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The Times
  • Lints appointed to OESJ school board

  • The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School Board of Education on Wednesday appointed William Lints to fill the vacancy created by the recent death of Ben Conte.

    Lints was among the 14 candidates who ran for a seat on the seven-member OESJ board this spring.

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  • The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School Board of Education on Wednesday appointed William Lints to fill the vacancy created by the recent death of Ben Conte.
    Lints was among the 14 candidates who ran for a seat on the seven-member OESJ board this spring.
    He received the most votes among the candidates that did not win a seat in April.
    An Oppenheim resident, Lints is an environmental scientist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. A graduate of Proctor High School, he earned an associate of science degree from Mohawk Valley Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa,and a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University. He is also currently pursuing a master’s degree in science education at Utica College.
    The town of Oppenheim’s dog control officer since 2010, Lints is a Utica Zoological Society Board of Trustees member and is a former president of the New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame. Lints is a former instructor with the State University of New York, where he gained experience as an honor society advisor, bowling and baseball coach, outdoor club advisor and a faculty senator. He has two children who will begin kindergarten in 2015.
    Lints’ appointment will run until June 30, 2014. He’ll have to run for election at the May board vote to continue to serve. When elected in April, Conte received a full three-year term.
    Conte, a St. Johnsville resident, died on June 29. He was a 1974 graduate of JFK High School in Utica, received an associate’s degree from SUNY Cobleskill and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education from the University of Arizona. He worked for St. Johnsville Central School for 13 years as the agricultural teacher. He joined the staff at Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES as an environmental conservation teacher in 1995.
    He was also a member of the Oppenheim-Ephratah board where he served as president this past year.
    “As an educator and board member, Mr. Conte cared deeply about students and their education. During the last several months, he contributed greatly to the establishment of the new school district as he worked with board members, administrators, teachers, staff and community members to make the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville merger a success. His vision for the new district was to provide an education to make every child college and career ready. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” OESJ Superintendent Laura Lawrence said in a prepared statement.
    Conte is survived by his wife, Deborah; daughter, Angeline Conte; son, Giacomo Conte; son, Eric Barnes and his wife Rene; son, Chad Barnes and his wife Jessica; grandsons, Dylan, Tyler and Braeden Barnes; sister, Maria McIntosh and her husband Brion; niece, Audry; mother-in-law, Dorothea Sullivan; father-in-law, Sherman Rockwell; and numerous family members.

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