Powell County Schools


Michael Tate

Superintendent's Comments for August

August 5, 2015


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


Welcome back to the start of the 2015-2016 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 seemed very short this year even though we had a longer break this year than last year. We are very excited about the start of the 2015-2016 school year. 

We are currently starting the year with some new faces in the Powell County School System. Every year we have turnover through retirement 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 2015-2016 school year.  

I am totally committed to improving student achievement and meeting student needs.  This year brings many challenges and also great opportunities for staff and students.  If you have time drive by each school in Powell County, I am very proud of our facilities within the district. The new addition at Powell County High is providing student with the opportunities to have state of the art technology.  At this time I extend an invitation to each of you to attend the “Open House” at Powell County High School on August 17th, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to preview the completion of the new addition to Powell County High School.   

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, and other bumps in the road during the first week of classes in Powell County.  I expect that 2015-2016 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, this was a huge success last year. 

The district/school staff have been very busy preparing classrooms and buildings for the opening of a new school year.  We need to take time to say “THANK YOU” to ALL who worked so hard in getting our facilities ready for the upcoming school year….GREAT JOB!  We have and will continue to add new state of the art technology into classrooms across the district.  I sincerely want to again thank everyone for all their hard work and dedication as our school doors open for a new school year. 

 On July 31st  a district  walkthrough occurred in each school with board members, building & grounds coordinator and superintendent.  I must say I believe this is the best our schools have looked in years.  Our schools and classrooms look great for the start of the 2015-2016 school year.   A special THANK YOU to ALL that made this possible.  We must take pride in our schools and continue to take care of these great facilities for our students. 

Again this year, Opening Day occurred in each school allowing more time for staff to get ready for students.  A special “THANK YOU” to the great folks at Emmanuel Baptist Church for providing breakfast to all staff on Opening Day.  

In closing, I am very excited and proud to be a part of the Powell County School system and I welcome the opportunity to build relationships between home and school; one that assures a quality education for ALL children.  A continued focus will be on building 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, believe in our students, and be a difference maker, “GREAT” things will occur during the 2015-2016 school year.    We have a great team consisting of students, parents, board members, family members, community& business leaders, teachers, cooks, bus drivers, counselors, principals, district leadership, and other school and district staff that form a community of believers for the children of Powell County.   I love our team for the 2015-2016 school year. 

Today is a great day to be a Pirate.  Go PC!  Have a “GREAT” year!!!!!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the start of the 2015-2016 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