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The following is a non-emergency message from Durango School District 9-R for all parents, students and staff at Needham Elementary. Phone services have been restored to the school and you now may contact the school directly at 970-247-4791. Thank you for your patience as we worked to resolve the issue.

Recently, Mike Freeburn, an assistant principals DHS, sat down with InsideDurangoTV to share how the school is reducing the number of suspensions and expulsions. Mr. Freeburn attributes the decline to the increased presence of assistant principals in the school and their focus on building and maintaining relationships with disenfranchised students.

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Educational choice is a wonderful and unique aspect to our small town. From innovative public schools, to a variety of private and parochial schools, to rigorous charter schools and many higher education opportunities, Durango-area schools offer choices, diverse curriculum and opportunities for every family from preschool through higher education.

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Do you have a son who is currently in 8th grade?  Have you signed him up for the great conference planned for May 8, 2014 at DHS?  See the attached flyer for more information and don't forget to turn your form back into your school ASAP!  Schools will accept late forms on Monday.

As part of the School Music Extravaganza that will feature many of our student musicians, Music in the Mountains has teamed with Alpine Bank to offer a video contest.  Local schools were asked to create a video to showcase their music programs, and what they would do with a $500 award from Alpine Bank. Two of our schools stepped up to the challenge. Escalante Middle School and Durango High School are both in the running to win the award.

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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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