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Re-opening Plan Update

July 7, 2020

Due to the Governor’s new Executive Order No. 2020-EO-06, the Walton County School District will now release our Re-opening Plan for the 2020-2021 school year by end of business on Wednesday, July 8th .  Thank you for being understanding and supportive as we create the best plan for our students and our employees.

Walton County School District Education Partner Honored as Recipient of

Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award




Walton County School District nominated the St. Joe Foundation for state recognition as a recipient of the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award, an honor bestowed through the Florida Education Foundation.  On Thursday, July 2, 2020 Walton County School District and the St. Joe Foundation received notification of being the 3rd of 4 distinguished district and business winners!  (see video announcement below)  The Walton District-St. Joe partnership was recognized for working collaboratively to provide innovative learning opportunities in our community and for our student’s academic performance. 


The goal of the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards (CBRA) is to recognize Florida’s business leaders and partners that have shown the most commitment in bringing positive change and implementing bold, innovative approaches to improve the academic performance of students in Florida’s education system and communities. These educational connections help Florida school districts gain a competitive edge in providing enhanced services to the students they serve.


St. Joe Foundation’s collaborations with the Walton County School District include awarding Walton Education Foundation, a supporter of education in Walton County, with a twenty-thousand dollar grant for classroom laptops and technology needs;  Fifty-thousand dollars for library books and technology to the new Dune Lakes Elementary School Makers Lab and, additionally, twenty-five thousand dollars for technology to the Magnet Innovation Center (MIC) at St. Joe Watersound.  The MIC is the vision of Superintendent A. Russell Hughes and is Walton County’s first Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEAM) school.  This new MIC academic center opened November 21, 2019 and is state-of-the-art seeking to prepare students for the global workforce through experience and exploration. Courses include: Principles of Engineering, AP Computer Science, Internship/Externship and Industry Certifications. The St. Joe Foundation has empowered Walton County Schools to provide students the opportunity to meet tomorrows challenges with a cutting edge, world class education.


On behalf of the Commissioner of Education and the Florida Department of Education, the Florida Education Foundation is donating a check in the amount of $5,000 to Walton County School District to continue the partnership with the St. Joe Foundation and to fund the educational programs that have made a lasting impact on Florida's students. 

We are all so grateful for this opportunity for our students, and so appreciative of the generosity, commitment and collaboration shown by the St. Joe Company.

Congratulations to South Walton High School Art teacher, Dr. Vivian Komando for having her incredible artwork, Grayscale in Sky Ink, chosen to be a part of the Watersound Origins Sidewalk Gallery!!

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is partnering with the community of Watersound Origins to present a socially distanced, but in-person, public art exhibition called the Watersound Origins Sidewalk Gallery. 10-14 pieces of art from the "From A Distance" virtual exhibition were chosen by the Watersound Origins team. The artwork will be printed on large vinyls that will be attached to the paved trails and sidewalks of the Origins community.

Locals and visitors will be invited to partake in this free event throughout the summer; they can stroll, bike or drive through the community to discover the artwork. Each art piece will be labeled with the Artist Name, Art Name, and link to CAA Virtual Gallery. The event will run from July 1 through Labor Day!

Walton County School District is seeking qualified individuals to join our team of school bus drivers.  For additional information on the requirements to become a bus driver or bus aide, please contact Tammy Ramsey at 850-892-1100, extension 1806, or email [email protected].  Employment opportunities are posted on our website at   Job descriptions are available at

A huge Congratulations to Gabriella Lanza for being named the WINNER of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition with her incredible work titled Ocean Layer! Gabriella is a student at South Walton High School where she studies with art teacher Dr. Vivian Komando. Gabriella's art will hang in the United States Capitol!

First Place Congressional Art Competition 2020

First Place Winner CAC 2020

Congratulations also goes to Marie Claire Brown from South Walton High School under the tutelage of Dr. Komando for being named 1st runner up in the 2020 Congressional Art Competition.

First Runner Up CAC Marie Claire Brown

We are so proud of these amazing art students and their teacher!

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

The Florida Congressional Art Competition is sponsored by Congressman Matt Gaetz.

You can view the awards ceremony at