District to beef up security

Plans to update security measures across the Oxford school district in 2016-17 – including at the high school press box, which was recently vandalized twice – were announced at a board of education meeting last week.

The district will work in conjunction with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and insurance providers for the updates to the OHS press box, according to Sam Barna, assistant superintendent of business and operations

“Obviously, we are concerned and disappointed (about the vandalism),” Barna said. “We will be taking some precautions, (but) I am not going to state publicly what we are going to do. We are going to improve the lighting, I will say that. But those other things that we are going to do, (we are) just going to hold a little closer to our chest. But we are going to take some action.”

According to Barna, the district will not require the use of bonds for the updates. The updates will be built into the district’s general fund budget for the next school year.

While the total cost of updates has not yet been determined, Barna said the budget will be higher in the 2016-17 year than the current annual budget of $52.5 million.

“We’re looking at getting some estimates and addressing some of the more immediate needs throughout the district and we’ll be bringing those forward within our capital improvement plan when we come back in the beginning of June,” Barna said.

Other security updates will include an ongoing list of maintenance and repairs/replacements throughout the district (including boiler inspections), district-wide water sampling, security and fire systems, roofing, and playground repairs.

The updates will be made on a rolling basis as items are prioritized.

The district has until June 30 to approve the final budget for the 2016-17 school year, leaving two more board meetings for discussion, and the final meeting on June 22 for approval.

The next board of education meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 at Oxford High School.


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