Friday, March 13, 2015

OPS Announces Make-Up Schedule

Barring any more days missed for inclement weather, Owensboro Public School officials have set the OPS make-up schedule for the rest of the school year.

The following days will serve as make-up school days for students and staff: Friday, April 3 (day before spring break)

Wednesday, May 20, Thursday, May 21, and Friday, May 22
(May 22 will be the last day for students and OHS Graduation.)

OPS will utilize four banked days based on extended hours students have attended to meet the required 170 day 1,062 hour requirement by state law.

The following days are make-up days for staff only:

Tuesday, May 19
(primary election day, no school for students per state law) Tuesday-Friday, May 26, 27, 28, 29 (May 29 is closing day for staff.)

In many ways the calendar scenario was a tough situation dealt to OPS by the inclement weather over the past few weeks. 

In the end, adding additional time to the school calendar at the end of the year would interfere with existing professional development days in our secondary schools. In addition, the high school graduation date would impact a much larger percentage of families and staff in our district compared to the April 3 date.

We regret any inconvenience this causes any families or staff members.  We appreciate the flexibility of all of our students and staff as well as their family members.

Nick Brake

Thursday, March 12, 2015

OPS Named "District of Distinction" by National Education Publication

District Administration Magazine has named Owensboro Public Schools a District of Distinction for OPS’ Owensboro READS Program.  Owensboro Public Schools is one of 62 districts across the United States to be honored in the March 2015 round of Districts of Distinction, the magazine’s national recognition program for K12 school districts.

“Owensboro Independent Schools serves as a model for school leaders across the country,” said JD Solomon, Editorial Director for District Administration Magazine.  

The Owensboro READS Initiative started in May 2014 challenging both students and community members to read for 30 minutes a day.  Thanks to financial support from the Public Life Foundation of Owensboro, OPS launched a new summer reading camp called Camp Superpower where reading specialist teachers worked with second graders reading below grade level.  Ninety-five percent of campers made exceptional reading progress or maintained their reading level avoiding the summer slide (time during the summer where kids don’t read causing them to forget what they’ve learned the previous school year).

“The Districts of Distinction award is proof that the Owensboro READS Initiative is working to help promote literacy as a critical skill in both our schools and in our community,” said Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.

The next phase of the Owensboro READS Initiative is in full force.  Six local banks are providing volunteers to read in OPS elementary schools and Hager Preschool.  The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer is providing a newspaper to every middle school student in the OPS district once a week.  After Spring Break, book kiosks will be installed at the elementary schools and Hager Preschool offering 24/7 access to books. 

Visit District Administration website to read more about all 62 Districts of Distinction. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

John DeLacey named Principal of Owensboro High School

John DeLacey, Associate Principal at Owensboro Middle School South Campus, has been selected as principal of Owensboro High School.  The Owensboro High School-Based Decision Making Council voted unanimously to hire DeLacey as principal at their meeting today at the Owensboro High School Media Center.  DeLacey replaces beloved OHS Principal Anita Burnette.  Burnette is retiring at the end of the school year after serving as OHS principal for 12 years.

“Mr. DeLacey has a very unique perspective in that he’s worked with students of all ages in our school system and he has worked in the private sector before becoming an educator.  He’s exceptionally prepared to move Owensboro High School forward.  As an administrator, teacher, and a coach, he’s already become familiar with many of the students and families at OHS now and for years to come,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.

“I’m very excited and humbled for this exciting opportunity to be the next principal of Owensboro High School.  I look forward to being a part of the great tradition that Owensboro High School carries with it,” said John DeLacey, OHS Principal-Elect.
DeLacey began working for Owensboro Public Schools in 2003 as a teacher at Cravens Elementary School after working for seven years in private business.  He became Assistant Principal at Owensboro Middle School in 2011.  In 2013, he became the lead administrator at OMS South Campus as Associate Principal.  DeLacey holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree from Western Kentucky University.  He has his Rank I in Principal/Instructional Leadership from Western Kentucky University.  DeLacey is also an Owensboro High School Alumnus.  

“John has been an outstanding instructional leader creating a very positive school culture at OMS South.  As an Owensboro High School Alumnus, he has an understanding of how to take that leadership and directly apply it to OHS,” said Brake.

DeLacey will continue to serve as OMS Associate Principal this school year while also working with Burnette to transition to his new role as Owensboro High School Principal.  A search committee is being formed to find a new associate principal for Owensboro Middle School.