Board addresses community’s accusations

OXFORD – The Oxford School Board of Education members did their best to address the community’s concerns over a move many called “deceitful” and “tricky” on Tuesday night.

Last week, the school board passed a resolution to extend the contract of Superintendent Randall Squier. However, many community members left the meeting believing no action had or would be taken at that time.

On June 8, the board extended Squier’s contract by one year, pushing his end date to 2012. However, a discussion about a letter sent to the district by seven community members led many to believe no action would be taken on the contract until further information from the public was received.

The letter asked that no action be taken until the board had a chance to read a petition signed by hundreds of district residents, asking that Squier’s contract not be renewed. Referring to the letter, board president Robin DeBrita said the board would need to consult legal counsel about the matter. “There will be no action at this time,” DeBrita said on June 8.

That comment led many to believe that no action would be taken on Squier’s contract, something DeBrita explained was a miscommunication. “I don’t think it was anyone’s intent to be unclear,” DeBrita said. “I understand people thought they were being deceived, but that was not our intention.” DeBrita explained that the action she was referring to was in the form of a response to the letter. Legal counsel was consulted after the meeting to determine what could be said in responding to the community.

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