POSTED 6/6/2013OESJ board affirms merged district’s name
The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Board of Education has affirmed that the official name of the new merged district will be the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District.
When the merger process began, the state Education Department assigned the name of Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville to the district. The board of education had the option of changing the name but at their meeting on June 5, the board opted to remain with Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville. For short reference, since the merger began, students, staff and community members have been referring to the district by its initials OESJ.
While the name of the district will remain the same, board members on June 5 discussed the possibility of naming the school buildings in the district. Board members said a student committee could be formed next school year to suggest naming options for the schools.
Currently the district has only one school with a formal name – the David H. Robbins Elementary School in St. Johnsville. Constructed from 1949-50, the D.H. Robbins school was named after the district’s supervising principal at the time. Mr. Robbins died during the school’s first year of operation after which the building was named in his honor. The name of the Robbins school will remained unchanged in the merged district.