All of us must contribute to the safety of our students

We’ve all been shocked at the repeated occurrence of school violence across our nation and want to find solutions to protect our children while at school. Twenty years ago, no one could have...

DATE: March 9, 2018 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Durango teachers, staff deserve respect for their dedication to students

Durango is so fortunate to have a highly dedicated team of teachers, support staff and administrators who work hard to provide our children a positive experience. Unfortunately, a huge decline in...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Durango school board seeks conversation with community

By The Durango School District 9-R Board of Education The Durango School District 9-R Board of Education plays a key role in the education of our students. We recognize that our most important...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2018 | COLUMN: Durango School News

On social media, speculation can run wild; seek trusted sources of information

The digital age and the addition of so many social media channels has created a significant challenge in effectively communicating with our stakeholders. Our focus, historically, was on relaying...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | COLUMN: Durango School News

This holiday season, reach out to families in need

As we come into the holiday season, it is important to reflect on all that we as a community have to be thankful for. I’ve never lived in a place that has so much to offer its residents, as well as...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Perseverance is a crucial character trait for students

Over the last couple of months, I’ve addressed the issue of communication and our need to discuss issues that can help improve our schools and the experience for our children. Another critical...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2017 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Testing helps District 9-R gauge students’ abilities, prepare them for success

Recently, the school district received its state data from assessments administered across the district last spring. While there clearly are results that warrant celebration, we also had a number...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2017 | COLUMN: Durango School News

As a new school year begins, I want to hear from you

Another school year is upon us, and families are preparing to send their children back to school. Our traditional public schools, our charter schools and our private schools are excited to see our...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2017 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Open communication key to helping people in despair

Many have read about accounts of suicide in our community. Recent weeks have been challenging, as numerous people have either attempted to take their own lives or completed suicide. Many of these...

DATE: May 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Durango School News

District 9-R aims to create competent, capable students

In Durango, we’ve been working hard to transform from the traditional public school system to one that is focused on building competency in all students. While the old system worked well for many...

DATE: March 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Celebrate school choice in Durango at education fair

Wednesday (Feb. 8) marks an important night of celebration in Durango. At 5 p.m. at Fort Lewis College’s Student Union Ballroom, our community will celebrate school choice at the fourth annual...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2017 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Safety comes first when our roads turn slick

It’s that time of the year when weather can make our lives interesting. While I had another topic for this week’s column, I thought it best to cover the weather procedures used in the district...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2017 | COLUMN: Durango School News