Timing is important, sometimes even more important than you’d think. The timing in last week’s announcement by Oxford School District officials about their $54 million long-range capital improvement plans may have come a bit too close to the recent passage of a $30 million bond issue. Editor Don Whitten wonders if waiting, two months – or even two weeks – might have been better. (November 1, 2010, Page 4A)
With schools in the area, state, region and country reporting problems, there’s no question that the local Oxford School District is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Editor Jonathan Scott talks about how well the school has done in relation to his children who have gone through the system, and he urges all to help continue that tradition of educational excellence by supporting the $30 million bond issue next Tuesday. (October 21, 2010, Page 4)
The local school system, from nursery school through law school, has been good for many local residents and their families, Andy Phillips writes in a guest column supporting passage of the referendum to raise funds to build a new high school. Phillips points to the quality of education and its draw on outsiders, and says it’s time to support a move to continue that high level available to local residents. (October 13, 2010, Page 4)
Leroy Mullins writes to say that he and his wife, Barbara, will vote yes on the upcoming Oxford School District bond referendum to help the children of the community, while Barbara J. Smith writes to thank all of the groups and individuals that helped The Pantry during the past month. (October 11, 2010, Page 4A)
Oxford High School was named a star school in the latest accountability rankings from the Mississippi Department of Education. Overall the local school districts fared about average on the state’s accountability rating system. Lafayette and Water Valley School Districts were listed as academic watch. (September 10, 2010, Page 1A)
The new high school location is down to two possible spaces from the original five that the Oxford School District originally considered. While the two sites were not made public at Tuesday’s Rotary Club, the district is moving closer in negotiations to picking the right spot. The school will be able to purchase the site if the new bond referendum passes on Oct. 26 with at least 60 percent of the vote. Voters will choose whether the district can have a $30 million dollar bond. (September 8, 2010, Page 3)
A bond committee will be focusing on leadership, parents and community, local businesses, and employees and youth as it gathers input from the public and educates everyone involved in a drive to gain passage of a $30 million bond issue for the Oxford School District.
The bond committee formed by the district is being co-chaired by Robyn Tannehill and Helen Phillips, who are in charge of the four main committees working with the community between now and the Oct. 26 vote. (August 27, 2010, Page 1A)
The Oxford School District has grown 5 percent since last year with a total enrollement of 3,589 students as of last Monday. Despite growing enrollment, the Oxford School District is focusing in on ways to keep more kids in school until graduation. To improve drop-out rates, the district is developing a new credit recovery program for students who have failed a course twice. By taking the class online class, it will students one last chance to pass the course. (August 24, 2010, Page 1)
For one mother, her 8-year-old son’s safety was the first thought after he was left on the bus in a parking lot and then walked into school on his own.
Lafayette School District Mike Foster is unaware of a similar incident occurring at Lafayette schools in the past, but was aware of a similar incident in another district in the past. (August 23, 2010, Page 1A)
Local schools, Lafayette County, Oxford and Water Valley school districts are well above the state percentage of passing scores in most testing areas. But all three districts along with all other districts in the state continue to struggle with reading scores. Statewide results were released today. Oxford Superintendent said that “There is always room for improvement.” (August 20, 2010, Page 1A)