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OWENSBORO, Ky. (July 28, 2015) — Owensboro Public Schools will work collaboratively with Kentucky Wesleyan College to build a new track & field complex, located between the Owensboro Middle School North and South campuses on South Griffith Avenue, with support from Owensboro Health.
The facility will be installed where the current track, split between those two campuses, is located. The new venue will be called the Owensboro Health Track & Field Complex.
Both Owensboro High School and Kentucky Wesleyan will use the facility to host home meets, as well as potential KHSAA, Great Midwest Athletic Conference, and NCAA Division II championship events. It will also be utilized by the public to promote wellness activities throughout the region.
Sponsorship of the project is complementary to Owensboro Health's mission "to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities we serve," stated Philip A. Patterson, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of
“It will give students and community members access to the facility for exercise and health benefits, create a significant tourism opportunity for the economic health of Owensboro and Daviess County, as well as function as an amenity to enhance our recruitment efforts,” he added.
Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent, added, “We’re excited about this new partnership with Kentucky Wesleyan. Enhancing the facility will benefit both high school and college programs across the region. We are very thankful that Owensboro Health is part of this partnership.”
“This facility will help take Kentucky Wesleyan track and field to an entirely new level,” said Wesleyan President Bart Darrell. “For the first time ever, Owensboro and Daviess County will be able to host collegiate track and field competitions. We are very grateful to have such an engaged community partner in Owensboro Health.”
The project will include a high-quality synthetic track surface plus field event venues, a steeplechase pit; runway for long and triple jumps; a javelin area; pole vault runway; and shot put and discus/hammer throw event pads.
”Owensboro is such a sports-minded city and has long been a hotbed for high school track and field in Kentucky. This venture will benefit so many people in our community and beyond, plus this will add to our legacy as we continue to build stronger programs at Kentucky Wesleyan,” said Tony Rowe, head coach for Wesleyan’s track & field and cross country programs.
The Owensboro Health Track & Field Complex will cost approximately one million dollars. The RBS Design Group is serving as the architect for the project.
The OPS Board of Education has approved the project and is starting a BG-1 with the state to begin the process for construction. There is no timetable for facility completion.
“What an incredible day for Owensboro! This is the perfect example of three entities coming together to provide world-class facilities for Owensboro residents,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.
“This is another great example of what education and civic partnerships can do for the institutions themselves and the communities where they are located. We are grateful for the Owensboro Public Schools and, certainly, Owensboro Health for collaborating with us to make this idea a reality,” said Barton D. Darrell, Kentucky Wesleyan President.
The track will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 5-7 a.m. for public use.
An exact start date for that will be announced later in the year.
“Long-term improvement in the health of our community starts with our children, and that is why children and school health are a priority focus for our system,” said Greg Strahan, president and CEO of Owensboro Health.
“Owensboro Health and the Owensboro Health Foundation make significant investments to support programs and initiatives that can improve the health of our children around the region. The commitment to our community and our children has never been stronger, and I look forward to seeing the impact these programs will have on future generations,” added Strahan.
The Kentucky Wesleyan College track team will have a place to call home under head coach Tony Rowe.
“The impact of this beautiful facility on our athletes should be substantial,” said Tony Rowe, head coach, Wesleyan track and field. “I think we will see not only a significant effect on training and performance, but also a great reduction in injuries. The track surface and field event venues will lend themselves to excellence and as a result, our program will reap great dividends in the seasons ahead. We are looking forward to hosting the first intercollegiate track and field meet in Owensboro in the spring.”
In addition to the OMS and OHS track and cross country teams using the facility, the OMS football and soccer teams will play on the turf field located in the center of the track.
“I can’t wait to come out to the facility and watch our student-athletes compete on some of the nicest facilities in the state. This kind of complex is a game changer for Owensboro,” added Brake.
This is a fantastic way to get your student involved with the OPS Fine Arts Department. Multiple art forms are offered.
The incoming junior class at OIA can begin taking courses at Brescia this fall. Degree options include: Associate of Arts in Integrated Studies, Associate of Science in Integrated Studies, Associate of Science in Health Science and Associate of Science in Engineering Studies.
“At just $90 a class, this gives our students an incredible opportunity to further their education. We cannot thank Brescia enough for offering this prospect for our students,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.
“When the Owensboro Innovation Academy presented this partnership to us, we felt it to be a perfect fit. Our institutions share the same intimate, one-on-one learning experience that caters to the educational needs of each student,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University. “We admire the innovative educational approach that OIA provides students, and we are honored to be an extension of that educational experience. By taking classes at Brescia University, our hope is that the students at OIA will benefit from direct learning at the collegiate academic level that will allow them to seamlessly transition into college and find success in their lives,” added Father Larry.
The partnership will also allow all OIA students to use the new health complex that is currently under construction at Brescia.
“Our students will get to use brand new facilities as part of a comprehensive wellness plan for each student. This ensures that our students are not only getting a quality education in STEM fields, but will hopefully improve their overall health,” said Beth Benjamin, OIA principal.
“From day one, Brescia has opened it doors to OIA students and staff to offer unique spaces for different learning activities. This exciting announcement is another example of two education entities working together to produce the best options for the students of our shared community,” said Owens Saylor, DCPS Superintendent.
Brescia will also allow OIA to use some of its chemistry lab space making it easier to offer more science classes.
"Right now we are meeting with Brescia leaders and are hammering out all of the details of the new opportunity. We will host a parent information night on May 22 at 6 p.m. at OIA to let parents and students know what the next steps are to starting their degree,” added Benjamin.
The Daviess County and Owensboro Public Schools districts have collaborated to create a new Teacher Education Academy, which will be part of the Community Campus program beginning August 2016. This semester, approximately seven students piloted the program by taking a course at Kentucky Wesleyan College following up on the Owensboro Community and Technical College’s Introduction to Education class they took at Daviess County High School.
The program is designed to provide practical information and experience for students considering careers in the education field. Students will take Introduction to Education classes at their home schools of Apollo and Daviess County high schools through OCTC. Owensboro High School students will take their Intro to Education class at Brescia University. Upon taking classes in English 101 and Intro to Education through OCTC or Brescia University, teacher pathway classes will be taken on the campuses of local partner post-secondary institutions Kentucky Wesleyan College and Brescia University.
Introduction to Education classes have been offered for several years at Daviess County High School under the leadership of Therese Payne. Starting in the fall of 2016, they will also be available to students in-house at Apollo High School. AHS College and Career Readiness counselor Jeremy Camron will teach the course through OCTC. These classes offer students the opportunity to earn up to 21 hours of college credit from OCTC while still in high school through a combination of education and general education courses.
The goals of the Teacher Education Academy are to grow and develop a pipeline of highly qualified teachers for local public schools and to increase the overall diversity of the local teaching staff, in addition to fostering partnerships and promoting local post-secondary institutions as quality teacher education program options. The Teacher Academy allows students to take education courses through the Community Campus partnership at KWC or Brescia at a special cost of $50 per course at KWC or $45 at Brescia University. Credits will be transferrable to other education programs at colleges across Kentucky.
The program is open to students who will be juniors or seniors in the 2016-17 school year. Interested students should contact their high school guidance counselors.
“This career pathway program will be a great opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent. “They can take classes while in high school, go to college and get their degree, and then come right back and serve in our school system. It’s a win-win for not only OPS and DCPS but the local colleges as well.”
DCPS Superintendent Owens Saylor said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to nurture a love for learning in students who are still in high school with the vision of allowing them to earn a college degree and then return to classrooms right here in Daviess County as teachers.”