The Superintendent of Washington County Public Schools works with an elected seven member Board of Education to oversee and administer a school system that provides educational programs and opportunities for approximately 22,000 students. WCPS employs almost 2,500 people as teachers, administrators and support personnel.
The Washington County Board of Education, on May 3, 2011, announced Clayton M. Wilcox, Ed.D., as the next Washington County Public Schools superintendent, and Dr. Wilcox's tenure officially began on July 1, 2011.
Dr. Wilcox previously filled the position of Senior Vice President for Education and Corporate Relations at Scholastic, Inc., and was a recognized leader in the effort to improve literacy and instruction across the nation. He is the former Superintendent of Schools in Pinellas County, Florida, where his leadership team opened new opportunities for career and technical education, honors, and Advanced Placement courses, in addition to expanding offerings in technical and fine arts. Dr. Wilcox was also the superintendent in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was the Director of Personnel Services and Executive Director of Personnel Services and Staff Development for St. John’s County Public Schools in Florida. He started his career in education as an elementary instructor in Waterloo, Iowa, where he later became a middle school science teacher, assistant principal and principal.
Aspirational Goals - 2016
- Work to improve student literacy, with an objective of having students reading at or above grade level.
- Initiate early learning strategies; which support the objective of having students reading at or above grade level and promoting overall school readiness.
- Evaluate and implement within district resources reductions in average class size where appropriate to advance our literacy targets.
- Implement a technology plan focused on providing students and teachers with technology and skills appropriate for their grade-level expectations.
- Provide high-quality professional development for all employees embedding specific training focused on cultural competence, inclusive practices and working with students from impoverished backgrounds.
- Strengthen the District’s outreach to parents and community, building parent engagement to support students and the district vision.