Board of Education

OESJ, BOE September 2021
OESJ Board of Education – 2021-22. First row, from left, Susanne Sammons; Neil Clark, president; and Dean Handy, vice president. Second row, from left, Anton Christensen, Sarah Barnes, Shellie Walrath and Jeremy Brundage.

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 April 19, 2021 for the community vote on May 18, 2021. The petition packet also includes the required expenditure statements.

Here is the 2021-22 Board of Education meeting schedule:

  • July 14, 2021 (Wednesday) Re-org/Regular Meeting 6 PM Elementary School
  • August 19, 2021 (Thursday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Jr/Sr High School
  • September 1, 2021 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Elementary School
  • October 6, 2021 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Jr/Sr High School
  • November 3, 2021 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Elementary School
  • December 1, 2021 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Jr/Sr High School
  • January 5, 2022 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Elementary School
  • February 2, 2022 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Jr/Sr High School
  • March 2, 2022 (Wednesday)Regular Meeting 6 PM Elementary School
  • April 20, 2022 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 2022-23 Budget Adoption 6  PM Jr/Sr High School
  • May 4, 2022 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 2022-23 Budget Hearing 6 PM Elementary School
  • May 17, 2022 (Tuesday) Annual Budget Vote and Election 12 PM -8 PM Elementary School and Jr/Sr High School
  • June 1, 2022 (Wednesday) Regular Meeting 6 PM Jr/Sr High School
  • June 15, 2022 (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.

BOE Adopted: 7/14/2021

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
Sarah Barnes, BOE member
Sarah Barnes, term expires 2023
Jeremy Brundage, BOE member
Jeremy Brundage, term expires 2023
Anton Christensen, BOE member
Anton Christensen, term expires 2024
Susanne Sammons, BOE member
Susanne Sammons, term expires 2022
Shellie Walrath, BOE member
Shellie Walrath, term expires 2024

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.