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Congratulations Carrie Harper, and all the staff at Sunnyside Elementary, for your local, statewide and national attention, and for the great work you do with our students each and every day!! Check out Carrie's reaction when she learned she was selected as a Milken Educator, joining an elite group of 2600 other teachers who have been honored with this recognition over the last 28 years. She also takes home a cool $25,000!! Way to go Carrie!

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Last night, Durango High School invited all 8th grade students and their families to participate in the annual DHS Expo. The expo gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of elective options and decide which Small Learning Community (SLC) is best for them. The 8th grade students were able to meet with students who are currently enrolled in each of the SLCs:  Atlas, Basecamp, and DAVINCI.

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Durango School District 9-R will be opening bids for our Farm-to-School program. 

Pre-Bid Conference: January 15, 2015
Bid Response Due: 2:00 P.M. February 20, 2015
Purpose of Bid:
School districts in the southwest are working together to source more locally grown foods into our school breakfast and lunch programs.

DHS teachers Heidi Jordan and Dale Garland were recognized with ZAPP Awards at the January Board of Education meeting. The ZAPP or Zealous Appreciation of Positive Performance Award is given to individuals who meet the following criteria:

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In December 2014, the 9-R Board of Education released a survey to the public to gather feedback on four different academic calendar options as well as solicit feedback from the community about teacher work days, student contact days, start and end dates, holidays, spring break etc.  The results of that original survey can be found

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District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,500
  • 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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