Board of Education

OESJ Board of Education, 2018
OESJ Board of Education – Front row, from left, Board President Neil Clark and Board Vice President Dean Handy Back row, from left, Board of Education members Jeremy Brundage, Susanne Sammons, Chad Barnes, Shellie Walrath and Sarah Barnes

The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District Board of Education regularly meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated. All meetings during the month are at the same building and will rotate monthly.

September meetings are at the Elementary building (6486 State Highway 29, St. Johnsville, NY 13452), October meetings are at the Jr./Sr. High School building (44 Center St., St. Johnsville, NY 13452), etc. Additional meetings are scheduled as needed. Meetings are open to the public.

Interested in seeking a seat on the Board of Education? Submit this nominating petition due by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020 for the community vote on June 9, 2020. The petition packet also includes the required expenditure statements. This year, signatures are not required on the petition.

Here is the 2020-21 Board of Education meeting schedule:

  • July 08, 2020 (Wednesday) – Re-org/Regular Meeting 6 PM Elementary School
  • July 29, 2020 (Wednesday), Special Meeting, Elementary School Video Recording
  • August 19, 2020 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Jr/Sr High School
  • September 2, 2020 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Elementary School
  • October 7, 2020 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Jr/Sr High School
  • November 4, 2020 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Elementary School
  • December 2, 2020 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Jr/Sr High School
  • January 6, 2021 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Elementary School
  • February 3, 2021 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Jr/Sr High School
  • March 3, 2021 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Elementary School
  • April 7, 2021 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting Budget Adoption 6 PM Jr/Sr High School
  • May 5, 2021 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting Budget Hearing 6 PM Elementary School
  • May 18, 2021 (Tuesday) Annual Budget Vote and Election 12 PM –
    8 PM Elementary School and Jr/Sr High School
  • June 2, 2021 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Jr/Sr High School
  • June 16, 2021 (Wednesday) Special Meeting 6 PM Jr/Sr High School

*Meetings are held on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM unless otherwise noted.
*The meeting schedule/location is subject to change. All meetings will be held virtually via WebEx should social distancing requirements continue through the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

BOE Adopted: 7/8/2020

Board Agendas and Meeting Minutes

Board of Education meeting agendas and minutes can be viewed using the link below including committee meetings.

If you need older minutes or agendas, please contact District Clerk Stephanie Bonk at

Addressing the Board of Education

Persons wishing to address the Board of Education can do so during the “public comment” portion of the meeting. Speakers are requested to state their name and identify the organization, if any, they represent.  Public comment provides a way for residents to address the Board of Education publicly. Residents wishing to discuss an issue or receive more information regarding a particular concern should contact a board member or a district administrator directly.

School Board Member Experience

The New York State School Boards Association has created this webpage entitled The School Board Member Experience to answer questions from new and potential school board members. Check it out!

Board of Education members

Board members are elected to three year-terms with no pay.

Here are your Board of Education members:

Neil Clark, Board of Education member
Neil Clark, President, term expires 2022








Dean Handy, Board of Education member
Dean Handy, Vice President, term expires 2022
Chad Barnes, Board of Education member
Chad Barnes, term expires 2021
Sarah Barnes, Board of Education member
Sarah Barnes, term expires 2023
Jeremy Brundage, Board of Education member
Jeremy Brundage, term expires 2023
Susanne Sammons, Board of Education member
Susanne Sammons, term expires 2022
Shellie Walrath, Board of Education member
Shellie Walrath, term expires 2021

Public Records

The state State Open Meetings Law requires any public entity, including school districts, holding a public meeting to provide all records or documents that would normally be available under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), to the general public in advance of the meeting.  In compliance with the law, all eligible documents scheduled to be discussed at OESJ Board of Education meetings will be posted on Board Docs to the greatest extent possible.