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Amendment 66: Colorado voters did not approve Amendment 66, and our district, as well as other school districts throughout the state, continue to face challenges in funding shortfalls. Over the past five years, 9-R has lost millions in state per pupil revenue, but has been able to maintain current instructional programs and teacher salaries. The district will continue to engage the community in important discussions as we face these challenges together.

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Durango School District 9-R is utilizing a standards-referenced reporting system, which measures how your child is progressing on their path toward mastering Colorado Academic Standards.  Our report cards provide families a detailed summary of your child’s progress in meeting the standards, both academically as well as in developing life and workforce skills.
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When people think of school lunch, they may not envision the diverse, organic and local picks available to all 9-R students, right in their school cafeteria.  They don’t realize how far school lunch has come in Durango, and how incredibly healthy and nutritious, not to mention delicious, school lunch is in our district!

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An initiative will be on the ballot in Colorado giving voters an opportunity to invest further in education in Colorado.

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The district advisory accountability committee (DAAC) has two open seats for community representatives. Community member terms are two years and must be approved by the DAAC Committee. The committee meets 9 times a year and is responsible for monitoring the progress of the District in areas of school safety, budget, curriculum, student and teacher assessments, and student achievement.

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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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