Residents upset by district’s characterization

OXFORD – The description of a session Oxford’s top administrator will be presenting at an out-of-state conference later this month has become a bone of contention for some community members.

According to the event’s online catalog, Superintendent Randall Squier is slated to present a session entitled “Go, Team, Go” during the National Staff Development Council’s 5th Annual Summer Conference, to be held July 19-22 in Boston.

While the session will focus on the strides the district has made in fostering a collaborative work environment and increasing test scores, critics say the wording chosen paints a dismal view of the district before the current superintendent came on board and inflates the achievements made under his leadership.

“It’s a misrepresentation. This is not Oxford that is described,” said High School Teacher Elizabeth Shaefer, refuting the characterization of the district as “three autonomous schools housing isolated teachers” prior to Squier’s arrival.

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