School Safety

9-R could ask voters for a bond to improve infrastructure

Durango School District 9-R is looking at its future infrastructure needs, and financing improvements may require renewal of a bond by voters. “Our buildings are starting to look a little tired,”...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango schools tighten security, will seek feedback on arming guards

Durango School District 9-R plans to hold town halls this year to hear from parents, students, community members and others about possible security measures, including arming security guards. The...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man drives into ditch to avoid hitting school bus

A 29-year-old Durango man who authorities say wasn’t paying attention while driving and swerved off the road into a ditch to avoid hitting a stopped school bus full of kids was cited with careless...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District security prepares for worst-case scenario

Law enforcement officers pressed plastic guns to the backs of Durango School District 9-R security specialists in a school gym Wednesday, giving them a chance to practice taking weapons from an...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District board members get early look at 2019-20 budget

A glimpse of a preliminary 2019-20 budget, which needs about $375,000 in trims to bring the numbers into balance, was presented to Durango School District board members at their Tuesday night...

DATE: April 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Schools in Southwest Colorado see changes driven by Columbine

One look at Durango High School, built in 1976, and Montezuma-Cortez High School, which opened in 2015, tells you a lot about how the world of education has changed 20 years after the Columbine...

DATE: April 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango school district gets $1.1 million for school safety

Durango public schools have received a $1.1 million grant from the Colorado Division of Homeland Security to support and build upon existing school safety efforts. For several years, Durango School...

DATE: April 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Planning, preparation urged by school safety expert

The importance of planning, practice and attention to small details to keep schools safe were highlighted Monday by John-Michael Keyes, who started the I Love U Guys Foundation in 2006 after his...

DATE: April 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District gets $521,000 security grant

Durango School District 9-R will receive $521,711 in a state SAFER grant to buy communication equipment and enact staff training to integrate the equipment into existing emergency operations and...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District explains notification effort after bomb threats

Durango School District 9-R sent an initial notice about 3:30 p.m. Monday to families that were affected by bomb threats made to Park, Needham and Riverview elementary schools, said Julie Popp, the...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New school year brings focus on security and safety

A more violent, harsh world is increasingly hard to ignore. Sadly, the first day of school in Durango reflects that. Durango schools continue a journey that increasingly emphasizes safety, security...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suspect in threat to Montezuma-Cortez schools is identified

The suspect who allegedly made an unsubstantiated threat toward Montezuma-Cortez schools was apprehended Friday afternoon in Cortez after the Sheriff’s Office located his car. “The Sheriff’s...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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