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The following is an emergency message from Durango School District 9-R to all parents, students, and staff at Durango Big Picture High School.  Due to the continued clean up and repair required from the water damage that occurred at the school on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, Big Picture High School will temporarily relocate to the Durango High School campus Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, which is January 12, 13 and 14.  The safety and security of all students and staff is our top priority.

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The following is an emergency message from Durango School District 9-R to all parents, students, and staff at Durango Big Picture High School.  Due to the water leak that occurred at the school yesterday, and the required clean up, school will be canceled for all Big Picture students tomorrow, Friday, January 9, 2015.  School will resume on Monday.  Please stay tuned for updates regarding the schedule for Monday as it may differ from the regular schedule.

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EMERGENCY UPDATE: Due to a water leak at Durango Big Picture High School that has damaged some ceilings and floors, the school will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 8, 2015. Please note that the roof is secure. Crews will be working in the building tomorrow removing water damage and preparing the school to re-open. We will issue another notice tomorrow to update families regarding the school schedule on Friday, January 9, 2015.

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For the second year in a row, Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary has been awarded the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award. This award is given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth and “meet or exceed” expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps.

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A hands-on help session for completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application will be held on January 7, 2014, in the Durango High School Library from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This event is only for DHS senior students and their families. If you are interested in attending you will need to do the following:

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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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