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Board of Education

Each 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 seven member board.

The Durango 9-R School Board chose to use Policy Governance as its governance model approximately 10 years ago.  This model helps to clarify the roles of both the school board (policy making and oversight) and the superintendent (academic and management leader).

Under Policy 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 (click here for the Board's Results Policies).  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.  (Click here for the Board's Operational Expectation Policies).  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

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

Contacting 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.

Correspondence with All Board Members OR Request for Formal Board Response About an Issue

Please use the e-mail address below. Your correspondence will automatically be forwarded to all board members and the superintendent. Any response will come from the board president or designee. Only the board president may speak on behalf of the board as a whole

Durango School District 9-R Board of Education E-mail Address:

schoolboard@durango.k12.co.us

Correspondence with Individual Board Members

If you'd like to correspond with an individual board member, just click on the e-mail link under each board member's name below.

Board Member Listing


Andy Burns President District C aburns@durango.k12.co.us (970) 403-0037
Kim Martin
Vice President District F kmartin@durango.k12.co.us (970) 382-8889
Stephanie Moran
Secretary District B smoran@durango.k12.co.us (970) 375-9417
Mick Souder
Treasurer  District G msouder@durango.k12.co.us (970) 375-0079
Greg Spradling Member District A gspradling@durango.k12.co.us (970) 759-3749
Brieanne Stahnke Member District D bstahnke@durango.k12.co.us
Nancy Stubbs
Member District E nstubbs@durango.k12.co.us (970) 247-0663
Sobei Hamlin Ex-Officio Student shamlin8@durango.k12.co.us (970) 375-3819

Staff Listing

Name Email Job Title Ext.
Jane Schold jschold@durango.k12.co.us Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board 1448

Frequently Asked Questions

Board Documents

District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,500
  • Teachers: 294
    • 12 Years Avg Experience
    • 61% with Master's Degree
  • Support Staff: 193
  • Schools:
    • 7 Elementary Schools
    • 2 Middle Schools
    • 2 High Schools
    • Area Served: 1,039 sq miles

Our Mission

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 and has the ability to compete and contribute in the global community, by guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment.

Sponsors and Partners

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