Our fiscal responsibility to our constituents is evident as well. Your Sumter schools are rated A by Standard and Poor's for our financial stability and responsibility, and A1 by Moody�s - a particularly high achievement for a small district. Additionally, the district's fiscal and environmental responsibilities are also evident through its energy management program, where the district is recognized as an Energy Star Partner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Sumter District's exemplary qualities are the result of all the concerted efforts and wide ranging support provided by teachers, staff, parents, Board Members, the community, and of course the best students in the world! Without everyone pulling together, none of this would be possible.
We welcome your interest, support and involvement with one of the best school systems in Florida.
Richard A. Shirley
Superintendent of Schools
Great Things are Happening in the Sumter District Schools!
Sumter Teacher of the Year Melynda Shea Recognized
Melynda and nine of her fellow Central Florida educators were recognized by recieving the Governor's Shine Award.
Attention Parents of 4 Year Olds!
Sumter County Elementary Schools are Still Accepting Applications for 2013-2014
Please contact your local elementary school!
The 16th Annual Math Field Day: Academic Competition that Encorages
On April 26th, Sumter County mathematics students participated in friendly mathematical challenges that allowed them to compete and have a great time.
The 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration was Once Again a Resounding hit
With the Community!
The annual event, held at the CEMEX Center Hill Quarry and home to the Sumter Environmental Education Center, provided a wonderful venue to enjoy a Florida spring day and learn about the environment.
School Volunteers Honored for their Outstanding Service
On April 16th, forty-three active volunteers were recognized for their important service to our students.
Students Compete in the Orlando Science Center Challenge
Sumter County students continuing their pursuit of recognition for exemplary science research, competed with other Central Florida student scientists at the Orlando Science Center March 16th. All three projects that will represent Sumter County at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair were chosen as best in their respective categories at the challenge.
Sumter County Well Represented at the 58th Florida State Science &
Eight hundred ninety one students competed at the 58th Florida State Science and Engineering Fair at the Lakeland Center on Wednesday, March 27 of which thirty-five represented the Big Springs Region. Of the twenty-six Big Spring Regional students that received place awards, eleven were from Sumter County schools.
Join us for the 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration
April 20, 2013 at the Sumter Environmental Education Center
The 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration, a partnership activity of the Sumter County School Board and CEMEX, is just around the corner! New and exciting activities are planned for this year along with those activities and exhibits that everyone has grown to love!
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Sumter is AVID-ly Recruiting Students for College Ready Programs!
Recruitment for the AVID Program for the 2013-14 school year has begun,
and has expanded to include grades 6 and 10!
Melynda Brooke Shea Named Sumter County Teacher of the Year
Representing Bushnell Elementary School, Melynda Brooke Shea was named Sumter County Teacher of the Year. She and her fellow nominees were recognized at a reception with the School Board and Superintendent.
Summer Food Program Announced: Feeds Kids for Free
With summer right around the corner, it�s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. Each year Sumter County Schools, in partnership with U. S. Department of Agriculture, provides free meals to children during the summer. Any child 18 years old or younger may come to eat. There are no income requirements or registration. This summer, meals will be served Monday through Thursday from June 10 through July 19, 2013* at the following locations and times.
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Michele Crawford Named Sumter County School Related Employee of the
Ten outstanding school related employees were honored for their dedication to the students of Sumter County.
Sumter County Students Joined Other Top Science Students from Marion & Levy Counties at the Big Springs Regional Science Fair
Fifty-one eager young researchers from South Sumter Middle, South Sumter High, Wildwood Middle High and The Villages Charter School continued the tradition of high quality scientific research with 17 projects earning 1st Place Awards.
Sumter Super Spellers Named
The Sumter County Spelling Bee was held on February 6, 2013 with Kyle Fox from The Villages Charter School named overall winner. 1st runner up was Justin Null from South Sumter Middle School and Slater Smith from Wildwood Middle High also placing. Congratulations to all the students!
Combination & High School Grades Released
The Florida Department of Education released preliminary information on high school grades and Sumter County remains among the highest academically in the state. Out of 67 districts, Sumter joins 16 other districts with all schools receiving grades of A or B.
Superintendent Shirley Selected as
Florida's 2013 Superintendent of the Year
Sumter County School District Superintendent Richard �Rick� Shirley has been named as
Florida�s 2013 Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS).
Shirley was formally recognized in Tampa during the joint meeting of FADSS and the Florida School Boards
"High Five" to AP Students in Sumter
In partnership with the College Board, Sumter District Schools have created a college and career ready culture at both the school and district levels.
The Webster Elementary School Commemorative Book Now Available Online
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The Sumter District Schools Welcomes
43 New Teachers to the District!
Recruiting, training, and retaining highly effective teachers are three ways that Sumter District Schools maintain high quality instructional programs for their students.
Perseverance & Passion ... The Keys to Success
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines perseverance as: �The continued effort to do or achieve something in spite of difficulties, failure, or opposition.� At the age of 81 years young, Mrs. Allie Debenedittis was awarded her long-awaited high school diploma. Superintendent of Sumter District Schools, Rick Shirley, bestowed this honor upon her on Thursday, August 2nd at the Villages Life-long Learning College, located on the campus of The Villages Charter High School.
Sumter Designated as an 'A' District
for the Fifth Straight Year!
Despite a growing number of changes to the state�s accountability system, Sumter joins 14 other districts (out of 67) with schools receiving grades of A or B and was ranked 10th overall. �Congratulations to all staff members for their hard work and dedication to our students. On behalf of the School Board and myself, congratulations for your effort and results. It is an honor to work with and for all of you!� said Superintendent Richard A. Shirley.
Wildwood Middle High School:
Integrating the Arts & Academics
Nicole Duslak, Rachael Deitch and Christina Ebey attended the Florida Alliance for the Arts Education Summit in order to integrate the arts with academics at Wildwood Middle High School.
The Sumter County School Board Continues to be Recognized for Quality Financial Health
The Standard & Poor's Ratings Service continued to affirm its confidence in the positive financial strength of the Sumter County School Board. Standard and Poor's has once again rated the district with the rating of "A."
Read the summary report here.