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West Kentucky Regional College Expo Coming September 25

Join us at Dinning Gym on Tuesday, September 25, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for the West Kentucky Regional College Expo. All high school students from the region are welcome!  Students and parents can talk with representatives from over 75 colleges and branches of the armed forces. For more information, contact Jonathan Durr at 270.444.5650 ext. 2304.
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Posted Friday, September 21, 2018

City school district increasing tax rate

by David B. Snow
The Paducah Sun
September 20, 2018
Used with permission.
The Paducah Independent School District Board on Thursday voted to raise its tax rate from 79.7 cents per $100 in assessed real and tangible property value to 84 cents, but it could have been much worse, Superintendent Donald Shively said.

The PISD Board held a public hearing followed by a special meeting to vote on the tax rate and approve a working budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Both items passed by a 5-0 vote.

The new tax rate still needs to be approved by the Kentucky Department of Education.

By law, taxing entities are allowed to take the compensating rate, which allows them to take a tax rate that will bring in the same amount of revenue as the previous year.

This year's assessment of real and tangible city property is $1.17 billion, bringing the Paducah school district's compensating rate to 93.3 cents per $100 of assessed property value, an increase of 13.6 cents per $100. That would have meant a school tax increase of $136 for a $100,000 house.

Shively, however, opted to raise the district's tax rate to 84 cents per $100 in an effort to spare taxpayers the higher compensating rate. That raises the tax rate 4.3 cents per $100 value, or a $43 tax increase for a $100,000 house. 

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Posted Friday, September 21, 2018

Superintendent's Blog: Engaging the Economic Engine of Paducah

There have been a couple of phrases that we’ve used a lot at Paducah Public Schools over the past couple of years that provide focus for where we are trying to go: 

One of those phrases is “Building a Better Paducah”. 

That is, we want the education that we provide to our students to align them with career paths that give them with the opportunity to find good jobs in Paducah.  As we make progress toward this goal we are “building a better Paducah” by supplying area businesses with students who have the knowledge, soft skills, and job training to be productive employees. As our area businesses grow, our economy and tax base grow. 

The other phrase that we use quite often is “Success by design, not by chance.”  What we mean by this is that we want to give our students the opportunity to be successful by deliberately designing systems and processes that maximize the opportunity to be successful.  To that end, we are making sure that college and high school curricula are aligned. We’re communicating with businesses in the region and looking at job market forecasts to insure that the course paths we provide are a good fit with the local job opportunities.  We are intentionally fostering relationships between local businesses and our students in hope that our students will one day want to come back to Paducah to live and work here. 

Here are some numbers that give evidence that we are moving in the right direction:

   > In welding, our enrollment in 2013-14 was 13. For 2018-19, the enrollment in welding is 53. 

  >  In our Information Technology pathway in partnership with CSI, our enrollment in 2013-14 was zero. For 2018-19, our enrollment in IT is 44. 

   > In our Health Occupations pathway in partnership with Baptist Health, our enrollment was 5. In 2018-19, our enrollment in Health Occupations is 54.

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Posted Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thursday, September 20, Is High Attendance Day

Remember: Tomorrow (Thursday, September 20) is High Attendance Day for Paducah Public Schools! Our goal is 100% attendance at every school.

Kentucky High Attendance Day serves as a reminder that Academic success can only be achieved by being in school every day. The biggest boost to your child’s education is being in school every day.

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Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tilghman junior to help in Habitat Home Construction

by David  B. Snow
The Paducah Sun
September 14, 2018
Used with permission 
Michael Sanders is in his second year of carpentry at the Paducah Area Technical Center, but he is already getting ready to put his skills to use, taking part in a local Habitat for Humanity project.

The junior at Paducah Tilghman High School will be among several volunteers to build a home in Paducah for a family in need.

"It's definitely exciting," he said. "It's going to be neat to get more of a hands-on feel with the real-world construction. It feels good to be doing it for a good cause, just knowing that you're building this and putting hard work into it, and it's going to go to a family that really needs it." 

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Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Teen advocates for youth involvement

by Emily Williams
The Paducah Sun
September 17, 2018
Used with permission.
From a very young age, Addie Rogers has had the ability to not only spot a need, but be a part of the solution.

When people asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would confidently tell them she wanted to be president of the United States.

Things haven't changed much for the Paducah Tilghman senior, who has worked diligently to lay the academic groundwork needed to reach her collegiate goals. With a hope to one day run for public office, Rogers has begun to immerse herself in local government, interning with Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless and the Paducah Human Rights Commission.

"Growing up, politics and government were always really important to me," Rogers said. "I was fortunate enough to have parents who taught me to give back and get involved."

Rogers, the daughter of Mike and Rebecca Rogers of Paducah, is the Paducah Bank Teen of the Week.

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Posted Monday, September 17, 2018

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