WCPS gives county leaders unscripted school tours; full transparency

4th annual WCPS Spotlight Tour

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – In honor of American Education Week., Warren County Public Schools spent Wednesday morning giving community leaders a transparent, unscripted look inside several of their schools.

Warren County community leaders joined Superintendent Rob Clayton who served as a tour guide on the county’s 4th annual School Spotlight Tour.

Clayton and his guests arrived to their stops with virtually no heads-up. The entourage got a real-time look into GEO International High School, Jennings Creek Elementary School and Warren East High School.

Clayton said, “We need our business, our industry partners, and our political leaders to partner with us as we continue to challenge our students and provide them with the opportunities necessary for them to be successful.”

Warren County Judge-Executive Michel Buchanon said the WCPS district is, “an extraordinary thing that I’ve seen develop over the last 29 years.”

Buchanon cites the county schools’ energy savings initiative, athletic program growth, SCK Launch, and their Leader in Me program as some of the few reasons why Warren County into a nationwide force to be reckoned with.

“You can see and feel the difference in the children who’ve gone to school in Warren County, as opposed to almost anywhere else in the country,'” Buchanon said. 

The entourage glimpsed into county schools’ cultural melting pot. WCPS proudly serves a student body representing over 100 spoken languages. 

German American Bank Regional Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Kim Thomas said, “It’s eye-opening. It’s refreshing, and kids really want to learn and it’s great to see teachers and all that they are doing to engage the kids.

Western Kentucky University Dean of The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Corinne Murphy added, This is actually my fourth spotlight tour. And it’s fantastic.”

Many times the county school students graduate from WKU with their teaching degrees, then they end up working in their old stomping grounds, the WCPS school system. 

“We’re happy to see them being very successful and really being the leaders in our communities,” continued Murphy. 

Clayton concluded, “It’s critical for us to not only work collaboratively and close together with one another but we also want that partnership to extend into our community.”