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Paducah school board hears about senior successes

BY KATHLEEN FOX kfox@paducahsun.com

With graduation for Paducah Tilghman High School seniors on the horizon, the class has exceeded the previous year in graduation rate and college and career readiness.

The Paducah Board of Education met Monday at the board office. Assistant Superintendent Donald Shively reported the current college and career readiness for the 180-member senior class, with 103 students college ready, three students career ready and 25 "bonus" students meaning they met the benchmarks for both. The overall percentage of total students who are college or career ready is 68.1 percent, an increase from 65.9 percent last year.

The district's graduation rate will also increase from around 82 percent last year to a projected 86 percent to 88 percent this year, he said.

The high school also recorded an increase in the number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes, from 251 last year to 340 this year and the number of students taking exams from 140 in 2013 to 174 this year. The amount of students taking AP tests represents its highest number since 2003, according to Shively. He said the district will receive the results by the end of June and then present the findings during the July or August school board meetings.

In other business, the tentative 2014-2015 budget was approved and will now be sent to the Kentucky Department of Education. The board also accepted Superintendent Randy Greene's annual evaluation, the district technology plan, and revisions to the code of acceptable behavior and discipline for the upcoming school year. Troy Brock, district director of pupil personnel, said the changes were minor clarifications to the document.

The board also approved the 2014-2015 Head Start grant, which will include the addition of a LPN or licensed practical nurse to the staff of the preschool program.

Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.

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