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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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The School Board recently approved the Academic Calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. You can view the new calendar here. Please note, Early Release days are still to be determined, as are the dates for Parent/Teacher Conferences. We will update you as soon as those dates have been selected. 

We are proud to announce that five Escalante Middle School students were selected for Colorado Middle School All State Choir. They are McKenna Langford, Kacey Chen, Alpin Hanson-Holladay, Ryan Colley, and Lance Kemp.  They will be participating in the All State Choir in Denver in February. Of the 715 students who auditioned for two choirs, approximately 350 students were selected to participate. Congratulations to all of you! 

Durango School District 9-R is pleased to announce that we are one of the 71 projects receiving support this year through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Program. These grants help schools respond to the growing demand for locally sourced foods and increase market opportunities for producers and food businesses, including food processors, manufacturers, and distributors.

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Girls on the Run International describes their program as, “Can University—a place where girls learn that they can. No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable.”  This fall, a group of hard working 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls from Park, Florida Mesa, and Fort Lewis Mesa attended this “Can University.” It’s safe to say that they “graduated” with honors when they finished their season last Saturday with a 5k in Telluride. 

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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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