Fate of Oxford Middle School on the table

OXFORD – Will Oxford Academy’s historic middle school remain an educational facility? That is the question following an Oxford Academy and Central School board of education workshop held Monday night.

Representatives from the Bernier Carr Group, the architectural consultants whose services were retained by the district in May 2007, updated the board members and administrators present at the meeting on three options for a proposed capital project.

According to a presentation by Bernard Brown, Jr., CEO of Bernier Carr, the Middle School building on Oxford’s Fort Hill Park would continue to serve in an educational capacity in two of these options.

In the third, the historic structure would see one of its wings demolished and be converted for use as a bus garage and storage facility. An addition would be added to the Primary/High School facility to house Grades 5-8, consolidating all of the district’s students on one central campus, across town on South Washington Street.

On Sept. 18, Brown met with two representatives from the New York State Education Department. Accompanying him to the meeting in Albany were Superintendent Randy Squier, High School Principal Christine Pierce, School Board President Robin DeBrita, School Board Member Gene Rood and Pam Beyor, chair of the board for Bernier Carr.

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