Oxford looks for input on school location

OXFORD – District professionals and board members will spend a few more months getting input on relief options for the overcrowding of Oxford School District’s five campuses.
One of the decisions to be made is whether to ask voters to approve issuing bonds for the construction of a new high school.
School officials have met in executive session to discuss property negotiations, but Superintendent Kim Stasny said board members are still considering more than one location – all within the city limits of Oxford.
“We’re moving ahead with a timeline with the next three or four months, talking to community members … as far as building a new high school or doing something different,” Stasny said. “We’ll probably be May or June” before the board makes a firm decision, she added.
In the meantime, the board likely will poll staff members and host meetings to weigh opinions from district residents.
Stasny said the overcrowding has reached a crisis stage – especially at Oxford High School. There, 940 students crowd into a nearly half-century-old building designed for about 600.
“We are out of space in every school. All five campuses are at or above capacity,” Stasny said. “Particularly in the high school, classes are overflowing, and teachers are doubling up. We’ve had to increase student-teacher ratios just to fit everyone in.”
If board members agree on a bond issue, it would still require approval by 60 percent of participating voters. That election likely would be held in August or September.

Contact Errol Castens at (662) 816-1282 or errol.castens@djournal.com.

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