By Errol Castens
OXFORD – Mike Martin will assume the duties of principal of Oxford High School for the 2010-11 academic year.
He will succeed Bill Hovious, who became principal in 2004. Martin became assistant principal at Oxford High last year and before was assistant principal at Oxford Middle School for two years.
Oxford School District board members voted 4-0 at their meeting Thursday night to approve his hiring, with one member absent because of illness. Hovious is retiring in May.
Board members noted Martin will take the lead school role with two positives in the forefront: successes of science students and upcoming construction.
Marni Herrington’s advanced-placement biology students and other students succeeded in recent science competitions. Oxford High took first place in every category at the Northwest Mississippi Regional Science Fair. Sixteen OHS students won awards at the statewide competition, and four – Dora Chen, Rosalie Doerksen, Cathy Chen and Alex Mullen – qualified for the International Science Fair to be held in San Jose, Calif.
Board members awarded contracts Thursday to two construction companies for the completion of a new softball facility on the northeast corner of the Oxford High campus.
Carroll Construction won the bid for field completion at $227,000. Hooker Construction will build dugouts, a main building and other structural elements for $225,000. Its bid allows for 270 days.
“They’re going to finish a lot faster than this,” Tom Howorth, the project’s architect, assured board members. “They can’t make any money taking that long.”
The bids came in at more than $1 million less than original estimates. Noting the board’s plans to build a new high school and do renovations and expansions at other campuses, Board President Buddy Chain mused, “These are good times to move forward with school planning and construction.”
Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.