Community presents petition to Oxford School Board

OXFORD – Approximately 600 residents of the Oxford Academy and Central School district voiced their collective concerns about the district’s top administrator last week, when a petition signed by those individuals was presented to the board of education.

The document was presented to school board President Robin DeBrita by Oxford resident Tom Emerson, who waited for nearly three and a half hours to be allowed the opportunity to speak before the board.

Before presenting the petition, Emerson acknowledged that the timing may seem like “closing the barn door after the horse has gotten out,” as the board had already taken action on the item which those who signed the document were so adamantly opposed.

Emerson and a group of other concerned citizens began circulating the petition earlier this year, in an effort to persuade the board to reject Superintendent Randy Squier’s bid for a contract extension. When they learned that the board intended to act on the personnel recommendation at their June 8 meeting, they presented the district’s governing body with a letter detailing their concerns and requesting that the board refrain from taking action on the contract until they received the petition at their July meeting.

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