By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Trustees of the Oxford School District are nearly ready to issue a call for applications for superintendent.
The search will hire a permanent successor to Dr. Kim Stasny, who died in May after taking the job in July 2009. During her tenure the district won a $30 million school bond referendum and began design on a new high school, which is scheduled to open in August 2013.
Under the proposed timeline, the school board will take applications until the end of the year, spend January and early February selecting candidates and have interviews completed and a decision made by mid- to late February. The chosen candidate will officially begin on July 1, 2012.
In the past two years the district has grown from 3,348 students to 3,611, its graduation rate has risen from 83.4 to 85.9 percent and its ranks of national board-certified teachers have risen from 37 to 44. Per-pupil expenditure has grown to $9,825 from $9,018.
Beyond the bond issue and the resulting construction, board member Whitney Byars said it’s important to highlight another of the district’s strengths in seeking the best candidate.
“We need to indicate that we’ve been recognized as a High Performing District,” she said. “Della (Davidson Elementary) and Oxford Middle are High Performing and Oxford High is a Star School.”
Among the qualifications being sought in a superintendent are at least four years’ successful teaching and administrative experience, a master’s degree or higher and leadership in curriculum issues including core academics, special education, career/technical education and the arts. The successful candidate will also promote community involvement and be competent in budget preparation, facilities planning and funding.