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The Durango Education Foundation invites you to a candidates’ forum focusing on education, with CO State Representative Mike McLachlan and candidate and former state representative, J. Paul Brown. The event details: Tuesday, October 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Building, Durango. There is no admission charge. The candidates will answer questions on the tough and complicated education issues facing Colorado schools today.

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The family and friends of Dr. Chad Novak will be hosting a public memorial service at the Powerhouse Science Center on Wednesday, September 24th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. They welcome volunteers to come help set up at 4:45 pm and invite attendees to share their memories and stories about Chad.

Escalante Middle School has rescheduled their open house for Thursday, October 2nd from 5-7:30 pm. See the full schedule of events for the open house below.

Each year, Music in the Mountains offers their Shining Star Scholarship to help to defray the cost of private music lessons for students who have the potential to develop their skills further on a particular musical instrument.  Students must show musical potential for this instrument as determined by their music teacher.  Financial need is important for awarding these scholarships, but is not the only criterion.

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The School Board has postponed tomorrow's meeting till Tuesday, October 7th. The meeting will be held at 5:30 pm in the Board Room at the District Office at 201 East 12th Street. 

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District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,600
  • Teachers: 294
    • 12 Years Avg Experience
    • 61% with Master's Degree
  • Support Staff: 193
  • Schools:
    • 7 Elementary Schools
    • 2 Middle Schools
    • 2 High Schools
    • Area Served: 1,039 sq miles

Our Mission

The mission of Durango School District 9-R, an innovative educational system committed to excellence, is to ensure each student develops the skills and attributes for lifelong learning and has the ability to compete and contribute in the global community, by guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment.

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