I hope everyone had a terrific holiday season! As we settle into the new year, our school community has much to be thankful for. First and foremost, I would like to extend a big thank you to the residents of the Oxford School District, who approved a 10.6 million dollar capital project on December 11th. The project will address three key components that will position the district well for years to come. I would like to briefly touch on each of these three areas:
1) Infrastructure – Our school community is fortunate to have access to beautiful facilities that support the learning process. This has not happened by accident, as district leadership has made the care and maintenance of our facilities a top priority for many years. Furthermore, the school serves as the center of activity for the greater Oxford Community. Not only is it the hub of the UPK-12 academic program, but serves as the home base to countless other community organizations. Given this reality, it only makes sense that we maintain these facilities in order to preserve the beautiful, safe environment that we now enjoy. Addressing major issues like aging roofs and boilers will ensure that our infrastructure remains sound for years to come.
2) Safety – As you know, we recently completed a small “Smart Schools Bond Act” project through funding provided by the state. The project had to specifically deal with safety and technology projects for each participating school district. The project has provided numerous security upgrades, including point of entry ID verification, exterior lighting system, and an enhanced door security system. The recently approved project will continue the work that was started in the Smart Schools Project, providing for further point of entry security enhancements, fire safety upgrades, and much needed separation between the transportation complex and instructional buildings.
3) Flexible Instructional space – Education definitely looks significantly different from when I was a student. The world that our students are going into after they leave the friendly confines of school also looks dramatically different. Consequently, a school needs to be arranged differently in order to reflect the evolving world we are preparing them for. The capital project will allow our students access to flexible learning space that can be used for grade level projects, after school/summer and community programs, as well as an opportunity to interact with regional business and community partners. Our district has become a leader in providing students a wide array of innovative learning experiences (though initiatives like Lego Club and RoboRAVE), and with these modern facilities, those opportunities will only continue to grow.
Infrastructure, safety and instructional upgrades – all areas critical to the success of a school district. Thanks to the support of the Oxford Community, we can be confident in knowing that all three areas are in a good place as we move into the future. I will continue to update you on the timeline of the project through the newsletter and on our website. Once again, thank you for your continued support for our students.
Shawn Bissetta, Superintendent