January 2017 Board Meeting Highlights
BOARD RECOGNITIONSThe Board of Education recognized Mary Meyer for her significant commitment to improve and support educational services in the Owensboro Public Schools by awarding her with the Tom Maddox Outstanding Achievement Award. Mary has worked in our district for 21 years. Having previously served as School Secretary at Sutton Elementary, she now serves as the central office receptionist. Her bright smile and positive attitude are something to be modeled after in the Owensboro Public Schools. She exemplifies the spirit of the Tom Maddox award and has contributed greatly to our district.
The Board of Education recognized the Outstanding Achievement in School Information Services award recipients as follows:
• Fine Arts Coordinator Tom Stites scored Proficient in the Special Events Category for the 2016 Fine Arts Festival program.
• Nathan Seaton and Dave Kirk scored Distinguished in the new category called Innovations in Communications for their work on implementing Tie Txt, the district’s mobile communication text messaging system.
• Dave Kirk also scored Distinguished in the field of press releases and took home the highest score in the state for the release, “No More Sitting Quietly At Your Desks at OPS”, a piece focused on pedal desks in the classroom.
• Dave Kirk also scored Distinguished and had the highest score in the state in feature photography for an entry called “Idea” and for a video selection called “A Surprise for Mrs. Baber.”
Congratulations to our 2017 Kentucky All-State Choir, Orchestra and Band students. These students are selected through a rigorous audition process that requires months of preparation and years of training to succeed. They compete first in our local district and then in a state-wide process that allows them to compete with students from across Kentucky for this honor. A small percentage of the 1000's of students who begin the audition actually attain this honor with many of them identified for college music scholarship offers as a result. Our large number of KMEA All-State members this year rivals or surpasses that of many 5-A schools in our state and is the result of our outstanding students’ individual effort and the support by our dedicated teachers. Each student will be rehearsing for three days and performing as part of the 2017 KMEA Conference in Louisville, KY February 8-11. 2017
All State Chorus – Junior High Division: Kaitlyn Cooper, Ja Seng Pauhkum, Randi Smith, Olivia Swenson, Nolia Williams, John Brink, Morgan Garrity, Jessie Hibbs, Eli Ochoa-Kennedy
All State Chorus – High School Division: Austin Adams, Mitchell Douglas, Chancelor Horne, Katie Kellems, Adalei Miller, Thomas Smith, Caleb Wiggins
All State Orchestra: Ben Sexton, Caleb Wiggins
All State Band: Andrew Gilliam, Nathan Munster
NEW OFFICERS ELECTEDThe Board of Education elected Mr. Dan Griffith as Board Chair and Mr. Jeremy Edge as Vice Chair. Additionally, they appointed Dr. Nick Brake as Board Secretary, Mrs. Paula Roberts as Board Treasurer, and Mr. William Wilson as Board Attorney.
Welcome to OPS!
Hannah Stephen, Health Science Instructor, OHS
Hunter Hinton, Intervention Assistant, Cravens Elementary
Steven Latzo, Intervention Assistant, OMS – North
Paul Payne III, Computer Lab Tech, Foust Elementary
Betty Sweeney, Bus Driver, Transportation
David Vanover, Custodian, Hager Preschool
Congratulations on your new position!
Randy Bryant, now Administrative Intern, OMS-North & South
Barbara Evans, now LBD Teacher, Newton Parrish/Sutton
Amanda Sosh, LBD Teacher, Foust
OPS appreciates and welcomes our substitutes!
Jennifer Brumley, Substitute Teacher
Joanne Gary, Substitute Teacher
Ashley Prewitt, Substitute Teacher
Char Rhoads, Substitute Teacher & Secretary
Ashley Roberts, Substitute Teacher
Sarah Tennant, Substitute Teacher
Joanne Gary, Substitute Cook/Baker, Instr. Assistant & Secretary