Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

OPS Board Raises Drop Out Age to 18

ops3 300OWENSBORO, KY (03/22/2013) – On Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the Owensboro Public Schools Board of Education monthly board meeting, members approved Owensboro Public Schools Superintendent Larry Vick’s proposal to raise the compulsory school attendance age to the age of 18. In the state of Kentucky, at this time, students are permitted to drop out of high school before the age of eighteen only with a parents’ signature. According to Vick, this policy change will not take place within the next school year, but could be put into effect for the2014-2015 school year.

“This is not the same world we grew up in twenty years ago where you could leave school, get a job at seventeen, and raise and support a family. Our kids, unfortunately, do not understand this,” Board member Cate Lauzon said during the meeting.

Julie Ellis, information officer for the Owensboro Public School system, told SurfKY news that in the state of Kentucky, fifty-five percent of school boards need to approve this measure for it to become the laws statewide.

Also during the meeting, three student groups from Owensboro High school and Owensboro Middle School were recognized for achievements in areas from academic to theatre competitions (see related story).

Two requests by the board were approved for updates to Newton Parrish and Estes Elementary Schools. These measures would renovate the lobbies of the schools which would make it impossible for visitors to gain access to a school without first going through a receptionist or security point. At Estes Elementary, these renovations would run no more than $3500, according to maintenance director Bill Smith, because the renovations only consist of adding a wall and security door. At Newton Parrish, however, the proposed renovations are expected to cost closer to $20,000.00. The secretary’s and receptionist’s office, along with the security airlock, are being completely renovated. All the work is being done in-house, and won’t be contracted out. These renovations are being funded by the district’s general fund.

Alex Reid
SurfKY News
Photos provided by SurfKY Graphics

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

John James Audubon State Park Scheduled Events

HENDERSON, Ky. (8/19/14) — The following events are schedule for August and September. Thursday, Aug. 21 6 p.m. -… Read More

Deterioration of Caney Station Cemetery Causes Concern

GREENVILLE, Ky. (8/20/14) — Old Caney Station Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Muhlenberg County. Located near the… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

August 17, 2014 3764

Greenville Police Conducting Traffic…

in Top Stories by Wes Miller
August 16, 2014 3710

Pogue's Automotive Annual Picnic Brings…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 18, 2014 3363

Man Injured in Early Morning WKP Accident

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 18, 2014 3054

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 18, 2014 2904

Unlawful Solicitation

in News by Sgt. J.D. Winkler

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

August 20, 2014 2823

Park Avenue Trespass Call Leads to…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 18, 2014 2533

Madisonville Man Charged for Shoplifting,…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 16, 2014 1438

Non-Partisan Offices Deadline Passes -…

in Top Stories by Keenan Ratliff
August 18, 2014 1320

Madisonville Firefighters Recognized for…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 16, 2014 1263

Madisonville Police Conducting Sobriety…

in Top Stories by Lt. Charles Young II

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

August 18, 2014 3054

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 18, 2014 2904

Unlawful Solicitation

in News by Sgt. J.D. Winkler
August 18, 2014 2842

RiverArtes Opening at OMFA

in News by Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
August 19, 2014 2274

Free Arthritis Exercise Program will be…

in News by Woody Maglinger
August 19, 2014 1978

Municipal Art Collection on Exhibit at…

in News by Mary Bryan Hood

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

August 17, 2014 3764

Greenville Police Conducting Traffic…

in Top Stories by Wes Miller
August 16, 2014 3710

Pogue's Automotive Annual Picnic Brings…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 18, 2014 3363

Man Injured in Early Morning WKP Accident

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 18, 2014 2657

Luke's Flea Market Vendors' Home Away…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 18, 2014 2523

'How Dry I Was'

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06