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A Tradition of Excellence

Welcome to Paducah Public Schools where we take pride in our “Tradition of Excellence.” We hope that you find our website helpful and informative. We are working hard to assure that our community members have the information they need about our schools in an easy-to-find format. We also want those of you who are seeking a new school home to have the information you need about our schools so that you can make the best educational choices for your children.  We have a vision for this school district that focuses on meeting the diverse needs and interests of the students we serve.


Three Tilghman Juniors Selected for Governor's Scholars Program

Paducah Tilghman juniors Karlee Humphrey and Anne Lasher have been chosen as scholars, and junior Molly Thompson has been chosen as an alternate in the 2014 Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program.

The Governor's Scholars Program is a prestigious five week summer program that is limited to 1,000 of the state's most outstanding students. Established in 1983, the program provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. The scholars will convene this year at Bellarmine University, Morehead State University, and Murray State University.


Pardon Our Mess- We're Moving!

Our web site is getting ready to move to a new home. Over the next few weeks, things may be a bit rough at the old web site as we prepare to transfer content over to the new site. 

In the meantime, we will continue to post news at facebook and on our Twitter feed. You can follow us on Twitter at @bluetornado1. You can find us on facebook here.


Last Day of School Will Be May 29

The last day for students will be Thursday, May 29th.  Closing day will be Friday, May 30th, and will require only teachers and staff to be present. PTHS Graduation will be Saturday, May 31. 

Information regarding end of year events such as graduation will be communicated by the individual schools.

Bedeau Elected KEA Ethnic Minority Director

Paducah Tilghman Family Resource Center director Lakilia Bedeau has been elected KEA Ethnic-Minority Director at the recent Kentucky Education Association Delegate Assembly in Louisville, Kentucky on April 2.

Lakilia has been a member of KEA for five years, serving as the Vice-Chair of the Diversity Committee, KESPA Board of Directors, is the President-elect of her local Paducah Education Support Professional Association and a recent grad of the NEA Leaders for Tomorrow program. She is Murray State University grad with a B.S. in Journalism and Masters in Mass Communication. Bedeau is a member of the Board of Directors for the Paducah Day Nursery and serves on the 4H McCracken County Extension advisory council.

“I’m blessed and I look forward to continue being a vessel for students, educational support professionals and teachers” said Bedeau.

Paducah Sun: Shively to lead city schools

by Kathleen Fox, The Paducah Sun

April 1, 2014

Used with permission.


The superintendents who will lead Paducah and McCracken County schools when the calendar turns to July have been selected.

The Paducah school board unanimously approved Donald Shively, currently assistant superintendent of instructional programs, as the next district leader during a specially called meeting Monday night. The McCracken County school board selected Lyon County superintendent Quin Sutton Thursday. Both men will begin their four-year contracts on July 1.

The city process began shortly after Superintendent Randy Greene announced during a November meeting that he will retire when his contract ends June 30. A six-member screening committee provided a list of three finalists on March 19. The board interviewed the finalists - one from in state, one from out of state and one from within the system - during three closed door meetings last week.

"All three candidates were professional, highly qualified and capable, but we could only choose one,"  board chairman Carl LeBuhn said. "We are confident we have selected the best candidate at this time to continue Paducah Independent Schools' positive trajectory."

LeBuhn mentioned Shively's collaborative and respectful style, data-driven approach to curriculum and glowing letters of recommendation from two other superintendents as several of his standout qualifications.

Greene said Shively will begin with a thorough knowledge of the district, community and state requirements.

"He just fit like a glove here," Greene said. "He's an energetic young man who understands curriculum and is well connected in the system. He's going to do great things."

Shively Named Superintendent of Paducah Public Schools

Donald I. Shively has been named Superintendent of Paducah Public Schools by the Paducah Board of Education.

Shively has been an educator for seventeen years.  In 2011 he was hired to be Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Programs for Paducah Public Schools. He was employed as principal at Ballard Memorial High School from 2004 to 2011. During that time he raised the school’s accountability index score to the top ten percent of high schools in the state.

Shively began his career at Paducah Tilghman High School, filling multiple roles there from 1997 to 2004. While at Tilghman, Shively was a chemistry, physics, and integrated science teacher, coordinator of the Science Department, member of the School Based Decision Making Council, assistant football coach, athletic director, and assistant principal.

“Mr. Shively is a valued leader in this school district,” said Superintendent Dr. Randy Greene. “As I have worked with him over the past three years, I have found that he always maintains and encourages high expectations and has the well being of our district first and foremost in his mind. He fosters a positive, caring climate for teachers and brings honesty, enthusiasm, and humor to his work. I believe I am a better educator and administrator because of my association with him.”

Shively currently serves on the Kentucky State Council for AdvancED, an accreditation organization dedicated to providing tools, resources, and processes that facilitate improvement for educational institutions. He is a member of Board of Directors for the Kentucky Center for School Safety.

Shively received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Centre College. He received a Masters of Educational Leadership in the areas of Principal and Supervisor of Instruction from Murray State University, and also received his Rank 1 certification in the areas of Superintendent and Director of Pupil Personnel from Murray State University. He will begin pursuit of a Doctorate of Education in P-20 and Community Leadership at Murray State University this fall.

Shively will assume his duties following the retirement of Dr. Randy Greene on June 30.

Mr. Shively and his wife Heather (PTHS '94) have three sons: Haddon, Holt, and Harper.



Hammering the competition

by Laurel Black, The Paducah Sun

March 20, 2014

Used with permission.

As a child, Stephanie Hern loved working with her hands so much that her mother nicknamed her Bob the Builder.

If there was something that needed to be fixed around the house, Hern was the one to do it. Meticulous and patient, she learned the ins and outs of drywall before she even set foot in carpentry class this school year at the Paducah Area Technical Center.

Hern's carpentry instructor, Lynn Rogers, said she's proven to be an A-1 student since her first day in class. But it still surprised him when a judge announced that Hern had earned a perfect score at last month's first-year regional carpentry competition, trouncing about 11 male contestants. Only one other student has ever done so well, he said.

Hern, a slender, blonde 17-year-old, may not be the first young woman you'd pick to go up against the boys. She has a reserved manner that threw Rogers off at first, but it came in handy during the regional tournament.

"She's a calm, cool, collected and dangerous carpenter," he said. "She rocked and rolled and blew the boys away."

The competition gave students three hours to properly lay out and build a wall according to blueprints. Judges from the Carpenter's Local Union 357 assessed everything from the lengths of studs and walls to how well the students followed safety guidelines, Rogers said.


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