With a 240-square-mile footprint and 24 district buildings encompassing almost 1.7 million square feet, the Dubuque Community School District is a mix of historic school buildings and modern, new facilities.
Statewide, schools benefit from one-cent sales tax funding that is restricted for infrastructure and technology projects. Since its inception, Dubuque alone has benefitted from over $185 million in funding, which has provided for new schools, updated facilities, safety enhancements and greater access to technology – all important needs as the district works to provide a first-class education to the more than 10,500 students we serve. Additional funds for facilities enhancement come through the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL).
Here is a look at recently completed and currently underway projects that are helping enhance the facilities and technology available to our students:
|The New Dalzell Field > Completed
Completed in April 2013, the new Dalzell Field serves as the primary outdoor competition venue for the entire Dubuque Community School District. This $10.5 million project included reconstruction of the stadium; a synthetic turf field; a track; concessions, merchandise and ticket areas; team rooms; restrooms and a press box. It also included installation of a new synthetic turf field at Hempstead High School. In its signature archway, Dalzell Field features a memorial plaza, provided entirely through private support, honoring Jay Berwanger and Wilbur Dalzell.MORE ABOUT DALZELL FIELD
|Digital Literacy Labs > Completed
Located in each of the district middle schools, the digital literacy labs are designed to provide technologically rich space for students to learn digital competencies necessary for success in the 21st Century. A component of the district’s technology plan, the project included the creation of four new labs with new computers, updated furniture designed to foster collaboration, smart projectors and a variety of other learning tools.MORE ABOUT DIGITAL LITERACY LABS
|Hempstead High School Renovation >
Anticipated Completion: January 2016
The Hempstead High School renovation is a $30 million project that will add numerous enhancements to the school including a 700-seat auditorium; an auxiliary gym with two courts; new athletic locker rooms and renovated wellness locker rooms; additional classroom space for music and technology education; and an art kiln room. The project also includes an East addition including support service offices, a weight room and additional classrooms for science, health and English.
|Kennedy Elementary School Addition > Completed
The two-story Kennedy Elementary School Addition is approximately 25,000 square feet. It will include a new gymnasium, technology center, music and art classrooms, special education classrooms and kindergarten classrooms. VIEW PHOTOS.
|Washington Middle School Addition > Completed
The Washington Middle School Addition is a 5,500 two-story addition that will include space that can be used as both lunchroom space and activities space. The project will also include installation of air conditioning to the new lunchroom and activity space as well as the existing cafeteria. The second story of the additional will be used for a future band room and will provide indoor stage access.