Message from Superintendent of Schools Sandra "Sam" Himmel

Superintendent Sandra "Sam" Himmel

Thank you for your patience and understanding... 

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.

Like many of you, I began 2021 by reflecting on the past year and felt grateful for the many blessings in my life. Along with my family and good health, I include serving Citrus County's students as one of those blessings, especially when there are so many unknowns. 

Even though we have faced many challenges, I look back on the great things we have accomplished as a district. All three Citrus County high schools continue to match or out-perform Florida's Standard 4-Year Diploma Graduation Rate of 90% and Citrus County's Standard 4-Year Diploma Graduation Rate of 87.1%.

Citrus High School


Crystal River High School


Lecanto High School







Citrus County's most significant improvement was in at-risk students' graduation rate, with a 15 percent increase compared to the previous year (62% to 77%).

Students also graduate from high school with more college credits earned through Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate. In 2020, these accelerated programs provided savings for our students and families in the amount of $1,161,720.

Our high schools have increased the number of opportunities for students to become  college and career ready within the following distinguished academies: Academy of Computer Sciences, Academy of Health Careers, School of Art, International Baccalaureate, and the Academy of Environmental Science.  For example, our students can now exit high school with more industry certifications like an EMT certification.  The Dental Assisting Program at Crystal River High School was recently accepted by the Dental Assisting National Board, which qualifies students for the national entry-level dental assistant certification exam.    

In the months ahead and throughout the summer, we will continue to increase students' opportunities to complete remediation classes to help close educational gaps they may have experienced due to the pandemic. 

During difficult times, regularly communicating up-to-date information is vital. I ask that you visit 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.

I am honored and grateful that you continue to entrust our schools with your children every day. As your Superintendent of Schools, I am in awe of our progress and achievements and look forward to what the year 2021 will bring.

Sandra “Sam” Himmel

Superintendent of Schools