In-person a success — the first week of school 2020-2021

In-person a success — the first week of school 2020-2021

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer After 170 days, most Oxford area students went back to school in-person last week. “It’s exciting to be able to say we are no longer in early planning, we are now living the plan. We opened our doors and we did it. So, I think there’s some cause for […]

Schools have rare Saturday meeting

Schools have rare Saturday meeting

Oxford stands to lose millions of dollars in state funding By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer At an emergency school board meeting Saturday, Aug. 15, the board voted 6-0 to cut short the enrollment deadline for School of Choice students from Aug. 26 to Monday, Aug. 17. Anyone already in the registration process by 11:59 […]

COVID-19 preparedness plan approved

COVID-19 preparedness plan approved

49-page doc gets the nod from school board By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Oxford Community Schools released the most in-depth details thus far of its plans for the 2020-21 school year. The Board of Education approved the schools’ COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, a 49-page document prepared by the district cabinet, at a special […]

School budget in a good place

School budget in a good place

But state funding uncertain   By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer “Unlike many schools across the state, we remain in a favorable position, because we have a fund balance that’s rather healthy,” Sam Barna, assistant superintendent of business operations, told the Oxford school board in May. Oxford Community Schools began the 2020-21 fiscal year this […]

Schools distributed 100,000 meals

Schools distributed 100,000 meals

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Oxford Community Schools’ Nutrition Services Department has served over 100,000 meals distributed to Oxford Community Schools’ children in need during COVID-19 closure. The milestone was surpassed on June 3. Schools across the country are the source of a healthy breakfast and lunch five days a week for students in […]

Green Team test rides new electric bus

Green Team test rides new electric bus

A gentle, steady hum emanates from a school bus idling outside Daniel Axford Elementary. “That’s the heater you hear running,” explained Oxford Schools’ Transportation Director Ann Weeden, “not the bus.” A moment later she turned the heaters off. Then all that could be heard was the excited chatter of DA’s Green Team. But the bus […]