OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – Owensboro Public Schools Superintendent Nick Brake has announced he will be leaving the district at the end of the year.
Dr. Brake has been the superintendent since July 2013.
Under his leadership, the district has seen consistent growth, going above the 5,000 student mark for the first time since the early 1980s.
OPS also became a Top 25 District of Innovation during Brake’s tenure, which is attributed to the creation of two innovation-based schools – the Owensboro Innovation Academy, which graduated its first class this year, and Innovation Middle, which will open this fall.
The Owensboro Board of Education plans to name current Chief Academic Officer Dr. Matthew Constant as interim superintendent. If Constant is named, he would begin his duties on Jan. 1, 2020.
Constant joined OPS in 2011 and has served as an assistant superintendent and Chief Academic Officer. In his role, he was responsible for the coordination of all curriculum, instruction, assessment, special education, technology and English language learning.
Brake plans to stay in Owensboro and continue public service in some way.
The search for a new superintendent will begin in the winter of 2020.
(This story was originally published on June 27, 2019)