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The Fort Lewis Mesa Branch Library, located at 11274 Highway 140 in Hesperus, is hosting a summer reading program from June 11th through July 30th for kids 12 and under. Parents may sign children up for the program beginning Tuesday, June 3rd at 2pm.

The program will run for nine weeks, with special events for kids every Wednesday afternoon at 3pm. The Fort Lewis Mesa Library is a branch of Durango Public Library, with hours from 2pm-7pm on Monday through Thursday.

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This summer, the district office will be open on Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm. This will begin the week of June 9th and run through Friday, July 25th.  Beginning July 28th, we will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. 

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Congratulations to all the seniors who graduated Durango Big Picture High School last night. We're excited to see Big Picture graduate their third class. DBPHS has a thriving and vibrant community of students and advisors, and it was great to celebrate them all last night. We wish them all the best as they start the next chapter of their lives! 

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Sunnyside Elementary was highlighted at the most recent school board meeting. Principal Vanessa Fisher celebrated the work of students Braedy S., Wyatt B., Lilly F., Nizhoni B., Henry J., Acelynn S., Sierra J., and Kinley A.

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The Durango Aerospace Design Team has placed first in the National Space Settlement Design Competition for their latest design proposal. By winning this competition, they have secured an invitation to the World Design Finals held at NASA this July and a chance to win their sixth World Championship title. 

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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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