Walton County School District Superintendent’s June  Update

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Supt Hughes

The 2020-21 year has ended and Superintendent Hughes says, “this year has been like no other in the amount of challenges presented, but there has been equal opposition in the tenacity, excellence and professionalism

the Walton County School District employees exhibited!”  Mr. Hughes continued by saying  “not only should our employees be recognized, but also parents who placed their trust in us to protect their children and exhibited that trust by sending them back to the brick and mortar campuses; it couldn’t have been done without their support!”

The District was recently visited by  MGT Consulting Group who came to the District to gain a greater understanding of the implementation of our most effective practices and processes while likewise attempting to gain clarity surrounding the challenges experienced during the implementation of our Florida Instructional Continuity Plan. This plan encompassed plans for re-opening safely during the pandemic. Walton County School District was asked to share across the state due to the MGT Teams overwhelming approval of the immediate and comprehensive measures our District implemented.

The theme for this year was “hang on, gain on” and we are extremely proud of the students who worked hard and held fast to this motto. In fact, the proof is evident when reflecting on the hundreds of graduations which took place during the last few weeks of May. Graduating students celebrated thirteen years of preparation and the culmination of their anticipated launch out into their futures.  Superintendent Hughes was present to personally give a handshake and a word of encouragement on each graduates’ special day!

The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center was present at the May 18, 2021 school board meeting to present Superintendent Hughes with the ECCACs first Superhero Award. Chief Executive Officer Julie Porterfield along with Community Outreach Manager Jasie Landeros, presented the award to Superintendent Hughes in honor of his help in keeping children safe by bringing them back to school.  The ECCAC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “empower the communities of Okaloosa and Walton Counties to address child abuse through collective intervention, prevention, education and awareness.”

Our community outreach EPIC Van will be making learning stops in various locations during the months of June and July.  For your convenience, a schedule is listed below. Please check the website for more information.  We want to see your child there!

To all Walton County students and parents; have fun and enjoy the summer break!  We look forward to seeing you next year and continuing our journey to becoming the number one District in the state!

Area Day of Week Schedule District Workers
South Walton Thursdays
June 16

June 23

June 30

July 14

July 21


9:40 to 11:20 –   Driftwood Estates Park/Pool

11:30 to 1:10 – Helen McCall Park (off HWY 98)

1:30 to 3:20 – Cessna Park (located on HWY 393 North)

3:25 to 5:20 – Padgett Park near South Walton High School


Ms. T. Moyer (DLE)

Ms. M. Fite  (DLE)

Ms, P. Woodard (FHS)

Ms. K. Caudill (FHS)

Ms. H. Whitaker  (SWHS)


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