Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville Schools will merge

ST. JOHNSVILLE N.Y. (WKTV) - The vote to merge smallest school districts in the region passed Tuesday night. Taxpayers headed out to the polls and voted on the merger of the St. Johnsville and Oppenheim-Ephratah School Districts.

The vote passed with 385 votes for and 366 against the measure. This means that the merger with the St. Johnsville School District has been approved.

"Whether you voted for or against, I thank all those who voted," Oppenheim-Ephratah School Superintendent Dan M. Russom said in a statement released to the media. "This was a difficult decision, and it was important for community members to voice their opinion at the polls."

The next step takes place in January, when a vote will take place to determine how many members will serve on the new school board.

The new district will start on July 1.

Previously, the vote failed in the Oppenheim-Ephratah district by 58 votes. While, voters in St. Johnsville overwhelmingly passed the measure.

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