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Oxford Elementary Property Bids Rejected to Reserve for Administration Building

Oxford, Mississippi (June 26, 2018) — At the conclusion of the June 25th Regular Called Meeting and Executive Session, the Oxford School District Board of Trustees received a motion and voted unanimously in favor of rejecting all bids that were received for the purchase of Oxford Elementary School property.

Superintendent Brian Harvey’s recommendation included plans to use the existing Oxford Elementary School as the Administration Building once the new elementary school is completed in 2020. Before the school district can release any property, the Board of Trustees must determine that a building is no longer needed for school use. In the future, funds may be available for a new administration building, but as of now, its building plans will cease and the Oxford Elementary campus will be occupied by district administrators.

On Monday, prior to the board meeting, Oxford School District received updated projections from Eley Guild Hardy Architects and Innovative Construction Management (ICM) that exceed the amount allocated in the 2017 bond referendum. Superintendent Brian Harvey states, “We need to stay consistent with the budget that was set for each project and we have already included some redesign of those spaces to get to the number we need. Based on the information that was received today from the architect and construction managers, the projections are $1.5 million over on construction costs. It is our responsibility to honor what our citizens voted to provide for our students-the best facilities we can offer. We are going to do just that.”