School Based Decision Making

Paducah Public Schools Updates for March 16 - May 1 Closing
In keeping with Governor Beshear’s recommendation that all Kentucky Schools stop in-person instruction, Paducah Public Schools Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Days will be extended through Friday, May 1, 2020.
This closure is a proactive approach to limit exposure to COVID-19 within our community.
If you are a student or parent who needs help accessing Microsoft Teams at home, you can find instructions here. Look for "Microsoft Teams How To" at the bottom of the page. 
Paducah Public Schools are delivering takeout meals

Our school district is currently delivering takeout lunches Monday through Friday. Buses will be at all bus stops from 10:30 - 11:00 AM. All sites will serve breakfast and lunch. See the news summary below for a link to a list of Tornado Takeout stops.
Parents, information over the coming days/weeks will be sent to you via email and text message to the contact information in Infinite Campus, so having correct email and phone numbers for you is crucial. 

If you are not receiving either text messages or e-mails from Paducah Public Schools, please access your Infinite Campus Parent Portal as soon as possible and update your contact information.  Click here to connect to the Campus Parent Portal. If you don’t have a Parent Portal account, send an e-mail requesting your login information to: [email protected]
If you do not have email, please call 270-444-5600. 
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School Based Decision Making

Paducah Public Schools SBDM Council Members 2016-17

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School Based Decision Making

School Based Decision Making

District SBDM Coordinator: Will Black, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

In 1990 the Kentucky Legislature passed HB 940 and KRS 160.345 to create school based decision making governance in Kentucky’s public schools. The one purpose of school councils is to promote student achievement through shared leadership at the school level. Councils are tasked with developing and implementing school policies to help students meet the Kentucky educational goals. The philosophy behind this legislation is that shared decision making results in greater commitment and promotes student achievement.

The school councils shall adopt policies to be implemented by the principal in the following areas:

  • Curriculum – KRS 160.345(2)(i) 1
  • Staff time assignment – KRS 160.345(2)(i) 2
  • Student assignment – KRS 160.345(2)(i) 3
  • School schedule – KRS 160.345(2)(i) 4
  • School space use – KRS 160.345(2)(i) 5
  • Instructional practices – KRS 160.345(2)(i) 6
  • Discipline and classroom management – KRS 160.345(2)(i) 7
  • Extracurricular programs – KRS 160.345(2)(i) 8
  • State standards, technology utilization, and program appraisal – KRS 160.345(2)(i) 9
  • Consultation in filling vacancies – KRS 160.345(2)(i) 10
  • Committee participation – KRS 160.345(2)(c) 2
  • Advanced Placement Policy for High Schools – KRS 160.348
  • Wellness Policy for K-5 Schools – KRS 160.345 (11) (This is a 2005 addition.)

In addition to the areas where school councils are required to have adopted policies, the same law creates areas where school councils must make decisions. Implied with the charge to make the decision is the responsibility to establish policy on how that decision will be made. These areas include:

  1. Selecting a Principal – KRS 160.345 (2) (h)
  2. Determine the number of persons to be employed in each job class – KRS 160.345(2)(f)
  3. Determine textbooks for the school – KRS 160.345(2)(g)
  4. Determine instructional materials for the school – KRS 160.345(2)(g)
  5. Determine student support services for the school – KRS 160.345(2)(g)
  6. Set the budget for school instructional funds (Section 6) – KRS 160.345(2)(g)
  7. Completion of data analysis and school improvement planning – KRS 160.345(2)(j)
  8. Planning professional development – KRS 160.345(8)
  9. Completion of additional responsibility granted from the local board – KRS 160.345(4)
  10. Homework Policy - not required by statute, but is considered best practice

The Paducah School Board Policies addressing school based decision making can be accessed at the Resources: Paducah KSBA Policies link on the district webpage.

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