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Superintendent Hughes honored the faculty and staff of Paxton School with a visit during the first week of school. He got a chance to talk with students and teachers about making the school year POP! Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Superintendent Hughes recently received a unique and very special item in honor and memory of Colonel Michael Flynt, USAF, ret., who passed away in December of 2017.  Colonel Flynt's wife, Charlotte Flynt, presented Mr. Hughes with a beautiful tie that has traveled all over the world along with the Colonel in his many remote assignments. 

Colonel Flynt was a United State Air Force Command Pilot, flying fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, who received numerous accommodations and awards including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal among many others. He was also faculty and commandant at the USAF Special Operations School.

Col. Flynt was deeply community minded, and active in the development of this area. He served on the Board of Trustees for Northwest Florida State College, Past President of Institute of Senior Professionals at Northwest Florida State College, a founder of Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, President of South Walton Utilities, a member of Choctawhatchee Military Council and Air Commando Association.  A large part of his service to the community was in the area of promoting and supporting the mentor programs in our area schools.  

Superintendent Hughes is grateful and proud for the opportunity to share Colonel Flynt's legacy with all the students of Walton County School District.  Make sure to be on the lookout for Supt. Hughes wearing the beautiful tie, and ask him about Colonel Flynt and his contribution to our Nation, and the local area!

Mossy Head School had a special visitor Monday morning.  Students were greeted with a warm welcome from Superintendent Hughes on their first Monday back to school.  Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.

Every month, Mr. A. Russell Hughes, Walton County, Florida Superintendent of Schools, will share a video message with an update on the exciting things happening in the Walton County School District, Walton County, Florida. Check back often to stay informed on all the activities, events and accomplishments of teachers and students in the Walton County School District.
This month's video features Superintendent Hughes sharing his excitement about the upcoming school year at the WCSD EPIC Empowerment Leadership Training Day on August 3, 2018.
 
Two Walton County School District employees, Dr. Randy Stafford and Mr. Charlie Morse, participated in the first state Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) train the trainer course hosted by PAEC.  Dr. Stafford and Mr. Morse will be providing training to Walton County School District employees as another key piece of keeping our students and staff safe and healthy.  Congratulations for earning this certification to all participants. Submitted by Charlie Morse.