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The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado Donations to 9-R Reach $2M

Spearheaded by outgoing Superintendent, Dan Snowberger, and Briggin Wrinkle, executive director of the SWCF, this donation will go to support the much-needed equipment to bring to fruition the ambitions and vision of the future CTE building. “We remain incredibly grateful for the majority support from our community for the district's capital projects and needs, as well as its vision, through the passage of the 2020 bond,” said Dan Snowberger. “Those dollars will directly benefit all students of Durango, one of which is an innovation center for the region. The SWCF and its donors have been long-standing partners in this work, and we are thankful for the opportunity to utilize these additional funds to support state-of-the-art equipment in our new building, which could be 3D printers, business trade supplies and software upgrades and adoptions.”  Since Snowberger’s arrival in Durango, more than $1.6 million has been secured for the district through the Community Foundation and its donors. These funds have greatly enhanced the educational programs for all students in the district.


“The Community Foundation prioritizes educational opportunities for the dual benefit of supporting local youth and the broader community,” says Briggen Wrinkle, executive director of the SWCF. “The future Career Technical Education building and programs will support opportunities for students to gain skills that can be put to good use right here in Southwest Colorado, helping our community to thrive. Over his tenure, Superintendent Dan Snowberger cultivated a strong relationship with these donors, which resulted in gifts of more than $2 million for 9-R projects. The Community Foundation looks forward to continuing our longstanding partnership with 9-R’s new leadership.”  


The district has launched its bond webpages on the website. Interested parties may visit durangoschools.org and either click on the construction hat in the navigation bar, or find a link within the Finance pages of the website. Stay tuned through the website for updates on the bond projects, meeting minutes from the Bond Oversight Committee, and photos of projects as they take shape.


About Durango School District 9-R

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.  For more information, visit us online at http://www.durangoschools.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/Durango9R and follow us on Twitter @Durango9R.



Community Foundation serving SW CO

The Community Foundation is the hub of philanthropy for Southwest Colorado, connecting people, ideas and resources to benefit all who live here. We work with donors and nonprofits to create plans that will make a positive impact on our community.  For more information on expanding the culture of giving to meet the needs of our region, visit swcommunityfoundation.org or call 375-5807.



Durango School District 9-R Bond Program Mission Statement

Durango united to invest in our future by supporting Bond Issue 4A, aligning our schools with the community’s vision for innovative, equitable, sustainable, educational outcomes while also ensuring health and safety of students, staff and other users of these vital community resources.

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