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.

Here is the 2019-20 Board of Education meeting schedule:

  • July 10, 2019 (Wednesday) -Public Hearing- Code of Conduct/ Re-org/Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m. DHR Building
  • August 21, 2019 (Wednesday) – Regular Meeting – 6:00 p.m. DHR Building
  • September 4, 2019 (Wednesday) – Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Elementary School
  • October 2, 2019 (Wednesday) – Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Jr/Sr High School
  • November 6, 2019 (Wednesday) – Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Elementary School
  • December 4, 2019 (Wednesday) – Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Jr/Sr High School
  • January 8, 2020 (Wednesday) – Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Elementary School
  • January 29, 2020 (Wednesday) – Special Meeting, 6:15 p.m., Elementary School
  • February 12, 2020 (Wednesday) – Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Jr/Sr High School
  • March 4, 2020 (Wednesday) – Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Elementary School
  • April 1, 2020 (Wednesday) – Regular Meeting/Budget Adoption, 6:00 p.m. Jr/Sr High School  REMOTE SESSIONVideo link to meeting
  • May 6, 2020 (Wednesday) – Regular Meeting/Budget Hearing, 6:00 p.m. Elementary School
  • May 19, 2020 (Tuesday) – Annual Budget Vote and Election, 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Elementary School and Jr/Sr High School
  • June 3, 2020 (Wednesday) – Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Jr/Sr High School library
  • June 17, 2020 (Wednesday) – Special Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Jr/Sr High School

      *The meeting schedule is subject to change.
      BOE Adopted: 7/10/2019

      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 2020
      Jeremy Brundage, Board of Education member
      Jeremy Brundage, term expires 2020
      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.