We are committed to sharing our student achievement data with transparency. We recognize the incredible effort put forth by our staff this year and are grateful for their perseverance and flexibility. Yet, our end-of-year assessment data tells us that our students need intentional and unified support to ensure that the impacts of the pandemic are not long-lasting and far-reaching in our students' literacy and math skills. We are working with great urgency to turn around our historical trend of under-serving portions of our community and to minimize the impact of disrupted learning COVID-19 has had on all of our learners.
Congratulations 9-R families, students and staff… we made it! This was a year for the books and certainly created many new memories. While it wasn’t a typical school year for any of us, learning to live with masks, quarantines, and ever-changing school schedules it was still an amazing school year and we have so much to celebrate and be grateful for.
District leaders have recently received recommendations from three work groups: The Culture and Equity Design Team, the Significant Disproportionality Work Group, and the Native American Parental Advisory Committee. Their recommendations will guide the district in strategic planning to continue addressing concerns of inequity within our system.
Thank you to all of those who were able to join our Zoom Meet & Greet with incoming Superintendent, Dr. Karen Cheser. Thank you also for all the great questions! If you were unable to join the Zoom live, please click Read More to view the recording.
The district is building conversations within leadership and throughout the district about cultural proficiency in an effort to find common, grounding frameworks across the district regarding diversity, equity and inclusion within the district and school communities. The common book read of Opening Doors is about getting centered on the topic so that we can find common ground.
Durango School District 9-R and the 9-R Board of Education have prioritized a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. The community of Durango is very supportive of our schools and our education system, and there are many thought leaders and partners to assist us in taking the bold steps necessary to achieve positive educational outcomes for all children.
During a special meeting on March 11, 2021, the 9-R Board of Education shared their search process with the community, as well as the feedback received from the community and stakeholders throughout the district. In this session the Board ultimately voted to move forward with contract negotiations with Dr. Karen Cheser to serve as the district's next Superintendent.