Education Council Recap – November 2020

Education Council Recap from November 2020

Pictured below are some of the members of the Owensboro Catholic Schools Education Council meeting in November. The Council is made up of representatives from each supporting parish, along with leadership from OCS.

The Council is a consultative body that participates in the policy making process by formulating and adapting, but never enacting policy.

Do you know who your parish representative is? If not, check out the list below:

Juli Stewart – Lourdes, Karen Baird – St. Anthony, Michael O’Herron – Immaculate, Carl Lewis – St. Stephen and Blessed Sacrament, Richard Howard – Blessed Mother, Rob Mitchell – St. Augustine, John Mitchell – St. Peter, Craig Thomas – Sts. Joseph and Paul, Tiffany Powers – St. Alphonsus, Melanie Wallace – St. Pius X, Kathy Thompson – St. Mary Magdalene, Stacy Thompson – St. Martin, Alissa Wimsatt – Precious Blood, Priest Representative – Fr. Jerry Riney, and Episcopal Vicar – Fr. Pat Reynolds.

This month’s meeting focused on several key topics, one of the most important being virtual learning. Principals provided an update on what each campus have implemented. Another key topic that was discussed is the desire of OCS to return to in person instruction as quickly as possible. OCS will continue to look at every opportunity to do just that, but until then, we are focused on what we can control, and that is providing the highest level of virtual education possible.

Debbie James was introduced as the new Controller for OCS. Debbie came to OCS after a very brief retirement – 27 days. Before retirement, she had sent the last 25 years as the Director of Finance and Administration for the Green River Area Development District. Debbie and her husband Bill have 3 children who all graduated from OCHS. Debbie has been an active volunteer for the PTO, coached youth softball and volleyball, and is a faith formation minister at St. Martin Parish.  

WFIE did a story on OCMS and virtual learning – here is the link – https://www.14news.com/2020/11/30/kentucky-schools-adjust-virtual-learning-executive-order/