. This program was ended after one year; talented and gifted education became part of the responsibility of the learning center teacher at each school. (161)
During the 1980s the District saw the implementation of collective bargaining. The DUBUQUE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, an affiliate of the Iowa State Education Association and the National Education Association was chosen as the bargaining agent for the teachers. Grievances followed a procedure of settlement that could include binding arbitration. Settling the issue of pay often resulted in the District and Association taking their case to first a mediator, then fact finder, and then if no agreement was reached to an arbitrator. (162)
The Instructional and Professional Development (IPD) Committee of the DEA often found areas in which the district and teachers' association could work together. The district utilized the Mobile In-service Teaching Laboratory of the Iowa State Education Association to provide in-service programs for local teachers. Influenced by highly publicized kidnappings in Des Moines, both groups in 1982 sponsored a child finger-print identification program to parents. "Good News" notes, designed by the DEA and printed by the district, were offered beginning in 1982 to all schools to inform parents of high quality student work. The DEA also wrote and the district printed weekend trip suggestions for parents. The last parent-teacher conference was used to hand out mutually prepared suggested reading lists to match social studies topics for the following year in elementary school. The district, DEA, and local educational support groups like Parents and Friends of the Talented and Gifted even worked out legislative goals. (163)
In 1984 the board of education turned its attention to policies concerning fund-raising in the schools. Superintendent Howard Pigg stated that new guidelines would require the parents of students in the lower grades to first give permission before promotional materials about a sale were given to the student. Parents were also concerned about the safety of their children as they pursued sales. (164) Pay for substitute teachers was also a concern. Substitute teachers had to be certified and were expected to perform many of the same duties as regular classroom teachers, but their pay rates did not reflect those expectations. Substitutes in Dubuque received the lowest pay of all substitutes in the eleven largest districts in Iowa and were required to quit after ten days of continuous service on one job. This policy was rescinded and substitutes were allowed to continue teaching with placement on the regular teacher pay scale after ten days. (165)
Perhaps the greatest innovation for education in Iowa came through the Phase III Program enacted by the 1987 Iowa Legislature and championed by Governor Terry Branstad. One part of the program encouraged teachers to submit project ideas to a committee of administrators and teachers. If approved, these projects enabled the teacher(s) to earn additional money. Administrators and teachers also worked together on plans to improve evaluation of teachers in the classroom. (166)
The District in 1988 named the gymnasium at Dubuque Senior High School the Nora Gym in honor of James NORA. The District was also seen as a leader in the removal of asbestos. The "In Touch" newsletter was begun and an AIDS curriculum was approved in 1988. After much discussion, ceiling fans were approved for schools. In 1989 a multi-cultural curriculum plan was adopted. A consultant for the program began work the following year.
During 1990 the combination of Eisenhower Elementary School with Keller School was accomplished with the name of the school remaining Eisenhower. The District's commitment to special education included working with students from HILLS AND DALES CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER, AREA RESIDENTIAL CARE, INC., and counties in the State of Iowa.
Irving and Fulton elementary schools piloted all-day, everyday kindergarten in 1990 with the students in each class chosen by lottery. (167)
The district did not miss the impact of the "We Want to Change" report concerning integration in the community. See: DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL.
For the first time in its history, the district in 1991 chose to present information to the annual meeting of the Iowa Association of School Boards. Of the six workshops proposed by the district, the IASB chose two--strategic planning (how the district developed a comprehensive five-year plan) and globally oriented programs. (168)
Except for two Asian and two Hispanic teachers, the district had no minority employees in 1989-1990. In October, 1990 an affirmative action plan was adopted. A proposed goal of hiring women and minorities to fill four administrative and management positions by 1992, however, was called unrealistic. The time table was delayed to 1993. The affirmative action plan also called for efforts to hire qualified women, racial minorities and disabled people for other school positions. Katie Mulholland, the district's staff development coordinator, stated that the goals of the plan represented a standard the district should try to attain and was not a hiring quota.
Iowa Department of Education personnel annually visited thirty-two schools in Iowa to evaluate determine compliance with the state's multi-cultural guidelines. In 1991 during their visit to Dubuque, the team found problems similar to other districts in Iowa. Students with disabilities were not sufficiently integrated into the schools. Some classes tended to be dominated by students of one sex--females in office education and males in computer classes. Minorities were under-represented in vocational programs and advanced classes. (169)
Another aspect of the all-day, everyday kindergarten program piloted in 1990 was begun in 1991. The Tri-College Consortium of Loras, Clarke, and the University of Dubuque offered the master's degree in early childhood education. In a pilot program within a pilot program, the district created an "early childhood intern" program for a certified teacher in Dubuque. Diane Muir, the only participant, took a paid sabbatical from her regular teaching duties to assist in an all-day, everyday kindergarten class. She also took evening and summer classes to be able to earn her master's degree in fifteen months. (170)
In 1991 Dr. Jerome Greer was hired as the first black school administrator in the history of the District. The night he was introduced to the board of Education there was a cross-burning near the school district office. (171) Greer served as the principal of IRVING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL where another cross-burning took place within view of the school. Dr. Greer left the city in 1994 to become the director of human resources in Peoria, Illinois.
Prescott Elementary School became the pilot school in 1991 for testing a program of offering a cold breakfast to students. A full breakfast--cereal or bread, milk and juice--cost seventy five cents. Those qualifying for reduced priced lunches paid thirty cents. It was estimated that 80% of the Prescott student population qualified for free or reduced lunches. These students paid nothing. (172) The program proved successful and spread to the other schools.
In the 1990s the District developed its own multicultural and non-sexist plan administered by Thomas DETERMAN. In-service programs were held for staff members and curriculum adoptions were made after materials were examined for bias. After Determan's retirement, in-services were continued; staff development was brought to the buildings annually by Dr. Kris Hall.
In January 1992 the board of education was presented with four of over 1000 projects carried out over five years by district teachers using Phase III professional development funding. When passed in 1987, the Educational Excellence Program's Phase I raised minimum teacher salaries to $18,000. Phase II was used to supplement teacher salaries. (174)
Junior high principals were in a position to receive free television sets, satellite dishes and other electronic devices in 1992. All that was required was that students were allowed to watch Channel One, a daily current events program produced by Whittle Education Network of Nashville, Tennessee. Opportunities were quickly seen for using the equipment for teacher inservice, non-commercial educational programming, and an in-school television system (175)
With the upcoming retirement of Dr. Howard Pigg, a survey was made of 442 school district employees, 60 students, and 37 district residents of behaviors most wanted shown by a new superintendent. Identifying key issues and inspire confidence were the two most frequently listed attributes, while cultural sensitivity as a professional and personal quality was one of the three items listed as least important. (176)
The board of education on April 13, 1992 approved student conduct rules forbidding "inappropriate or unwelcome language or behavior race." Sexual slurs, threats, proposals, and unwanted touching were also prohibited.
For the first time in seven years, the elementary report card was changed. Beginning in 1991 a number code would report a student's progress. Students in early grades would be given an "I" for commendable work, a "2" for steady progress, and a "3" for more work needed. Previously, students had been graded with a plus, check, or zero. Beginning in fifth grade, some letter grades would be given. (177)
Attempts to recruit minority teachers to Dubuque public schools brought the district together with the private colleges in 1992 in the Minority teacher Corps program. Through this cooperative project, and black, Asian, Hispanic, or Native American teacher in the district could apply to earn a free master's degree from the Dubuque Tri-College Department of Education. Half of the cost of the degree would be waived once they were given a graduate assistantship at one of the three colleges. The other half of the tuition would be paid through the district's Phase III professional development program. The student could only apply for this reimbursement if their graduate program related to teaching. The teacher would take most of the course work during the summer and complete the degree in three years. (178)
In July 1992, Diana LAM, Dubuque's first female superintendent whose ethnic background included Hispanic and Asian, was hired as the superintendent upon the retirement of Dr. Howard Pigg. Lam established a number of initiatives including EXPEDITIONARY LEARNING, an emphasis on "higher level thinking" and "authentic evaluation" rather than traditional testing. Her innovation also included the idea of designing an alternative high school program for 9th graders which would start as a school within one or both of Dubuque's traditional high schools but could lead to a new alternative high school in the community. The plan called for a smaller high school setting teaming teachers without being held to a rigid schedule. The idea resulted in Dubuque being awarded $22,000 in the first-ever competition sponsored by the New Iowa School Development Corporation. Based in Des Moines and funded by the Iowa Legislature, the organization hoped to transform Iowa's schools by funding innovative programs which could be examples for others to follow. (179)
Innovation outside of expeditionary learning was approved by the board of education in March, 1993. By a vote of 5-2, the board approved an alliance of Fulton and Prescott schools. Prescott would be responsible for the schools' preschoolers through second-grade. Fulton would handle the schools' third through sixth graders. On a 7-0 vote the board said that Audubon could proceed with a proposal to offer both a traditional school calendar and a year-round option for those who wanted it. (180)
In 1993 the New Iowa Schools Development Corporation announced a second award of funding for school restructuring. Dubuque received a grant of $59,182. Plans called for nearly $44,000 to be used to support the new school within a school at Dubuque Senior High. (181) Amid controversy about her curriculum changes, the board of education voted 4-3 to renew Lam's contract for another two years. Shortly afterwards, Lam accepted an offer to be the superintendent of schools in San Antonio, Texas. (182)
Costing nearly $3,000, black boxes were installed in district school buses in 1993. Located near the front of the bus overlooking the aisle, the boxes might, or might not, contain a camera to record student behavior. District administrators found the cameras valuable reinforcement when confronting students and supportive parents about misbehavior during the trip to school or returning home. (183)
The district upgraded its computer technology in June of 1993 when the board approved spending as much as $725,000 on computer technology including a new central computer. The current computer was eleven years old and could not handle payroll or record keeping. It was only capable of handling 70 users and was only linked to the junior high and high schools. The new computer could handle 200 users and was linked to every school in the district. (184)
Marriott Corporation delivered a big check to the district in July, 1993. To obtain the contract to handle the district's food service, it had promised a return of $118,500 the first year. This was the amount of the check although it meant the company did not make a profit. Company officials said that the contract with the district would be renegotiated each of the following four years of the five year contract. Records kept by the company indicated that food service revenue had increased buy 9% daily, total participation increased 9.5% daily, the breakfast program increased by 12% per daily and labor costs were reduced by 1.7 % daily. (185)
The Dubuque Chamber of Commerce Corporate Challenge Grant had its first impact on the education of students in 1993. The $85,775 raised funded a first round of grants for technology purchases for schools in East Dubuque, Illinois; Western Dubuque; and Dubuque public and parochial schools that applied. There were sixty-three grant applications. A grant committee reviewed the requests and made awards based on merit. (186)
Working with the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE, the district announced "Seeking New Adventures," a Saturday program for students in grades 4-6 who attended public school or were home-schooled. Organizers hoped to offer twenty-five classes taught by public school teachers or community members. They were to begin in January 1994 and last for five weeks from 9:00 a.m. until noon. While open to all students in the district, the program was specifically to help students in the downtown schools. (187)
In 1993 the District formed a Gang Task Force with Don Moody, principal of STEPHEN HEMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL, as its chairperson. The purpose of the group was to address gang activity in schools and ensure that the district's discipline policy included gang activity, assault, and repetitive fighting. (188)
Dr. Marvin O'HARE succeeded Lam as superintendent. O’Hare moved to Dubuque in 1970 to serve as the first Director of Elementary Education and then assistant superintendent. He was a strong advocate of early childhood education. O'Hare was succeeded as superintendent by Dr. Joel MORRIS.
In June 1997 district officials proposed that a new elementary school be constructed on district property to the east of Valentine Drive. Construction of this and the middle school that a committee of teachers, parents, and administrators had suggested would not be covered by the schoolhouse levy. (189) Because of this, a bond issue was placed before the voters.
The plan to construct the elementary building at this site was dropped after a bond issue was rejected on September 9, 1997. On October 13, 1997 the district signed an agreement with the city allowing for the construction of VALENTINE PARK on the land. The city paid the district $500,000. The agreement stated that in the future if a school were reconsidered, the district would repay the money. The city reserved the potential site of a school as a grassy area. (190)
In the same month, the district followed new state laws and adopted new policies concerning the search of students' desks and lockers. Previously, the district had to give the student 24 hours of warning before a search. In 1997 student desks, lockers and other district-owned spaces were considered to be provided as a courtesy and not private. Such sites could be searched without warning. (191)
After five years of having the Marriott Corporation manage the district's food service, school officials in 1997 decided to take back the business. The decision affected an estimated 1.3 million meals served annually. At the time of the announcement, officials said one of the goals was to increase satisfaction with the fish nuggets, cheeseburgers, and mini corn-dogs served to students. Another goal was to keep more money in the city. In the previous year, the Marriott Corporation charged the district a 5.9 cents fee per meal totaling $73,160. The district expected to save $60,000 having its own food manager, a cost that had also been charged by Marriott. (192)
Eddie Moore, Jr., an African American holding a master's degree from LORAS COLLEGE and working on his doctorate from the University of Iowa, was hired by the district to discuss racial issues with students and teachers. As part of the district's program against harassment, each classroom was given a poster describing the rules and expressing the policy that discrimination and harassment would not be tolerated. Part of the explaining to the community was the task of Mike Connolly, a teacher in the district and elected state senator, who served as the district's public relations coordinator.
Concern that elementary students were scoring below to just above the state average in reading and language arts, the district turned to the students "first teachers"--the parents. At parent-teacher conferences for students in kindergarten through fourth grade, parents were given brochures telling how they could help their children become better readers. (193)
In 1997 committees of teachers, administrators, and community members began writing standards for what students should learn in a particular subject. Between March and November, the committees would study the district's curricula as well as school standards written by states and other districts. A first draft was to be written and then critiqued by principals, school councils and faculty groups. Based on remarks, a second draft would be written and presented to the teachers. Once teachers' comments were considered, a final draft would be developed. (194)
The district's strategic plan which had been written in 1991 was "taken off the shelf" according to the Telegraph Herald and opened for examination in 1997 through community involvement. Surveys were to be sent to random households for input. A group of "key community informants" would be identified and invited to a meeting to talk about the district. The public would be invite to one or two "town meetings" and a Strategic Planning Committee to board members, administrators, teachers, and community members would be established. The committee would evaluate the input from the other sources and recommend a new strategic plan. (195) In April, district officials announced that it could take $8 million and five years to computerize the public schools. A plan including the choice of platform (IBM), computers in every classroom, network connections between classrooms and buildings, and years of teacher training was expected to be ready to show the school board in May, 1997. (196)
In August 1997 the district announced the use of a computer lunch account for students in the elementary schools. Developed by district employees, the system was designed to reduce office paperwork and eliminate the need of teachers to keep track of lunch tickets. (197) The program was later eliminated.
Good news about computer acquisition was announced for several schools in October, 1997. The Iowa Department of Education informed CENTRAL ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL, Lincoln Elementary School and Fulton Elementary School that they were winners of 1997 Technology Literacy Challenge Grants. To be eligible, each school had to have at least 40% of their students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches. The grants were funded by the federal government but distributed by the states. (198)
The implementation of technology in the schools continued in 1998. In February a $2.5 million project to wire and network most of the district's schools was announced. (199) Most of the money to fund the upgrade came from outside Dubuque. The State of Iowa, as part of a project to upgrade school technology, pledged the district $589,000 annually for five years. Telephone users were also paying into a federally mandated universal service fund which would help school systems upgrade their technology. That fund was expected to pay nearly 60% of the local cost of wiring the buildings. (200)
In February 1998 the district, as in 1996, was a semi-finalist for the United States Department of Education's National Award for Model Professional Development. There had been 86 applications filed in 1998 and 18 semi-finalists chosen. (201) In the same month, the subject of weighted grading came before the board. The subject began with a proposal to include pluses and minuses into the grade point. Computer software was expected to be available for this by the end of the year. The question then expanded to giving more academic credit for honors or advanced classes. The issue was to be studied. (202)
The suggestion by the school board in 1998 of constructing a middle school shared by the public and parochial schools was rejected by the board of education of the ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBUQUE feeling the concept did not fit its faith-based education model. Cooperation between the districts, however, would be continued. JONES JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, for example, offered a half day of math, science and other courses to five of the city's parochial schools. The districts also worked together to honor school-business partnerships and write grants. (203)
In April the learning standards on which work had begun in 1997 were approved by the board of education. As an example, the standards listed specific objectives for reading in elementary, middle school and high school. The next step would be to determine how to assess student accomplishment of the goals. (204) Computers were to play important roles in instruction and, for this reason, the district named seventy-three "computer mentors." Mentors were teachers who were given special training and then asked to help their fellow teachers effectively use computers in their classrooms. The training of the mentors began on April 23, 1998. (205)
In 1998 the district was celebrating its third consecutive year of having one of its teachers being named to EDUCATION'S UNSUNG HEROES.
To improve the 82-year old Prescott Elementary School with additional playground space, the City of Dubuque in 2000 funded a $50,000 playground improvement project with Community Development Block Grant funds. The money provided new fencing, doubled the amount of play equipment, added evergreen trees along the western edge of the playground and an adjustable basketball hoop, and funded the installation of tables and benches. (206)
Under Dr. Godinez, the District actively moved toward the purchase of property once owned by the DUBUQUE PACKING COMPANY for the construction of a new middle school. Controversy arose over the cost and location of the land. Controversy also arose over the superintendent's idea of closing several neighborhood elementary schools and relocating the students to WASHINGTON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL after the construction of a new middle school on the Pack property. The board of education eventually withdraw its interest in the property and the potential closing of elementary schools was no longer considered.
In 2003 the district became a working partner with HEART.
Around 2004 students began using Math Trailblazers curriculum materials that supported conceptual thinking. The curriculum was aligned to Common Core standards. (207)
In 2005 the district, in the first phase of a long-range plan, addressed security, accessibility and crowd control at its outdoor athletic and extracurricular event facility. Dalzell Field, used by three high schools, hosted nearly all major football and track events in Dubuque. Construction costing $668,948.63 allowed the site to be accessed through a series of ramps and stairs integrated into the design of a new concession and restroom facility. This new facility also eliminated the intermingling of home and visiting crowds. Portions of the existing bleachers were removed and wheelchair-seating platforms were installed. A concrete retaining wall incorporated into a portion of the ramp provided the additional area needed to include handicapped parking directly adjacent to the ramp system. (208)
The newly constructed Prescott Elementary School opened in 2006 as one of the first ten charter schools in the state of Iowa. When Prescott’s application for charter status was submitted to the state of Iowa in 2006, the school was required to identify the planned innovative approaches in teaching and learning that would be the instituted if charter status was granted. Prescott staff selected to become an Expeditionary Learning School with a commitment to adding a strong focus on the arts to the curriculum. (209)
The closing of Central Alternative School left questions as to what would be planned for these students. In 2010 the Alternative Learning Center was located at the Forum, the district's administrative office on Chaney Road. Compared to 2009, twenty-one fewer students dropped out of high school. (210)
In 2011 the Alternative Learning Center moved to Jones Junior High School. The "project based learning" strategy was continued with a school-wide project, the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy. CONNECT moved to the Forum. This program, targeted at-risk students in grades 8, 9, and 10, provided two semesters of intensive support with gradual return to their home high school. (211) Supportive study groups called Professional Learning Communities were formed by teachers throughout the District. Within these groups, teachers shared successful practices and provided colleagues with ideas for improvement. (212) Teachers throughout the district through Assessment for Learning worked to align curriculum, assessment and instruction.
In 2011, the District moved towards more technology in the classrooms. Projectors, for example, which could be linked to the Internet were installed in elementary social studies classrooms. Teachers were provided with laptops.
In February 2012 the question of entering into a long-term contract with one technology company to provide services to the District was explored. In April the decision to proceed with just one company was reconsidered. The same month it was discovered that a $133,000 "help desk" had never been operational. This was followed the same month with the discovery that several district computer servers had not had anti-virus programs installed. Dr. Godinez stated that she had not been informed of either situation. On Monday, April 30th the board voted unanimously to consider firing the superintendent. On May 1st, Superintendent Godinez gave notice that she was taking an extended leave of absence.
On Wednesday, May 2, 2012 the board unanimously approved the appointment of Stan Rheingans as acting superintendent. Rheingans had been the district's Executive Director of Human Resources since July 2004. On May 30, 2012 the Board and Dr. Godinez reached a termination agreement. (213) The Board then announced that it would conduct its own search for a new superintendent. In June of 2012 Rheingans was named Interim Superintendent and his salary was raised to around $160,000. Rheingans was named the superintendent on September 19th after a search was conducted by the board without professional assistance as in the past. (214)
Multi-million dollar construction projects for the District began in 2012 with more work done at Dalzell Field. Financing through the local option sales tax allowed the District to make upgrades to the field so that it would conform to the ADA (Americans with Disability Act) access rules and guidelines for public facilities. The District used the project to also make the facility more appealing for athletic and community events. The completed complex featured artificial turf, Musco sports lighting, a regulation eight-lane track, a 3,125 home bleacher section with an additional 1,500 visitor seats, an 11 x 20 feet digital display section on the scoreboard, new locker rooms, new concession stands, tickets booths and an $86,500 private donation-funded bronze statue of Jay BERWANGER. (215)
In April, 2013, the District announced a new four-year technology plan funded by the one-cent sales tax. With the intent of providing tablets to teachers trained on incorporating technology into the classroom, the plan would invest $3.5 million per year for four years. There would also be a $2.5 million commitment to refresh/replace technology as needed. By 2016-2017 both high schools would become one-to-one schools with every student having a tablet. (216)
In August, the District unveiled its new logo (shown at the top of the entry on the left hand side). The figures represent every student, white space represents movement toward the future and diamonds represent communication. Redesign of the approximately 13-year-old logo was part of a district strategic plan goal to more proactively tell the district’s story. A district official said the new logo was a key to establishing a consistent, unified and meaningful representation of what the district was and aspired to become. Cost of the new logo designed by Mike Schmalz of Refinery Design Company in Dubuque was $13,500, paid out of the general fund, and included the logo in various orientations and formats, as well as a complete redesign of district business cards, letterhead and envelopes.
In 2013, Every Child|Every Promise, an alliance with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and its partners worked to expand learning time beyond the regular school day/year. The Dubuque Community School District received a grant to implement the Leadership After-School Program (LEAP) in two of its middle schools. The program offered free after-school activities and a snack to participants. During the year more than 500 students at Jefferson and Washington Middle School were involved. Every Child|Every Promise also led to the Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. This initiative focused on the "most important predictor of school success and high school graduation: grade-level reading by the end of the third grade." (217)
Effective July 1, 2014, Iowa schools had the option to choose between a minimum of 180 days or 1,080 hours of instruction in a school year. Only instructional hours counted in that latter option, so recess and lunch were not included. Under the new law, days that started late or ended early -- due to heat, winter weather, or teacher in-service meetings -- counted toward the hours minimum but did not count toward the day minimum; not even as a partial day. In response, the District chose the calendar based on hours and eliminated the spring break. Teacher in-service time was reduced to one hour on Friday mornings. (218)
In March 2014, the State of Iowa renewed the charter school status of Prescott Elementary. Opened in 2006, Prescott, the only elementary charter school in Iowa, was an expeditionary-learning charter school that emphasized experiential, problem-based learning with an integration of the arts. The school was required to renew its charter every four years. (219)
In the fall of 2014 the District unveiled a new teacher-leadership program. Funded by a $3.3 million state grant, an estimated two hundred teachers were given "teacher-leader" status and given the task of working collaboratively with less-experienced peers. (220) In October, the District renamed the Jones Campus to Alta Vista Campus. The new name was to honor the original structure, Alta Vista Mansion, the former home of George Wallace JONES. The site housed the Alternative Learning Center and Connect Program.
In December, 2014 the District announced that it would no longer be using paper time cards for hourly employees or teachers doing work outside the contract hours. The Board approved a contract with Time-Clock Plus for $147,000 to implement a computerized time and attendance system. (221) School district administrators joined business and social leaders in a "My Brother's Keeper" workshop. This began the city's participation in the White House challenge to empower at-risk youth, particularly young men of color. Closing a "racial achievement gap," could help offset a projected skilled labor shortage locally, according to Mayor Roy D. BUOL. (222)
Working to build student involvement in extracurricular activities was a focus of the district for years. In 2013, the district began offering activity buses at the secondary level to provide transportation to students in after-school activities. Middle school involvement, however, tended to decline as students entered high school. During 2013-2014, 57% of students in middle and high school participated in at least one activity. (223)
As 2014 came to an end, renovation of Hempstead High School continued. A new auditorium and practice gym were constructed and classroom space was added. Kennedy Elementary School had a $6.9 million renovation including a two-story, 25,000-square-foot addition with a gym, music and art rooms, kindergarten rooms, special-education rooms and a technology center. (224) Jefferson Middle School received new lockers, and Dubuque Senior High School and Washington Middle School both received roof replacements. (225)
Iowa was one of forty-two states to adopt Common Core standards which were required to be in place for kindergarten through eighth grade in 2014-2015.
In January 2015 the district reported being short of substitute teachers. The problem was nationwide brought about by lower unemployment rates and increased professional development for teachers. Dubuque, using an automated substitute-placement system developed by Frontline, an education software company occasionally had thirty unfilled positions district-wide. These were filled by multiple teachers covering the class during time they would usually have had preparation periods. (226)
In February 2015 it was announced that a $25 million renovation for DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL was moving into the conceptual design phase. (227) The same month, the District announced that an estimated four hundred middle and high school students would be trained by the end of the year in the Green Dot Etcetera, violence-prevention program. The goal of the program was to help students recognize violent situations and to take action to help. A program for the elementary schools was planned for the beginning of the next school year. (228) On March 13, 2015 students at Eisenhower Elementary School missed a day of school when the building was closed. With between 23-28% of the students and 22 of the staff ill each of the previous four days, the District for the first time in its history, chose to close the school to avoid the spread of the flu-like symptoms. (229) The second "School Talk" was held on March 14th at the Forum. The presentation topic was school funding, its importance to the district and the role supplemental state aid plays in budgeting. (230)
In March, 2015 the announcement was made that John and Alice Butler would fund the replacement and renovation of windows and doors at BRYANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL to return them to their appropriate historic style. The project would also include new historical exterior lighting at the school. The cost of the project, and amount of the donation, was $780,000. (231)
It was announced in April 2015 that Iowa's high school graduation rate rose for the class of 2014. Dubuque was ranked the third-highest among the state's ten largest urban school districts. The four-year graduation rate for Dubuque climbed 2.36 percent from the previous year to 91.49%. (232)
In May 2015 the the district's commitment to students with special needs was challenged by a board member, Matt Strelo. Long an advocate for students with mental-health issues, he said the district had made some positive changes but that other suggestions he had made were not pursued. Strelo charged that the district had "given up on his son," a fourth grader with ADHD and anxiety issues. Strelo stated that while not a single employee of the district did not have the best interests of children in mind, there was a lack of knowledge on how to respond to kids in trauma. (233)
Strelo's son had been placed in a seclusion room as a first grader, ran away from school in second and third, and was home schooled at the end of fourth. Between kindergarten and third grade, the boy had attended three schools. Strelo and his wife filed a state request for a due process hearing as allowed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. They claimed the school district and Keystone Area Education Agency unilaterally altered the child's Individualized Education Program (IEP), failed to provide a therapeutically appropriate classroom and proposed a drastic change in education by suggesting the child be placed in long-term residential treatment in Cedar Rapids. A settlement was finalized during the first week of May in which the parents agreed to home-school through the end of the year and then re-evaluate the situation. Strelo announced he would not seek re-election to the board and that his family would be moving to St. Louis. (234)
On May 15 the Telegraph Herald editorial board wrote "A Time to Part: Strelo, School Board." Stated in the editorial was,
We do feel that when a board member takes official action against the same school district he legally represents, there is a conflict of interest (on a practical level, if not legally). In this case, with his relationship with the school board and district frayed if not fractured...we believe it would be best for everyone if Matt Strelo concluded his service on the board now." (235)
Strelo's reaction to the editorial came on May 20, 2015 in an editorial entitled,"Shame on Me to Resisting the Status Quo in Our Schools." Strelo challenged the district's effectiveness implied in an article featured on p. 1 of the May 17, 2015 Telegraph Herald. Strelo reminded readers that on April 15, 2015 the Telegraph Herald had published an article entitled "Mental Health 'Crisis' in Schools." (236) Citing Nancy Bradley, director of elementary education for the district, it "can be difficult to connect students with adequate mental health care." Strelo also challenged the assertion of the newspaper that he had orchestrated students to address the board about mental health issues. (237) The newspaper responded on the same page with "Strelo's Response Makes the Case for Resignation." The editorial board cited "his characterization of our statements is inaccurate and hyperbolic" and that several sources confirmed that the students who addressed the board were not aware that Strelo had filed an official complaint against the district. The editorial board also repeated a statement from its editorial of May 17th and originally made by Bradley that "in dealing with students with mental-health issues, our schools are not treatment facilities and they can only do so much. (238)
In June, Dubuque was six months into the My Brother's Keeper initiative, a White House initiative launched the preceding fall, aimed at helping youth reach their potential -- particularly young men of color. Dubuque's local action plan sought to identify local disparities, look to research based practices and leverage existing assets around three goals: (239)
All children read at grade level by 3rd grade All youth graduate from high school All youth out of school are employed
The district was recognized in the summer of 2015 by the National School Public Relations Association with an Award of Merit for an episode of the District-Wide Update (www.youtube/CHt9vPOAPhA) produced by the district. The award was part of NSPRA's Publications and Electronic Media Awards which recognize outstanding educational communication materials. The district also received three national awards in the 2015 Hometown Media Awards including the award for Overall Exellence in Educational Programming (for budgets less than $300,000). The district also received the Best Web-Based Program for the Roosevelt Middle School orientation video and an honorable mention in the Magazine Show category for a District-Wide Update. (240)
At the state level, the district received five awards in the Iowa School Public Relations Association annual Communication Contest. The district's 2014 opening of school video entitled "Make Every Second Count," received a Blue and Gold Award for the best entry in its category. The district received Awards of Excellence for the new district website, an episode of the District-Wide Update program, and the Roosevelt Middle School Orientation video. It received an Award of Merit for its brochure about the one-cent sales tax funding. The district's new website received an Award of Excellence from the Art Directors Association of Iowa. (241)
In 2015 the district produced its video content through a partnership with Loras College Productions which provided two full-time professional video producers to serve on the district's communication team. (242)
In the fall of 2015 community members were recruited to become Academic Reading Tutors for the elementary schools in the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. Through the Americorps Partners in Learning program and the district, tutors were trained on reading interventions and strategies which were in alignment with those used in the classroom. Students involved were from grades kindergarten through third. Tutors committed to working for the entire school year for either 450 hours or 900 hours. Working 900 hours, the tutor received a $6,035 living allowance and $2,865 in an education award which could be given to a child, grandchild, or foster child for college tuition, books or student loans. Those working 450 hours received $3,018 and a $1,515.55 education award. (243)INCLUSIVE DUBUQUE, formed in 2013, was dedicated to advancing justice and social equity in the community. One of the long-standing issues in Dubuque was the racial disparity in the district between staff and students, as well as the need for additional cultural competency training. In 2015 seventeen percent of students in the district were minorities, as compared to 2.2 percent of staff. (244)
Superintendent Stan Rheingans stated that the problem was statewide and partly due to higher pay scales in surrounding states. "We're fortunate to have Loras, Clarke, the University of Dubuque and Emmaus Bible College all with teacher-education programs," Rheingans said, noting the departments, particularly at UD, recently started seeing more diverse enrollment. "As they diversify, we think that's a prime, growing opportunity for us." (245)
The Dubuque Community School Board made expanding cultural training a priority. The district partnered with Dubuque's Human Rights Department to work with high school and some middle school teachers to develop lesson plans addressing racial and cultural differences. (246) Dialogue attendees during the first six months of 2015 expressed the need for more exposure to educational opportunities and outreach to minority students regarding Advanced Placement courses. (247) Of the more than 570 Hempstead and Senior high school students who took an AP test in 2014, 90 percent were white, including those of Middle Eastern origin. Less than 1 percent were Hispanic or Latino and nearly 2 percent were black. This was compared to a high school population where Hispanic or Latino students accounted for 3 percent of the student body and 6 percent for blacks. (248)
The district increased after-school programming and intervention programs, partnering with numerous nonprofits to promote its grade-level-reading and dropout-prevention initiatives. In 2014 the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools awarded $10,000 to expand the district's Leadership Enrichment Afterschool Programming at Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School. LEAP's mission was to broaden students' general educational experiences through trying new activities, discovering their talents, reinforcing productive behavior and building self-confidence. LEAP was originally only available to students at Thomas Jefferson and George Washington middle schools due to being funded by a grant supporting the program for Title I schools only. (249)
The district partnered to promote tutoring services at the DUBUQUE DREAM CENTER. (250)
On October 12, 2015 transportation considerations ranked high for the board of education. Realizing the bus-lane improvements had to be completed prior to the 2016-17 school year, the board approved $17,500 in additional design at Senior High School to allow bus-lane improvements to be completed ahead of the overall $30 million renovation project at the school. Also approved were extending the bus loop at Hoover Elementary School and building a new parking lot/bus loop near Irving Elementary School. (251)
Fund-raising by children led to "walk-a-thons" in 2015. Such activities were also part of the district's effort to promote healthier activities. Money raised was used for a variety of activities including improving school library collections. The district' wellness policy was in line with federal regulations which set nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day and placed restrictions on food-based fundraisers during the day. The local policy was amended in 2011 for out-of-school fundraisers so that students could sell popular foods like cookie dough. (252)
On November 6, 2015 the district hosted Governor Terry Branstad and staffers from his education cabinet. The subject was the state's Teacher Leadership and Compensation System which Dubuque and Western Dubuque were among the first districts in the state to implement. Dubuque by that date had already received more than three million dollars. The program fostered collaboration and support for teachers by pairing experienced teachers with less-experienced peers. More than two hundred "teacher-leaders" were active in Dubuque. (253) In the same month, the district announced it was involved in a initial stages of a mascot redesign for each of the high schools. (254)
Redesigning was also the focus of a grant for a STEM Redesigned Learning Environment model announced in November, 2015. The district was one of twelve programs in Iowa chosen to create either a STEM Redesigned Learning Environment or STEM Business Engaging Students and Teachers Model through the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council. The models transformed classrooms, brought together business and education, and developed pathways from science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to careers. The district partnered with JOHN DEERE DUBUQUE WORKS; IIW, P.C.; DUBUQUE AREA LABOR-MANAGEMENT COUNCIL; Northeast Iowa Community College and LORAS COLLEGE to redesign a pre-engineering classroom at each high school to promote collaboration with technology. The goal was to create a "seamless flow from high school pre-engineering to post-secondary engineering coursework." (255)
For more than twelve years, the district maintained its membership in the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources with an annual fee. Companies including 3M and Rubbermaid donated their excess inventories to the association for tax deductions. The items were then offered to schools churches and nonprofit organizations. The district also participated in the five-time annual "grab bag" events. During these times, member organizations had two hours to grab what they could from the warehouse floors. Each trip was usually worth $2,000-$3,000 worth of floor tiles, carpet squares, light fixtures, paper, and glue. In October, 2015 the district acquired sixteen U-shaped office desks valued at $32,000 in this manner. (256)
The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque received $61,000 in grants and donations from California-based Vision to Learn and THEISEN'S HOME-FARM-AUTO to fund a pilot program of free eye examinations and eyeglasses for students in low-income schools. Vision screenings were provided annually in the fall in the Dubuque Community School District for students in kindergarten, first, third and fifth grades. Students identified in the school exams would be rechecked by local optometrists in January and February and if in need of glasses would receive two free pairs from Vision to Learn. Letters would be sent in December and January to parents of those students who qualified for the follow-up exam. (257)
Introducing computer coding to elementary students was the goal of Hour of Code held during Computer Science Education Week in December, 2015. Organized by Code.org, the program was developed to interest young students in computer science by having them participate for one hour in actually writing code. (258) Using "blockly" code to help students visually understanding programming, participants dragged and dropped blocks of commands to write programs and make characters perform tasks. (259)
From 2005 to 2015 the number of students in the district with limited English proficiency increased from 98 to 265. Students in the English Language Learners (ELL) program spoke more than twenty different languages including: (260)
Albanian Amharic Bengali Bosnian Chinese Ethiopian Filipino French Gujarati Hindi Hispanic Korean Marshallese Portugese Russian Swedish Tagalog Tamil Telugu Thai Urdu Vietnamese
The largest group of students were MARSHALLESE at 53% of the ELL student population with Hispanic the second largest with 22%. Federal law required that districts ensure all students have equal access to a quality education including school communication with parents in languages they understand. Interpreters, paid $20 per hour with fees covered by federal funding, were often employed at parent-teacher conferences and meetings to determine Individualized Education Program plans for special education students. (261)
In 2016 the future of HILLCREST FAMILY SERVICES Anna B. Lawther Academy was in question. Many school districts including Dubuque for years sent students to the academy for special education services. A change in the interpretation of how special-education funding could be used shifted the the financial burden about $1 million to the Dubuque Community School District. Solutions being considered included purchasing the Academy or constructing an addition to an existing building. There was also the question of staffing an in-district program by contracting services from Hillcrest or hiring new personnel. (262)
In February the school board voted to reinstate a spring break for the 2016-2017 school year. This had been eliminated in 2014. (263) The same month the district chose to offer free passes to residents 65 years of age or older who lived within the district's boundaries. The passes allowed free admission to athletic events, plays and musicals. They were not valid for intra-city competitions or playoff tournaments. (264)
The board announced in February that the superintendent would be developing a plan for an estimated $3 million reduction in the 2016-2017 school year's general fund expenses. In 2015-2016, the general fund expenses totaled nearly $127 million. Budget reductions would help alleviate a decline in the district's unspent balance. An estimated $2.4 million deficit during the 2015-2016 fiscal year was anticipated to decrease the district's unspent balance to $8.7 million. Unchecked, that deficit could continue if expenses such as increases in salaries and benefits outpaced statewide increases to supplemental state aid -- the increase in per-pupil spending. (265)
On March 14, 2016 the school board approved a plan to eliminate a two administrative positions and re-structure other positions. Effective July 1st, the district cut the Associate Superintendent position and the Director of Special Education position. Those two cuts will save the district $340,000. Superintendent Stan Rheingans also unveiled other district-level cuts that brought total budget reductions to a little more than $2 million. That left roughly another $1 million in cuts that would come from the classroom including teachers, para-professionals and school staff. (266) In June, Dubuque Community School District leaders announced they would cut 11 school-level positions the next year in an effort to reduce district expenses. Exactly how many teachers would be impacted by the reductions still was unclear due to the job openings available in the district next year. The school-level reductions amount to 10.5 general-education teaching positions, six at the elementary level and 4.5 — four full-time and one part-time positions — at the secondary level, Kramer said. Other savings were to come from fund reallocation. (267)
The Dubuque Community School Board voted in May, 2016 to put the estimated $30 million project for Dubuque Senior High School out for bids. The plans for the project call for about 59,000 square feet of additions and 69,000 square feet of renovations. New additions include a new cafeteria and gym. (268) On June 23, 2016 when bids were opened for the work it appeared the district could save approximately $1.7 million from their anticipated construction costs. (269)
The board of education approved a policy on animals in the classroom. In September 2016 the policy outlined procedures for the use of service animals and therapy dogs. Service animals were individually trained to work with a person having a disability. Therapy dogs were certified to work with their handlers to "provide emotional support, well-being, comfort or companionship to school district students." Staff members who wished to bring a therapy dog to school had to make a request with district administrators. Principals had ten days to notify families and staff and make plans to accommodate students with allergies. (270)
In 2016 the District implemented the position of home/school liaison at Lincoln Elementary. The first such position in the history of the District, the job involve "enhancing student education by helping remove barriers in the way of children's learning, whether that he struggles for the student, a family, school relationships or a neighborhood." People in the position could come from a variety of backgrounds with a commitment to building positive associations. Other schools to have the position were Fulton, Audubon and Prescott. (271)
In December 2016 Paula Baumann, a counselor at JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL was named the 2016 Iowa Middle School Counselor of the Year. (272) Over the years, several teachers have become finalists in the IOWA TEACHER OF THE YEAR competition.
The Iowa Department of Education prompted by legislation passed in 2013 developed a "report card" on public schools. Data for the report came from standardized tests, graduation rates and survey results. Each year's rating based on a 100-point scale was compiled using data from two school years and was described on the Department of Education website as an "informational tool" without "reward or consequence." In 2017 the report had only been released twice. Measures of parent involvement were being added. Results of a teacher survey were included in the 2017 report. A parent survey would be sent out in 2017 for inclusion in the next report. Superintendent Rheingans referred to the report as a "30,000-foot-view of student achievement" with limited funding from the state remaining an important factor. (273)
Rankings ran from "Exceptional" to "High Performing," Commendable," "Acceptable," "Needs Improvement," or "Priority." State-wide , 2% of the schools were considered "exceptional" with 5% listed at priority.
1. Oldt, Franklin T. History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880, p. 553. Online: http://books.google.com/books?id=u9xDAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA464&lpg=PA464&dq=Burton%27s+Furnace+%28dubuque+history%29&source=bl&ots=0CkCGLFR0v&sig=a0Ou1vN3ew6nQUYoq2aOJsXF9Mg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=j3HVT5XALaP42QXVp9iFDw&ved=0CGgQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=Burton%27s%20Furnace%20%28dubuque%20history%29&f=false
2. Ibid., p. 218-219.
4. Ibid., p. 524
8. Ibid., p. 558
10. Ibid., p. 559
13. Ibid., p. 560
14. "School Matters in Dubuque County," Dubuque Democratic Herald, February 2, 1864, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=A36e8EsbUSoC&dat=18640202&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
15. "Board of Education," Dubuque Democratic Herald, September 27, 1863, p. 4, Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=A36e8EsbUSoC&dat=18630927&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
16. "Board of Education," Dubuque Democratic Herald, January 20, 1864, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=A36e8EsbUSoC&dat=18640120&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
17. "Board of Education," Dubuque Democratic Herald, May 31, 1864, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=A36e8EsbUSoC&dat=18640531&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
18. "Election of Teachers," Dubuque Democratic Herald, July 13, 1864, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=A36e8EsbUSoC&dat=18640713&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
19. "Board of Education," Dubuque Democratic Herald, September 4, 1864. p. 4Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=A36e8EsbUSoC&dat=18640904&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
20. "School House Improvements," Dubuque Democratic Herald, August 26, 1864, Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=A36e8EsbUSoC&dat=18640826&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
21. "Board of Education," Dubuque Democratic Herald, June 16, 1864, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=A36e8EsbUSoC&dat=18640616&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
22. "Educational," Dubuque Herald, June 7, 1874. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18740607&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
23. Kruse, Len. "Prescott-Dubuque's First Public High School," My Old Dubuque, Center for Dubuque History, Loras College, 2000, p. 269-270
24. Ibid., p. 561
25. "Board of Education," Dubuque Herald, November 12, 1865, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18651112&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
26. "Important to Teachers," Dubuque Herald, December 15, 1865, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18651214&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
27. "Profane Teachers," Dubuque Herald, April 19, 1866, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18660419&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
28. "School Board Report," Dubuque Herald, July 18, 1866, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18660718&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
29. Kruse, p. 561
30. "Board of Education," Dubuque Herald, July 24, 1866, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18660724&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
31. "Board of Education," Dubuque Herald, August 10, 1866, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18660810&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
32. "Examination of Public Schools," Dubuque Herald, June 22, 1866, p. 4
33. Ibid., p. 563
34. Ibid., p. 564-565
35. Ibid., p. 565
36. Ibid. p. 566
37. Chaichian, Mohammad A. White Racism on the Western Urban Frontier: Dynamics of Race and Class in Dubuque, Iowa (1800-2000) Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2006, p. 93
38. "Public Schools Closed," Dubuque Herald, September 13, 1872, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18720913&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
39. Chaichian, p. 567
40. "Examination in Physiology," Dubuque Herald, August 8, 1873, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18730808&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
41. "Nominations for School Directors," Dubuque Herald, March 3, 1874, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18740303&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
42. Oldt, p. 221
43. "Board of Education," Dubuque Herald, May 1, 1874, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18740501&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
44. "Normal School," Dubuque Herald, August 13, 1874, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18740813&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
45. "School Laws of Iowa," Dubuque Herald, August 25, 1874, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18740825&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
46. "Board of Education," Dubuque Herald, May 28, 1875, p. 4. Online: ttps://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18750528&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
47. 'Teachers' Work," Dubuque Herald, June 28, 1879, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18790628&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
48. Chaichian, p. 570
49. "Caught on the Fly," Dubuque Herald, June 15, 1875, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18750615&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
50. "Board of Education," Dubuque Herald, August 6, 1875, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18750806&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
51. "Board of Education," Dubuque Herald, September 20, 1875, p. 4. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18750921&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
52. "No Colored Children in Schools," Dubuque Herald, September 9, 1875. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18750909&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
53. "New Teacher," Dubuque Herald, September 5, 1875, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18750905&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
54. Chaichian, p. 93
55. "The Fifteenth Amendment," Dubuque Herald, February 20, 1877, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18770220&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
56. "Caught on the Fly," Dubuque Herald, April 26, 1876, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18760426&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
57. "Teachers' Institute," Dubuque Herald, May 21, 1876, p 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18760521&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
58. "Caught on the Fly," Dubuque Herald, August 15, 1876, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18760815&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
59. "Our High School," Dubuque Herald, January 8, 1876, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18760108&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
60. "Teachers' Institute," Dubuque Herald, September 24, 1876, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18760924&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
61. "No Recess," Dubuque Herald, October 14, 1876, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18761014&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
62. "Caught on the Fly," Dubuque Herald, November 2, 1876, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18761102&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
63. "Caught on the Fly," Dubuque Herald, March 23, 1877, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18770323&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
64. "Examining the Public Schools," Dubuque Herald, May 29, 1877, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18770529&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
65. "Board of Education," Dubuque Herald, July 1, 1877, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18770701&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
66. "Caught on the Fly," Dubuque Herald, January 1, 1878, p. 8. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18780101&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
67. Oldt, p. 575
69. "The Public School Expenses for March," Dubuque Herald, April 2, 1878 (no pages given)
70. "Board of Education," Dubuque Herald, July 29, 1879, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18790729&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
71. Kruse, p. 575
72. Oldt, p. 30
73. "Teachers' Certificates," Dubuque Herald, September 3, 1880, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18800903&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
74. "Excellence of the Dubuque Schools, Dubuque Herald, June 15, 1890 (no pages given)
75. Andrea Wallis Aven--"The Wallis Family Tree" and photographs.
76. "Board of Education--Our Public Schools Re-Named in Honor of Distinguished Americans," Telegraph Herald-Times Journal, Sept. 24, 1889, p. 3
77. "Municipal Molecules," Dubuque Daily Herald, October 1, 1892, p. 4
78. "A School for Deaf Mutes," Dubuque Daily Herald, January 12, 1892, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=_OG5zn83XeQC&dat=18920112&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
79. "Municipal Molecules," Dubuque Daily Herald, November 1, 1892, p. 4
80. Oldt, p. 920
82. "Eager for Education," Dubuque Daily Herald, March 15, 1893, p. 4
83. "Educational," Dubuque Daily Herald, February 1, 1895, p. 5
84. Sabin, Henry. "School Laws of Iowa," Fr. R. Conaway, State Printer, 1897 Online: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=lgdCAAAAIAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s
85. Oldt, http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/franklin-t-oldt/history-of-dubuque-county-iowa-being-a-general-survey-of-dubuque-county-histor-tdl/page-22-history-of-dubuque-county-iowa-being-a-general-survey-of-dubuque-county-histor-tdl.shtml
86. Oldt, p. 920
88. Oldt. http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/franklin-t-oldt/history-of-dubuque-county-iowa-being-a-general-survey-of-dubuque-county-histor-tdl/page-22-history-of-dubuque-county-iowa-being-a-general-survey-of-dubuque-county-histor-tdl.shtml
89. "Doors Open Again," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, January 6. 1903, p. 5
90. "Athletics Dull," Telegraph Herald, March 5, 1903, p. 2
91. Oldt.History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Goodspell Historical Association, 1911, p. 200
92. "Color Question Up," Evening (Marshalltown, IA) Times-Republican, December 15, 1905, p. 2
93. Oldt.History of Dubuque County, Iowa. http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/franklin-t-oldt/history-of-dubuque-county-iowa-being-a-general-survey-of-dubuque-county-histor-tdl/page-23-history-of-dubuque-county-iowa-being-a-general-survey-of-dubuque-county-histor-tdl.shtml
94. "Teach Sex Facts in Public Schools?" Dubuque Herald, February 3, 1910, p. 10
95. "Secret Society Question is Up," Dubuque Herald, May 25, 1910, p. 7
96. "Inspection of the City Schools," Dubuque Herald, May 11, 1910, p. 2
97. "Dubuque May Have a "School Nurse," Dubuque Herald, July 27, 1910
99. "Board Increases Teachers' Salaries," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, May 11, 1911, p. 12
100. Phase V Architectural/Historical Survey/Evaluation Final Report. Online: http://weblink.cityofdubuque.org/WebLink8/DocView.aspx?id=44950&page=1&searchid=9d0a32ca-655e-4868-b2d1-db38eb62e79b, p. 11
101. "School Drive for Armenians Ends," Telegraph Herald, March 14, 1920 Part II, p. 1
102. "Part-Time School Resumes Monday," Telegraph Herald, January 1, 1920, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19200101&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
103. "Women's Club Told of Junior Schools," Telegraph Herald, April 14, 1920, p. 14
104. "School Board To Be Asked for Special Election," Telegraph Herald, April 19, 1920, p. 1
105. "O.K. Plans for Junior High on Grandview," Times-Journal, June 19, 1921
106. "Summer School To Be Resumed in City, Plan." Times-Journal, July 8, 1921, p. 5
107. "Thrift Course in Dubuque Schools," Telegraph Herald, February 12, 1922, p. 15. Online: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=lJBSAAAAIBAJ&sjid=iM0MAAAAIBAJ&pg=3001,445377&dq=peter+cooper+school+dubuque&hl=en
108. "Flower Outlines New School Plan," Telegraph Herald, Sept. 26, 1922, p. 4
109. "Open House Day at Senior High," Telegraph Herald, May 10, 1925, p. 7
110. "School Board Meeting Private," Telegraph Herald, May 25, 1925, p. 4
111. "Supt. O. P. Flower Asked to Resign School Post," Telegraph Herald, May 25, 1925, p. 4
112. "Discharge of O. P. Flower Is Rescinded," Telegraph Herald, July 17,, 1925, p. 1
113. "School Board Meeting Private,"
114. "Fred G. Stevenson New Superintendent," Telegraph Herald, June 15, 1926, p. 2
115. "English Pheasant Eggs Received," Telegraph-Herald and Times Journal, May 18, 1927, p. 2
116. "Sun Baths May be Given Children of Dubuque Schools," Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal(2nd Edition), May 22, 1927, p. 1
117. "Dubuque's Normal Training School Receives Praise," Telegraph Herald-Times Journal, Nov. 28, 1927, p. 7
118. "Central High Not To Be Abandoned," Telegraph Herald and Times Journal, January 10, 1928, p. 7
119. "Married Women as Teachers O.K." Telegraph Herald, January 10, 1928, p. 11
120. "School Patrol Has Fine Record," Telegraph Herald, June 31, 1955
121. Lyon, Randolph. Safety patrol supervisor at Hoover School for thirty-eight accident-free years
122. "Teachers Will Pass on Union," Telegraph Herald, Oct. 10, 1937, p. 5
123. "Watch Pupils, Schools Urged." Telegraph Herald, September 5, 1940, p. 2
124. "City's Work in Model Plane Building Hailed," Telegraph Herald, June 21, 1942, p. 17
125. "Hundreds Take Job Tests Here," Telegraph Herald, June 14, 1942, p. 18
126. "Plan Evening Pre-Flight Courses Here," Telegraph-Herald, June 11, 1942, p. 5
127. " 'Emergency Increases' Are Granted by Board," Telegraph-Herald, April 14, p. 1. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19420414&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
128. "School Merger is Considered," Telegraph Herald, September 15, 1946, p. C11
129. "School Books Here Get O.K." Telegraph Herald, September 9, 1947, p. 1
130. Heffron, Hal. "World Events Set Fast Pace for Textbooks," Telegraph Herald, November 27, 1949, p. 1\
131. Day, Mike. "Lessons from the '50s in Dubuque," THonline.com November 18, 2015. Online: http://www.thonline.com/news/tri-state/article_b5672be8-a88f-5e31-ba1b-de318cf73e87.html
132. Sage, Leland L. A History of Iowa. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1974, p. 331
133. Germanson, Ann. "A Big Step Forward for These Youngsters," Telegraph Herald, November 14, p. 1
134. "250 Teachers Attend B-I-E Day at Dubuque Senior High School," Telegraph Herald, September 1, 1954, p. 1
135. "Centers for Polio Shots Here Named," Telegraph Herald, March 22, 1955, p. 1
136. "Announce 6% Salary Increase for Teachers," Telegraph Herald, April 7, 1955, p. 1
137. "County Public Schools Begin Reorganization," Telegraph Herald, October 6, 1957, p. 4
139. "New Teaching Methods Give Meaning to Class Material," Telegraph Herald, Feb. 12, 1957, p. 5
140. "Alert 'Bombs' Miss Dubuque," Telegraph Herald, September 12, 1957, p. 1
141. "The Big Squeeze Is On at Washington," Telegraph Herald, January 27, 1959 p. 14
142. "Local, Area Schools Use News Filmstrips," Telegraph Herald, August 12, 1960, p. 1
143. "City Students Get Code," Telegraph Herald, May 15, 1960, p. 1
144. Shively, Neil. "Iowa's Forced Merger Law 'Toothless Tiger,'" Telegraph Herald, July 16, 1961, p. 1
145. "School Board Okays Merger," Telegraph Herald, July 16, 1961, p. 8
146. "City Teachers Granted Raise," Telegraph Herald, March 20, 1962, p. 1
147. "City School Board Shifts Clark From Chief to New Position," Telegraph Herald, February 11, 1966, p. 1
148. McKeever, Lynn. "Dubuque and the Teacher Shortage," Telegraph Herald, August 28, 1966, p. 4
149. Babcock, Sue. "Wealth Law Gives Schools in City a 'Gift' of $400,000," Telegraph Herald, July 26, 1970, p. 35
151. Shamley, Dale. "'Cluster' Grade Schools Are Planned," Telegraph Herald, March 10, 1967, p. 13
152. Swenson, Jim. "For Three Weeks in 1967, Dubuque Senior High Was Not Dubuque Senior High," Telegraph Herald, October 26, 2015, p. 1.
153. "Board Agrees to Try to Hire Negro Teachers," Telegraph Herald, May 14, 1968, p. 1
154. "Wessel Tells Problems in School Growth," Telegraph Herald, Mar. 4, 1970, p. 6
155. "School Census Shows Decline," Telegraph Herald, July 30, 1970, p. 1
156. Babcock, Sue. "New School Technique: Cash Reserve," Telegraph Herald, July 30, 1970, p. 29
158. Glab, Jim. "School's Out! School's Out!, Telegraph Herald, July 1, 1970, p. 27
159. "Fulfilling Dreams...One Home at a Time," Dubuque Board of Realtors, Inc., May 30, 2013, p. 4
160. Lyon, Randolph W. Fourth grade teacher in 1972 and a member of the outdoor education program
161. Lyon, Randolph W. Author of the Phi Delta Kappa grant and district TAG member
162. Lyon, Randolph W., President of the DEA from 1982-1986, member of the committee which set up collective bargaining in the district, IPD member
164. Demarest, Dusti. "School Board May Tighten Fund-Raising," Telegraph Herald, April 10, 1984, p. 3
167. Hanson, Lyn. "Kindergarten Intern," Telegraph Herald, September 28, 1991, p. 3A
168. Hanson, Lyn. "Educators to Speak at IASB," Telegraph Herald, October 31, 1991, p. 3A
169. Hanson, Lyn. "School Multicultural Programs Still Deficient," Telegraph Herald, March 22, 1992, p. 3A. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19920322&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
170. Hanson, "Kindergarten Intern,"
171. "After Seventeen Years, It was Time to Let Go and Forgive," Suburban Journals, May 25, 2008, Online: http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journals/after-years-it-was-time-to-let-go-and-forgive/article_a65ae56d-361b-5c4d-b0ec-46b3e6902f07.html
172. Hanson, Lyn. "Divided Board OKs Prescott Breakfast Plan," Telegraph Herald, April 9, 1991, p. 3A
173. Hanson, Lyn. "Dubuque District to Fight Prejudice," Telegraph Herald, August 20, 1991, p. 3A
174. Dickel, Dean. "Teachers Illustrate Phase III's Success," Telegraph Herald, January 28, 1992, p. 8A. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19920128&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
175. Hanson, Lyn. "TV Eyed for City Junior High Schools," Telegraph Herald, March 18, 1992, p. 3A. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19920318&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
176. Hanson, Lyn. "Cultural Sensitivity Ranks Low," Telegraph Herald, February 27, 1992, p. 3A. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19920227&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
177. Krapfl, Mike. "School District Revises Report Cards," Telegraph Herald, August 6, 1992, p. 3A. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19920806&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
178. Hanson, Lyn. "Minorities Offered Free Education Plan," Telegraph Herald, April 28, 1992, p. 3A. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19920428&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
179. Krapfl, Mike. "Education Grants Won in Dubuque, Monticello," Telegraph Herald, November 17, 1992, p. 1
180. Krapfl, Mike. "School Board Approves Alliance," Telegraph Herald, March 23, 1993, p. 1
181. Krapfl, Mike. "Schools Win Funds for Ideas," Telegraph Herald, October 5, 1993, p. 3
182. Wardenski, Joseph. "Chancellor Klein's Right-Hand Woman: Who is Diana Lam?" Gothamgazette.com. Online: http://www.gothamgazette.com/education/sep.02.shtml
183. Krapfl, Mike. "Black Boxes Aid School Bus Drivers," Telegraph Herald, January 17, 1993, p. 3A
184. Krapfl, Mike. "New System Will Aid District," Telegraph Herald, June 16, 1993, p. 3A
185. Krapfl, Mike. "Marriott Delivers Check to Dubuque School System," Telegraph Herald, July 13, 1993, p. 3A
186. Bergstrom, Kathy. "Wish Lists Go to School," Telegraph Herald, September 11, 1993, p.3A
187. Krapfl, Mike. "School Days," Telegraph Herald," September 22, 1993, p. 2
188. Krapfl, Mike. "Panel Wants Pro-Active Gang Policies," Telegraph Herald, December 1, 1993, p. 3A
189. "School Board: It's Elementary," Telegraph Herald, June 10, 1997, p. 1. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19970610&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
190. Krapfl, Miker. "School Board Gives City OK to Develop Park," Telegraph Herald, October 14, 1997, p. 3A. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19971014&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
191. Krapfl, Mike. "School Considers New Search Guidelines," Telegraph Herald, June 19, 1997, p. 1. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19970619&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
192. Krapfl, Mike."Dubuque Schools Take Back Cafeteria," Telegraph Herald, June 28, 1997, p. 3A. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19970628&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
193. Krapfl, Mike. "Schools Turn To Parents For Reading Help," Telegraph Herald, February 25, 1997, p. 3A. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19970225&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
194. Krapfl, Mike. "Dubuque Schools to Set Standards," Telegraph Herald, March 15, 1997, p. 3A. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19970314&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
195. Krapfl, Mike. "Residents to Have Impact in Schools' Strategic Plan," Telegraph Herald, January 30, 1997, p. 3A. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19970130&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
196. Krapfl, Mike. "Tech Plan Nearly Ready," Telegraph Herald, April 15, 1997, p. 1. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19970415&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
197. Krapfl, Mike. "Computer Account Makes Lunch Tickets Obsolete," Telegraph Herald, August 11, 1997, p. 1. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19970811&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
198. Krapfl, Mike. "Federal Grants to Fund Computers for Schools," Telegraph Herald, October 3, 1997, p. 3A, Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19971003&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
199. Krapfl, Mike. "District Moves Ahead With Expanding Technology," Telegraph Herald, February 24, 1988, p. 1. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19980224&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
201. Krapfl, Mike. "Federal Crew to Look at Teacher Training," Telegraph Herald, February 18, 1988, p. 3A. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19980218&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
202. Krapfl, Mike. "Weighted Grading a Heavy Issue," Telegraph Herald, February 27, 1998, p. 1. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19980227&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
203. Krapfl, Mike. "Board Spikes Joint School," Telegraph Herald, December 7, 1998, p. 1. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19980107&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
204. Krapfl, Mike. "Board Approves Learning Standards," Telegraph Herald, April 14, 1998, p. 1. Online. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19980414&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
205. Krapfl, Mike. "Teachers Take Giant Step Down Techno Trail," Telegraph Herald, April 25, 1998, p. 3A. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=19980425&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
206. Heldt, Diane. "School, City Join to Make Play More Fun," Telegraph Herald, March 1, 2000, p. 1. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=aEyKTaVlRPYC&dat=20000301&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
207. "Dubuque Senior High School, Dalzell Field Renovation," Online: http://schooldesigns.com/Project-Details.aspx?Project_ID=2720
208. Prescott Elementary School website.
209. Olson, David. "What a Great Day for DCSD Middle Schools and High Schools," Julien's Journal, September 2011, p. 55
212. Earl, Chris. "Dubuque Board Fires Superintendent," The Gazette, May 30, 2012. Online: http://thegazette.com/2012/05/30/dubuque-board-fires-superintendent/
214. "Rheingans Named Dubuque Community School District Superintendent," Online: http://www.dubuque.k12.ia.us/superintendentsearch/
215. Gibson, Michael. "Yesterday and Today," The Golden View, February 2014.
216. Becker, Stacey. "School District Upgrading Technology," Telegraph Herald, Apr. 9, 2013, p. 3A
217. "Every Child|Every Promise," City Focus, Fall, 2014, p. 9
218. Wiedemann, Katie. "Dubuque Schools Revise Proposed 2014-2015 Calendar," KCRG, Feb. 6, 2014
219. Becker, Stacey. "Charter Renewed for Prescott School," Telegraph Herald, Mar. 7, 2014, p. 3A
220. Jacobson, Ben. "New Teachers Learn Along with Students," Telegraph Herald, August 20, 2014, p. 1A
221. Becker, Stacey. "Dubuque Schools Phase Out Paper Time Cards," Telegraph Herald, December 9, p. 3A
222. Jacobson, Ben. "Initiative Seeks to Boost Success of At-Risk Youth," Telegraph Herald, December 11, 2014, p. 1
223. Becker, Stacey. "Extracurricular Help," Telegraph Herald, December 16, 2014, p. 1A
224. Becker, Stacey, "'JFK' Returns for Kennedy Elermentary Event," Telegraph Herald, November 14, 2015, p. 3A
225. Rheingans, Stan. "Dubuque Community School District Continues to 'Unfold Potential,' " Julien's Journal, September 2014, p. 32
226. Becker, Stacey. "Help Wanted," Telegraph Herald, January 25, 2015, p. 1
227. Becker, Stacey. "Principal: Renovations Sorely Needed at Senior," Telegraph Herald, February 12, 2015, p. 1
228. Becker, Stacey. "Pushing Back Against Bullying," Telegraph Herald, March 4, 2015, p. 1
229. "Dubuque Community School District Closes School for First Time Due to Illness," KWWL.com March 14, 2015
230. "‘School Speak’ to Discuss Current State of School Funding, March 14" News-Dubuque Community Schools, Online: http://www.dbqschools.org/news/
231. "Bryant Elementary School Facade to be Rejuvenated Through Donation," News-Dubuque Community Schools, Online: http://www.dbqschools.org/news/
232. "Dubuque Public Schools Report Increase in Graduation Rate," Telegraph Herald, April 2, 2015, p. 3A
233. Becker, Stacey. "Strelo: 'Dubuque Giving Up on My Son,'" Telegraph Herald, May 12, 2015, p. 1
235. TH Media Editorial Board, "Our View--A Time to Part, Strelo, School Board," Telegraph Herald, May 15, 2015, p. 4A
236. Jacobson, Ben. "Mental Health 'Crisis' in Schools," THonline: http://www.thonline.com/news/tri-state/article_ca93c5ca-51e9-507d-85cd-34a60cd596fa.html
237. Strelo, Matt. "Shame on Me for Resisting the Status Quo in Our Schools," Telegraph Herald, May 20, 2015, p.4A
238. TH Media Editorial Board, "Our View---Strelo's Response Makes the Case for Resignation," Telegraph Herald, May 20, 2015, p. 4A
239. Hanson, Brad. "My Brother's Keeper Initiative in Dubuque An Early Success," KWWL.com. Online: http://www.kwwl.com/story/29400545/2015/06/24/my-brothers-keeper-initiative-in-dubuque-an-early-success
240. "School District Nets National and State Awards," Telegraph Herald, August 1, 2015, p. 4D
243. "Americorps Partners in Learning," 365Ink Magazine, Issue #245, p. 16
244. Barton, Thomas A. "Diversity Spawns Push for Equity," Telegraph Herald, September 27, 2015, p. 6A
251. Becker, Stacey. "Senior's Bus-Lane Project 'Pushed Ahead,'" Telegraph Herald, October 13, 2015, p. 3A
252. Becker, Stacey. "Big Step: Dubuque Students Raise Money with Walk-a-Thons Instead of Selling Snacks," Telegraph Herald, October 9, 2015, p. 2A
253. Garbe, William. "Teachable Moment," Telegraph Herald, November 7, 2015, p. 1
254. Becker, Stacey. "Why Don't We Have Consistent High School Mascot Logos?", Telegraph Herald, November 14, 2015, p. 1
255. Becker, Stacey. "Hempstead, Senior Plan Pre-Engineering Classrooms," Telegraph Herald, November 11, 2015, p. 5A
256. Becker, Stacey. "Dubuque Schools Acquire Desks Worth $32,000," Telegraph Herald, November 20, 2015, p. 3A
257. Barton, Thomas J. "Grant Brings Learning Into Locus," Telegraph Herald, December 4, 2015, p. 5A
258. Becker, Stacey. "Students Learn Secrets of Code," Telegraph Herald, December 11, 2015, p. 1A
259. Ibid., p. 2A
260. Becker, Stacey. "Educators Strive to Beat Language Barrier," Telegraph Herald, December 24, 2015, p. 1
261. Ibid., p. 2A
262. Yager, Alicia. "Officials Mull Future of Hillcrest Academy," Telegraph Herald, January 18, 2016, p. 1A
263. Descorbeth, Shirley. "Spring Break Added to Dubuque Community Schools Schedule," KWWL.com. February 9, 2016.
264. Becker, Stacey. "School District Offers Seniors a Pass," Telegraph Herald, February 9, 2016, p. 1
265. Becker, Stacey. "Dubuque School Board Tells Rheingans to Cut $3 Million in Spending," Telegraph Herald, February 23, 2016, p. 1
266. Wiedemann, Katie. "Dubuque School District Administrators Impacted by Budget Crunch," KWWL.com. March 15, 2016 Online: http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Dubuque-School-District-Administrators-Impacted-by-Budget-Crunch--372169922.html
267. Hinga, Allie. "11 Teaching Positions at Dubuque Schools To Be Cut Next Year," THonline.com. May 9, 2016, Online: http://www.thonline.com/news/dubuque/article_f020c2f6-d428-5757-aa47-425b8589c329.html?sp-tk=25B1E29B91B0BAD8FE7BBE74659872DA0A93EC44FA9FBBE054EC2FF3D0C45F421E36639E1B45A5CB377FA0BA6A78B8DB05BFF85DEDBD34D455388EF010C99DD72CEE00450A04E1DE4C3A14D725E1F2F81096FB2138AACB76942F6C8362A0E11A04C8F5481A37EBB82D03D87930BC4F7FA3D115DC74B46868875DAE7C126B502D3D02888BA6BC1EB675DEE3A66580A43A0964F90D
268. Hanson, Brad. "Dubuque School Board OK's Plans for $30 million Renovation," KWWL.com. May 9, 2016. Online: http://www.kwwl.com/story/31930810/2016/05/09/dubuque-school-board-oks-plans-for-30-million-renovation
269. Montgomery, Jeff. "Senior Renovation Bids Under Budget," Telegraph Herald, June 24, 2016, p. 1
270. Hinga, Allie. "Board OKs Policy on Animals in Classroom," Telegraph Herald, September 13, 2016, p. 3A
271. Hinga, Allie. "Inside Students' Lives, Outside-the-Box Work," Telegraph Herald, December 14, 2016, p. 1
272. Hinga, Allie. "Jefferson Counselor Earns State Accolades," Telegraph Herald, December 12, 2016, p. 1
273. Jacobson, Ben. "Lowest Marks Hit 3 Schools in Dubuque," Telegraph Herald, January 14, 2017