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 | CATEGORY: 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 | CATEGORY: 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 | CATEGORY: 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 | CATEGORY: 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 | CATEGORY: Durango School News

School security practices designed to ensure student safety

Last month, The Durango Herald reported on upgrades to the safety and security practices within the district. It can be disconcerting to recognize that the challenges of society are not kept...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango School News

Durango School District needs mill levy increase to invest in kids

Another year is upon us, and I’m happy to share that great things are once again in store for our students in Durango. We’ve worked hard to keep budget cuts as far away from our students as...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango School News

Durango School District to overhaul graduation requirements

This spring our Board of Education will adopt a new set of graduation guidelines that will greatly shift the process of earning a high school diploma. When most of us went to school, our graduation...

DATE: May 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango School News

Robust dialogue can make our schools better

As I wrap up my 31st year in public education, I’m reflecting on where we have come as an institution. Growing up, it was clear that education was key to one’s future success. Getting good grades,...

DATE: April 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango School News

District working hard to solve budget puzzle

The news has been inundated with stories about the financial status of the district and its desire to engage the community. While the school board certainly has opportunities to turn to voters for...

DATE: March 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango School News

Social media harms real talk about 9-R budget

When I grew up, there were no cellphones, no texting, no Internet, no blogs and no way to publicly respond to articles in the paper without writing a letter. People communicated face to face or...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango School News

District invites you to talks about budget

At some point, I look forward to addressing the community about the plethora of resources that exist in the district and gaining insight on ways we can best invest them in our students, our future....

DATE: Jan. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Durango School News

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