Oxford reviews plans for school's capital project

OXFORD Ė Fewer than two dozen Oxford residents attended a public information session Thursday night concerning the school systemís proposed building project. The meeting was the first of two scheduled by the Oxford Academy & Central School District to allow residents the opportunity to learn more about the $10.16 million Phase II capital project before it goes before voters on Nov. 18.

According to Superintendent Randy Squier, the intent of the project is to renovate and reconstruct the school systemís existing buildings, and will focus largely on classroom and learning spaces.

ďItís part two of the overall long term plan the board has been working on for the last five years,Ē Squier told those in attendance, explaining that conceptually school leaders view the two phases as one big project.

Voters approved the first phase of the project last fall, authorizing $4.65 million to address the most critical items identified in the most recent building condition survey and by staff. The Phase I project is still on track, the superintendent reported. The projectís design documents are currently being reviewed by the State Education Department. The projectís architects, the Bernier Carr Group, anticipates going out to bid in the spring, with actual construction commencing next summer.

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