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The Times
  • School districts to share winter sports

  • An agreement between the Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville school districts will allow students to participate in interscholastic athletics this winter.

    The boards of education of the two districts approved an agreement at their meetings last month that will allow students to participate in combined basketball, cheerleading and volleyball.

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  • An agreement between the Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville school districts will allow students to participate in interscholastic athletics this winter.
    The boards of education of the two districts approved an agreement at their meetings last month that will allow students to participate in combined basketball, cheerleading and volleyball.
    The school boards approved a similar agreement in August that allowed Oppenheim-Ephratah students to participate in St. Johnsville boys’ and girls’ modified and varsity soccer at no cost to Oppenheim-Ephratah or its students this fall. The superintendents at each school district said they have been pleased with the agreement and are happy to see the students playing together again.
    “The fall sports program has gone very smoothly,” said Oppenheim-Ephratah Superintendent Dan Russom in an email. “I have been to varsity and modified soccer games for both the girls’ and boys’ teams. At these events, I have talked to parents from both school districts and I have only received positive compliments on the combined sports program. I believe it is working very well.”
    “We were thrilled to welcome to the Oppenheim-Ephratah students and the agreement has benefited all of our students,” St. Johnsville Superintendent of Schools Laura Campione said during last week’s board of education meeting. “When we approved the fall agreement we did so with the understanding the two districts would evaluate the success of the program and decide whether to continue the agreement into the winter and spring. Based on the evaluation, we have deiced to go ahead and continue the program for the winter sports season. The program has been a success.”
    St. Johnsville Board of Education member Chad Eggleston agreed with Campione’s assessment.
    “There were a couple of small hiccups at the beginning, but those have been worked out and everything has been running smooth ever sense,” he said. “It makes sense to continue the program.”
    The two districts shared sports and divided the cost until last year when a merger proposition between the two districts was defeated by Oppenheim-Ephratah voters. If residents petition the state Department of Education, a revote could take place in Oppenheim-Ephratah in December.
    In addition to sharing sports, the districts have agreed to share an agriculture technology teacher.

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