Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton was selected as the Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of School Superintendents.
“We value our people; we know that our people are going to determine the level of success for our students and in turn, our students’ success impacts our greater community. It’s special to be in a position to work with such dedicated professionals who are truly committed to our kids,” stated Mr. Clayton.
“Warren County Public Schools has always been seen as a leader across the Commonwealth. I felt blessed back in 2013 to take the lead, but when you look at the last two years in general, there’s hardly a person who doesn’t see the value of our public school systems throughout the Commonwealth.”
Mr. Clayton has been superintendent of Warren County Public Schools (WCPS) since 2013. WCPS is the 4th largest and fastest-growing public school district in Kentucky. In nine years as superintendent of WCPS, he has supervised a 25% growth of WCPS students to over 18,000 students (pre-K through grade 12) representing 103 different languages spoken and 89 nationalities. As a growth district, more than $200 million of capital improvements have been made under Mr. Clayton’s leadership, including three new elementary schools and major athletic renovations at all four high schools. Under his tenure, the district has grown its workforce to almost 3,000 employees as they serve the district’s 15 elementary schools, four middle, four high schools and five alternative schools. WCPS is the third largest employer in Bowling Green and Warren County.
Mr. Clayton was also an integral leader as WCPS began the journey of implementing Franklin Covey’s Leader in Me program, recording the state of Kentucky’s first Lighthouse Certification school in 2014 (the highest attainable standard). Currently, the district has ten schools that have received this highly regarded certification. In 2016, Mr. Clayton also oversaw the establishment of the state of Kentucky’s first international high school, Geo International High School, which has since graduated over 250 students. In addition, under his leadership, WCPS opened the first Computer Science Immersion Elementary School in Kentucky, established the Beacon Virtual Academy and Jackson Academy Alternative Elementary schools, and has established the state of Kentucky’s most energy-efficient school district since 2021 through the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program.
Mr. Clayton was also named the Kentucky 2023 Superintendent of the Year (SOY) by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) and is a finalist for the National Superintendent of the Year Award, given by AASA in 2023. Mr. Clayton is a proven leader in the Bowling Green/Warren County community and across the state and nation as he holds many professional memberships and leadership roles such as the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents (KASS) Executive Board President, American Association of School Administrators Governing Board, Vice-President of the Council for Better Education, Past Chair of Green River Regional Educational Cooperative Board of Directors, Former Executive Vice-President of Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute for School Principals Advisory Board, Bowling Green/Warren County Chamber of Commerce Strategic Planning Committee, Kentucky Association of School Superintendents New Superintendent Faculty Member, South Central Kentucky United Way Board of Directors and Allocations Committee, Kentucky School Board Association and Kentucky Association of School Administrator member.
Mr. Clayton is married to his wife Robin and has three children Morgen, Bryce, and Sydney. He is a 1988 graduate of Nelson County High School and the son of Stanley and Ellen Clayton, of Bardstown, Kentucky. Please click here to read the press release from the National Association of School Superintendents.