Message from Superintendent of Schools Sandra "Sam" Himmel

Superintendent Sandra "Sam" Himmel

Outstanding Start to the New Decade! 

Let me begin by wishing you a Happy New Year filled with hope, success, and continued progress! Like many of you, I began 2020 by reflecting on the past year and being 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. 

As we enter the new decade, I look back on the great things we have accomplished as a district. Citrus County’s students out-performed the State average on the ACT and scored higher than the State and Nation on the SAT. We also witnessed our district’s 2019 graduation rate increase to an all-time high of 86%. I am proud to say that this rate has increased by 29% since I began serving as your Superintendent in 2004. 

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, Academy of Environmental Science. For example, our students are now able to exit high school with more industry certifications, like an EMT certification at the recently named Phil Royal EMT Program in the Academy of Health Careers. Students also are graduating from high school with more college credits earned through dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate. In 2019, these accelerated programs provided savings for our students and families in the amount of $1,067,580. There are many other accomplishments from the past year that further demonstrate the hard work and dedication of our students and staff like establishing the Citrus County School District Police Department, welcoming 140 new teachers to our classrooms, exceling higher than the State in US History and Civics tests scores, and being the home of the Weightlifting State Champions. 

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 2020 will bring.

Sandra “Sam” Himmel

Superintendent of Schools