Oxford’s assistant superintendent reviews goals with school board
● By Steven Hoffman
Dr. Margaret Billings-Jones, the district’s assistant superintendent, offered a report to the Oxford School Board about some of the goals she has for the 2015-2016 school year during the Oct. 13 meeting.
Billings-Jones outlined four broad goals with several more specific objectives for each.
The first goal pertained to the continuity and consistency of effective communication between the K-12 administration, faculty, and the district administration.
“This has been an ongoing goal of mine,” Billings-Jones said, explaining that one of the initiatives in this area is the newly established teacher effectiveness system utilizing the electronic teacher effectiveness evaluation PaETEP, Pennsylvania’s most widely used evaluation management system.
The second goal involves programming and curriculum development. Billings-Jones explained that she is in the process of overseeing the implementation of the new curriculum and materials for Math in Focus.
The district is developing a plan for its career and college counseling program, and district officials will be reviewing the effectiveness of the English Language Arts K-12 curriculum materials. Billings-Jones will assist the building level administrators in assuring that the quality of the English Language Arts and Math in Focus programs are maintained. Billings-Jones will also complete a review, by a leading a committee of health and physical education-certified professionals, of the health and physical education curriculum. She will also make informed recommendations to the district about how to align the district science program with the state requirements.
The third goal is to continue to participate in community outreach through a variety of activities, ranging from participation in Oxford’s First Friday events to attendance at community functions that support Oxford students to taking part in the district’s Wellness Fair.
The fourth goal pertained to staffing and assuring that the district has the most highly qualified teachers possible.
Billings-Jones concluded her report by noting that she will continue her work on the programming for federal programs, including Title I and Title III initiatives.
“It looks like you will be very busy,” commented school board member Howard Robinson after the report.
Billings-Jones joined the district in 2013 as the assistant to the superintendent. In 2014, she agreed to a contract extension to serve as the district’s assistant superintendent. That contract extends from July 1, 2014 through July 30, 2018.
The Oxford School Board has meetings next month on Tuesday, Nov. 17 and Tuesday, Nov. 24. Both meetings take place at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building.