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  • OESJ board elects president, vice president

  • The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District Board of Education conducted its first organizational meeting Thursday evening and elected Susanne Sammons as board president and Renee Swartz as vice president.

    Sammons and Swartz, who were elected to three-year terms in Tuesday’s board of education election, will serve as president and vice president, respectively, until June 30, 2014.

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  • The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District Board of Education conducted its first organizational meeting Thursday evening and elected Susanne Sammons as board president and Renee Swartz as vice president.
    Sammons and Swartz, who were elected to three-year terms in Tuesday’s board of education election, will serve as president and vice president, respectively, until June 30, 2014.
    Sammons is currently serving her sixth year on the Oppenheim-Ephratah school board and Swartz has served two years on the St. Johnsville school board.
    Also elected to a three-year term on the board in Tuesday’s election was Ben Conte.
    Lee Quackenbush and Neil Clark were elected to two-year terms and Cindy Breh and Keith Handy were elected to one-year terms.
    The board on Thursday evening made three appointments to the OESJ business office, appointing Karen Mettler as district treasurer and Tricia Caponera and Jackie Hill as account clerks.
    In other business, the board selected The Times and The Leader-Herald as the district’s official newspapers for legal advertisements and selected NBT Bank as the district’s bank.
    The board will next meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Oppenheim-Ephratah school.
    The board is expected to begin finalizing the district’s first budget.
    As in the past, on the third Tuesday of May, district residents will be asked to go to the polls to vote on the annual school district budget and to elect board of education members. The 2013 - 2014 budget vote will take place on May 21. As voters have already selected board members, there will be no board candidates on the May 21 ballot. Two board seats will be on the May 2014 ballot.
    The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville school district will begin operation on July 1.
    Oppenheim-Ephratah voters approved the merger in December 2012.
    St. Johnsville approved the merger in December 2011.
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