Some in, some out in Oxford School budget

OXFORD – Thanks to a restoration of state aid, Oxford’s latest budget proposal adds back several programs and positions previously on the chopping block. But while there may be fewer casualties, school staff members still have plenty of questions about what is in and what is out.

Oxford Teachers Association (OTA) President Jon Rogers said last night’s special budget meeting, where Superintendent Randy Squier presented a new and improved version of his Feb. 25 plan, left him feeling “torn.”

On one hand, Rogers said, he applauds the superintendent’s efforts to restore teaching positions in the new plan. “However,” he continued. “I think Oxford can ill afford to lose any of its fine teachers.”

Squier’s proposal, which the superintendent called “reasonable,” calls for an increase in district spending by $146,292, an .85 percent increase over the current year’s budget. Total spending under the plan would be $17,281,355, and would require an estimated 3.5 percent increase in the tax levy, he reported.

In the prior proposal, nine teaching positions were slated to be abolished as were the positions of three full-time Licensed Teaching Assistants. An additional four teachers were told they could be reduced to part-time.

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