Oxford residents circulate petition to save Middle School

OXFORD – The idea that the Oxford School District is even considering turning the historic Middle School building into a bus garage has some area residents up in arms.

In an effort to communicate that sentiment to the district’s administration and board of education, a group of concerned citizens have begun circulating a petition urging the district to reconsider.

David Emerson, an Oxford resident, helped draft the petition.

“We are all educational advocates,” said Emerson, of the informal group that has rallied together behind the cause. “We’re just people that are a little fired up over the direction things are going.

Some community members, Emerson among them, have been involved in the early stages of the capital project planning process as a part of the district’s facility advisory committee. For Emerson, the experience has been frustrating because he and his fellow committee members have been left out of the actual decision-making process. They have not been included in school board workshops to hear presentations by the consulting group retained by the district, the Bernier Carr Group. Their next meeting isn’t even scheduled until the third week of November.

While Emerson said he doesn’t fault the district for looking at options, he thinks they are off-base considering the current economic climate and the historical value of the school.

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