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ARP ESSER Public Comment

Horatio SD is providing stakeholders with the opportunity for public comment in regard to the allocation and use of the ESSER funds disbursed by the federal government's American Rescue Plan (ARP). The amount Horatio should receive is $2,192,485.36. All activities supported with ESSER funds must relate to preventing, preparing for, and responding to COVID-19. You are welcome to provide input by completing the short form at the link below: https://forms.gle/2yLTPYvrpc3rvC9HA

Public Announcement

"The Horatio School District is aware of the arrest of a former District employee and that a current District employee has also been arrested by Sevier County Law Enforcement. The District has no knowledge of the matter but will fully cooperate with law enforcement authorities in order to assure the safety of Horatio School District students, which is our first priority in the education of children. As this matter involves District personnel and implicates privacy considerations under applicable law, the District will have no further comment at this time." Zane Vanderpool, Superintendent

FFA Livestock Judging Team named State Champions!

Congratulations, Horatio High School’s Livestock Judging Team who were named STATE CHAMPIONS today! You make us so proud. Thank you, Nicki Dyer Litchford and Terry Maye for all of your hard work to make HHS FFA shine! From left to right: Madison Bagley, Raylee Vanvoast, Hunter Frachiseur, and Gabbi Litchford.
State Champions!

Congratulations to Horatio District and Elementary Teacher of the Year Ms. Karen Woods and Horatio High School Teacher of the Year Ms. Vickie DeVore.

Horatio High School Teacher of the Year is Vickie DeVore Ms. DeVore is currently teaching history and social studies at Horatio High School. She has been with the Horatio School District for 13 of her 27 years in education. Vickie graduated from East Texas State University with a BSE in Secondary Education with emphasis in History and then received her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Education with English emphasis from Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. Ms. DeVore’s Belief Statement: “My educational philosophy is basic. I am the barometer for my classroom. As an educator, I have the ability to humiliate or help...intimidate or inspire. I believe the greatest gift I can give a student is the ability to think critically. I have found that kids are kids...no matter the area or socioeconomic background. I feel it is the teacher’s responsibility to work with the individual; not only to challenge and inspire, but also to aid in their pursuit and completion of a high school course of study. Most of my teaching experience has been in private education with multiple grade and multi-subject experience. I realize that students enter a classroom with various academic abilities. Through the use of multi-intelligence instruction, I strive to meet them where they are and help them achieve.” Horatio Elementary and Horatio School District Teacher of the Year is Karen Woods Ms. Woods is currently teaching fourth grade at Horatio Elementary School. She has been with the Horatio School District for 11 of her 28 years in education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education plus has acquired an additional 18 hours of coursework. Her certifications include K-6, early childhood, 5-8 social studies, and ELL. Ms. Woods’ Belief Statement: “My philosophy of education includes clear expectations, a focus on developing thinking skills, and student differentiation. Through my classroom instruction and teaching reading groups, my goal is to incorporate these aspects in my daily routine.” “It is a great honor getting to know these talented and dedicated teachers. They are not only assets to Horatio students but also to the education profession. I am proud to serve with Mrs. DeVore and Mrs. Woods.” Zane Vanderpool, Superintendent.
Curtis Black, Principal; Karen Woods; Vickie DeVore; Gayla Youngblood


Mission Statement

At Horatio Schools, our mission is to collaboratively develop the next generation of inspired, forward-thinking innovators who face challenges of the future with confidence.