Paducah teachers will get tablets
The test group of teachers has been using the tablets since February, he said, and their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
One of the biggest advantages the teachers noted was the mobility and flexibility the tablets gave them. Weaver shared a short video presentation with comments from a few of the teachers.
“It’s a lot easier for me to transport from room to room,” said Paducah Tilghman history teacher Ashley Adkins, who teaches in two different classrooms. “Before when I taught downstairs, I would have to kick off the other teacher from their computer to borrow it. ... With the Surface Pro, I don’t have to do that. I can come in with my device, she can still do her work while I’m doing mine."
Ginger Molina, a second-grade teacher at Clark Elementary, said in the video that the tablet has let her streamline her planning process.
“Before, I had my school desktop, I had my laptop when I went to meetings, and then I had my com- puter to work on at home, and everything was in three different places,” Molina said. “I’d often find myself not having something I needed when I got ready for work. With this, it takes the place of all three of those devices. ... It saves a lot of my time.”
Weaver said nearly all teachers at Paducah Tilghman and the three Paducah elementary schools will get a Surface Pro next school year. Since Paducah Middle’s technology is the newest, the district will wait a few years to supply its teachers with tablets. Assistant Superintendent Will Black said the cost of the devices will be covered almost entirely by federal and state educational technology funds and grants.
Tuesday night board members also helped Paducah Head Start Preschool celebrate its students’ achievements and voted to expand their partnership with Baptist Health Paducah and Four Rivers Behav- ioral Health in offering school-based clinics throughout the district.
Head Start Director Kristy Lewis recognized nearly 100 preschool students before the board and a room packed with parents Tuesday night. This year, 64 4-year-old students knew all their uppercase and lowercase letters, up from only 38 last year. Thirty-eight 3-year-old students knew all their uppercase letters, up from 26 last year.
Two professional services agreements approved at Tuesday night’s meeting will allow Baptist Health and Four Rivers to continue offering school-based services at Paducah Tilghman, while also adding clinics at Clark, McNabb and Morgan elementaries and Paducah Middle.
“Partnering with Baptist Health and Four Rivers for these services, it’s an opportunity for us to better meet the needs of each and every one of our students,” said Superintendent Donald Shively. “It also makes us more efficient as a district, because we’re expanding our services while decreasing our costs. It’s a unique opportunity.”