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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.


Nominations Being Accepted for PTHS Hall of Fame

Paducah Tilghman High School is now accepting nominations for inductees into the PTHS Hall of Fame.  This prestigious honor is bestowed on Tilghman/Lincoln high school graduates to recognize outstanding accomplishments and to provide role models for the current student body.  Selection criteria include excellence in the individual’s chosen career, community service, and overall integrity.

The recipient of this award will be recognized at graduation and a portrait with a biography will hang in the Wall of Fame Hallway at Paducah Tilghman.  The honor may not be bestowed posthumously.   A selection committee will choose the recipient.

Nomination letters should include contact information on the person being nominated; contact information on the person making the nomination; nominee’s high school activities, honors, and awards; postsecondary education/training; occupation; civic activities; and honors and awards.  Please include a paragraph on why this person should be included in the PTHS Hall of Fame.

Nomination letters should be mailed to Allan L. Paul, Curriculum Coordinator; Paducah Tilghman High School, 2400 Washington Street, Paducah, KY  42003.  The deadline for submission is May 2, 2014.

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.



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