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Katina Lee Serves Maude Saunders Elementary, West DeFuniak Elementary, Walton Middle School and Walton High School. She has been in our district 11 years serving as a District transportation professional and substitute cafeteria worker for Walton Middle School.  Ms. Lee is married and has 3 girls.  In her spare time you might catch her working on a new craft or decorating her home. Thank you, Mrs. Lee for supporting children.


Melinda Goodson serves Mossy Head School, Richbourg Middle, Crestview, and God’s Special Angels as a third party commercial driver.  She has been in our district 11 years as a District transportation professional.  Along with her bus driving duties Ms. Goodman trains new drivers. She is married with 4 boys.  She loves helping people, driving her school bus, spending time with her family and sharing the Gospel, sports and fishing. Thank you, Mrs. Goodson for supporting children.

EPIC NEVER relies on past accomplishments but demands 4wRd Thinking, 4wRd Movement and 4wRd actions.  Your WCSB spent the past two days in Tallahassee, walking the halls, sitting with Lawmakers and their staffs to make sure our Leaders in the State Capitol knew what needed to be known about Walton County and the children we serve!  A Full Day of meetings, conversations, shared concerns and collaboration with State Leaders was the intended agenda and citizens there is NO DOUBT your Board and Superintendent were voices for you!  Thanks, Board, for making sure EPIC is known statewide and you represented it well this week.  Special thanks to:

The Honorable Brad Drake

The Honorable George Gainer

The Honorable Patt Maney

Gov. Desantis’ Office just to name a few.


Kelly Wells Horton

What a Day!  EPIC 4wRd!!!!!

WCSD Showcase Brenda Jackson

February 2, 2022

WCSD Observes Black History Month     


Brenda A. Jackson serves West DeFuniak, Maude Saunders, Walton Middle, Walton High and the Wise Center as a District transportation professional.  Ms. Jackson is a graduate of the Walton County School District has 2 adult children and enjoys fishing in her spare time.  Thank you, Ms. Jackson for supporting children.

All-County Honor Band

February 2, 2022

All-County Honor Band was held at Freeport High School on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. 

The musical event showcased Band students throughout the Walton County School District as they came together as one. They experienced music-making in a large ensemble setting with peers from other schools in the district and worked with two highly qualified guest conductors in a setting other than their own classroom.  

Middle School Clinician – Eddie Steadman 

High School Clinician – Jeff Adams 

February is CTE Month!

February 1, 2022

WCSD is excited to celebrate and highlight the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across our schools. CTE offers a way for students to gain skills and earn certifications in some of Florida’s most critical and desirable industries. Unlike traditional higher education, CTE programs can set individuals on the right path in less time with less cost. That means they can get into a career today without the worry of debt tomorrow. For more information, please visit or

COVID Update January 28, 2022

In the spirit of transparency, the Walton County School District (WCSD) will continue to update our stakeholders with COVID-19 data for the 2021-2022 school year. 

COVID-19 Statistics

Single Day Data


% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 1/27/22)

% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees






Quarantined Due to On Campus Exposure of School District Students and/or Employees






Quarantined Due to Off Campus Exposure (Community/Family Exposure) of School District Students and/or Employees






Schools Involved in Positive Cases and/or Exposure






Walton County School District COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for the 2021-2022 School Year

  1. If a person is sick (students, teachers, staff, and visitors), they should stay home.
  2. Face covering is optional for all, including the bus.
  3. Hand sanitizer is available at various areas inside the school.
  4. Social distancing from others is encouraged as much as possible.
  5. Signs will be displayed to remind those in schools about social distancing, as well as the use of hand sanitizer, washing of hands, and face coverings.
  6. Cleaning and disinfecting school facilities/buses which are occupied by students will be done daily.
  7. Adequate mitigation supplies are on hand at all schools/facilities (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, etc.).
  8. COVID-19 vaccination is optional for all students and employees.
  9. COVID-19 contact tracing is occurring in all schools/facilities (2021-2022 WCSD Decision Tree for employees and students).
  10. At this time non-essential visitors and volunteers are not allowed to enter schools. This mitigation strategy will be revisited in the next few weeks.

*Please keep in mind that although COVID positive cases may represent a student or staff member within the WCSD, it does not necessarily indicate that the virus originated within the WCSD.  It is also important to note that a portion of the positive cases involve individuals who may have never entered the school setting while sick due to proper quarantining. 


Walton  County wishes to thank all of their District mentors!  The success of children is a collaborative effort with schools, parents and wonderful community supporters like YOU!  Thank you for giving your time to help us continue our journey to being the #1 school district in the state!   

On Homecoming night, Paxton School and the community had another reason to come together and celebrate.  Coach Tommy Pittman, former girls’ basketball coach, was honored for his years at Paxton.  Surrounded by our superintendent, administration, current coaches, and his former players, it was announced that the Paxton gymnasium would be known as the Tommy Pittman Gym from this day forward. 

We Launched into Literacy at Dune Lakes Elementary School this week!  These pictures were taken before launching the buses after a long day of reading, inferences, writing and determining authors purpose!  It sounds Really hard and it can be, but it is soooo much fun for children when they love their school and their school and district loves them!  Superintendent Hughes had an opportunity to stop, talk and thank some of our Most Amazing Bus Drivers and Aides who help make sure our babies get home safely.  The compassion and dedication of our ESP’s are EPIC throughout!