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Public Schools Matter
Through good times, bad times, and all the times in between, public schools do so much more than educate children. Public schools are community schools. We offer vital resources and support to families, because that’s what’s best for kids. Often, it’s easy to overlook the good things going on behind the scenes and beyond the classroom. Here’s a snapshot of why public schools matter, by the numbers:



As we mark the one-year anniversary of our schools being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, McCracken County Schools and Paducah Public Schools want to thank our faculty, staff, and community for the determination and flexibility they displayed as we worked together to reach beyond our classrooms and schools into our communities to continue the mission of reaching each student to provide the resources needed to continue to learn and succeed. 


“When the pandemic hit a year ago, our employees stepped up in creative, inspiring ways,” McCracken County Schools Superintendent Steve Carter said. “Staff delivered meals to students’ homes. Teachers created virtual classrooms. Our Family Resource Centers helped deliver homework, provide groceries and toiletries — the list goes on. I am inspired every day by our staff and their willingness to serve our community.” 


“As I look back at the efforts of our faculty and staff to know each and every child by name and need during the unprecedented events of the past year, I am thankful and amazed,” said Paducah Public Schools superintendent Dr. Donald Shively. “Their dedication and resilience are extraordinary, and their work has laid a foundation we can build on as our students return to school.” 


Of course, none of these efforts would have succeeded without the partnership of our parents at each step of the way. When our schools closed, you stepped into the breach and joined us in making every effort to ensure that your children’s education continued. You made great sacrifices and rose to meet the constant challenges of the Pandemic Year. 


As McCracken County Schools and Paducah City Schools look forward to the return of all students to in-person learning, we want to say “thank you” once more to every citizen in Paducah and McCracken County for your contributions and sacrifices.