Oxford Preparatory School, a public charter school in Oxford, is pleased to announce plans to construct a permanent facility on the school’s current Landis Road site in Oxford for the 2016 – 2017 school year. The OPS Board of Directors has elected to end a development agreement with American Charter Development out of Utah and enter into a new agreement with local Durham based developer Steve Hubrich Contracting. Hubrich will lead construction of 38,000 sq. ft. facility that is scheduled for completion in August 2016. Hubrich has completed construction projects previously for Uwharrie Academy in Asheboro, Falls Lake Academy in Butner, and Voyager Academy in Durham.
The school received a Special Use Permit for construction of the facility from the Oxford Zoning Board Authority on Monday 11/2. OPS and Hubrich Contracting are now moving forward to close in the coming weeks so that construction can begin no later than early December. The new facility will include 20 classrooms, 3 of which are dedicated science labs, a performing music classroom, and a high school regulation gymnasium with a seating capacity of 440 spectators.
In 2013, Oxford Prep opened with only 68 students in the 9th grade. After expanding student enrollment and adding temporary space each year, this construction project happens in conjunction with Oxford Preparatory School’s final expansion to grades 7 – 12 for the upcoming 2016 – 2017 school year. The open enrollment period for the 2016 – 2017 school year is now underway and will conclude on February 15. If more applications are received than available spaces in any grade a public lottery will be held on February 27. Prospective students and parents are encouraged to attend upcoming Open Houses and Shadow Days that are detailed on the school’s website www.oxfordprep.org.
Executive Director and founder Andrew Swanner remarked, “It has been remarkable to be a part of a group of educators, parents, and community members dating back to the submission of the original charter application in 2012. Construction of this permanent facility will be a reflection of the efforts and sacrifices made by the founding group of students, parents, board members and the legacy they will leave for generations.” The school has operated out of temporary modular buildings that were expanded each year on the permanent site on Landis Rd. Once construction is complete, the modular buildings will be removed allowing an expansion of the parking lot.