Parents register complaints over changes at Oxford

OXFORD – More than 20 parents, teachers and residents attended the Oxford school board’s reorganizational meeting Tuesday, waiting through a three-hour session so they could eventually register a salvo of complaints to the administration.

The core focus of their concerns were issues surrounding the reassignment of staff and the implementation of new programs.

Since earlier in the year, the school board and Superintendent Randall Squier have been receiving criticism for their handling of several issues such as the examination of the future use of the Oxford Middle School and the reduction of fifth and sixth grade faculty. The latter issue generated a large amount of discussion between the staff and administration at Tuesday’s meeting.

The newly-adopted Oxford school budget calls for the elimination of 1.5 teaching positions. The administration removed a full-time fifth and sixth grade teacher who had been out for injuries, and by removing her position, also removed her full-time substitute currently filling in for her. A part-time seventh and eighth grade Spanish teacher was also let go.

This cut was part of a plan to reduce the number of fifth and sixth grade teachers to a total of three for each grade level. Some parents objected to the class sizes being possibly more than 24 students.

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