In recent weeks there has been some level of uproar about the alleged decision to cut the fine arts building at the new school.
Students feel cheated or betrayed, and we sympathize with them. Taxpayers have put money toward a new school with new programs that suddenly can’t be afforded, and we sympathize with them, too.
The new school is simply too big for its budget. Several facilities are being downsized. There seems to be nothing that can be done financially to support the large facilities desired under the current budget.
Oxford students are used to being “First in Class.” And with that title comes a sense of entitlement. Our students want the best, newest facilties all the time.
So what’s the answer? Do we get what we “want” or do we settle forwhat we can really afford in our new building?
As a student body, we should strive to recognize all who are in need. It is vital to remember that relative to most schools in the state, Oxford School District has provided awesome facilities to its students. The district must attempt to appease students in all facets of education.
Yes, the theatre program is a wonderful and successful program. Yes, the band is equally as wonderful and award-winning and prestigious. So are some of the other programs whose facilities are being downsized at the new school because of a lack of sufficient funds.
Regardless of the amount of space alloted to these programs, these programs will remain great.
We have faith in our student body, and we don’t think that our amazing, talented students will be inhibited by difficulties in the budget process. At the same time, perhaps we should re-evaluate how the district is planning this new endeavor.