Paducah Public Schools will use a state grant to hire a full-time coordinator to work with homeless students.
The district's director of pupil personnel, Troy Brock, estimates that there are about 120 homeless students, who live in motels, hotels, with other family members or in shelters. Brock tells The Paducah Sun the one-year grant from the Kentucky Department of Education will fund one employee, but that person will have an impact across the school district. The district hasn't had a specific homeless student coordinator since 2009. Brock says the coordinator can do home visits, deal with paperwork required for student enrollment and keep track of the homeless student population. He says the district hopes to hire the coordinator by the end of July.