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The Times
  • Schools to continue shared sports agreement

  • The St. Johnsville and Oppenheim-Ephratah central school districts will continue their shared interscholastic sports program this spring as the two districts transition into a single, merged district for the start of the 2013 - 2014 school year. On Dec. 11, 2012, Oppenheim-Ephratah residents voted in favor of a b...
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  • The St. Johnsville and Oppenheim-Ephratah central school districts will continue their shared interscholastic sports program this spring as the two districts transition into a single, merged district for the start of the 2013 - 2014 school year.
    On Dec. 11, 2012, Oppenheim-Ephratah residents voted in favor of a binding referendum, approving a merger with St. Johnsville. Residents in St. Johnsville approved the merger in December 2011.
    Prior to the merger vote, the two school districts had entered into agreements that allowed students from both schools to participate in the other’s fall and winter sports programs.
    Under the spring agreement, Oppenheim-Ephratah students will be allowed to participate in the St. Johnsville modified and varsity baseball and softball programs at no charge to the Oppenheim-Ephratah students.
    The Oppenheim-Ephratah Board of Education approved the agreement Thursday.
    The St. Johnsville board approved it on Jan. 10.
    “The shared sports program is one example of how the districts have cooperated throughout the years,” Oppenheim-Ephratah Superintendent Dan Russom said in a news release. “We’re looking forward to the many opportunities the merger will present the students.”
    When the merged Oppenheim-Ephratah - St. Johnsville Central School District begins operation July 1, school sports, as well as all other programs, will be combined under a single identity.
    The districts will soon begin gathering feedback from students regarding the selection of mascots and team names. No decisions have been made at this point.
    “We’re going to give students the opportunity to tell us what they want as part of their school identity,” St. Johnsville Superintendent Laura Campione said. “We encourage the public to also weigh in by posting ideas to our new Facebook and Twitter pages.”
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