Skyrocketing health care costs impacting 2019-20 school budget

Tax levy would rise by 3% under the budget proposal; spending plan includes academic initiatives Faced with a crushing increase in health insurance costs for OESJ’s 157 staff members, the Board of Education has developed a budget that will increase the tax levy, add new programs and eliminate some staff positions. The spending plan going …

Montgomery County’s Youth Serving Veterans

On Saturday, April 13th, a group of elementary and high school students participated in Montgomery County’s Youth Serving Veterans Day! The students went around with their groups cleaning the yards of some of our local veterans. They raked leaves and picked up garbage. They donated four hours of their time helping our Veterans. Afterwards they …

Board of Education plans to search for a new superintendent next year; hopes to keep current interim in place

The Board of Education is pleased with the direction that Interim Superintendent, Dr.Joseph Natale, has positioned the district in while serving as the chief administrative officer these last nine months. For that reason, board members have decided to extend their search for a new superintendent into the 2019-2020 school year and open discussion with Dr. …

OESJ Students place 3rd in the Odyssey of the mind State Tournament March 23, 2019.

Congratulations Team Hide in Plain Site Team members Myles Hayes, Henry Schoff, Ava Murray, Devin Schell, Kayleigh Araujo and Kaylee Heroth coached by Nicole Murray, Abbey Schoff and Lisa Hayes for placing 3rd in the Odyssey State Tournament in Binghamton.  They performed against 18 teams and scored 283.59. This team placed 2nd and 1st via …

BOE candidate packet is available for May 21 election

The packet to seek a seat on the Board of Education is available for download. Click here for the packet. Candidates need to collect 28 signatures from qualified voters in the OESJ school district. The petition must be turned into the District Clerk by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 22. Three seats, each with three-year …

Nearly 60 students create scientific sensations during Elementary Science Fair

Years ago, science fairs were pretty basic: papers about dissecting a beetle, the effects of music on plants or a hamster running on a wheel. The first OESJ Elementary Science Fair was much more involved – students did their research before creating their projects. Each science fair exhibition included an hypothesis (they answer their project’s …

OESJ Backpacks for Kids program receives $17,000 donation from 100 Women Who Care

OESJ’s Backpacks for Kids Program, which provides meals on weekends to 35 children, has received a $17,000 donation from the 100 Women Who Care of the Adirondack Foothills. Jackie Lape, OESJ’s Jr. Sr. High School nurse who oversees the program, spoke to the nonprofit 100 Women Who Care group at the St. John’s Episcopal Church …

Both OESJ schools deemed ‘Schools in Good Standing’ under the new federal ESSA law

The 2019 ESSA accountability designations for NYS schools have now been released and Superintendent Joseph Natale is proud to announce that both the OESJ Elementary School and Jr/Sr High School have been deemed “in good standing” by the state. A school identified as “in good standing” under the newly enacted federal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds …

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. …

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