Our district needs a few good people

Last month, I reflected on the outstanding teaching staff members we are fortunate to have here in Durango. We’ve been fortunate to attract some of the best and brightest educators in the state....

DATE: Dec. 2, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Our teachers deserve to be celebrated

Durango School District 9-R is fortunate to have one of the highest quality staffs I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. I am still of the belief that we as a society must recognize and honor...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Charter school would help young students, district

Many of you are aware that a local community group has been in the process of developing an elementary charter application that was officially received by Durango School District 9-R on Oct. 1. ...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango School News

National debate about testing misses key point

These are clearly interesting times in public education. Our systems continue to be the focus of national debate, most recently centered on testing and standards. Are we testing our children too...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango School News

School Vault a critical tool for student learning

Recently, School Vault, a tool to support teacher and student academic success developed by Durango and Bayfield school districts, has been mentioned in articles and editorials. The construction...

DATE: June 10, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango School News

New assessments aim to promote real learning

Anyone watching the debate on both the state and national level knows there are a lot of discussions happening around the issue of assessment in public education. There is no doubt we are entering...

DATE: May 13, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango School News

In case of crisis, school district is prepared

One of the most important responsibilities we have as a school district is the safety and security of our students. We recognize the trust parents give us in sending their children to our schools...

DATE: April 15, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango School News

With funds cut, district adjusts to ‘new normal’

Durango School District 9-R is amid a massive restructuring to adjust to reduced funding from the state. This change comes after attempts to seek new investments from voters through initiatives...

DATE: March 18, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango School News

District to back all students as revenue falls

As many of you know, public education has received a significant decrease in funding since 2010. In Durango, we’ve lost $4.5 million dollars in revenue. This has led to modest cuts during the past...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango School News

To improve our schools, we need to hear from you

How are we doing? As a public school district, it is our job to serve the citizenry of Durango in ensuring that students are prepared to be contributing members of our community upon completion of...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2014 | COLUMN: Durango School News

District raising bar to improve student learning

The work of transforming our educational systems is certainly not easy. Our teachers, support staff members and administrators are working hard to adjust our practices and embrace new expectations...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango School News

State making strides toward better schooling

As a public school superintendent, it is challenging to deal with the many perspectives and attitudes that exist around public K-12 education. Unfortunately, some see the K-12 system as broken...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango School News

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