The Oxford and Lafayette County school district dropout rates are better than most in Mississippi. After a slight decline in the past few years both school districts want to see graduation rates improve. Keeping dropout numbers in mind, both districts are making plans to lower dropout rates among students by keeping them engaged in school studies and activites. (July 9, 2010, Page 1A)
Bond issue survey results are in…. During a special Oxford school board meeting hired consultant Dan C. Davis explained the results of 301 surveys that were taken and said he believed that voters would be in favor of the bond. (July 7, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford School District has approved the budget for the 2010-2011 school year. Eventhough the budge is about $400,000 more than last years budget the district expects to receive less money from the state. The shortfall in state funds is being made up by an increase in federal dollars generated by taxes collected in the community. (June 29, 2010, Page 1)
This weekend is the seventh grand reunion for the Oxford kids who attended University High School. This includes the classes from 1930 to 1967 who attended high school in the building built in 1929 on University Avenue just before you reach the Hilgard Cut on the University of Mississippi campus. (June 25, 2010, Page 2B)
From his work as a civil rights activist, who was instrumental in integrating Oxford public schools, to working with felons as a U.S. probation officer, to serving as a Lafayette County Planning Commissioner, Leonard Thompson’s death Monday has been called a major loss for the community as a whole.
Thompson died Monday at about 10:30 a.m. after going into anaphylactic shock when he was stung by a wasp while putting his lawnmower up in his garage at his Highway 334 home. (June 23, 2010, Page 1A)
Oxford residents will not be hit with a tax increase to fund city schools. At a public hearing Monday on the proposed budget for the next school year, the board discussed the possibility of what sort of revenue the district could generate if a 4 percent tax hike was approved. But the board was adamant about not raising taxes. (June 15, 2010, Page 2)
First Lady Michelle Obama wished the Oxford High School Class of 2010 well in a letter addressed to recent graduate Cathy Chen after Chen launched an effort to invite the president and Mrs. Obama to the school to speak to the graduating class. (June 15, 2010, Page 5)
Members of the Oxford School Board set a public hearing for June 14 at 5 p.m. for the public to discuss the district’s 2010-2011 budget. (May 25, 2010, Page 1)
The graduates of Lafayette and Oxford high schools celebrated over the weekend as their journey through grade school came to a close.
Both graduation ceremonies were held at C.M. “Tad” Coliseum on the University of Mississippi campus; Lafayette ’s was held Friday night and Oxford’s was on Saturday afternoon. (May 24, 2010, Page 1A)