Education Briefs

Durango announces holiday closure

Durango School District schools will be closed from Monday to Jan. 4 for the holiday break.

The district office also will be closed from Monday to Jan. 1.

LPEA seeks juniors for leadership camp

La Plata Electric Association invites high school juniors to participate in the Colorado Electric Education Institute Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp, an all-expense paid educational/leadership camp set for July 14-19 at Glen Eden Resort outside of Steamboat Springs.

The deadline for application is Jan. 14. LPEA will sponsor as many as four high school juniors, one from each school district within its service territory (Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio, Pagosa Springs).

All area high school juniors who receive their electricity from LPEA are eligible, including home-schooled students. To be considered, students are asked to complete the application and submit it to LPEA, along with a 500-word essay reflecting the student’s personal perspective about leadership.

Applications are available at, from high school counselors, or at LPEA’s Durango and Pagosa Springs offices.

For more information, email Jeannie Bennett at or call 382-3505.

Sunnyside receives 2012 John Irwin Award

Sunnyside Elementary School has received the 2012 John Irwin Award.

The award is given to schools that exceed expectations on the three-year school performance framework’s indicator related to academic achievement, and that meet or exceed expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps.

Chosen schools demonstrate the highest levels of achievement across all student groups.

Jessica Minnich earns recognition

Durango resident Jessica Minnich was honored as one of New Mexico’s highest achieving art students at SITE Santa Fe on Nov. 30.

Minnich is attending the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The SITE Scholar program is a new initiative to honor college and graduate level creative students. The program includes top students from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the University of New Mexico, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Santa Fe Community College, St. John’s College and Highlands University. Nominated students are recognized by SITE Santa Fe as high achieving leaders within their schools.

Emily Schaldach named to ex-officio board

Emily Schaldach, a Durango High School Student Council member, was selected as the new ex-officio student school board member.

This position will represent the students by bringing the student voice to meetings. Schaldach has served as a student council member for three years and currently serves as the council’s district liaison.

Schaldach plans to meet with middle school and elementary school students and student councils to gain a clear understanding of matters that need to be addressed from a student’s perspective.

Liberty School to perform ‘Elf’

The Liberty School will perform “Elf,” the 2003 American Christmas comedy, at 6 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1159 East Third Ave.

Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call Bill O’Flanagan at 385-4834 or email

Herald Staff