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We are proud to announce that Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary was honored with the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award by the Colorado Department of Education. These awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth. All of the schools receiving this award are evaluated on a school performance framework used by the state.

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The District Office will be open from  on the following days during winter break:

Monday, December 23rd  8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, December 30th  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, January 2nd  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, January 3rd  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We wish you all happy holiday season!

The Durango School District 9-R board has appointed two new members to fill vacancies in Districts A and D. The new board members, who will have two-year appointments each, are Greg Spradling for District A, and Brieanne Stahnke for District D. 

The full press release is available here

Brieanne Stahnke - Director District D
Greg Spradling - Director District A

Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary was the school highlighted at the November 19, 2013 Board of Education meeting. Principal John Marchino shared the school’s academic growth in TCAP assessments and successful teaching strategies for reading and writing.

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Please join us in thanking the Marc and Jane Katz Family Fund for their generous donation of $250,000 to Durango School District 9-R. The donation has helped relieve some pressure as the school district continues to tighten its financial belt, and look at ways it can cut its current $1.6M deficit spending.

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District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,227
  • 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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