Debate continues in Oxford over split position

OXFORD – Oxford’s middle and high schools will have a plan in place by Friday to rectify concerns created by the splitting of a social studies teacher between the two buildings, according to the district’s top administrator.

“It’s just a matter of deciding what to do and doing it,” Superintendent Randy Squier told members of the Oxford board of education on Monday. “There are a lot of ways to solve it. We just need to do it and move on.”

The position in question is that of Jonathan Rogers, the eighth grade social studies teacher who has also been asked to teach a section of High School Global Studies this school year.

Since being informed of the change in June, Rogers has voiced his opposition to the plan on numerous occasions, citing concerns ranging from its adverse affects on students who need extra help to the strain it places on other faculty and staff members. Other issues he has raised include the lack of face time with his students; the limited access his homeroom students have to their lockers after he leaves for the high school; the diminished impact of the community service project he does with his eighth graders as a result of constraints on his time; and the difficulty in attending team and departmental meetings in both buildings.

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