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October 30, 2012

Tom Burnham, former superintendent of Mississippi and former dean of The University of Mississippi School of Education, is returning to the university to take on the job of director for the Principal Corps.

Tom Burnham, former superintendent of Mississippi and former dean of The University of Mississippi School of Education, is returning to the university to take on the job of director for the Principal Corps.

The Principal Corps was created in 2009 with a donation from the Jim and Donna Barksdale Foundation. It is an extensive 13-month program meant to help graduate students excel in leadership, educational and directorial abilities. The program includes summer sessions and an internship.

October 30, 2012

Tom Burnham, former superintendent of Mississippi and former dean of The University of Mississippi School of Education, is returning to the university to take on the job of director for the Principal Corps.

Tom Burnham, former superintendent of Mississippi and former dean of The University of Mississippi School of Education, is returning to the university to take on the job of director for the Principal Corps.

The Principal Corps was created in 2009 with a donation from the Jim and Donna Barksdale Foundation. It is an extensive 13-month program meant to help graduate students excel in leadership, educational and directorial abilities. The program includes summer sessions and an internship.

September 20, 2012

A recent report from a parent seeing a Lafayette County School District school bus driver using her cell phone while driving students has sparked questions from local parents and the community.

A recent report from a parent seeing a Lafayette County School District school bus driver using her cell phone while driving students has sparked questions from local parents and the community. According to an Oxford Eagle article, Diana Wells, a parent of a Lafayette Elementary School kindergartener, claimed to see a bus driver talking on her cell phone while children were on the bus. The consequences of bus drivers using their cell phones while driving children are discretionary and situational, according to Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin.

June 20, 2012

Good nutrition does not come cheap. Students at Oxford and Lafayette County schools will experience this first hand when meal prices increase by 25 cents this fall.

 
Good nutrition does not come cheap. Students at Oxford and Lafayette County schools will experience this first hand when meal prices increase by 25 cents this fall.
Oxford Superintendent Brian Harvey said he is not worried that the rise in costs will deter families from buying school lunches.
“When you talk about paying $2.25 for a lunch, that’s still a pretty good deal,” Harvey said. “You can’t eat for that anywhere else.”

June 18, 2012

Plans have changed for the new Oxford High School. After bids in March for $37 million were rejected, the school and architects went back to the drawing board and cut the budget by about $6 million.

 
Plans have changed for the new Oxford High School. After bids in March for $37 million were rejected, the school and architects went back to the drawing board and cut the budget by about $6 million. This brings the district around to the original amount given to them by the city of Oxford, $30 million.
Superintendent Brian Harvey said with this project that essentially the school had more building than they could pay for. 

June 5, 2012

The Mississippi Board of Education plans to name Lynn House as interim state superintendent, beginning July 1. 

 

The Mississippi Board of Education plans to name Lynn House as interim state superintendent, beginning July 1. House will replace former dean of the Ole Miss School of Education and current state superintendent Tom Burnham, who will retire from the position on June 30.

House, an Ole Miss alumnus, is currently the deputy superintendent for instructional enhancement and internal operations and has held that position since February 2010.

June 5, 2012

The Mississippi Board of Education plans to name Lynn House as interim state superintendent, beginning July 1. 

 

The Mississippi Board of Education plans to name Lynn House as interim state superintendent, beginning July 1. House will replace former dean of the Ole Miss School of Education and current state superintendent Tom Burnham, who will retire from the position on June 30.

House, an Ole Miss alumnus, is currently the deputy superintendent for instructional enhancement and internal operations and has held that position since February 2010.

April 17, 2012

Whether it’s helping to improve the state test scores in public schools or implementing an after-school tutoring program, newly elected Oxford School District Superintendent Brian Harvey has a lot on his plate. 

 

Whether it’s helping to improve the state test scores in public schools or implementing an after-school tutoring program, newly elected Oxford School District Superintendent Brian Harvey has a lot on his plate. 

March 6, 2012

There have been 765 school bus accidents with vehicles and 73 accidents with other objects, such as trees or light poles, in the state of Mississippi since 2006.

There have been 765 school bus accidents with vehicles and 73 accidents with other objects, such as trees or light poles, in the state of Mississippi since 2006.
This has some people wondering how safe primary- and college-aged students are on buses in Oxford.
In 2009, there were four school bus crashes in Lafayette County, one in 2010 and none in 2011, according to Mississippi Highway Patrol. Oxford University Transit (OUT) superintendent Ron Biggs said that since starting the service, there have only been minor accidents.

February 27, 2012

Put yourself in the shoes of a new parent in Holly Springs just a few years ago.

 

Put yourself in the shoes of a new parent in Holly Springs just a few years ago.

As you start to think about the future of your child, you naturally begin to look around at the school systems.

Now, imagine your reaction when you begin to hear rumors that Galena Elementary School, the school your child will attend, is going be to shut down.

You’ve already begun thinking about moving, haven’t you? Well, exit out of Google Maps and take another look at the school.

October 13, 2011

 

Alabama’s immigration law went into effect on Sept. 29.

Now known as one of the toughest in the country, Alabama’s law allows law enforcement officers to ask criminal suspects for documents proving their citizenship. If the suspects are unwilling or unable to provide such documents, police officers can detain them without bail. 

September 28, 2011

Oxford City Schools have officially begun the search for the new superintendent of education and plan to have a new one in place by the end of February 2012.
“I do have high expectations not only for the school district that I’ve been part of and graduated from, but I have high expectations for the school district that my children are a part of and hopefully will graduate from as well,” Brian Harvey, Oxford School District interim superintendent, said.

September 28, 2011

Oxford City Schools have officially begun the search for the new superintendent of education and plan to have a new one in place by the end of February 2012.
“I do have high expectations not only for the school district that I’ve been part of and graduated from, but I have high expectations for the school district that my children are a part of and hopefully will graduate from as well,” Brian Harvey, Oxford School District interim superintendent, said.

September 14, 2011

 

Editors note: Thursday’s letter to the editor incorrectly modified the content of Dr. O’Sullivan’s letter.

 

September 12, 2011

Teen pregnancies and STDs are two problems that constantly face the young population of Mississippi. 

 

Teen pregnancies and STDs are two problems that constantly face the young population of Mississippi. 

Mississippi has the highest teen pregnancy rate and ranks No. 1 in chlamydia and gonorrhea infections, according to statistics taken from the Mississippi State Department of Health.  The age group of 15-24 makes up 76 percent of all chlamydia cases and 70 percent of all gonorrhea cases in the state. The 15- to 24-year-old demographic is only 15 percent of Mississippi’s population.  

August 25, 2011

Technical education is changing in the Oxford School District, and it might affect design plans for the new high school.

 

Technical education is changing in the Oxford School District, and it might affect design plans for the new high school.

The changes will also carry over to the uses of the current high school and middle schools.

August 24, 2011

 

The city of Oxford will be making one more effort to decrease its carbon footprint by purchasing a hybrid truck.

During the Board of Aldermen meeting Aug. 19, Superintendent Lynn Robbins submitted a request to bring the city a 1-ton bucket truck.

The official request documented and granted was to apply for a reimbursement grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority and Electric Power Research Institute.

July 7, 2011

 

Citizens of Lafayette County may be in for an increase in property taxes as the Lafayette County School District requested a 4 percent increase in its budget for the next fiscal year. The property tax would only affect residents who live within the school district. 

May 1, 2011

Brian Harvey, assistant superintdendent, has stepped in as acting superintendent of the Oxford School District while Dr. Kim Stasny is on medical leave.

“There hasn’t been time for any sort of transition period,” Harvey said.

 “Right now we are trying to get this school year finished up and start making preparations for next year.”

Stasny was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this month, after reporting a slight vision problem.

 

November 30, 2010

The Oxford School Board have selected the plot of land to construct the new high school.

The Oxford School Board have selected the plot of land to construct the new high school.

After searching several plots, 75 acres within the Oxford Commons Development off of Highway 7 North was selected to host the building.

The board has been assessing the sites based on topography, accessibility, location, utilities, storm water detention, appropriateness for a school, soil conditions, traffic flow, amount of land and cost according to a press release by the board.

November 2, 2010

Billy Lamb, Superintendent of Building and Grounds for the City of Oxford, may be responsible for the upkeep and care of the city during the week, but keeping Oxford fresh is only one of many things he enjoys.

 

Billy Lamb, Superintendent of Building and Grounds for the City of Oxford, may be responsible for the upkeep and care of the city during the week, but keeping Oxford fresh is only one of many things he enjoys.

 

October 3, 2010

 

Mississippi has decided to take a stand against bullying in schools. 

 

Mississippi has decided to take a stand against bullying in schools. 

 

August 30, 2010

The Oxford School District (OSD) is building support in the community for the passage of a $30 million bond to build a new Oxford High school and alleviate crowding elsewhere in the district.

 

The Oxford School District (OSD) is building support in the community for the passage of a $30 million bond to build a new Oxford High school and alleviate crowding elsewhere in the district.

 

“The whole district is overcrowded, we’re running out of classroom space. If this doesn’t pass, we’ll have serious issues finding classroom space,” superintendent Kim Stasny said. 

 

August 30, 2010

 

The Oxford School District grew 5 percent this year, and Oxford High School Principal Michael Martin said down the line that will have a big impact on Oxford High.

 

 

The Oxford School District grew 5 percent this year, and Oxford High School Principal Michael Martin said down the line that will have a big impact on Oxford High.