Western Dubuque Community School District
Address: 310 4th St. SW, PO Box 68 | Farley, IA 52046
Phone: (563) 663-9626
Fax: (563) 744-3093
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Meet Our Superintendent

Dr. Dan Butler

Dr. Dan Butler
Dr. Dan Butler is honored to serve as the sixth superintendent in the tradition-rich history of Western Dubuque Schools. He was officially appointed to this role on July 1, 2022. Dan strives to develop a learning community that focuses on the well-being of all students and stakeholders and works toward continual growth.

Dr. Butler is in his 20th year in the Western Dubuque School District where he has served as a teacher, athletic coach, school administration manager, assistant principal, principal, and facilitator of human resources in various buildings. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Northern Iowa.

Dan is passionate about leadership, positive relationships, continuous improvement, connected learning, and making differences in the lives of others. He has a passion for giving back to the profession by presenting at local, state, and national professional learning conferences about digital leadership, 21st century public relations/communication, organizational health, and developing leadership capacity. He has written various articles for educational leadership publications and published his first book, Permission to be Great: Increasing Engagement in Your School in 2021.

Dr. Butler has received numerous awards and was most recently recognized as a finalist for the School Administrators of Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year in 2019 and 2020. Dan was also recognized as the University of Northern Iowa Educational Leadership Legacy award winner in 2018 and was a 2017 bizTimes.biz Rising Star in the Tri-State area.

Dan is married to his wife, Johna, who is an administrator of Medicaid in the Dubuque Community School District. They have two boys, Mason (13) and Nolan (10), who attend Western Dubuque Schools. The Butler family resides in Epworth. When not at school, Dan enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading, watching and participating in various sports, and attending a variety of events within the Western Dubuque School District.

Read more about Dr. Butler by visiting his website: danpbutler.com or follow him on Twitter: @danpbutler.

A Message From Our Superintendent

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

 While our enrollment is moderate at around 3500 students in K-12, we offer our children and families a wide range of choices in instructional delivery methods and programs. I invite and encourage you to visit any of our schools in our district. I believe you will find that our staff is second to none and that they are truly dedicated to our students and their development. You will also see that our curriculum is innovative, challenging and differentiated to meet the needs of the individual student. After visiting our schools and our communities you will leave with the sense that we truly value our children, families, and education. This is a great school district with many wonderful communities, and we are very proud of what we have built.
 Our strategic plan calls for “Success for All” with our guiding philosophy of “Better Every Day.” The plan represents our commitment to continually improve the three key areas that contribute to quality schools. We promise to focus on student achievement and success, to manage our resources responsibly, and to develop healthy relationships with one another. These three areas may sound simple on the surface, but our success is dependent on collective effort and dedication. Our mission is to inspire and challenge our students and provide them with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens.
 Thank you for your interest in the Western Dubuque School District. As you explore our website, I hope you find the information you need to address your area of interest. Our staff provides the community with quality service and timely responses to questions. If you are unable to locate what you need here on our website, please call 563-744-3885 and you will be directed to a staff member who can assist you. Our school system is dedicated to our students and communities to help make this an even better place to learn and grow!
Yours in education,
Dr. Dan Butler, Superintendent

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