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The following is a non-emergency message from Durango School District 9-R for all parents, students and staff at Sunnyside Elementary.  The school experienced a loss of water today due to an unknown cause. At this time the water has been restored to the school but for a brief period bathroom access was unavailable and bottled water was provided to students.

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We want to thank those who shared their feedback at our two most recent sessions regarding the budget crisis at the school district.  For those who were unable to attend, we have shared the presentations from the evening here, as well as a short video clip from Superintendent Dan Snowberger.  

Please take a moment to watch the video by clicking the image above or this link. Please note that this survey is now closed.  Watch for additional survey opportunities as the district continues to seek input.  Thank you to those who attended the sessions and completed the survey.

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In a continued effort to provide the 9-R community with information about our current budget and ongoing financial needs Durango School District will be hosting two sessions in February. 

These sessions will provide the community, staff and 9-R administrators the opportunity to engage in conversations about what is currently happening in school finance and hear from the community how they would like to see our needs prioritized. 

The first session will be held on February 16 from 6-8 pm at Durango High School. The second session will be held February 18 at Escalante Middle School from 6-8 pm. Additional sessions will be scheduled in the coming months.    

Please consider attending one of the two sessions in February and becoming involved in the conversation where your input will have true meaning and impact! 

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Attention local farmers and growers! School districts in the southwest are working together to source more locally grown foods into our school breakfast and lunch programs. We are seeking bids now. Click here for more information

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The PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment was designed to provide clear information on your child’s progress toward meeting grade level expectations, and mastering important skills like critical thinking.  The score report gives you a snapshot of how your child is progressing and shows where he or she excels or needs more support.  This information, along with grades, teacher feedback and scores on other assessments administered throughout the school year, help give a more complete picture of how well your child is performing academically. 

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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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