Warren County superintendent Rob Clayton named national superintendent of the year

By Dominic Manecke, Building Kentucky

The Kentucky Association of School Superintendents (KASS) recently announced that Warren County Public Schools (WCPS) Superintendent Rob Clayton was named the 2022 National Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of School Superintendents. Clayton has served as the superintendent of WCPS – the fourth largest and fastest-growing public school in Kentucky – since 2013.

Commitment to Putting Kids First in Kentucky

“Rob was a natural choice for this honor,” said Jim Flynn, executive director of KASS. “He works tirelessly to provide high-quality learning and engaging opportunities for the students and staff of Warren County. But his dedication to the education profession doesn’t stop at his district. He has always been a champion for giving all students in Kentucky, regardless of where they live, the same meaningful experiences. Having a national platform to share that vision is truly powerful.”

Clayton was also selected as the 2023 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year at the Kentucky Association of School Administrators’ (KASA) Leadership Institute in July.

During Clayton’s tenure, the district has experienced significant growth, increasing its student body by 25 percent. At the same time, WCPS has opened three new elementary schools and undergone major athletic renovations at all four high schools.

‘Having a national platform to share that vision is truly powerful’

“I’m honored by this recognition, but it’s an award that really has to be shared throughout our entire district,” Clayton said. “I am fortunate to have the support of tremendous staff and families, and I know the difference that kind of support can make. That’s why it’s so important to get our public education funding back on track, recruit and retain top-notch teachers and staff, and focus on student and staff wellness and safety. We have to put our kids first in Kentucky.”

To learn more about the Kids First initiative, visit kidsfirstky.com.

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