Education
1:54 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

New Owensboro Schools Chief: State Should Fully Fund Pre-K Education

Nick Brake
Nick Brake
Credit Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp.

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.

Nick Brake will take over as leader of Owensboro's school system July 1, following seven years with the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation.

He told WKU Public Radio increased pre-K funding is money well spent.

"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."

Brake signed a four-year contract Monday to take over as leader of the Owensboro Public School system.

It's not Brake's first time working in the field of education.

He spent a combined sixteen years as a high school teacher, coach, academic dean, central office employee with the Daviess County Public Schools, and an administrator with Owensboro Community and Technical College.