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Read Around the World Readathon - March 9th thru March 13th

Read Around the World with Park’s panthers (Parker & Ella) for Read-A-Thon. Parker and Ella are traveling around the world! Fueled by the minutes Park students are reading each day of the read-a-thon, the panthers will visit a new country or state that Park students have studied this year. Students will earn a token for each reading goal met during the read-a-thon and top readers in each grade will receive Maria’s gift cards. Look for information sheets and a reading minute tracking sheet in your students’ Friday Folders on February 28.
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Meet the New Board Members

The two newest board members, Kristin Smith and Andrea Parmenter, want to hear from you! They are hosting a coffee at College Durango Joe's on Wednesday, March 4, from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm.
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Farm-to-School RFP

The Farm-to-School RFP has been posted and is available on the District website at durangoschools.org in the Finance section under Bidding Information.
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Understanding the Truth About School Lunch Regulations

Over the past few weeks, misinformation has been circulated regarding our school lunch policy and our community deserves the facts. Firstly, no student has received a partial lunch during the 2019-20 school year. No member of the 9-R team has employed shaming tactics toward students. And, the District maintains compliance with National School Lunch and National School Breakfast program federal guidelines.
In 2015, the district faced a critical issue as it ended the school year with over $18,000 in meal charge debt. Because school district Food & Nutrition Services departments are an independent enterprise, they are intended to be self-supporting. When a deficit occurs, the District needs to use general funds to offset losses, funds that should be designated for classrooms. It has been 9-R’s focus to minimize impacts on educational funding to maximize programs and educational resources for our students.
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