Three candidates right for board

The Mission Statement of Durango School District 9-R is to provide equitable educational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment so that each student can develop the skills and attributes needed for lifelong learning, and has the ability to compete and contribute to the global community.  

Erika Brown and Andrea Parmenter have worked tirelessly both as board members and, before that, classroom volunteers, PTO officers and members of their children’s elementary and middle school accountability committees. Both deepened their understanding of and engagement with the workings of the district by completing the Leadership 9-R program.  

Rick Petersen is new to school board administration but has over 20 years of management experience and has been actively involved in his children’s schools, as well as in outside activities supporting Durango’s youth, including Scouting, soccer and Lego League coaching.  

As far as I can determine, their opponents have not previously been involved in any such activities to support the school district, its teachers, or its students.  

Our public school system is the foundation on which the future success of our community is built, and I urge you to support the continued improvement of 9-R by voting for these outstanding candidates for the school board. They intend to work hard to increase teacher pay, promote better state funding and improve our schools’ performance standings.

All of the three candidates have children currently in our Durango schools and each of them cares deeply about the success of our kids.  

Please vote for them.

– Kirby MacLaurin, Durango