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We would like to congratulate the student artists who won the Cowboy Poetry Gathering Student Art Contest. These students will have their artwork displayed Thursday evening at the Durango Arts Center. They have also received a cash prize and 3 complimentary tickets to “COLORADO!!” a western variety show with a twist.

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Last year the district spent nearly $3 million more than it was making. While we have reduced that deficit spending by half this year, we are still $1.6 million over projected revenues. The district is looking for your input on how we can balance the budget, and protect the qualities of our school district that we hold dear:

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The second annual Durango Connect, simply called Durango Connect 2013, is taking place this Wednesday, October 2, 2013.  The event is a countywide celebration of our community highlighted by the formation of a human chain along the Animas River Trail.  
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Reminder: Monday is a Professional Development day for all staff within the 9-R school system. All schools will be closed.

Title VII Outreach Educators, Teri Nuhn and Lucinda Long-Webb, invite all of our Native American families to join them for a welcome back feast at Miller Middle School on Thursday, October 10th from 5-7:30 pm. Families with students of all ages are welcome to attend. A special back-to-school blessing will be performed by Diné/Navajo Medicine Man, Paul Long, Sr. There will be activities, cultural music, and homemade food.

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District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,227
  • Teachers: 294
    • 12 Years Avg Experience
    • 61% with Master's Degree
  • Support Staff: 193
  • Schools:
    • 7 Elementary Schools
    • 2 Middle Schools
    • 2 High Schools
    • Area Served: 1,039 sq miles

Our Mission

The mission of Durango School District 9-R, an innovative educational system committed to excellence, is to ensure each student develops the skills and attributes for lifelong learning and has the ability to compete and contribute in the global community, by guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment.

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