Oxford scales back school project

OXFORD – It took a petition signed by more than 600 residents and two public meetings, but Oxford’s school board and administration have listened to their constituents. In response to the taxpayer’s objections to their proposed large scale building project, the board has taken the controversial plan off the table.

At Monday night’s board of education workshop, Superintendent Randy Squier and the board announced their intention to pursue instead a smaller improvement project as the first part of a two-phase plan.

“We have concerns with the timeline and direction,” said School Board President Robin DeBrita. Everyone was in agreement following the Jan. 8 public information forum that none of the three options they had been exploring met the full requirements or financial concerns of the district, she explained.

On Jan. 13, a representative from Fiscal Advisors met with the board to discuss the potential local tax impact of the options currently being explored. Following this, a meeting with the district’s architectural firm, Bernier Carr & Associates, was scheduled to begin looking at alternative options. DeBrita, Squier and board member Mark Roach attended that meeting, held last week.

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