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Tuesday vote to decide school districts’ fates

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ST. JOHNSVILLE, N.Y. -- Residents in the Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School District have the chance to vote on the future of their schools Tuesday, which could end in a merger with the neighboring St. Johnsville district.

Voters will decide whether or not the two districts should become one, beginning in July.

Polls will be open from noon until 8 p.m. at the main campus on Route 29, for the final vote in proposed district merger, which has been mulled for the past couple of years.

In a non-binding vote of December of last year, people in the St. Johnsville district overwhelmingly voted to go ahead with the merger. Voters in Oppenheim-Ephratah disapproved of the merger, by a tally of 458 "no", to 400 "yes".

Tuesday's vote for Oppenheim-Ephratah will be binding.

If the majority votes "yes" to the merger the process of combining the two districts will begin, ending in a joint-district over the summer. If the majority votes "no" there will be no further talk of mergers between Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville.

Residents in the St. Johnsville district will not be voting Tuesday, as their 2011 votes are considered their approval of the merger.

WHERE TO VOTE:
Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School District
6486 State Highway Route 29
St. Johnsville, New York 13452

POLLS OPEN:
Noon – 8 p.m. / Tuesday, December 11

MORE INFORMATION:
WEBSITE (Full information on merger study): http://www.oecs.k12.ny.us/
O-E MAIN OFFICE: (518) 568-2941

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