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 | COLUMN: 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 | COLUMN: 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 | COLUMN: Durango School News

District wants your help with funding issues

On many occasions, we have discussed the challenging financial situations that school districts across our state face as a result of state fiscal challenges. Durango 9-R remains $4.8 million...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2015 | COLUMN: Durango School News

School district needs to hire support staff

On a number of occasions, we’ve discussed the difficulty we have had in filling support staff positions in the district. Despite competitive salaries, excellent benefits and a strong retirement...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Athletics add key elements to student growth

As I shared last month, our district has been reflecting on ways to further support the development of our students beyond academics. While academic achievement is a key focus, we continue to...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2015 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Character key to successful education

We’ve started the school year with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. As I’ve often shared, the work our staff is engaged in is so much more than simply having kids enjoy school. While that is...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2015 | COLUMN: Durango School News

District to share challenges of school funding

As many of you know, public school funding has faced huge cuts during the recent recession. Durango School District has faced years of cuts in staff and programs because of this funding crisis....

DATE: May 12, 2015 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Divisiveness stymies reform on assessments

As I continue to watch a variety of legislative issues that impact education in Colorado repeatedly grind the wheels of progress to a halt, it’s clear the political path is not for me. There is a...

DATE: March 31, 2015 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Social media provides venue for bullying

Our children today are faced with so many pressures that we, as adults, didn’t experience as students years ago. In addition to achievement expectations driven by mandates from our state and...

DATE: March 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Upcoming tests important for kids, schools

This year, the state of Colorado begins a new assessment program to provide comparable data about schools across our state. This battery of tests, called Colorado Measures of Academic Success,...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Our changes aim to benefit all students

In the past month, some misinformation has circulated about the district’s efforts to develop and implement a formative assessment system to measure student learning and target critical achievement...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2015 | COLUMN: Durango School News

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