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OESJ school board meeting gets heated

By WKTV News

St. Johnsville, N.Y. (WKTV) - The newly merged Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District, school board held a public meeting Wednesday night in the high school auditorium. The agenda ranged from budgetary issues to taxes, but instead  the focus quickly shifted to the school's former Superintendent and what many residents in the district characterize as "a lack of trust between them and the board."

The public was not afraid to hide their feelings. During the public comment section of the meeting, one by one, they questioned school board members. A lack of trust and unhappiness were the feelings inside the auditorium and the wedge between this group of people and the board was obvious, especially when it came to the topic of their former Superintendent Laura Lawrence.

The public was not shy to defend Lawrence. They feel she was doing good for the newly combined district.

Tamara Romeyn, a senior at the high school said, "We have so much anti- bullying things going on in this school but they are bullying people who don't agree with the things they agree with," about the board.

While other members of the public sided with the board, " The board members have made a decision every single one of them," said Mary-Ann Charon, a retired teacher, "and they each voted on their own way based on information that we as a public don't know... so they have a lot more information then we have."

The district is still without an active Superintendent.

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