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Michael Tate, Superintendent
Michael Tate

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, Staff, Community and Business Members:


Welcome back to the start of the 2017-2018 school year!


 As Superintendent of the Powell County School System and on behalf of the Powell County Board of Education, I would like to welcome each of you to the start of the new school year.  Summer break was very short this year.  We are very excited about the start of the 2017-2018 school year.  We are currently starting the year with new faces in the Powell County School System.  Every year we have turnover through retirement, disability, or staff just returning back to their home county.   As Superintendent, I am very excited about the changes that have occurred and look forward to a very productive year. I welcome the new challenges and look forward to the opportunities at hand working with new and experienced staff during the 2017-2018 school year.  Principal leadership has stayed the same from last year.  If you go to the Powell County High School you will be greeted by two familiar faces, Mr. Doug Brewer as Principal and Mrs. Meredith Robinson as Assistant Principal.  At the Middle School you will see Mrs. Tiffany Anderson and Mrs. Ashley Randall.  At Bowen Elementary Mrs. Julie Foster starts her second year as principal. At Clay City Mrs. Suzanne Meadows continues to be the Principal with the addition of Mrs. Kim Hearne as Resource Teacher/Educational Consultant. Mr. Jimmy Crase continues to lead Stanton Elementary as Principal.  At the district level we are still in the process of filling a district coordinator position created by the retirement of Mr. Monroe Jones.  I am excited about all new personnel in the district and look forward to the work.


I am totally committed to improving student achievement and meeting students’ needs.  This year brings many challenges and also great opportunities for staff and students.  The focus for 2017-2018 school year will be Attendance (student & staff), achievement, safe schools, efficiency with finance/budgets and accountability for our actions and attitudes.  If you have time drive by each school in Powell County. I am very proud of our facilities within the district.  I am very excited about the completion of our Middle School project.  If all goes as planned, we will have new bleachers in place at PCMS in time for the fall sports.  Please remember that the Powell County School system has gone completely tobacco free starting July 1, 2017. 


For each of us, as parents and educators, the first few days of school are a very special occasion; days we eagerly anticipate and fondly cherish.  Please be patient as we work on class schedules, bus routes, lunch schedules, construction sites, and other bumps in the road during the first week of classes in Powell County.  I expect that 2017-2018 will be a GREAT year for ALL students and ALL staff.  This year we will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to ALL students in the Powell County School system.


The district/school staff have been very busy preparing classrooms and buildings for the opening of a new school year.  We have and will continue to add new state of the art technology into classrooms across the district, with the addition of new Chrome books in selected classrooms this year. I sincerely want to thank everyone for all their hard work and dedication as our school doors open for a new school year. 


This school year, there will be a much greater focus on attendance, targeting both staff and student attendance.  We need our KIDS in school.  A continued focus will be on a strong culture and climate that is focused on positive student-centered schools that allow ALL students to be successful.  I truly believe that if we have positive attitudes, show kindness, and be difference makers, “GREAT” things will occur during the 2017-2018 school year.    We have a great team in place for the 2017-2018 school year. 


In closing, I am very excited and proud to be a part of the Powell County School system and I welcome the opportunity to continue to build relationships between home and school; one that assures a quality education for ALL children.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the start of the 2017-2018 school year, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher about any class-related issue or your child's principal regarding a school-wide matter.  If you have questions concerning the start of the school year at the district level, please feel free to contact me at the following:


Michael Tate


Office 606-663-3300

Home 606-723-2010

Cell 859-582-9389

Cell 606-359-3950



As always, it is a great day to be a Pirate.  Have a “GREAT” year!!!!!