The Custer County School District serves 389 students from preschool through grade 12.  The 62 staff members include: 29 teachers, 11 para-professionals, 4 administrators and 18 classified employees. Included in the staff members are a VOICE Coordinator, IT & GT Coordinator, Counselor and Librarian.  The district boasts highly qualified teachers in every core subject. Three teachers are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.


Information about the district’s test scores can be found at


Points of Pride

  • The Custer County School District offers many academic opportunities, including Advanced Placement courses, online courses, partnerships with colleges for credit, and numerous electives.

  • The School boasts multiple Boettcher, Daniels and Hurliman scholarship winners.

  • GOT-IT Program - Graduation On Time through Internet Technology. This is an educator supervised online program.

  • State recognition for students in Choir, FFA, athletics and other extra-curricular activities.

Bobcat Statue



Hello Bobcats!


Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  I am very excited to be starting my second year as a Bobcat with the most amazing group of educators this side of the Pecos!


This school year is well planned, thought out, and boy are we excited to see the students!  I know you face many challenges this year with masks, staggered times, and social distancing, but I know that all of you are up for the challenge and I am excited to see the success.


I’d like to welcome the new members of the Bobcat family: Naomi Headrick - HS Social Studies Teacher, Janna Honea - Health/PE/Grant Coordinator, Jennifer Cruzen - Title One Reading Interventionist, Casey Carpenter - School Nurse, Stacy Terrill - Grant Administrator, Jon Sargent - Instructional Aide, Alex Carpenter - Technology Aide, Madisen Henrich - Elementary Music Instructional Aide, Michelle Caldwell - 4th Grade Teacher, and Patty Daulton - Custodial Aide. 


We are offering two different learning opportunities to our families for the first semester.  Option one is the online option.  This is for families who wish to enroll their students with Custer County Schools.  The online portion of learning is conducted by a third party and school staff is not responsible for this content.  Option two is the in person learning option.  Students who enroll will participate in classes as close to normal as possible.  Please understand that the elementary students are cohorted by the teacher and the secondary students are a separate cohort themselves.  This option will be Bobcat powered by our amazing faculty!  We have done our best to keep the kids cohorted and we have many safety provisions in place.  However, given the fluid state of COVID-19, at any time the in person option may become Distance Learning.  This is different from the online option, as Distance Learning is powered by our outstanding faculty and staff.  


We have put a lot of time and resources into bringing our educational environment up to the 21st Century standards.  Students in grades 3-12 will have one to one Chromebooks this year.  Additionally, students in kindergarten through 2nd will be issued a tablet.  


All staff are scheduled to begin our first professional development day on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 8:00 AM in the library.  Please bring your Chromebooks, as the majority of the professional development will be centered around technology.  We will be discussing such topics as Google Classroom, Infinite Campus, and Screencasting.  On Tuesday, August 18, 2020 we will have our kickoff breakfast in the MPR at 8:00 AM and then will have PD beginning at 8:30 AM in the library.  We will have presentations from our new SRO, James Barr, School Nurse, Casey Carpenter,  Jeri Sumpter, Traci Terri and then back to Mrs. Lisa Nolan (previously known as Lisa Guarnere for more technology PD.  It is my intention to have you out of PD no later than 1:00 PM each day to allow you time to prepare for students and set up your online classrooms.  


Our focus this year, Attitude is Altitude.  A positive attitude goes a long way towards helping us all be successful and find our work rewarding given the challenging times we face.  I look forward to seeing your positive and encouraging spirit, as we fill each other’s buckets and encourage each other throughout the 2020-2021 School Year.


Joe Vergilio

PK-12 Principal