District wants to engage you about finances

As many of you know, school finances have been quite challenging during the last five years. While the voters approved a mill-levy override in 2010, the district suffered massive cuts because of...

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

A busy election season awaits for public education

As some of you have heard, an initiative will be on the ballot in Colorado giving voters an opportunity to invest further in K-12 education in Colorado. In the last four years, public school...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Assessments aim to improve student success

It’s hard to believe that the school year is almost over. My first year in Durango has been a rewarding experience. This year has been marked with a lot of changes – some required by law and...

DATE: May 28, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Honor teachers, staff members all of next week

In Durango, our community is fortunate to have a team of dedicated teachers and staff members. The week of May 6 marks Teacher Appreciation Week across the U.S. I encourage that this recognition...

DATE: April 30, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango School News

School finance takes stage at the Legislature

Currently working its way through the state Legislature is a critical bill that could affect how our schools will be funded in the future. This bill, known as the New School Finance Act or Senate...

DATE: March 26, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Student testing can lift overall achievement

If you are a parent of a student in any of our public schools, you are probably aware that the annual state assessment is upon us. A couple of weeks ago, students in third grade were assessed in...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Preparing kids for success starts early

Our schools have changed drastically since many of us went to school. Most of us remember the days of kindergarten being a time to socialize children and introduce them to group play. Today, the...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2013 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Durango aims to strengthen graduates’ skills

Staff members of the Durango School District have been spending time this fall discussing and reviewing graduation statistics. We know as a district that we must continue to focus on our graduation...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2012 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Parent interest key to student achievement

We are lucky as a school district to function in a town with strong community support for education. The continued generosity of residents is evident in the recent passage of education ballot...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2012 | COLUMN: Durango School News

Student success requires full community effort

As the African Proverb goes, “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” This has been used in political campaigns of late, but certainly can be applied to the education of our children. The...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2012 | COLUMN: Durango School News

District invites you to envision future classroom

As your new superintendent, I’d like to take an opportunity to share some reflections that will drive my work in Durango. I came into a school system that has a long history. I’ve heard lots of...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2012 | COLUMN: Durango School News

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