A Letter from Interim Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kristine E. Nash

posted Jul 5, 2017, 8:04 AM by Helen Coffin   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 6:57 AM ]


Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Community Members:

Welcome to Oxford Public Schools!  As we are about to open the 2017-2018 school year, I am excited to be serving as your Interim Superintendent of Schools since early July.  Administrators have been busy this summer hiring staff, reconfiguring spaces, and ensuring that instructional materials and resources are in place.  Custodians have done a great job in getting our buildings ready for opening day.  The School Committee met in late July to discuss and then restore two buses for regular transportation.  In addition, the Committee is in the initial planning stages of their search for a permanent Superintendent of Schools.

Staff will report on Monday, August 28th, and school opens for all students in Grades 1-12 on Thursday, August 31st with Kindergarten students reporting on Friday, September 1st and Preschool on Monday, September 11th.  For those students who are eligible for regular education bus transportation, the routes are posted on the District’s website under the "Parent Links" and “Transportation” web page.  Oxford Public Schools will welcome new faces in administrative roles this year as well as familiar faces in new administrative roles. Dr. Kimberlee Henry is the new Oxford High School Principal. Dr. Henry will be joining Assistant Principal Scott Connery to complete the High School administrative team. Rich Gill has moved from his administrative position as High School Dean of Students to a shared Assistant Principal position between the Middle School and Barton Elementary School. Amy Belhumeur, former Oxford Middle School Assistant Principal, is now the Middle School Principal. In addition, as of August 24th, the following new professional staff were hired: Jessica Parsons, Chaffee/Barton Music teacher; Patricia Sims, Chaffee/Barton Art teacher; Charlene Hammond, Barton Special Education Teacher - Anchor Program; Samantha DiReda, Middle School STEM teacher; Christina Kegans, Grade 8 General Science teacher; James Marzec, Grade 8 STEM teacher; Captain Russell Knight, NJROTC Instructor; Maureen Soto, District Behavior Specialist, and Christina Pacheco, Chaffee School Nurse.

Another change this year is in regular bus transportation. In accordance with the School Committee policy, this year ridership eligibility will be determined by proximity. This policy states that all kindergarten students, except those living in the immediate proximity will be bused. In grades 1-3, students who live more than one (1) mile are eligible for transportation. In grades 4-6, students living more than one and one-half (1.5) miles are eligible, and in grades 7-12, students living more than two (2) miles are eligible. In addition, both Durham School Services and Oxford Police have reviewed the ineligible rider list for safety.  If parents/guardians have concerns, please contact Durham's Transportation Coordinator, Jody Dombrowski, at 508-981-7786 or our District Transportation Coordinator, Rich Dube, at 508-987-6090 x30000.

Finally, as all of us prepare for the opening of another school year, this is a good time to stop and reflect on the importance of ensuring a climate of civility, respect, and tolerance toward all.  Unfortunately, with tolerance and respect challenged even more today in this country and around the world, those most negatively impacted are our children who are often witnesses to much of the negative activity and discourse through the media.  I want to assure you that Oxford Public Schools is committed to equity, inclusion, and diversity and all that these values represent.  Together with parents/guardians, our goal is to create a safe place for all students to learn and to grow as individuals.  Welcome back to the start of the 2017 – 2018 school year!

Kristine E. Nash, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent of Schools