In Oxford: New Middle School Work Begins

Town and school officials, including Selectman Scott Flaherty, Selectman Arnold Jensen, First Selectman George Temple, Ana Ortiz, the former superindent; Superintendent Jason McKinnon and Great Oak Middle School Principal Anthony Hibbard, broke ground on Wednesday, July 10, for a new middle school, slated to completed by the summer 2020. The building will be on a site between GOMS and Quaker Farms School on Great Oak Road. (Rodriguez photo) 

OXFORD — Under the blazing sun, town and school officials gathered on Wednesday, July 10, for the official ground breaking ceremony for the new middle school building at a site between Great Oak Middle School and Quaker Farms School on Great Oak Road. The building is due to be completed by the summer of 2020 with classes to commence that fall.

First Selectman George Temple thanked the building committee and the former superintendent, Ana Ortiz, for their efforts to bring the building project forward. He added Oxford is one of the only towns in the state currently building a new school, noting that the town is very serious about educating its students.

Dr. Jason McKinnon, Oxford’s new superintendent, called the new school building a symbol of Oxford’s commitment to education and to the future of students’ education. He thanked the Board of Education, selectmen and everyone involved with the project.

Mr. Temple called the new middle school project a daunting task. Saying school resource officers will provide coverage for all school buildings, he explained the new building will be equipped with advanced security details to protect students.

“We’re offering the best tools we can provide to help students navigate their futures,” said Mr. Temple. “Let’s get to work.”

When the new school building is completed, Center School students will move to Great Oak School. The Board of Education has explained at past meetings that Great Oak was built to house elementary students.

Center School’s fate still remains undetermined. It may house additional town offices or become a new police headquarters.

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