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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

Bay Explorers

May 29, 2020


An Update from Superintendent A. Russell Hughes


On our last official day of the 2019-2020 school year, I wanted to take the time to say a sincere thank you to all Walton County School District students, parents, and employees.

The last few months have been like nothing we have ever experienced, but at the same time, I can share story after story of excellence, professionalism, innovation, and collaboration.  In Walton County, we call that the Walton Way – EPIC.  Those are the only words to describe you!  From bus drivers and food service workers delivering food to families to parents working on a math problem over a conference call with teachers, everyone has stepped up to the “new normal” and even exceeded expectations.

Before the summer starts, I do want to share a few updates with you.

First, our summer feeding program will continue as it has in year’s past.  Feeding will begin June 11 and run every Thursday (June 11, June 18, June 25, July 1, July 9, July 16, July 23, and July 30).  Please note July 1, our holiday week, will be on a Wednesday.  Our two food locations are Walton Middle School in DeFuniak Springs and Freeport High School in Freeport.  We will offer a curbside service from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon. 

Second, we have put together a short survey for parents.  You can access the survey HERE.  Please take a few minutes to help us plan for the 2020-2021 school year.  Your feedback is very important to us.  We want to know your thoughts surrounding health, safety, and returning to school.

Finally, as I stated above, we do appreciate everyone’s hard work and enthusiasm during these past two months.  If you would like to recognize a Walton County School District employee or school who has gone above and beyond, please feel free to send a compliment via our text line at 850.204.9667.  We will be sure to pass on your “shout-out” to your child’s school!

Please continue to stay safe, healthy, and connected to your school for updates.  Have a great summer and thank you again for another great school year!