Director of Schools
Mr. Jeff Luttrell was selected by the Wilson County Board of Education to serve as the Director of Schools of the Wilson County School System, effective July 1, 2021.
Mr. Luttrell began his 28+-year career in education in Trousdale County, prior to coming to Wilson County in 2000 as a teacher and coach at Watertown High School. He was named principal at Watertown High School in 2007 and served in that role until 2019, when he accepted the position of Human Resources Supervisor for Wilson County Schools. During his time at Watertown High School, the school received numerous scholastic honors and state awards. Through his leadership, Watertown High School saw significant increases in graduation rates and ACT scores. Mr. Luttrell was named 2019 Middle Tennessee Principal of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Secondary Principals. Mr. Luttrell holds multiple higher education degrees and certifications.
Wilson County continues to encounter immense growth in population, industry and economic activity. Therefore, resulting in an increase in student enrollment. An early enrollment projection for the 2022-23 school year is right at 20,000 students. Student enrollment from the end of the 2020-2021 school year to the beginning of the 2021-2022 spring semester increased by 1,100+ students.
With the increase of student enrollment, comes the need for more teachers, support staff, administrators and schools. The ambitious school construction plan continues with the re-building of Stoner Creek Elementary and West Wilson Middle schools, destroyed by the very destructive and deadly March 30, 2020 tornadoes. Stoner Creek Elementary is currently under construction and slated to open September 2022. The design process and final plans for West Wilson Middle school have been approved by the Board of Education. In addition, two parcels of land, located at 1690 Double Log Cabin Road and 14045 Central Pike, are currently going through the “due diligence” process in consideration for future school building sites.
A Pay Plan Committee has been established to look at all employees’ hourly rate, salaries and benefits for a comparison to surrounding counties in both educational and non-educational fields. It is important for the recruitment and retention of qualified staff that Wilson County Schools establish and maintain a competitive salary schedule for all positions.
Wilson County Schools received both the Best for ALL District and the Reading 360 District recognition by the Tennessee Department of Education. Wilson County Schools was one of only 67 districts to receive the Best for ALL District, a statewide recognition for significantly investing federal COVID-19 stimulus funding for student achievement and improving academic outcomes. Reading 360 is a comprehensive vision for Tennessee literacy. Our district was recognized and acknowledged for our focused approach to strong foundational literacy skills, practice, and application to instruction.
Seven of our schools received Reward School status for the 2021-22 school year, despite the challenges of teaching and learning during a pandemic and being displaced due to the destruction of two schools in the March 3, 2020 tornadoes. Wilson County Schools continued to exceed the State average in graduation rate, college-going rate and ACT score for 2021-2022 school year as reported in the 2022 Higher Education County Profile by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation.
Students received over $11,838,000 in Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships. In addition, 1,047 students received $2,179,345 in non-repayable need-based financial assistance through the Tennessee Student Assistance Award program during the 2020-21 academic year.
Wilson County Schools is committed to providing its K-12 students with a “well-rounded” education that includes arts and music education as defined by the Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts. Students have the opportunity to experience fine arts instruction through the implementation of standards-based arts education in areas such as Dance, Theatre, Media Arts, Visual Arts, and Music.
Career Technical Education (CTE) is an integral part of Wilson County Schools, with each high school offering a variety of programs. There are 121 different courses taught with 20 Industry Certifications available to students.
While we celebrate our stellar performance in academics, athletics and the fine arts. In conjunction, we celebrate our students, parents, teachers, faculty, staff and administration for their outstanding performance, commitment and continued support for all that is earned and achieved throughout the district. This is a partnership within our community. With everyone’s participation, Wilson County School’s vision statement, “Excellence in all we do!” stands true.