Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Oxford Community,

During the summer of 2017 the Oxford Community Schools Board of Education approved placing a $28.28 million bond proposal on the ballot along with a $4 million sinking fund proposal that local residents will have the opportunity to vote on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

We have identified a $2.6 million gap between the amount that can be raised via bonds of $28,280,000 and the amount of our current capital needs.  Therefore, we are asking for a sinking fund at .75 mill. which will provide OCS with $4 million in revenue over a five year period. The sinking fund will also fund $1.4 million in technology for instructional computers as well as building security. 

The scope of the proposals is based on what we believe are critical needs, not wants.  The list of improvements (or project scope) and priorities contained in the plan have been shared and refined through a variety of initiatives over the past year including a comprehensive facilities study, numerous meetings with our teachers and support staff, multiple public forums, and extensive reviews and discussions at regularly scheduled open board meetings. 

The Identified Capital Improvement Needs compilation are a representation of our planning efforts to date.  We are still refining the specific details of the scope and we are prioritizing what work will be done in each series of bonds.  We decided to sell the bonds in three series to lower interest by paying over time instead of one lump sum loan and we felt it was more financially responsible because all of the work will take several years to complete.  With this in mind the information shared here is general, subject to further refinement as detailed cost estimates are prepared.   We have created this document as part of our on-going commitment to transparency. 

Decisions we make regarding this proposal are premised on:

  • The goal of maintaining the current debt millage rate of 7.9 mills. (no expected tax rate increase over prior year)
  • Making recommendations based on what we believe are the very best interests of our students and the communities we serve.
  • Aligning our planning with our district’s defined goals and comprehensive Strategic Process.

As we continue to further refine the details of our agreed-upon scope for our November 7, 2017 proposal, we will share with you detailed information and the rationale behind all recommendations. 

If you have any questions at any point throughout our planning process, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your continued support and Go, Wildcats!

Sincerely,
Timothy Throne, Superintendent
Oxford Community Schools
248- 969-5000

tim.throne@oxfordschools.org