The future is bright for Williamson County Schools. That was the theme of Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney’s State of the Schools Address.

The speech took place September 25 at the Williamson Inc. monthly chamber meeting in Franklin. With hundreds in attendance, Looney spoke of the many amazing accomplishments by students and staff.

Among the highlights: the Class of 2018 was offered $170 million in scholarships; 38 students earned perfect ACT scores in 2017-18; and WCS set a new district record this year with 53 National Merit Semifinalists.

Looney also spoke of the many ways in which the district is preparing its students for the future. They include the district’s new online learning program and the development of an Entrepreneurship Innovation Center.

The most memorable part of the speech, however, came when Looney introduced six WCS high school students and asked them to share a few thoughts about their educational experience.

Despite all of the good news, Looney ended the address with a solemn message about the need to increase teacher pay in order to stay competitive with neighboring districts.

The 2018 State of the Schools address can be viewed in its entirety below.