Monday, January 26, 2015
Davis Motor Sales banner ad
Posted on 2/2/14

ops2 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (9/18/13) – Owensboro Public School Board of Education members were divided over concerns about a lack of representation for the district’s preschool facility, but decided it’s really too late in the process to do much about it.

At the board’s luncheon meeting on Tuesday, board chairperson Nancy Eskridge asked the board to consider finding a way to add a member to the developing Local Planning Committee from the preschool. The LPC is a group that is created periodically in Kentucky school districts to review building and education concerns, and to plot out the direction the district should take based on an extensive review of such issues.

At issue was the structure of how members for OPS’ LPC are selected. Primarily the members are required to live within the school district boundaries, but it was pointed out during the meeting that none of the current preschool faculty lives within that area. Members discussed the possibility of securing a waiver as well as the idea of asking an LPC member to take a non-voting seat on the group so that a preschool teacher or administrator would have that place, but board members Steven Knight and Cate Lauzon said they didn’t think last-minute changes to the list – particularly for the reasons presented – are a good idea.

“It’s already set. Why change it?” Knight said in expressing his opposition.

Lauzon agreed.

“I’d be good either way but I think we should have dealt with it earlier… rather than asking people to leave,” she said. “I don’t want to start asking people not to be members. It’s an uncomfortable situation to be in.”

Eskridge said the preschool has a history of being treated as an “accessory” by the rest of the district.

“I think voting is an important, critical issue,” she said. “That’s my opinion. I am not sure that anyone is as committed to Early Childhood Education as anyone in that building.”

Ultimately, the board decided to leave the list as is, but to work with preschool staff to encourage them to attend the LPC meetings to give input. The list will be formally presented and approved at the board’s regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 24.

The board on Tuesday also briefly reviewed routine budgetary issues and looked over the tentative agenda for next week’s regular meeting before OPS Superintendent Nick Brake wrapped up the luncheon with a review of new Kentucky Department of Education priorities to be presented in the upcoming legislative session. He said the list of priorities has been reduced from about 45 in previous years to just a handful, and went over the list of goals with the board.
 
Dennis Beard
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2015 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.

2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week

January 23, 2015 8084

Local Church's Faith Restored; 71 Souls Saved…

in Video by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
January 20, 2015 6994

Bridal, Prom, Pageant Expo Planned for February…

in Hopkins News by Dana Brown
January 22, 2015 6930

Nortonville Man Accused of Selling Drugs near…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 21, 2015 5613

KYDOT Pre-Treating Roads Thursday in Antipation…

in Top News For All Sites by Keith Todd
January 23, 2015 5528

Parents Face Charges after Marijuana Joint Falls…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 22, 2015 5154

MCEA Head: Further School Mergers Might Ease…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
January 21, 2015 4769

Man Arrested after Allegedly Nodding off on Baby…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 23, 2015 4328

Nortonville Woman Charged for Meth Possession

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office/Hopkins County Detention Center

Most Read This Month

January 08, 2015 20434

Woman Claiming to be 'Lady Gaga' Tours Town in…

in Top News For All Sites by Madisonville Police Department
January 15, 2015 20120

UPDATE: Fatality Victim's Name Officially Released

in Top News For All Sites by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

January 25, 2015 3752

Dean’s List Announced

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Joyce Riggs
January 25, 2015 2020

UPDATE: Two Die, Two Injured in Two-Vehicle…

in Local (Owensboro) Top News by Dispatcher Dustin Staves
January 25, 2015 1419

Juvenile Hit by Vehicle at McDonald's

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by GPD Officer Wes Miller
January 25, 2015 1253

Kynect Enrollment Climbs as Countdown to Feb. 15…

in General News For All Sites by Office of the Governor
January 25, 2015 1097

Market Commentary - Jan. 25, 2015

in Top News For All Sites by Randall L. Franklin
January 25, 2015 1051

Dave Says - Jan. 25, 2015

in General News For All Sites by Dave Ramsey
January 25, 2015 987

March 20-22 Women's Retreat: 'Holiness in Family…

in Owensboro News by Jennifer Kaminski
January 25, 2015 896

Outdoor Truths - Jan. 25, 2015

in General News For All Sites by Gary Miller
January 25, 2015 851

Legislator's Log - Week of Jan. 25, 2015

in General News For All Sites by Brent Yonts
January 26, 2015 528

Henderson County Traffic Advisory

in Local (Henderson) Top News by Keith Todd
January 25, 2015 438

MCCH Offers Free Screenings at the Love Your…

in Local (Lakes) Top News by Kyser Lough
January 25, 2015 383

Two Arrested for Trader Baker Robbery

in Local (Owensboro) Top News by Deputy Pearre