About our district
Paducah Public Schools is an independent school district, created in 1864 and dedicated to “Academic Excellence, Tradition and Pride.”
More than 490 highly-trained and dedicated staff, including five nationally-certified teachers, go to work each day with the same goal in mind: To help each student succeed and become a productive citizen.
With 2,925 students, the district is mid-sized among the 176 districts in Kentucky. It is one of seven Kentucky districts working to close the achievement gap for minority students, which make up about 50 percent of the school population.
Community support for academics and extracurricular activities is strong. Each school has an active parent-teacher group, and five family resource centers provide services to students and their families.
In the last decade, the district spent $11.2 million upgrading facilities. A new track, new tennis courts and upgraded soccer facilities have improved the high school athletic complex. The high school’s renovated auditorium is available for regional events.
All classrooms and offices are fully networked and connected to the Internet, all teachers have a phone with voice mail and there is a computer for every five students. Each teacher has a page on the district website for classroom assignments and an e-mail link.
The district has an open-enrollment agreement with its neighboring district, McCracken County Public Schools. About 300 county residents choose to attend city schools. Here are some of the reasons why:
Paducah Tilghman High School (grades 9-12) — In Kentucky’s “rewards” for four consecutive biennia for improving test scores; 90 percent of graduates attend four- or two-year college; $3.3 million in scholarship offers; National Merit Scholars, Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and Kentucky School for the Arts participants; 16 Advanced Placement courses; award-winning art, band and choral programs; Naval Junior ROTC; student-operated bank; 12 “Tornado” sports including recent state champions in track and cross country; plus 35 academic, service and other extracurricular activities.
Paducah Middle School (grades 6-8) — Championship Governor’s Cup, Mathcounts, Odyssey of the Mind teams; state Duke TIP winners; named 2002 ‘high-performing school’ by the Education Trust; over 30 sports, arts, service and other extracurricular activities.
Four neighborhood elementary schools (preschool-grade 5) — All surpass state accountability goals with improving test scores; K-3 focus on reading and mathematics; all-day kindergarten; Head Start Preschool; extracurricular activities.
Paducah Tilghman High School 797
Paducah Middle School 657
Clark Elementary 543
Cooper-Whiteside Elementary 233
McNabb Elementary 380
Morgan Elementary 315
243 certified, 247 classified staff
Annual payroll: $24.3 million
2005-06 budget: $27.9 million
Attendance 94.7 percent
Student/teacher ratio: 14 to 1
Free/reduced lunches 64 percent
63.1 cents per $100 assessed property
56.6 cents for $100 motor vehicles
3 percent utility tax
Academic Excellence, Tradition and Pride
Paducah Public Schools
800 Caldwell Street, P.O. Box 2550, Paducah, KY 42002
phone: 270.444.5600 | Fax: 270.444.5607
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