The Owensboro Middle School Site-Based Decision Making Council voted to hire Cheri Harris Smith as the new principal of Owensboro Middle School on Wednesday, April 20 during their meeting at OMS North. Smith will replace current OMS Principal George Powell who was recently named the OPS director of student services.
“I’d like to thank the council for trusting me to continue the initiatives and student growth in achievement that they have already begun. I look forward to building authentic relationships with the faculty, staff, students, parents and community members of Owensboro. I am thrilled to continue preparing our students for careers that don’t yet exist, in an ever-evolving society. One in which critical thinking, cultural acceptance and 21st Century skills are promoted,” said Cheri Harris Smith, OMS principal-elect.
The council comprised of OPS employees and parents interviewed seven highly qualified candidates. The SBDM council believes Smith will be the next great leader at OMS.
“Mrs. Smith brings years of experience both in the classroom and at the administrative level. The council believes Smith’s strength as an accomplished instructional leader will greatly benefit both students and staff,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.
“I am excited to join a district with a tradition of excellence in the arts, academics and athletics since 1871. One which doesn’t rest on their laurels, but rather is committed to innovation and preparing our students for their futures, not their pasts. I know together, we will provide the students of Owensboro Public Schools with the best education available. It’s wonderful to be a Red Devil,” added Smith.
Smith currently serves as a Minority Superintendent Intern through the Kentucky Department of Education. She was the principal for ten years at Parker Bennett Curry Elementary in Bowling Green, KY. She’s been principal at that school for the last ten years. Before that, she spent ten years as a teacher in Kentucky schools. Smith is currently working on her doctorate in educational leadership. She has a Masters degree in teaching and a Bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Louisville.