Oxford voters to decide on phase II capital project, again

OXFORD – Residents of the Oxford Academy & Central School District will be heading back to the polls on June 23, this time to vote on a revised version of the capital project which was defeated by voters last fall.

Superintendent Randy Squier expressed confidence that the project will be successful this time around. The previously proposed project failed by a margin of 9 votes in November. Only 341 votes were cast in the referendum.

“We feel confident the ‘yes’ votes are out there; we just need to do a better job getting them to the polls,” said Squier.

This time around, the project bears a larger price tag – $11,316,216 as opposed to the $10.16 million – and it has been divided into two propositions, on which residents will vote separately.

The first proposition represents the core project, totaling $10,967,591. The scope of work consists of $6,886,238 in improvements at the Oxford Middle School – to include reconstruction of existing classrooms and facilities, renovations to the school’s library/media center, information technology improvements, and conversion of the building’s steam heating system to hot water. According to Squier, the new heating system is expected to cut the district’s energy costs by 10 percent and will also require less maintenance.

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