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Spring Message from Dr. Karen Cheser

Dear Families, It’s hard to believe we only have a few weeks left in the school year and it seems like only yesterday that we began visioning for our district. There is much excitement about all of the current opportunities for students as well as the possibilities for the future. A couple of projects that you may be interested in include the new Miller Middle School construction as well as Impact, the new Career and Innovation Center at DHS.
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9-R Board of Education Updates Mask Policy

Dear Durango School District 9-R community,
Thank you for your continued support and flexibility as we strive to create meaningful learning opportunities for our students throughout the most recent wave of COVID-19. As cases and transmission in our community lessen, there is an opportunity for our district to adjust our COVID-19 response.
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School District 9-R Board of Education Mask Survey Message & Results

The Durango 9-R Board of Education is aware that not all who received the first survey about masking protocols launched on February 11th also received the second survey which was launched on Friday, Feb 18. In an effort to collect reliable data by making the new survey links secure, a previously unknown limitation was discovered. As a result, the second survey was sent only to the first/primary email address in each student’s Infinite Campus record.
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Ascent Application, Comments, And Forum Are Open To The Public

The Board of Education for Durango School District 9-R decided after an executive session on May 19 that they will move forward to review Ascent Classical Academy’s charter school application. Ascent has expressed interest in opening a K-12 charter school in Durango in 2023. A decision will be made on June 13.

Durango School District 9-R Public Budget Meeting

The 9-R Public Budget Meeting for the 2022-2023 academic year budget will be on May 19, 2022 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Escalante Middle School in the Library. Come to learn more about how funds are allocated to schools to determine staffing, resources and services based on school enrollment, as well as other priorities in spending.

9-R Board of Education Work Session, May 10, 2022

The next Durango School District 9-R Board of Education Work Session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 5:30 p.m. This meeting is in-person a the Durango School District Administration Building, 201 E. 12th St., Durango.

New Miller Middle School Schematic Design

At the April 26 Durango School District 9-R Board of Education Regular Meeting, Representatives from Cuningham Group, Bryan Construction and Reynolds Ash + Associates presented the Miller Middle School Schematic Design community update.


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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. Through leading instructional models, globally minded learning programs and engaging teaching and learning methods, the district aims to instill in each student the ability to compete and contribute in the global community. Furthermore, the district encourages supportive and safe school environments, guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities for each and every student. 

9-R Board of Education Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that Durango School District 9-R is located on lands and territories taken from the Núuchiu (Ute) people. This land is also the ancestral home of or served as a site of trade, gathering, or healing for Apache, Pueblo, Diné, and other nations. We recognize and honor these peoples and nations as traditional stewards of this land and water and respect their enduring relationship with it.

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