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Investigation Update from Superintendent Bissetta

The Oxford Academy and Central School District is continuing to cooperate fully with police on allegations of sexual misconduct taking place in the Village of Oxford early in 2018 involving Middle School aide Heaven L. Parrish.


As these thorough investigations are ongoing, we are taking instruction from law enforcement and legal counsel about appropriate steps and procedures. Approved public information has been shared on the website, and will continue to be updated as we learn more that we can share within the confines of the investigation, and the need for student privacy.


At a Board of Education meeting on Monday, February 4, 2019, Parrish’s employment was terminated and Dr. Heather Fredenburg, the Middle School Principal, was placed on administrative leave pending outcome of an investigation.


I am pleased to announce that Mr. Steven Griffin has been appointed Interim Principal at the Middle School. He is no stranger to our school community, having spent many years as a science teacher in Oxford before transitioning into school administrator positions. Most recently, he served as Interim Principal at the Oxford Academy Primary School prior to Mr. Collier assuming the permanent position. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Griffin back to Oxford. I can think of no finer educator to work on behalf of our students.


Additionally, our counselors remain available to appropriately support students and talk about staying safe and healthy, and teachers have been instructed to refer students who may need assistance. Counselors are also able to talk with family members who request guidance about how to handle these conversations at home. We appreciate that for some, these conversations are not easy.


Once again, I’d like to thank all of you for your support of our students during this difficult time. On behalf of the Board of Education, I can assure you that the leadership of the district is committed to providing the very best environment possible for our students. I am confident that the strength and unity of this very special community will shine through as we navigate any challenges that come our way. Our community is not defined by the actions of any one individual or group, but rather, by the collective quality of our community as a whole. We have a great school, and together, we’ll make sure that the character and integrity that has infused our school culture for many years will shine through and remind all of us why Oxford will always be a special place.


If you have any questions or comments, including specific information that may be helpful, feel free to contact me at 607-843-2025, ext. 4040, or sbissetta@oxac.org.