Oxford schools honor first responders for helping community during recent snowstorms
by Eddie Burkhalter
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OXFORD –In a moment of gratitude, Oxford school administrators on Tuesday thanked the city’s police and firefighters for helping the school system manage through the recent ice and snow.

During Tuesday’s meeting, visiting students and school administrators spoke about their personal experiences during the January snow that made travel treacherous.

“I don’t know of another school system that got 4,100 school children home safely without running a bus,” said Debbie Nothdurft, director of Oxford school’s human resources. “It’s not just about doing your job. It’s about how you do your job.”

Members of both the police and fire departments helped drive students and teachers home when the winter weather prevented cars and school buses from traveling.

“Our city government puts our children first,” schools Superintendent Jeff Goodwin said. “I did not worry that our kids and staff were not going to be taken care of.”

“You don’t owe us anything. It’s our job,” said Oxford fire Chief Gary Sparks.

Board members approved a resolution declaring the month of March “First Responders Month” and presented those resolutions to Sparks and Oxford police Chief Bill Partridge.

In other business, the board:

— Approved an out-of-state travel request to Douglasville, Ga., March 21 for the Oxford High School track team.

— Approved the transfer of 10 surplus computers to the city of Oxford.

— Agreed to buy a residential home at 815 Hale St. in Oxford for $160,000. The home sits along one corner of the Oxford High campus. Buying it will allow the school to square off the parking lot of the school’s media center, Goodwin said.

— Announced as Oxford High School’s new assistant principal Phillip Mitchell, who most recently worked for Dothan City Schools. Mitchell began working for the district in early February.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for March 18 at 7 a.m. at Coldwater Elementary School.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.

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