Western Dubuque Community School District
Address: 310 4th St. SW, PO Box 68 | Farley, IA 52046
Phone: (563) 744-3885
Fax: (563) 744-3093
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Wayne Drexler History Video
        Superintendent Wayne Drexler
Video Highlights
  • Events leading to the formation of the WD School District
  • 51 school districts were in existence in the 1950s and early 60s in the now WD area.
  • September 1957 listing of Dubuque County Public Schools
  • 3:35 > Join the City of Dubuque School District?
  • 5:40 > Seven private high schools in WD area
  • 6:14 > 7000 public and private school students in the area
  • 7:03 > Public HS in Dyersville
  • 7:55 > Role and help of local citizens in the reorganization effort. Self-Appointed Reorganization Committee.
  • 11:20 > Reorganization Vote – June 15, 1960.
  • 13:00 > 1st year of Operation – one room school houses, Peosta High School
  • 15:09 > 1st School Board. (Hyperlink) Official Minutes 1st year of operation
  • 16:00 > Hiring of 1st Superintendent
  • 17:50 > 1st Staff. Ralph Buchman – Principal / Harriet Feese – School Board Secretary. Listing of 1st and 2nd year staff by attendance center
  • 20:40 > Two Graduations 1st year – Peosta and Epworth. 1st Year Book - Echos
  • 21:39 > Transportation Issues
  • 23:50 > 1st Bond Issue, Location of new high school – Farley or Epworth, midnight site visit
  • 28:00 > Fall 1962 opening of new high school in Epworth.
  • 28:25 > Starting of Education and Activity Programs
  • 29:30 > Origin of “BOBCAT” name and colors.
  • 30:25 > Fine Arts Program and Hiring of Phil Schmitz – 1st Band Performance
  • 35:30 > Enrollment growth (3904 in 1977), portable classrooms, shared time programs
  • 42:00 > Closing of Aquin HS, Starting 2nd District High School in Cascade
  • 48:10 > Collective Bargaining with District employees
  • 49:20 > Retirement and final thoughts
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