DCPS, OPS have opening day ceremonies

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) Children across the Tri-State will head back to school tomorrow for the first day of the school year. Today, teachers in two Daviess County districts rallied themselves for the big day.

Before the first day of school, Daviess County and Owensboro Public School teachers met on their last day of summer.

“It’s the last hurrah, I guess, before our students arrive,” says Allie Lindow, a 2nd grade teacher at country heights elementary. This last hurrah brought her an award for Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

“I knew I had been nominated. I had received a few letters, but I had no idea that it would go this far,” said Lindow.

Teachers say the opening day ceremonies motivate them and shows there’s support for each other during that first day. But a few of their students aren’t waiting for tomorrow.

“Some of them have been coming up to school, even though they don’t have to come yet, trying to get in and wanting to know when school starts,” recalled Jeff Johnson, an assistant principal at Estes Elementary.

It’s a year of change at Owensboro Public Schools, with Superintendent Nick Brake stepping down at the end of this year, and the opening of the new Owensboro Innovation Middle School, also known as iMiddle.

“We’ve been trying to get everything ready, the classrooms and stuff ready for the kids to come in because we have a lot of construction over there. But as far as everything else, we do what we do every year and by tomorrow, we’re ready for the kids,” says Beverly Durr, a secretary at iMiddle.

“My classroom is ready to go. I’ve met with my team. Just the little things to make sure the first three days go as smooth as possible,” adds Lindow.

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(This story was originally published on August 6, 2019)

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