Warren County Public Schools hosted its first Community Council Meeting of the 2020-21 school year on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The quarterly event was streamed on the district Facebook page and the topics of discussion included the Reopening Process, Contact Tracing Protocols, Enhanced Cleaning Practices and the Spring 2021 Calendar.
This marks the eighth consecutive year for the Community Council meetings. Each quarter of the academic year, Superintendent Rob Clayton, along with his Executive Leadership Team, Central Office Directors, building principals, and a group of parent representatives meet to discuss the district’s unique needs and important issues impacting students and families. Meetings rotate between feeder systems to better accommodate parent representatives and to encourage increased participation.
In addition to the quarterly Community Council meetings, each year Superintendent Clayton hosts a State of the District Address. Similarly, the annual meeting includes a brief presentation and concludes with a Question and Answer session. Each year, school and district leaders along with community partners and elected officials come together to support students and work toward two-way communication with families and the residents of Bowling Green/Warren County.
WCPS values open dialogue with its stakeholders and encourages parents, business leaders, and community partners to join the conversation. From realigning the start and end times for schools and multiple redistricting hearings to Covid-19 response and Reopening updates, Warren County Public Schools values input from its families and community.
In addition to these efforts, WCPS works regularly with smaller cohorts to keep a pulse on the district and community and to ensure a positive culture for working and learning. Those small groups include:
Student/Superintendent Advisory Council - each of WCPS’ four traditional high schools select a small group of students to meet with Superintendent Clayton once a semester within their school. Together they discuss school culture and important issues impacting students. By the end of the year, Superintendent Clayton will have met with each school’s individual council twice, for a total of eight meetings with student representatives.
Superintendent/Classified Advisory Council - A small group of classified employees representing each of the feeder systems as well as our main district departments (Transportation, Technology, Maintenance, Facilities, and Central Office) meet twice a year to discuss best practices for enhancing the culture and making WCPS a best place to work and educate students.
Superintendent/Certified Advisory Council - A small group of certified employees representing each of the feeder systems meet twice a year to discuss best instructional practices for creating a culture that is safe and nurturing for students and staff.
Senior Advisory Council - throughout the duration of the Spring 2020 semester, it was extremely important for WCPS to collect student input about pending graduations and other issues impacting the Class of 2020. These students representing each of the four traditional high schools along with the district’s alternative high schools, served as a sounding board for Superintendent Clayton and provided valuable feedback and support.
School Spotlight Tour - Prior to the visitor restrictions brought on by Covid, the district welcomed and encouraged guests to tour our facilities to see the rigorous learning and instruction taking place across Warren County. On multiple occasions, Superintendent Clayton would invite a group of community leaders to tour the schools unannounced. The intent was to provide an accurate snapshot of the district and the consistent, equitable instruction taking place in each of the schools.
Legislative Breakfast - Superintendent Clayton regularly discusses important educational topics with elected officials representing Warren County. In addition to these frequent conversations, WCPS also hosts an annual Legislative Breakfast inviting government officials and community leaders to engage in conversations about K-12 education and the direct impact legislation has on daily classroom operations.
Warren County Public Schools encourages parents to join these important conversations. If you are interested in representing your child’s school or attending one of these events, please reach out to your building leader and they will be happy to connect you. Families are also encouraged to read all school and district-wide communication, visit the WCPS website for regular updates, and follow the district on social media. (Twitter: WarrenCoSchools or Facebook: WarrenCountySchools).