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Superintendent of Schools

​​​​​Superintendent of Schools Tom Russell

​Mr. James T. Russell
Superintendent of Schools

Volusia County Schools​​
386-734-7190 ext. 20210
Fax: 386-734-2842

​Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year. At the start of each school year, there is always a sense of anticipation of the many possibilities for our students, and our district theme this year captures those sentiments perfectly. "Igniting Dreams: Where Students Reach Their Highest Potential." The theme is indeed a lofty one, but throughout the summer months, plans and preparations have taken place on every school campus to make it a reality.

Volusia County Schools follows three Guiding Principles that capture the spirit of the work within our district. These Guiding Principles guide us to what is right and will also unite us together in service to our students.

  1. Dedication to Increased Student Achievement
  2. Commitment to Finding Solutions to Problems
  3. Mutual Respect and Positive Relationships with All Stakeholders

This year, three focus areas encapsulate the priority areas of our work as they uphold the Guiding Principles.

  • Building a Culture for Learning: Building positive relationships with students is the lynchpin for learning and student engagement. There must be a commitment to building a culture of respect and positive relationships with all people; therefore, we must seek opportunities to know our students and their families.
  • Making the Instructional Shifts: This is teaching the Florida Standards with fidelity and providing rigor in the classroom that is appropriate to the level of each standard. It has been said that "no one rises to low expectations." While scaffolding and differentiation (personalized learning) will be necessary to reach students at their individual levels, we must keep raising the bar so that our students reach their highest potential.
  • Personalized Learning: Personalized Learning is designed to meet the needs of individual learners, which includes both students and adults.​ Personalized learning might look like small group instruction, virtual instruction, learning in pairs, blended learning, providing students choices about ways to demonstrate learning, or even project-based learning.

As you can see, there are many pathways to opportunities and success for VCS students, yet these all bear the same results – allowing students to reach their highest potential.


Tom Russell
Superintendent of Schools

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