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 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | 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

Durango School District discussing school boundary rezoning

The last quarter of the school year has begun, as have several important processes where community input is desired. The district is discussing possible school boundary rezoning to address...

DATE: April 12, 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

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. 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Mill levy revenue will support district’s mission

Let me take this opportunity to thank all citizens of La Plata County for their support of our recent mill levy initiative. While we succeeded with 63 percent casting a supportive vote, I hope we...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2016 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Building a foundation of success with character

As a public school district, we hold a great deal of responsibility for ensuring that we adequately prepare our students for success after they leave our pre-K-12 system. While we continue to...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2016 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Parents being urged to weigh in on proposals for new graduation requirements

Our work to modify graduation requirements has been mentioned in the past, but I want to update you on our progress. We are fortunate to have a board that has taken this seriously to ensure that...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2016 | COLUMN: Durango School News