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Schools to institute new safety procedures for visitor entry

Given tragic occurrences across our country, school safety continues to be at the forefront of community concerns. While some incidents are committed by students, others have been committed by...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2018 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Durango School District committed to supporting students who face challenges

Last month, I shared information on our continued Personalized Competency Based Learning work, which is designed to ensure every student in the district gains the same benefit of being...

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

District aims to build students’ mastery of skills, concepts

Welcome back to another great school year in Durango! Whether your child is attending one of our 9-R schools, one of our charter schools or one of our private education institutions, I have no...

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

Public helps Durango School District improve safety measures

Sincere thanks to the parents and community members who responded to our recent safety survey and participated in our safety forums. This is an important topic, for which great concerns have been...

DATE: May 18, 2018 | COLUMN: Durango School News

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

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