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

OPS Superintendent Nick Brake Talks With SurfKY About His First Week on the Job

DrOWENSBORO, Ky. (7/4/13) – Dr. Nick Brake’s tenure as superintendent of the Owensboro Public School System started on Monday, and according to Brake, “It’s going well.”

In an interview with SurfKY News on Wednesday, Brake said he has met with over 40 groups and individuals since his appointment as the new superintendent, listening to the positive things that are happening as well as concerns voiced that staff would like to see addressed.

Brake has spent 16 years of his 22-year career in education but has been out of the education world for the last few years, while serving as the CEO of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation.

“I’ve been re-acquainting myself with the people around the state that I used to work with in the Kentucky Department of Education,” said Brake. “But obviously, our first priority will be student learning.”

Brake said that there will be issues to be resolved within his first year as Superintendent, but noted “our first priority will be student learning.”

“We do have some facility issues. We have to look at whether we want to build new schools or renovate current buildings,” said Brake. “We also have the Texas Gas facility to contend with.”

While the Texas gas facility has been considered as a new middle school, Brake stated that the Kentucky Department of Education has advised against that course of action citing spacing issues. He said the district is considering other possible concepts for the property.

“One use I am particularly interested in using the facility for is Career and Technical education,” said Brake. “To even take some of the programs that we have seen instituted through the Community campus, which is sort of a multi-district approach, and even involves some of our colleges and universities in dual credit. I believe we can even consider some multi-district options for that property.”

Brake said he also believes that the district’s preschool deserves attention. The Owensboro Public School district currently has a highly successful and top ranked pre-school program at Hager Preschool.

“One of the (questions) from a facilities standpoint is, ‘do we provide more opportunities for the expansion of that,’” said Brake. “As we look at our facility issues and tweak some things, can we find a location for that preschool program that can expand, and even do as the vision of the federal government is to expand opportunities even younger and provide it to more kids? For us to do that now, we need a bigger facility.”

According to Brake, the fundamental philosophy that OPS has operated under has been “to educate the whole child.”

“Fine Arts, athletics, and education are in a sense one in the same,” said Brake. “They all help us educate the whole child. Overall, I keep coming back to the fact that this is an outstanding school district. There are a lot of opportunities for growth and development here, and I am looking forward to the challenge and being a part of this really great school system. The end game will always be career and college readiness.”

Brake succeeded Larry Vick, who retired from the position.

Alex Reid
SurfKY News

© 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...

Muhlenberg County Investigative Task Force Launched to Solve Crime

GREENVILLE, Ky. (8/21/14) ― An armed home invasion in Greenville triggered activation of the newly-formed Muhlenberg… Read More

MCCES Hosting Backyard Poultry Educational Program

MUHLENBERG, Ky. (8/21/14) — The Muhlenberg County Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting a series of educational… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

August 21, 2014 5319

Muhlenberg Task Force on Trail of Home…

in News by Wes Miller
August 18, 2014 4336

Man Injured in Early Morning WKP Accident

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 18, 2014 4069

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 20, 2014 3925

Park Avenue Trespass Call Leads to…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 18, 2014 3888

Unlawful Solicitation

in News by Sgt. J.D. Winkler

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

August 20, 2014 3925

Park Avenue Trespass Call Leads to…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 18, 2014 2689

Madisonville Man Charged for Shoplifting,…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
August 21, 2014 1704

Pedestrian Struck on East Arch Street,…

in Top Stories by Officer Ryan Clark
August 20, 2014 1641

Dawson Springs Woman Arrested for Driving…

in Top Stories by SurfKY News
August 18, 2014 1464

Madisonville Firefighters Recognized for…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

August 18, 2014 4069

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 18, 2014 3888

Unlawful Solicitation

in News by Sgt. J.D. Winkler
August 18, 2014 3763

RiverArtes Opening at OMFA

in News by Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
August 19, 2014 3216

Free Arthritis Exercise Program will be…

in News by Woody Maglinger
August 19, 2014 3130

Municipal Art Collection on Exhibit at…

in News by Mary Bryan Hood

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

August 18, 2014 4336

Man Injured in Early Morning WKP Accident

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 18, 2014 3772

Luke's Flea Market Vendors' Home Away…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 18, 2014 3585

'How Dry I Was'

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 19, 2014 3067

'Another One Bites the 'Duct'

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 19, 2014 2261

Drakesboro Woman Injured When Tree Falls…

in Top Stories by Martha Clark

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