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First superintendent selected

POSTED 5/8/2013
OESJ Board of Education selects district’s first superintendent
The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District Board of Education has unanimously selected current St. Johnsville Superintendent Laura Campione Lawrence to be the first superintendent of the newly merged district.

The board selected Campione Lawrence following its interview with her Tuesday, May 7. Campione Lawrence will be formally appointed to the position once contract details are negotiated.  

“The board has made an excellent decision selecting a leader to guide the new district,” said HFM BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel, who has been guiding the district through the merger process. “I am confident that Ms. Campione Lawrence’s leadership will help create a new school district that will provide a 21st century education for students that far exceeds what the two former districts could have ever provided as separate entities.” 

Campione Lawrence has served as the St. Johnsville superintendent since the beginning of the 2012-13 school year and served as deputy superintendent prior to that. Before becoming superintendent she was the principal of St. Johnsville’s David H. Robbins Elementary School for six years. During her time as principal she also served as the district’s director of special education, the Committee on Special Education chairperson and the director of the Head Start program. 

“I’m thrilled the board of education selected me and I appreciate their unanimous support,” Campione Lawrence said. “I look forward to working with the board and the staff as we establish the new district and provide opportunities for all students to not just learn, but to excel to higher expectations.” 

A Little Falls native, Campione Lawrence began her education career teaching fifth grade for a year at the Hannibal Elementary School in Oswego County. From 1990-2006 she taught at the Little Falls City School District’s Benton Hall Academy teaching kindergarten through fifth grade. 

She obtained a bachelors in elementary education and a masters in general education from the State University of New York at Oswego and a masters degree in special education from Syracuse University. She received her school administration certification for SUNY Cortland.