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On Friday, February 26th, students from Durango High School showed off their skills in crime scene investigation, carpentry, architectural design and more at the District 8 SkillsUSA Championships hosted by Bayfield High School and their local SkillsUSA Chapter. The championships featured six active contests that required the engagement and efforts of our local industry professionals to create and judge these authentic contests.

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go,” wrote Dr. Seuss in Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and the students in Tina Henderson’s kindergarten class took those words to heart as they celebrated their very own Dr. Seuss week. This past Wednesday, March 2, 2016 would have been the author’s 112th birthday. Ms. Henderson celebrated with her students by incorporating his books into math exercises, a cooking project, art projects, and much more.

Here is a look at a few of the books they read and some of the projects that went along with them:

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Durango School District 9-R announces the opening of a critical position at the district upon news that its current Chief Finance Officer, Jason Austin, is resigning to join a local company to work in a similar capacity.  Jason joined 9-R in 2013 and brought a wealth of experience and expertise in the areas of budgeting, school finance and local and state funding, supporting the financial needs for the district and its 11 schools.

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Durango School District 9-R seeks to fill the Activities and Athletic Director vacancy at Durango High School upon news of current Activities and Athletic Director Dave Preszler’s plan for moving toward a half-time position at 9-R.  Dave joined 9-R in 2013 and brought an immense background in youth athletics management, serving in similar capacities for Fort Lewis College and Bayfield School District.  

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This year, Fort Lewis College and Durango High School have teamed up to give a monthly student recognition called the DHS FORTitude Award.  The award recognizes students who demonstrate academic success, leadership skills, school and/or community involvement, and the character attributes of respect, responsibility, and perseverance. 

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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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