Oxford School Board tackles routine items during work session
● By Steven Hoffman
The Oxford School Board held a brief work session on Aug. 11, focusing on some routine items as the new school year approaches.
Superintendent David Woods offered the school board about the school handbooks that are being prepared for Oxford Area High School, the Penn’s Grove School, and the elementary schools. Woods said that because the handbooks are in an electronic format, revisions can still be made before they are finalized. Few changes are in the offing.
“They remain much the same,” Woods said.
However, the superintendent did say that the district is looking at changing some of the policies regarding absences and latenesses. The goal is to improve students’ attendance.
Woods also told the school board that he favors continuing to utilize Act 80 days during the school year. Act 80 days allow school districts to provide professional development for teachers and staff.
Woods said that using Act 80 days to provide professional development opportunities for teachers is essential for some of the district’s curriculum initiatives. The dates of the Act 80 days have not been decided upon yet, but district officials are working on planning them out.
The board then reviewed the agenda for the Aug. 18 regular meeting, with no changes offered at the time.
During the next month, the school board has meetings scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8 and Tuesday, Sept. 15. Both meetings will take place at 7 p.m. at the Administration Building.