The Kentucky Music Educators Association has named the superintendent of Owensboro Public Schools as Administrator of the Year.
Nick Brake said his advocacy for music and other arts in public schools continues a vision that began in the district years ago.
“The board’s commitment over decades of previous superintendents who have held the same ideals and belief is that the arts are part of the core curriculum in creating well-rounded students,” said Brake.
Brake said even though school budgets are stretched thin, every child deserves music and other arts in order to become a well-rounded person. He urged school leaders to keep reminding lawmakers about the value of the arts.
“And I urge you in these very trying times, particularly in our state to continue to advocate because it’s really important that we are allowed to continue to keep the arts as part of the core curriculum, not an add-on,” said Brake.
Brake accepted the award on Friday at the annual conference of music educators in Louisville.