Oxford Learning Center Transitions Back to Campuses
Oxford, Mississippi (June 3, 2020) — For more than 25 years, the Oxford Learning Center (OLC) has served the Oxford School District with an alternative education program that allows students to continue their education away from the normal school setting for behavior modification or credit recovery. Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, the district will close the existing Oxford Learning Center and provide two programs on each school campus to meet the needs of their students – Day Treatment and the Alternative Education Program (AEP).
The district’s day treatment, a collaboration with Communicare, will provide an intensive class for students with mental health and behavioral issues that lasts an initial 45 days with a maximum of 10 students in each class. Day Treatment will be provided on the campuses of Della Davidson Elementary, Oxford Intermediate, Oxford Middle, and Oxford High. Students will participate in group therapy twice per month and attend two monthly meetings with parents.
The Alternative Education Program (AEP) is for students at Oxford Middle School and Oxford High School for students who have fallen behind academically for various reasons or have behavior issues that require a smaller classroom setting.
“Closing the OLC is not a total loss. We are enhancing our services and by returning the alternative education students back to their home campuses, the stigma of attending a separate school will be removed. Our students who need assistance will get the specialized attention needed to effectively transition back to the traditional education environment in the same building when the time is right,” said Yolanda Logan, Principal of Oxford Learning Center.
Employees of the OLC have transitioned to other roles within the district. The 2019 OLC Teacher of the Year, Tina Suggs, will be serving Oxford High as a Special Education Teacher and Coach of Unified Sports. Robie Clark will be serving as a Special Education Inclusion Resource Teacher. Barbara Wortham, an OLC teacher for 16 years, will be teaching in the AEP. “I am looking forward to providing services to more students who will now have an opportunity to participate in vocational programs and flexibility to attend regular classes,” Wortham said.
The Oxford Learning Center located at 399 N 5th Street, behind Oxford Intermediate School, will be repurposed in the coming months to further serve the district and community.