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The Times
  • Board of education election postponed

  • In response to Tuesday’s weather forecast, the State Education Department has postponed the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Board of Education election that was scheduled for March 19.

    The state is currently working on rescheduling the election, according to a news release issued by Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel.

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  • In response to Tuesday’s weather forecast, the State Education Department has postponed the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Board of Education election that was scheduled for March 19.
    The state is currently working on rescheduling the election, according to a news release issued by Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel.
    More information will be released as soon as it is available, the release stated.
    Fourteen Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville residents filed petitions to run for the new merged district’s seven-member board of education. The candidates, in the ballot order, are Darren Bellen, Renee Swartz, Bruce Carpenter, Cindy Breh, Ben Conte, Susanne Sammons, Chad Eggleston, Neil Clark, Glen Blanchard, Patricia Christensen, Keith Handy, William Lints, Lee Quackenbush and David Christopher Mosher.
    In a referendum on Jan. 29, district residents approved the establishment of a seven-member board of education with members serving full terms of three years.
    In order to stagger the number of seats up for election each year on the board, the candidates elected with the most votes will serve the longest terms, while those elected with the fewest votes will serve shorter terms. Based on the number of votes received, three members will receive three-year terms, two members will receive two-year terms and two members will receive one-year terms.
    Winners in all subsequent elections will receive full three-year terms.
    The new board of education will take immediate control of the district once they are elected.
    Michel will convene the board’s organizational meeting after which the board will select a superintendent, negotiate contracts and finalize the district’s first budget.
    Tuesday’s forecast for St. Johnsville calls for three to five inches of snow, as well as sleet, with a high near 36. Wind gusts as high as 26 miles per hour are also in the forecast.
    The three to five inches of snow would be in addition to the three to seven inches of snow expected to fall overnight Monday into Tuesday. That snow is also expected to mix with sleet.
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