Elementary Playground Closed for Improvements

Over the course of the last year, the District has enhanced many of the classrooms and facilities in each of its school buildings.  As part of this progress, we are also making improvements to the playground at the elementary school. In the coming weeks, the custodial staff will replace the current wood mulch on the …

OESJ students return to school for the 2019-20 school year; construction still going on at both buildings

As OESJ students returned to many changes from the end of June, they settled into their routines. At the elementary school, the new auditorium is still under construction but new classrooms, a new band room and an expanded cafeteria, among other improvements, are all in place. At the Jr./Sr. High School, the new agriculture and …

Tax rate increase lower than projected at May budget vote

The Board of Education last week set tax rates for the 2019-20 school year, rates that are less, in many instances, than the 3% predicted at the time of the May budget vote. The tax levy still increased by 3 percent to $4.974 million. The tax levy is the total amount of taxes the school …

NYS removes religious objection as a reason not to have children vaccinated

Here is the letter being sent to the parents of students who have had religious exemptions for vaccinations in the past as well as all entering pre-K and kindergarten students. *** FROM: OESJ Superintendent Joseph Natale TO: Parents and guardians DATE: June 20, 2019 RE: Removal of religious exemption from vaccination requirements With the worst …

Construction humming along at both schools

Construction is humming along at both the Jr./Sr. High School and the Elementary School as part of the $24 million renovation/capital project approved by the community in December 2016. Construction is expected to be done over two years, ending by the spring of 2020. Here’s an overview of the project: demolition of the maintenance building …

OESJ sets targets for 2018-19 testing results

With the goal of ensuring that more students reach proficiency on the NYS grades 3-8 ELA and math tests, as well as Regents exams, OESJ administrators have committed to targets for student performance on the spring exams. Interim Superintendent Joseph Natale suggested the targets as a way of sparking creative solutions to the test results. …

Capital project groundbreaking kicks off two-year construction

$24 million capital project getting underway at both schools; spring 2020 completion goal Six construction bids came in 4 percent below budget The long-anticipated capital project has broken ground and will be going full steam ahead in the coming months. The $24.016 million project was approved by the community on Dec. 13, 2016. The state …

NYS testing shows solid results in most grades

The state Education Department has released the results of statewide testing in English Language Arts and mathematics from the spring. Read about OESJ’s test results. At OESJ, the results show that in most grades, the proficiency levels (levels 3 and 4), exceeded 40 percent and topped 50 percent in some cases. The proficiency result means …

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