New Oxford superintendent set to start job June 10

Tanya Milligan will take over as Oxford schools new superintendent next month. She was unanimously approved by the Oxford school board on Tuesday night in a 7-0 vote.

Milligan, former executive director of K-12 learning of Columbus City Schools in Columbus, Ohio, will officially take over her new role three weeks early on June 10 for Vicki Markavitch, whose interim superintendent contract expires on June 20.

“This early start underscores Dr. Milligan’s enthusiasm and dedication to the Oxford community and its educational mission,” said board President Erin Reis. “Her energy and vision to begin a new chapter in our district, one filled with growth, rebuilding and a focus on the high standards of student achievement.”

Markavitch was the fourth person to hold the position since a shooting at the high school on Nov. 30, 2021 killed four students and wounded seven others, including a teacher.

“We want to take a moment to express our deep gratitude to Dr. Markavitch for her leadership and willingness to take the helm during an incredibly challenging period in our district’s history,” said Reis. “Her experience and dedication during difficult times has been invaluable and we wish her the best in her reentry into retirement.”

In April, the board narrowed its search to Milligan and Cormac Lynn, superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw. The board opted to move forward with Milligan by a 7-0 vote.

Her district in Columbus has 46,000 students, over 9,000 staff members and 113 schools. Oxford currently has 5,700 students and 855 staffers.

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