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Michael Tate


Powell County Schools

Superintendent Comments

August 1, 2016



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


Welcome back to the start of the 2016-2017 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 with school starting a week later. We are very excited about the start of the 2016-2017 school year.


We will have some 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.


If you go to the Powell County High School you will be greeted by two new, but familiar faces; that would be Mr. Doug Brewer as Principal and Mrs. Meredith Robinson as Assistant Principal.   At the Powell County Middle School you will see a new face in leadership that will be Mrs. Ashley Randall as Assistant Principal.   At Bowen Elementary we have a new principal; Mrs. Julie Foster.  Also at the district level we have a new member; Mrs. Jenifer Kincaid as the District Technology Coordinator.   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 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.  I am asking you to be patient with the work that is occurring at Powell County Middle School.   We are very excited about this project looking forward to completion date of  July 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 2016-2017 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. 


 On July 25th walk-thru at each school occurred with board members, building & grounds coordinator and superintendent.  Our schools and classrooms as always looked great for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.   A special THANK YOU to ALL that made this possible.  This year due to construction at Powell County Middle School opening day for staff will occur in each school allowing more time for staff to get ready for students. 


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.  This school year a much greater focus will be on attendance targeting both staff and student attendance. 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 maker, “GREAT” things will occur during the 2016-2017 school year.    We have a great team in place for the 2016-2017 school year.  As always it is a great day to be a pirate.  Stop by Powell County High and take a look at our pirate statue.  Have a “GREAT” year!!!!!


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the start of the 2016-2017 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