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Welcome!

Welcome to the Gilchrist County School District website!  We are an "A" school district that is working hard toward fulfilling every student's potential through rigorous programs, relevant instruction, and meaningful relationships.  Gilchrist County Schools have been recognized throughout the state for our high expectations and proven results.  The hard work of our teachers, students, and parents has resulted in receiving an "A" grade under Florida's accountability system for the past eleven years in a row!  Gilchrist County is ranked in the TOP 10 school districts in the entire state.  For more information on district rankings, please click here.  

Gilchrist County is a small and rural school district with a total of approximately 2700 students attending two elementary schools and two combination middle/high schools.  Our schools offer comprehensive programs to prepare students for future endeavors.  Our hard-working students, dedicated teachers, and involved parents have allowed Gilchrist County Schools to continue to meet challenging standards year after year.  We are proud of our schools and our community.

Please explore this site for additional information on programs, services, and opportunities available in our district.
 


TES and BES Get 21st Century Back!!
Superintendent Rob Rankin is pleased to announce that the Gilchrist County School District has once again been awarded a 21st CCLC grant in order to serve Trenton Elementary and Bell Elementary with a three-hour after-school program as well as a summer program.  “We are so excited to have this opportunity for students and parents back in our community,” said Mr. Rankin.  The grant, totaling over $3 million for five years, will be used to provide additional academic and enrichment opportunities for our students.  The program will focus on Project Based Learning and will include opportunities for parents to participate.  Students will receive a snack each day and will get help with completing homework.  In addition, targeted students will receive intensive remediation with certified teachers.  All students in grades PK-5 will be eligible to participate, but students may be prioritized for enrollment if the number of applications exceeds the space available.  Prioritization is not based on income or academic performance alone, but on a matrix of needs.  Trenton Elementary will be accepting anywhere from 130 to 150 students, and Bell Elementary will be accepting anywhere from 80 to 100 students into the program.  Lynette Langford, principal of TES, said, “We are excited that our students will have the opportunity to extend their learning in a fun way.  In addition, we know that this will be a significant increase in many families’ spendable income.”  BES principal Suzanne Mathe is also very familiar with the benefits of this program.  “At BES, we know that this program can help our students succeed and our parents to have a safe place for their children after school.”  Applications will be available at each school’s front office, as well as online at www.gilchristschools.org. We will announce a start date as soon as possible, but we anticipate that the program will begin sometime in November.  The GCSD will be accepting applications for program teachers immediately.  Please see the district’s employment page on the website in order to apply.  Employment questions should be directed to Billie Jo Bible at (352) 463-4403 or bibleb@mygcsd.org.  Patricia Powers, the program’s director, explained that the program will allow the schools to serve each participating child with an additional 828 hours of instructional time each year.  “It is like we are adding another 118 days to the school year for these students,” said Powers.  “We are allowing them to experience learning in a hands-on, exciting way so that they develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime.” Not only will this program give students time to accelerate learning, but it also has the potential to save the parents in our community about $1.8 million in daycare costs over the course of the next five years.  21st Century is free to every parent, and will operate through 6:15 every school day.  At this time, If you have any questions about the program, please contact Patricia Powers at (352) 463-4408 or powersp@mygcsd.org.

FREE Sports Physicals!

There will be FREE sports physicals at all Palms locations, including:

1830 N Main Street / Bell, Florida       (352) 463-1100
911 S Main Street / Trenton, Florida    (352) 463-6292
410 N Main Street / Chiefland, Florida  (352) 493-7274

Call for same day appointments!  Bring us a dry-good for the "Food for the Needy" collection program.

1-888-730-2374          www.palmsmg.org

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School Closing Information
Parents:  Please be advised that weather or emergency related school closing information will be posted here if possible.  Keep in mind that the district only makes the decision to close or open schools in times of inclement weather or emergency. As the parent, you must make the decision as to whether it is safe for your individual child to attend school. 

Always watch this site for any school closing information.  Please keep abreast of emergency and weather situations and stay safe!



Vision Statement

To continually provide high performing schools that include diversified experiences for all students so that they exit college and/or career ready, are productive, contributing citizens, and have an appreciation for and willingness to serve their community. 

                                 

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