Old Oxford High School to be renovated

Oxford StockBy Errol Castens

Daily Journal

OXFORD – After serving as Oxford High School for half a century, the Oxford School District campus on the east side of Bramlett Boulevard will get a few months’ TLC before it goes back into service.

The official start date for renovation of the building, most of which dates from the early 1960s, is uncertain but soon.

“We have approved the contractor,” said Superintendent Brian Harvey. “It’s going to be a tight schedule.”

Plans are for the campus to reopen in August, housing seventh- and eighth-grade students after a $7 million overhaul by Barnes & Brower of Memphis.

“They’ll probably start within the next two weeks,” said Taylor Guild of Eley Guild Hardy Architects, which will oversee the work. Eley Guild Hardy was also the architecture firm for the design and construction of the new high school, which hosted its first classes on Tuesday.

Interior work will include major renovation of restrooms, offices and spaces that have housed drama and teacher workrooms.

Several functional systems will be upgraded or replaced:

• Roofs on low-sloped areas

• Sprinkler additions and completions

• Energy-efficient wall panels

• Heating/ventilation/air conditioning system

• Asbestos floor tiles

• Ceiling tiles and grids (due to mechanical replacement)

• Door hardware

• Painting of hallways and classrooms

• Classroom cabinets

• Classroom entrances to meet ADA requirements

• Existing traffic gates

• Front entry modifications for energy efficiency and ADA requirements

• Electrical repairs

Seventh- and eighth-grade students attend classes at Oxford Middle School. Transfer to the junior high facility will be one of several renovations and reassignments of buildings to serve a fast-growing student population.

errol.castens@journalinc.com