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Social Emotional Learning News January 10th, 2022

Welcome to the year 2022! It is already bringing us surprises and giving us lessons in perseverance, patience and flexibility. Our staff is working incredibly hard to keep things normal at school, all the while, covering for sick colleagues. The students have done a great job hopping right back into routine and our Social Emotional lessons. Here is a summary of what we have covered since November.

Business Development Survey - Bond to Business Initiative

Our community supported the 4A Bond ballot initiative, infusing the Durango School District 9-R with $90M in funding for capital projects and improvements. Part of the promise to the community included engagement and support of local businesses and vendors in the bond projects.

Job Fair Rescheduled to Thursday, January 6, 2022!

The Durango School District 9-R Job Fair has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 6, 2022, from 10:00AM-2:00PM. The district is hiring a variety of full and part time jobs, as well as 9 - 12 month schedules: Paraprofessionals, Teachers, Substitutes, Bus Drivers, Food/Nutrition Services, Custodians, Counselors, Social Workers, Administrative Assistants.

Sale of Durango School District 9-R Administration Building Completed

Durango School District 9-R and Durango Fire Protection District announce the closing on the sale of the 9-R Administration Building parcel as of December 17th, 2021.
This closing represents the successful transition of a public use asset to another public entity and will continue the use of this building for community services in the years to come.
Buckley Park is not included in this transaction and 9-R will continue to negotiate with the City of Durango on that parcel.

4A Bond Project Improves Safety at Needham Elementary School

As part of the 4A Bond improvements, Needham Elementary School will benefit from improved traffic flow, increased pedestrian safety, and better Emergency Management Services (EMS) vehicle access in the event of an emergency. The current path of the parent drop off/pick up traffic intersects with student pedestrian traffic causing the potential for an unsafe scenario. In addition, Emergency Management Services (EMS) vehicle access is limited. With the redesign, EMS vehicles will be able to flow through the parking area rather than having to enter and then back out of a side parking lot.

November 2021 Bond Projects Summary

9-R continues to make progress on numerous projects across the district connected to the 4A Bond funding. In all, 14 Bond projects are in progress, with five additional projects slated for 2023 and 2024.

Safety Update for 9-R Parents - December 17, 2021

We have become aware of another Tik Tok challenge, or trend, encouraging students to make poor choices at school today. There have been a number of different trends and challenges, and while this most recent one isn't very specific, it does identify school violence. While there is no direct threat to our schools, we are making all the necessary precautions to ensure a safe and fun last day for our students prior to the holiday break.

Durango School District 9-R and LPEA launch Colorado’s first vehicle-to-grid enabled electric school bus

Durango School District 9-R and La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) will today launch the area’s first electric – and Colorado’s first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) enabled – school bus. In February 2021, District 9-R was awarded a grant of $328,803 through the Regional Air Quality Council’s (RAQC) ALT Fuels Colorado program. Augmented with $120,000 from LPEA to cover electric charging infrastructure, the project is groundbreaking.
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