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This year two students from Durango High School DECA competed in the 68th annual International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Atlanta, Ga. DHS students Charles McClung and Joaquin Valdez presented their 30-page business plan for Black Bear Mountaineering in the Entrepreneurship Written event. The students earned the right to compete at DECA ICDC by placing 5th at the Colorado DECA State Leadership Conference earlier this year.

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Yesterday, Florida Mesa Elementary Principal Lauri Kloepfer was presented a proclamation declaring May 20th Lauri Kloepfer Day in Colorado. The proclamation was presented by the Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia made on behalf of Governor John W. Hickenlooper.

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On Saturday, May 3rd, twenty students represented Escalante Middle School at the State National History Day competition at the University of Denver Aurora Campus. In all, the students from Escalante presented 15 projects. 

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In this student created video, 5th graders from Animas Valley Elementary showcase their understanding by presenting the pros and cons of  various science and technology subjects. These presentations are a part of the 5th IB Exhibition requirement.

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The following is a non-emergency update from Durango School District 9-R for all parents, students and staff of Florida Mesa Elementary. Currently, crews are on scene working on the well situation at the school. We are confident that this situation can be resolved and you can anticipate that school will be in session tomorrow, May 14, 2014. Should the situation change, you will be notified prior to 6:30 tomorrow morning.  We thank you for your patience.

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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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