Education briefs

LPEA to host open house about scholarships

La Plata Electric Association will host an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at LPEA’s Bodo Park headquarters, 45 Stewart St.

LPEA staff members will be available to answer questions. Copies of all applications will be available, and no RSVP is required. All high school seniors in La Plata and Archuleta counties, including home-schooled students, who receive their electricity from LPEA, are eligible to apply for the variety of funding opportunities. The deadline for application is March 1. Attendance at the open house is not a requirement for application.

LPEA directly offers the LPEA Scholarship and LPEA/John Voelker Memorial Scholarship and provides for additional affiliated rural electric scholarships/awards offered by Tri-State Generation and Transmission and Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

For more information and to download applications, visit, call Jeannie Bennett at 382-3505, or email

Mountain Middle School board will meet Thursday

The board of directors for Mountain Middle School will meet from 5:15 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday at the school, 108 W. 31st St.

The public is invited.

Scholarships available to graduating senior girls

The Dorothy Gore Scholarship sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter CS is available to any La Plata County graduating senior girl who has shown academic promise, has leadership potential, serves her community and has at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average.

This $1,000 scholarship honors Dorothy Gore, a retired longtime Durango teacher.

All applicants to an academic college are considered, although priority is given to applicants to Cottey College, a two-year women’s college in Nevada, Mo., owned by the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Information about Cottey may be found online.

Applications for this scholarship are available at high school counseling offices. The application deadline is March 8.

Continuing education is available at FLC

The Fort Lewis College Continuing Education Program will offer these classes:

“Local Medicinal Plants” presented by Anna-Marija Helt will be held Tuesday evenings from Jan. 29 to Feb. 12. Participants will learn a dozen native and weedy local medicinal plants in detail. The cost is $64 for three classes.

“Songwriting and Performance, Part 1: Write, Workshop & Perform Your Own Original Song in 5 Weeks” will be offered by Caitlin Cannon Eddins on Tuesday evenings from Jan. 29 to Feb. 26. The cost is $114 for five classes.

Advance registration is required. Sign up seven days before class and save $5.

For more information or to register, call 247-7385 or visit

Durango to host forum about classrooms’ future

Durango School District Superintendent Dan Snowberger and members from the Board of Education, will discuss today’s and tomorrow’s classroom in a forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Riverview Elementary School.

Durango High School to offer immunization clinic

San Juan Basin Health Department, Durango School District and the Durango School-Based Health Center will offer an immunization clinic for Durango High School students from 9 to 10 a.m. today at DHS in the health center.

Any student who has Colorado Medicaid, has no health insurance, who is Native American or Alaskan Native or under-insured will qualify for the Vaccines for Children program.

A requested donation of $21.65 will be accepted. No student will be turned away because of inability to pay.

Vaccines are available at low to no cost through age 18. Students with private insurance including CHP+ should schedule an appointment with their physician for vaccines.

For more information, call Tambri Garcia at 259-1630 ext. 2107.

Durango to offer writing training to volunteers

Durango School District will offer writing training from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in the board room at the administration building, 201 E. 12th St., for community members who want to support the district’s efforts to improve student writing districtwide.

Participants will learn how to work with students as part of their volunteer efforts with the district.

Durango seeks comments about school calendars

People can provide comments about the next two years of the Durango School District calendars.

For more information, visit

People can view the two draft calendars and provide feedback. Comments will be accepted until Tuesday.

For more information and feedback, email

Durango health centers to host open house

The Durango School District School-Based Health Centers will host an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24.

Participants will view the new site plan for the center and learn more about its integrated health-service model.

People also can choose to make a donation by purchasing a brick. The brick will include a name and will be part of a brick mosaic at the entrance of the center.

All Durango schools will be closed Monday

Durango School District school’s will be closed Monday for teacher professional development and training.

Liberty School to host Visitors Day on Thursday

The Liberty School will host a Visitors Day from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the school, on the second floor at 215 E. 12th St.

The school is a small, private school that maximizes the potential of dyslexic, gifted and twice exceptional (both gifted and dyslexic) children.

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

Herald Staff