Powell County Schools

Superintendent's Message

Michael Tate

Powell County Schools

Superintendent Comments

 August 5, 2014



Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, Staff, Community and Business Members;  Welcome back!

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 beginning of the new school year and say thanks for a great start!  Summer break seemed very short, but we are very excited about this year and the many new faces at all levels in the school system.  We welcome new leadership and new job assignments at Central Office, Transportation, Annex, and within our schools. I love our team and look forward to working with our staff during the 2014-2015 school year.  

As Superintendent, I am very excited about the changes that have occurred.  I am totally committed to improving student achievement and meeting student needs.  I welcome the new challenges and great opportunities for staff and students.  If you have time, drive by Powell County High School and look at the construction site. The new addition will provide students with state of the art technology, additional classrooms and a beautiful new band room.    We are nearing completion of this project and it should be totally finished by the fall of 2014. 

On July 29th, school walkthroughs occurred with board members, the building & grounds coordinator and me.  Our schools and classrooms were outstanding.  A special THANK YOU to ALL that made this possible.  Due to construction at the high school, our staff opening day occurred in each individual school.  This allowed more time for staff to get ready for students.   Please be patient as we continue to work on class schedules, bus routes, lunch schedules, construction sites, and other bumps in the road to make this a GREAT year for ALL students.

In closing, I am 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.  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.  We will continue to build a strong culture and climate that is positive and student-centered, allowing ALL students to be successful.  I truly believe that if we have positive attitudes, show kindness, and are difference makers, “GREAT” things will occur.

If you have any questions or concerns, 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 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