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Durango School District 9-R Presents Its New Superintendent

DURANGO, CO – July 2, 2012 --- Dan Snowberger officially starts today in his new role as Durango School District 9-R’s superintendent, taking over from Interim Superintendent Bill Esterbrook as the district’s lead administrator.

Mr. Snowberger was selected as one of two finalists (from of a pool of 25 candidates) to interview for the superintendent position. The interview process included input meetings and surveys, two community forums, interview sessions with top 9-R administrators & staff members, and a final interview session with the Board of Education. On April 23, 2012, the school board approved Mr. Snowberger’s contract.

Mr. Snowberger holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and has twenty-seven years of teaching and administrative experience. Prior to coming to Durango, he served at Harrison School District in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as its Assistant Superintendent (2010-2012), Executive Director of Schools (2009-2010), and Director of Learning Services (2007-2009). During his tenure there, Harrison underwent great transformation, vastly improving its status from one of the lowest performing school districts in the State.

Additionally, he has served as Chief Academic Officer for Cornerstone Academy, Inc. in Los Angeles, California; as Regional Director of Instructional Support Services and Principal at Douglas County School District in Castle Rock, Colorado; as the Vice President for Development for The Learning Connection in Loveland, Colorado; as Principal and Assistant Principal at Seminole County School District in Sanford, Florida; and as a teacher for Lake County Public
Schools and Dade County Public Schools in Tavares and Miami, Florida, respectively.

“I am excited to be 9-R’s new superintendent,” said Mr. Snowberger. “As Superintendent it is my strong desire to lead, inspire and serve those with whom I work. My presence and support will be a part of who I am as your Superintendent and I look forward to working with the Board of Education, 9-R staff members, and the community for the benefit of our children.”

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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