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School District Public Forum Tonight at OCHHS

PARIS — After weathering a pandemic that kept students out of school for long stretches and the exit of its polarizing former superintendent, the Oxford Hills School District is looking to the community to chart its course .

Maine School Administrative District 17 is hosting a public meeting tonight, July 28, at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in the Forum. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

From the slow return to normal in-person learning and staffing shortages after the coronavirus era to the fallout from the hiring, suspension, investigation and resignation of its superintendent within 10 months, Chiefs of the district outline the challenges currently facing Oxford Hills.

One of the main challenges is the need to replace three school campuses – Agnes Gray Elementary in West Paris and the north and south campuses of Oxford Hills Middle School, to manage expenses during inflation and to continue to improve the experience. students.

Acting Superintendent Heather Manchester released a survey of families and community members earlier this month, asking for input and feedback on several issues. These are: the construction and consolidation of schools; a permanent search for a superintendent; student learning, health and well-being; student behavior; and annual school budgets.

Respondents were asked to rate the importance of these issues on a scale of one to four.

Manchester told the Democratic Announcer it received 162 survey responses. Parents or guardians of an Oxford Hills student made up 52.8% of responses; 36.6% were community members with no children in school and 10.6% were students.

Respondents indicated the following as very important in their responses:
• School construction: cluster schools vs. community schools: 50.9%
• Looking for a superintendent: 51.2%
• Student learning: 85.1%
• Health and well-being of our students: 83.3%
• Student behavior: 77.8%
• School budget: 45.7%

The meeting will be moderated by John Jenness, a retired local attorney who has overseen other district meetings.