Owensboro Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Nick Brake has been awarded a new four-year contract by the OPS Board of Education to be the superintendent of Owensboro Public Schools. Brake will complete his current four-year contract in June.
“Dr. Brake is both a leader and visionary in every sense of those words. Thanks to his hard work, our enrollment is climbing, test scores are up and OPS’ culture and momentum is perhaps at an all-time high,” said Dan Griffith, board chair.
The new contract will start in July of this year and will run through June of 2021. Brake signed the contract during the special called January board meeting.
“I’m humbled to get to serve in my opinion, the best school district in the state of Kentucky. I’m thankful to get to work with some of the most incredible students and staff in the country. The guidance of the OPS Board of Education allows our school district to flourish. I’d also like to thank my wife Candance, my two children Anna Caroline and Nicholas and the rest of my family for their support,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS superintendent.
“It’s not just the belief of the OPS Board of Education that Owensboro Public Schools are thriving under Dr. Brake’s leadership. Recently, there was an article in the Messenger-Inquirer where the president of the Greater Owensboro Realtor’s Association was quoted saying, ‘There’s a lot of enthusiasm about Owensboro Public Schools now. People really like their arts program and the Owensboro Innovation Academy. They want to live in that area,’” added Griffith.
Dr. Brake says he’s looking forward to his future with OPS.
“My priorities remain to work for better compensation for our staff, to continue to put a large focus on literacy for our students and to provide as many options to our secondary students as possible so they succeed in post-secondary education and in life,” said Brake.
Last year, Brake was one of 24 superintendents in the nation to receive the National School Public Relation’s Association’s “Superintendents To Watch” award.