Nick Brake http://wkyufm.org en New Owensboro Schools Chief: State Should Fully Fund Pre-K Education http://wkyufm.org/post/new-owensboro-schools-chief-state-should-fully-fund-pre-k-education <p></p><p></p><p>The incoming chief of the Owensboro Public School system says fully-funding pre-Kindergarten programs would be the best education investment state lawmakers could make.</p><p>Nick Brake will take over as leader of Owensboro's school system July 1, following seven years with the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation.</p><p>He told WKU Public Radio increased pre-K funding is money well spent.</p><p>"If you fully fund those programs, not only do you contribute three-to-one to their earnings later, but every dollar you spend there ends up saving the state money on the back end with benefit programs, criminal justice, and other savings," Brake said. "It's a long-term investment and sometimes those are difficult for public policy makers to swallow, but I think it's an investment that needs to be made."</p><p>Brake signed a four-year contract Monday to take over as leader of the Owensboro Public School system. Tue, 14 May 2013 18:54:54 +0000 Kevin Willis 30905 at http://wkyufm.org New Owensboro Schools Chief: State Should Fully Fund Pre-K Education Daviess County Business Leader Named Head of Owensboro Public Schools http://wkyufm.org/post/daviess-county-business-leader-named-head-owensboro-public-schools <p>Owensboro Public Schools didn’t have to go far to find the new chief of its city school system. Nick Brake, president and CEO of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation, has signed a four-year contract to lead Owensboro Public Schools.</p><p><a href="http://www.messenger-inquirer.com/news/local/article_628eeb58-4781-5858-b6ed-0f46c6fbc4c7.html" target="_blank">The Messenger-Inquirer reports</a> Brake will earn an initial annual salary of $144,000.</p><p>Current Owensboro schools superintendent Larry Vick will serve his last day on the job June 30. Tue, 14 May 2013 13:20:31 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 30871 at http://wkyufm.org