Superintendents’ Spotlight: Wayne Benningfield, Todd County

Wayne Benningfield
Wayne Benningfield

Todd County continues the strong tradition of “Teaching, Caring, (and) Serving” the students and the community.

The district has been named a Proficient district and Todd County Central High School has been named a Distinguished high school for the past two school years. South Todd Elementary School has been named a Proficient elementary school two of the last three years while North Todd Elementary School and Todd County Middle School have made great academic gains over the past two years.

In addition to gains in student assessment, the district has several other initiatives in the areas of community engagement, dual credit course options, career and technical education, mentoring and more. The Todd County Fiscal Court, Christian County Fiscal Court and the Purchase Area Economic Development Counsel in cooperation with the Todd County school district and Hopkinsville Community and Technical College have worked together to build the Todd County Career Path Institute. The center will be owned by Todd County and will provide dual credit courses and adult college courses on the Todd County Central campus. The institute will include industrial welding certification, industrial maintenance certification, medical science, computer science and other offerings as requested by industry, students and the community. The center also will have space provided for a regional business incubation center to help established and start-up companies. Students also have the opportunity to attend the Russellville Career and Technical Center, which provides a wide range of career and technical courses and further dual credit opportunities. Students at Todd County Central also take dual credit courses through Western Kentucky University and Murray State University.

The district is participating in a grant through the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC) titled “Leading to Learn” to help principals and teachers improve instruction and to help identify and train aspiring principals. Through this grant administrators and staff in Todd County and the Barren County school districts participated in Harvard University’s Instructional Rounds Certification course in Boston. From this training, the districts will team together to provide instructional rounds in each other’s district using GRREC staff to facilitate and the staff trained in each district to conduct the rounds. The first instructional round will begin in February.