Mr. Rob Clayton has been superintendent of Warren County Public Schools (WCPS), the 4th largest public school district in Kentucky, since 2013. Mr. Clayton came to Warren County Public Schools after serving as a teacher, assistant principal and middle school principal for several years in the vicinity of Louisville, Kentucky. As superintendent of WCPS, he has supervised a 25% growth of WCPS students to over 18,000 students (pre-K through grade 12) representing 120 different languages spoken and 90 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 Mr. Clayton’s leadership, WCPS has routinely performed in the top 10% on most academic metrics despite being arguably one of the most diverse school districts in the Commonwealth. Approximately 27% of WCPS students are English Learners or have received EL services prior to exiting the program as the district educates the state of Kentucky’s largest migration population. In addition, 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 ten alternative programs. 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 FranklinCovey’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 2023, William H. Natcher Elementary School became the first school in Kentucky to obtain Legacy status from FranklinCovey.
In 2016, Mr. Clayton also oversaw the establishment of the state of Kentucky’s first international high school, Geo International High School. 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 is a proven leader in the state and the Bowling Green/Warren County community as he holds many professional memberships and leadership roles such as: 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, Past-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, Kentucky School Board Association, Kentucky Association of School Administrators and Kentucky Association of School Superintendents. He was named 2022 Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of School Superintendents and 2023 Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators.
Superintendent Clayton enjoys spending time with his family. His wife Robin is a Registered Nurse, and together they have three children Morgen, Bryce, and Sydney.