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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. 

Throughout the coming weeks, Durango School District 9-R will have additional counselors and supports available at various schools to help staff, students and families as we all work to support each other as we mourn the loss of Dr. Chad Novak.

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I am saddened to notify our community that Dr. Chad Novak, counselor at Escalante Middle School, passed away yesterday.   Chad has been with the district since 1999 and served in a variety of capacities at both Miller Middle School and Escalante Middle School.  He made a huge impact on so many students and families across the district and we regret to share news of his loss.  He is survived by his wife and two children.

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The following is an emergency message from Durango School District 9-R for all students of Escalante Middle School.  Due to a staff crisis situation, school will be canceled tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Escalante Middle School only.  This also includes after-school activities and the open house.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause.  Please watch for more information through our emergency notification system about this closure.  Thank you. 

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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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