Message from Superintendent of Schools Sandra "Sam" Himmel

Superintendent Sandra "Sam" Himmel

Our Future Looks Bright... 

I want to start by thanking YOU for your patience and understanding as we continue navigating through the challenges and unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our staff, students, and families have proven to be flexible, compassionate, and supportive to adapt and succeed in any situation.

As our school year comes to an end, I must express my gratitude to our students, teachers, staff, parents, and community for your relentless commitment to excellence, especially during a year of so much adversity.
  Families persevered through state mandates and policies, while our students continued to excel.

It was a joy to see our graduates for in-person graduations as they took their next steps to college, military, or the workplace. So many people are needed for this lifelong journey of learning to exist. Parents, teachers, school staff, administrators all have a role to play, along with many in our community. When we all invest time, effort, and resources in our children, the return on our investment is priceless.

As you can see on the following pages, not only are we celebrating our Golden Citrus scholars and our six National Merit scholars, but we also have several seniors who have graduated high school with enough credits to fulfill their Associate of Arts degree requirement.  More than a dozen seniors have enlisted with either the Army, Marines, or Navy, and will have their entire college tuition paid for.

It is through strong relationships, communication, and shared values that our school district continues to raise and educate the best of the best! We will continue investing in the present so that we have hope in the future and a better tomorrow.

Make sure you and your family stay up-to-date with vital information by visiting our district's website,   There you can view our Citrus Cares! Plan, submit questions through our Let's Talk! feature, and stay informed with our COVID-19 Dashboard. The Dashboard is updated daily and informs families of positive cases throughout our school district.

The best of luck to the class of 2021! To the rest of our students, families, teachers, and staff– I look forward to the fall when we will embark on a new school year and continue to ensure our students are safe, loved, and educated.  Enjoy your summer and be safe!


Sandra “Sam” Himmel

Superintendent of Schools