Before addressing graduation requirements and policy review at their first meeting of the school year, the members of the Durango School District 9-R School Board took a moment Tuesday to recognize Durango High Schools aerospace design team.
Last month, the team won the 2011 International Space Settlement Design competition in Houston, Texas. During the competition, the team had 42 hours to design a hypothetical human settlement on Mars, complete with water-treatment options, new building materials using Martian dust and a plan to create an atmosphere.
The board presented the high-schoolers with Zealous Appreciation of Positive Performance award. The teams members are:
DHS teacher Daniel Garner was the teams coach, and Steve Powell, a librarian at the high school, was the teams co-sponsor.
The board later discussed how graduation requirements will need to be adjusted when the district moves to semesters next year.
The most immediate task on the high school level will be reshaping those requirements around both the semester schedule and the new small learning communities that Durango High School will start next year, said Principal Diane Lashinsky.
Two of those small learning communities, which each feature unique ways of teaching and learning, have specific curriculum requirements that the high school needs to accommodate, Lashinsky said.
The board also approved the distincts proposal to hire a new director of public information.