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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Oxford School District

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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                DDES helps Siri help others

                Fourth-grade students at Della Davidson Elementary School recently found a way to improve the way they learn math by using a popular iPhone feature called Siri. And in the process, they talked with Siri co-founder Adam Cherey and are now working with him to improve Siri’s software and programming. (February 24, 2015, Page 1)

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                  Moore named Teacher of the Year at Bramlett

                  Mary Beth Moore’s leadership and unique teaching strategy has earned her the title of Teacher of the Year at Bramlett Elementary School. (February 17, 2015, Page 1)

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                    Avent named Teacher of the Year at OIS

                    A passion for encouraging others to cultivate a love for learning has earned Erica Avent the title of Teacher of the Year at Oxford Intermediate School. (February 10, 2015, Page 1)

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