Message from Superintendent of Schools Sandra "Sam" Himmel

Superintendent Sandra "Sam" Himmel

Record-breaking year for student achievement

Recognition of student achievement has been important to us here at the Citrus County School District. If you’ve ever heard me speak in front of any organization or group, I always take the opportunity to brag about our top students – and this year is no different. 

First off – I must express my gratitude to our students, teachers, staff, parents and community for your relentless commitment to make this school year another record-breaking year for student achievement and organizational success.  The joy of seeing our graduates take their next step to college, military, or the workplace is so fulfilling for parents and educators alike because of the memories and experiences created over the years. As a district, we must be committed to doing everything possible to helping ALL students experience success.  When we all invest time, effort, and resources in our children, the return on our investment is priceless.

The 2018-2019 school year has brought many changes and successes. Student achievement continues to increase, teacher effectiveness improves, and we have become a safer place to learn and grow.  I want to bring your attention to only a few of our successes from the class of 2019, as we continue to be one of the top school districts in Florida:

    • Ranked in the Top 3rd of all Florida districts in all subject areas for the past 11 years per statewide assessments.
    • Every year since 2011, US News & World Report and The Washington Post have recognized all Citrus County’s high schools as Best High Schools in US and/or America’s Most Challenging High Schools.
  • THREE National Merit Scholar Finalists (Top 1% of US high school seniors)
  • SIX National Merit Commended Scholars (Top 2% of US high school seniors)
  • Our current class of 2019 has received a total of $561,849.99 in local scholarships.
  • Approximately 5% of our current seniors have enlisted in the military. Only 1% of able Americans serve our country --- 38 Citrus County recruits

Again, I want to thank everyone for your continued support of Citrus County Schools, more importantly, our students.  They accomplish amazing things each year thanks in large part to the level of support from parents, teachers, and the community.  With each level of success students achieve, they become more engaged in learning and empowered to succeed further. In other words, success breeds success and we must work each day to do everything in our power as educators and as a district to make certain every student succeeds.

The best of luck to the class of 2019! To the rest of our students, teachers and staff– enjoy your summer and be safe!