OPS Installs Third Book Kiosk at Sutton Elementary
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear joined members of the Owensboro and Daviess County school districts as well as community leaders to cut the ribbon on the Owensboro Innovation Academy on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the Centre for Business and Research, 1010 Allen Street in Owensboro.
OIA is a small stand-alone high school that uses project-based learning with a technical, STEM and entrepreneurial curriculum. The school is affiliated with the national New Tech Network, a nationwide consortium of 134 schools in 34 states.
The school, part of Kentucky’s nationally recognized Districts of Innovation program, is a partnership between Owensboro Public Schools and Daviess County Public Schools in its inaugural school year with a newly admitted freshman class of 80 students.
The Innovation Academy is located in the Centre for Business and Research, which incubates technology-based companies that are all clients of the Kentucky Innovation Network.
Owensboro Public School officials along with Sutton leaders and students broke ground on the new Sutton Expansion Project at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Sutton Elementary School. The project calls for a new athletic/performing arts center (APAC), a new family resource center, a renovated media center and additional classroom space.
“Our students are so excited for this monumental day. At Sutton, our student population is increasing every year. It’s going to be wonderful to have this state-of-the-art space to grow into,” said Danna Johnson, Sutton Principal.
The project cost for Sutton is expected to cost around $5.2 million. The APAC addition will have two classrooms, but will also free up other existing classrooms so that the school could accommodate an additional 100 students. The gymnasium will include seating space and a new stage. The media center will be moved to what has been the gymnasium addition.
“I want to thank our board of education for making this groundbreaking possible. Their approval shows their commitment to providing our students with a world-class education with heavy emphasis in the fine and performing arts,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.
The expansion is scheduled for completion before the start of the next school year. RBS Design Group is serving as the architecture firm for the project. Peyronnin Construction will build the expansion. Sutton was built in 1951 and has a current enrollment of 411 students.
Owensboro High School’s “Hall of Achievement” Committee is accepting nominations for the 2016 class. Every three years, a new class of Owensboro High School alumni are accepted into the Hall of Achievement based on the criteria listed below. The OHS Hall of Achievement was established in 2001. To date, the Hall’s 51 inductees have included a Pulitzer Price winner, a CBS News analyst, a former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice, a vocal artist and other distinguished alumni.
Owensboro Public Schools will unveil its first of six Little Free Libraries at Cravens Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony kicks off OPS’ Owensboro Reads Campaign for the 2015-16 school year. Earlier this year, six local financial institutions each adopted an OPS elementary school. The banks supply their school with volunteers and money to purchase a Little Free Library.
Owensboro High School physics teacher Christina Haire has been selected by the AP College Board committee to help write the 2018 Advanced Placement Physics Exam. Haire is one of three high school teachers in the nation selected for this prestigious honor.
Effective immediately, Owensboro Public Schools is using a new online payment system called MyPaymentsPlus. The new system allows parents and students to put money in students’ accounts, specifically their breakfast and lunch accounts online. Since all OPS students will receive a no cost breakfast and lunch, the accounts will hold money students can use to purchase a la carte items.
The Owensboro Innovation Academy opened its doors for the first time today, welcoming just over 80 freshman students. As the first high school in Kentucky to be a part of the national New Tech Network, OIA focuses on project-based learning where students immerse themselves into hands-on projects as a way to actively learn valuable subject material.