Board of Education

Each of Colorado's 178 school districts is governed by a Board of Education comprised of people elected by the residents of the district. It is the Board's responsibility to establish and maintain a system of education in the district, as prescribed by the constitution and laws of the state. School board members are community volunteers who give freely of their time to govern public schools. Durango School District 9-R is governed by a five-member board.

Coherent Governance model

The Durango School District 9-R Board of Education chose to use Coherent Governance as its governance model in 2013. This model helps to clarify the roles of both the school board (policy making and oversight) and the superintendent (academic and management leader). Under Coherent Governance, the Board is responsible for clearly defining what students should know and be able to do by the time they graduate from high school. The Board consciously stays out of the district's day-to-day management decisions and adopts policies that give the superintendent the authority to select the resources, teachers, and educational programs that he or she believes best serve student-learning needs. The Board takes a strong oversight role by holding the superintendent accountable for ensuring that students are making reasonable progress toward meeting the district's educational goals.

Board minutes, agendas, and policies

Visit the BoardDocs eGovernance solution to review information on current and past board meeting agendas, copies of board minutes, and district and board policies.

Public comment

Registration for public comment will open a half hour prior to the start of the monthly board meeting. Sign-up is limited to 10 speakers and registration is first-come, first-served. Comments are limited to three minutes per speaker. A total of 30 minutes is allocated for the public participation portion of each Regular Meeting. Public participation will be at the beginning of the meeting unless otherwise noted in the agenda. If you have questions, please call the District Office at 970-247-5411, ext. 1448.

Contact board members

The Durango School District 9-R Board of Education welcomes comments and correspondence from district residents. The following guidelines are provided to assist you with your correspondence. If you need translation supports, please email [email protected] to request this service. Please use the e-mail address below. Your correspondence will automatically be forwarded to all board members. Any response will come from the board president or designee. Only the board president may speak on behalf of the board as a whole.