OXFORD – The Oxford community came out to show support for High School Principal Christine Pierce during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. The board was expected to decide whether or not to grant tenure to Pierce, but after hearing comments from more than 20 teachers, students and community members, they decided to table the issue until next week.
During the meeting’s public comment period, more than 20 individuals made their way to the podium to speak. Although the individuals were asked not to comment on any specific personnel, they were allowed to refer to a position and offer their support.
Math teacher Kate Constantine was the first to speak. “I have taught math at the high school for 30 years, and I am here to support the high school principal,” she said. “With 12 years experience in the high school, our principal understands the needs of the students and faculty necessary to ensure a successful high school learning experience – probably better than any administrator in the district. It certainly would be a loss to the district to lose that experience and dedication.”
Physical Education teacher Margo Barrows described the principal as someone she trusts. “If this school is going to continue to grow and improve, we need to have trust and support between the administration and the staff,” Barrows said.