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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Oxford School District

BES pre-K going to full day

The pre-kindergarten program at Bramlett Elementary will expand next fall, increasing the number of student from 95 to 112 and increasing school time from a 60-percent day to a full day. (April 28, 2015, Page 1A, 3A)

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    OSD to attempt mediation with Yates

    The Oxford School District Board of Trustees voted to approve asking the board’s attorney to look into mediation with Yates Construction over their failure to complete the new OHS in a timely manner and breech of contract for failing to submit necessary paperwork so the new high school can receive its LEED certification. (April 28, 2015, Page 3A)

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      Claire Rychlak named OSD Parent of the Year

      Claire Rychlak, mother of six, volunteers at her children’s schools because she sees it as a way to support and be a part of her kids’ lives. Her dedication to the Oxford School District for the past 22 years has earned her the title of district Parent of the Year. (April 7, 2015, Page 1)

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        OSD changes registration policy

        The Oxford School Board announced at Monday’s meeting a change to their registration policy that will require parents to verify their children live within the district every year. The board also voted to ask the Mississippi Department of Education to waive two of four snow days accumulated during the inclement weather over the past two months. (March 24, 2015, Page 1)

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          OSD stays competitive with superintendent’s salary

          The Oxford School Board recently approved a 6-percent salary increase for Superintendent Brian Harvey, who will now receive $138,427 a year. (March 13, 2015, Page 1)

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            DDES raises $38,000 toward playground renovations

            When the Della Davidson Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization voiced the need to raise $30,000 to update their playground, the Oxford community stepped up to the plate and more by exceeding the goal and raising nearly $38,000. (March 8, 2015, Page C4)

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              Bradley Roberson named new principal at Oxford High School

              The Oxford School District announced Monday that Bradley Roberson would be the new Oxford High School principal, effective July 1. (March 3, 2015, Page 3)

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                Meet the newest school board member

                After reviewing resumes and interviewing multiple candidates, the Oxford Board of Aldermen selected Gray Edmondson to serve as a member of the Oxford School Board starting this month. (March 2, 2015, Page 1)

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                  OSD requests proposals for cafeteria services

                  The Oxford School Board voted to request proposals from food management companies to provide services in the city schools. (February 27, 2015, Page 1)

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                    Snow day

                    By Catherine Boone

                    Staff Writer

                     

                    Forecasters say the frozen precipitation that arrived this morning has the potential to accumulate up to 6 inches of snow through this afternoon and tonight.

                    “We anticipate anywhere from 3 to 6 inches today, maybe even higher amounts in some locations,” National Weather Service meteorologist Zach Maye said.

                    The snow is expected to fall until sunset tonight.

                    Even though the snow may have to accumulate before the roads become hazardous, Lafayette County Emergency Management Representative David Shaw said residents should still be careful when driving through the wintry weather.

                    “We need to take precautions throughout the storm,” Shaw said.

                    “If you’re not used to driving in snow, it would be best to stay at home and be prepared to stay there for at least today, this afternoon and tonight, and possibly first part of tomorrow,” Shaw said.

                    Lafayette County and Oxford city school districts and the University of Mississippi have canceled classes to ensure faculty, staff and students stay safe throughout the winter storm. The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library is also closed today.

                    Even though forecasters predict the snow will end around sunset today, Shaw warned that the area may not be through with the effects of the inclement weather.

                    “It’s very possible that if we get enough snow today and it gets slushy tonight and refreezes, it might cause even more issues for going to work in the morning and that is something we are considering,” Shaw said. “But we have been talking about it for a couple of days now and the county road department is ready to use whatever equipment they can to make sure we can move around.”

                    The Oxford School District intends to update faculty, students and parents about the weather conditions by 6 this evening.

                    Jerry Haynie, Lafayette County Road Department Manager, said his department has been prepared for bad weather for two weeks.

                    “We’ve been out preparing the roads early in the morning for a couple of weeks,” he said. “We stay in close contact with David Shaw.”

                    Haynie said he is ready for today’s snow.

                    “We’re ready today,” he said Tuesday. “We’ve been trying to stay on top of it.”

                    Maye said cold temperatures of 26 degrees tonight will warm up to around 41 degrees Thursday, and that the area should be clear of additional wintry weather through early next week. Temperatures next week will be in the 50- to 60-degree range.

                    —catherine.boone@oxfordeagle.com


                     (February 25, 2015, Page 1A)

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