Hello, I am Patrick Richardson, Superintendent of Pulaski County Schools and I would like to welcome everyone back to school for the 2018-19 school year. I am excited to be working with each and every one of you as your new school superintendent. We have another great school year planned for Pulaski County Schools!
Among many of our current projects, we are completing renovations of our Area Technology Center. It is being renovated to expand our Industrial Maintenance pathway and to accommodate more classrooms for career pathway programs for high school students. This initiative was made possible through a grant partnership with Somerset Community College and the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative. The grant affords our students with great opportunities for specialized training in industrial maintenance technology, including welding, electrical, fluid power, and robotics. We will continue to offer welding, automotive technology, health services, natural gas pipeline, and construction carpentry at the ATC. Once students have successfully completed their pathway they will be ready to enter the workforce to compete for better jobs with higher wages.
Our schools continue to perform at high levels in state and local assessments, and in Advanced Placement and Governor’s Scholar numbers. We are proud to partner with local colleges to be able to offer dual credit classes, allowing parents and students to take advantage of college tuition savings while still in high school. We are also excited about the extra-curricular opportunities in which our teams have had great accomplishments at both state and national levels in academics and sports.
Pulaski County Schools will again offer #ILearnPulaski days (“non-traditional instruction” NTI days) when school is closed, but circumstances allow teachers to either deliver instruction digitally or by paper packet. Students are to complete their work in order for the day to count as an instructional day. Parents or students can call the school during regular school hours to get assistance. Teachers are also required to maintain an online presence throughout the day, so parents or students may contact them through the online classroom, or email for assistance. We’ve had good success with the days that became necessary to use, so encourage your students to complete their assignments in a timely manner and this process can continue to benefit our district by ending our school year in a timely manner.
As a parent myself, I encourage you to be actively involved with your child’s learning. Parents are a valued partner with the education of your child. You are always welcome and I hope you plan to visit your child’s school often. On your visits you will probably see an increase in some security measures. The world we live in has changed from when we were in school. Our schools have implemented some initiatives over the summer to increase safety, some of which will be more noticeable on the surface than others. We ask for your patience as we begin to use these new tools.
Pulaski County Schools have many excellent programs and opportunities to offer, and our students are preforming and achieving at the highest levels. I am very excited about all the possibilities and I hope everyone has a great school year!
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