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Kentucky School Advocate
September 2022

Webinar on using federal relief funds for afterschool programs      

School districts can use American Rescue Plan funds, also known as ESSER III, for high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs.

Join KSBA and the Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance at noon (ET) on Sept. 21 for a webinar on the steps for launching and sustaining a successful program. This one-hour training will include success stories from Kentucky districts.

School board members and superintendents are encouraged to attend. The webinar is free for KSBA members and their district personnel, but space is limited. Attendees will receive one hour of state-mandated board training or EILA credit.

Presenters include Tom Haggard, director of the Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance (and a Covington Ind. board member), and Terry Peterson, senior associate for the Riley Institute at Furman University and National Board chairman of the Afterschool Alliance.

Register at ksba.org/afterschool.aspx.

Warren County leader named superintendent of the year          
Warren County Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton was named Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. The board members and district staff join Clayton to celebrate the award. (Provided by Warren Co. Schools) 

Warren County Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton has been named the Kentucky 2023 Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators at the association’s conference in Louisville. The award recognizes and honors superintendents for the contributions they make advocating for public education, our children and our future.Clayton said while honored by the award, he believes it reflects the efforts of the entire district.

“Words cannot accurately express my sincere appreciation to our current and former board members and employees, along with our community partners, who have made Warren County Public Schools a special place for students to learn, teachers to teach, staff to work, and for parents to send their children to receive excellent educational opportunities,” he said.

In his nine years as superintendent, Clayton has supervised a 25% growth to almost 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 Clayton’s leadership, including three new elementary schools and athletic renovations at all four high schools. Under his tenure, the district has grown to nearly 3,000 employees making the district the third largest employer in Warren County.

Board chairman Kerry Young said Clayton has led the district with integrity and professionalism.

“While he has mentored new principals and leaders in Warren County, growing their leadership capacity, he has also mentored superintendents across the state as he is a true believer in lifelong learning and continued growth,” Young said. “In addition, under his tenure, Warren County Public Schools has further developed strong community partnerships with local industries and employers, regional postsecondary education institutions, nonprofit organizations and community leaders as Team WCPS works to expand opportunities for all students.”

Clayton now moves on to compete with other state winners to become a finalist for the National Superintendent of the Year Award, given by AASA, the school superintendents association.

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