Decorah Community School District

 Michael D. Haluska, Superintendent
Kurt MJ DeVore, Director of Information, Systems, & Instructional Technology
Cathy Dietzenbach, Director of Business Services
Lois Kuennen, Administrative Assistant
Darlene Woodhouse, Board Secretary/Director of Human Resources
Kristi Roffman, Food Service Administrative Assistant

Central Administration Office
 510 Winnebago Street, Decorah IA 52101
Phone: (563) 382-4208
Fax: (563) 387-0753

Decorah Community School District is committed to creating a student-centered environment where individual needs are addressed, cooperation and teamwork are valued, competent professionals lead, community partnerships flourish, a commitment to excellence prevails, and lifelong learning continues.  It is the goal of the District to provide a guaranteed and viable curriculum for every student in the Decorah Community Schools.



Dismissing at Noon, Friday, Jan 18 due to the impending winter weather.

Students will be served lunch prior to dismissal.


Stakeholder Survey Invitation

The Decorah School Board has hired Grundmeyer Leader Search to support the search for a new district superintendent. The search will begin immediately and conclude with the hire of a new successful leader. Your feedback regarding what "desired qualifications" are most important for this position will ensure the hire is a good fit for your school district and community.

Please share narrative insights below and rank personal and professional priorities for the new superintendent. The search team will produce a general report based on the information gathered in this survey. The report will be shared with the board to advise them on what priorities the district and community stakeholders are looking for in a new leader.

This survey is anonymous unless you provide your name voluntarily. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey and provide direction for this important leadership position. Please compete the survey no later than Wednesday, Oct. 31st.

Superintendent hiring timeline:
Oct. 17-31               Stakeholder survey open
Nov. 5-Jan. 1          Application period
Jan. 7                      Board reviews candidate pool (closed session)
Jan. 22                    Board screens candidates
(closed session)
Jan. 28                    Formal interviews with finalists
Jan. 28                    Board approves new superintendent

The online survey can be accessed by computer or mobile device at:

Walking School Bus

Please click here for information for the walking school bus program.

Potential New
Decorah Elementary School

Click Here for the
City Council PowerPoint Presentation
Monday, February 19

The Promise of Iowa
Why take a stand to strengthen investments in Iowa public schools?


Iowa’s future leaders, innovators and citizens are its children.  They are the Promise of Iowa, and their future is created every day by Iowa public schools in each community.  A strong system of community-based public schools is the best investment Iowans can make to strengthen our economy, create  thriving communities and improve the quality of life for every Iowan.

Iowans have an enduring commitment of support for public education, and our public schools today  have many strengths.  But we can’t rest on our laurels.  State policy makers, locally elected school board  members, educators and the business community all made a shared commitment in 2013 landmark legislation to ensure the next gene ration of Iowa students receives a world-class education.

But in this era of competing priorities and limited resources, state funding has sometimes fallen short in meeting the real needs of our students.  Also, the regulations and structures of how schools are funded are hampering efforts to innovate and maximize resources.  The case must be made to the Legislature that Iowa taxpayers and voters support strengthening investments in our public schools.  Iowa school boards believe funding for our schools must be based on  five  guiding principles.

Invest strategically at the state and local levels.  Improving public education takes strategic  investment, at both the state and local levels, targeting funding toward changes that improve results.  State initiatives must  be adequately funded and supported, as unfunded mandates don’t lead to improvement.  Beyond statewide initiatives, local schools need sufficient funding to meet student needs.  Every school district faces its own unique challenges and each community must set priorities and invest in areas that ensure a strong, efficient and effective public school for every Iowa student.

Allow greater local flexibility to maximize resources.  Local schools need greater flexibility from burdensome restrictions, allowing better efficiency in managing budgets.

Support equity and fairness in funding.  Resolve long-standing inequities in school funding.

Ensure sustainability of funding.  Prevent cuts or eliminations of important funding streams.  

Make state funding decisions on time.  State decisions on school funding must be made  within the timelines set by law.

It’s up to us to fulfill our promise for the next generation of Iowans.

Sign and return the Promise of Iowa pledge form to show your support for strengthening investments in Iowa public schools.

Campaign sponsored by:  Iowa Association of School Boards, 6000 Grand Ste. A,
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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 Wednesday One (1) Hour Late Starts

Each Wednesday, beginning Wednesday, August 29, will begin with a one (1) hour late start for Professional Learning for the Decorah Community School District staff. 

SchoolMessenger Opt-In Form

ONLY use this form if you DO NOT have PowerSchool Parent Portal access.

Please follow the link for the Opt-In Form for school notifications from DCSD.

If you are NOT receiving text messages from DCSD, please send a new text message to 67587 with the message of Yes

Early Dismissal and School Calendar

We’ve had the question arise on our early outs and whether or not they affect our required days of attendance. The simple answer is ,“No.” As per a rewrite of the legislation, all late starts or early outs due to weather are treated in the same fashion they always have been; they count as a full day of school. In other words, early releases due to weather have no effect on our school calendar.

Local radio and TV stations for school related closings:
KVIK - 104.7
KDEC/DC - 100.5 FM & 1240 AM

Lunch Accounts

Click here to log in to your Lunch Account.  Please note, there is a 3.49% fee for all on-line payments!  This is a fee the credit card and on-line service providers charge and not Decorah Community School District.  Payments via e-checks are not available at this time.

Online Payments

Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards are now accepted however e-checks are not available at this time.

Please note, there is a 3.49% fee for all
on-line payments!  This is a fee the credit card and on-line service providers charge and not Decorah Community School District.  Payment via 

e-checks are not available at this time, but will also incur the 3.49% fee through the on-line store.

Please be aware you are always welcome to make any payment by check or cash or via your personal banking e-checking program.

The on-line payment through RevTrak is provided as an option and convenience for those who choose to utilize that feature.

Backpack Program - Food

The BackPack Program is a free program that provides kid-friendly, non-perishable food for students most in-need, to eat over weekends and breaks when school meals are not available and there may be little or no food to eat.

Please carefully consider your family’s economic status and determine if this program is something needed by your children. If the BackPack Program is something your family depends upon, please complete the registration form.

If you are able to make do without this assistance, please allow this program to be used by others.  Registration Form in Spanish.

SchoolMessenger Opt-In Form

It is the policy of the Decorah Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator, Central Administration Office, 510 Winnebago Street, (563) 382-4208.
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