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Today is the first day of Safe Schools Month! Earlier this year the legislature passed Senate Joint Resolution 14-031 to create Colorado Safe Schools Month, and Governor Hickenlooper has declared October as Safe Schools Month in Colorado by signing an official proclamation at the beginning of the 2014 school year.

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For the past year and a half, the Technology team at 9-R has been working diligently to upgrade and improve the infrastructure of the network in order to better serve school needs around creating a technology-rich educational environment.

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The Durango Education Foundation invites you to a candidates’ forum focusing on education, with CO State Representative Mike McLachlan and candidate and former state representative, J. Paul Brown. The event details: Tuesday, October 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Extension Building, Durango. There is no admission charge. The candidates will answer questions on the tough and complicated education issues facing Colorado schools today.

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The family and friends of Dr. Chad Novak will be hosting a public memorial service at the Powerhouse Science Center on Wednesday, September 24th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. They welcome volunteers to come help set up at 4:45 pm and invite attendees to share their memories and stories about Chad.

Escalante Middle School has rescheduled their open house for Thursday, October 2nd from 5-7:30 pm. See the full schedule of events for the open house below.

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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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