District Shifts Elementary Grade Spans
Oxford, Mississippi (January 25, 2022) — The Oxford School District Board of Trustees has approved the realignment of elementary grades to solve immediate issues with capital improvements and provide a more effective academic transition among its youngest learners.
Revised Gradespans and Locations:
- Pre-K: Move to 1637 Highway 30 E (name to be determined)
- Bramlett Elementary: Kindergarten and 1st grade
- Della Davidson Elementary: 2nd and 3rd grades
- Central Elementary: 4th and 5th grades
- Oxford Intermediate: 6th grade only
This change comes after a capital improvement survey was sent to all stakeholders in the fall. “Space is a continual concern when you live in a growing community like Oxford. In order for OSD to accommodate enrollment projections, we must plan for a 2.75-3.25% growth rate for the next ten years,” Bradley Roberson states. “By shifting our grade spans, we are doing two things: utilizing space we already have for growing classrooms and easing academic transitions for our youngest learners.”
Chief Academic Officer Marni Herrington, explains the academic benefit for the realignment. “It is highly beneficial for Kindergarten and 1st grades to be together as those are the foundational years for reading. As students progress, to 2nd and 3rd grades, their preparation for reading assessments can only grow stronger by having those teachers in the same building.”
The district’s fiscal responsibility over the past 3-5 years has provided for a surplus in the fund balance that will be used for immediate construction projects. The district has bond debt that will soon be rolling off, further positioning the district for capital improvements without the need for a bond referendum. The district reports no consideration of re-zoning or creation of neighborhood schools.
A notable change is the move of the district’s free Pre-K program for 4 year-olds from the current location within Bramlett Elementary School to its own location at the former Oxford Elementary campus at 1637 Highway 30 East.
In 2017, Oxford’s taxpayers passed a $38M bond referendum for a new elementary school, a fine arts center, and major improvements to current facilities. The new Central Elementary School, completed in 2019, was designed suitable for any grades K-6. Projection growth rates prove Central Elementary will be exceeding capacity next year.