Study shows merger may benefit St. Jo...

Study shows merger may benefit St. Johnsville, Oppenheim-Ephratah districts

There are 41 comments on the The Gazette story from Dec 17, 2009, titled Study shows merger may benefit St. Johnsville, Oppenheim-Ephratah districts. In it, The Gazette reports that:

A merger between the St. Johnsville and Oppenheim-Ephratah school districts could yield improved programming and lower taxes, according to a feasibility study released this week.... Subscribers must LOG-IN to read this full story.

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bob

Argyle, NY

#1 Dec 18, 2009
4.9 miles to OE, should have been 10 years ago.
mom

Troy, NY

#2 Jan 15, 2010
I still live in STJ for 1 reason, and 1 reason only and that is because my children are in a small & safe school. If it wern't for that we would have left years aog. I think many others will agree that if this merger goes through our kids will be attending school elsewhere!
Mom and Wife --STJ--

Troy, NY

#3 Jan 15, 2010
Has anyone thought about how this will effect the students?
Sure if they are the jocks or the bullies everything will be just fine, but what about the kids that are already getting picked on in school, what about the kids that are already getting pushed along just to get them out? What about all of those kids that this merger would harm? These kids have gone to a very small school for all of their lives, I see many kids being uncomfortalbe with a new, and bigger school, with more kids picking on them. I see many kids leaving the district also, or if not leaving the district then dropping out of school when they are old enough!
I think that this whole merger idea is a VERY BAD one! Everyone is more concerned aboput state aide and lowering taxes.....what about the kids?!?!?! Isn't this what and who this whole thing is supposed to be for anyway? Or has everyone forgot that when it comes to the money in their pocket?
Tom

Argyle, NY

#4 Jan 15, 2010
mom and wife , a school with 900 students is not large St J had that in 73

Since: Jan 10

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#5 Jan 15, 2010
It may not be for alot of people, but for me and my kids, and several other friends of mine we do feel that it is too large for our small community.

I just worry about those kids that are already quiet and shy, then all of a sudden they will be throw in with an entire other school district of children that they have never met.

Guess I'm just not one for change.
Give me a Break

Argyle, NY

#6 Jan 17, 2010
Mom and Wife , Why don't you just home school your kids! 65 kids a grade is still one of the smallest schools in 50 miles! I guess you kids are not planning on going to college, or the mall, or to price chopper. Its just too big, someone might look at me! Way to go.... Mom of the year!
me too

Pittsfield, MA

#7 Jan 17, 2010
I agree with "Mom & Wife". I have 2 special needs children and if St. J were to merge then my children would go to Fort Plain. Why would I keep them in St. J, Fort Plain has always had a better school system anyway as far as how the students are treated. The ONLY reason that I have kept them in St. J is because of the very small class sizes. If they lost that then they would have lost the only reason that my children are attending there.

Way to go "Mom & Wife", I agree with you and I think that you must be a good mother to be thinking of how such a change would affect your children.

Boo to you "Give me a break" for trying to make a good mother feel bad for thinking of her children!
Give me a Break

Argyle, NY

#8 Jan 18, 2010
Hey me too, do you think your special needs kids would get a better education in a larger school like fp,....... me too!
Past STJ Hometown

Grantham, NH

#9 Jan 18, 2010
Give me a Break wrote:
Mom and Wife , Why don't you just home school your kids! 65 kids a grade is still one of the smallest schools in 50 miles! I guess you kids are not planning on going to college, or the mall, or to price chopper. Its just too big, someone might look at me! Way to go.... Mom of the year!
Holy Crap, what a cliche. I graduated from STJ, graduating class of 21 students. I went to college, have a degree, and happen to be a practice manager for a hospital here in NH. Having been in such a small class gave me more opportunities than one can ever imagine.
There are moments when I wish my children would have that opportunity vs. being one of 400 graduating at a time.
Give me a Break

Argyle, NY

#10 Jan 18, 2010
Wow, Mom and Wife...Life is what you make of it. Maybe if your children were not forced to be in class with the same 15 children for 13 years of school, they would not have to be subjected to the same "bullies and jocks" year after year. Maybe they can meet someone that does not make them feel so bad that their mother needs to write about it on the web. As far as Jocks go, I read that the reason STJ was combining sports with OE is that neither school had enough Jocks to fill a team. They must be real leaders on campus.
And to "past STJ hometown", I see you didn't stick around in STJ for long. When I see that the local newspaper lists HCCC as the choice of where the valedictorian and salutatorian plan on attending, opportunity is what comes to mind.
Terry

Argyle, NY

#11 Jan 20, 2010
To all, a larger school is not what the merger would b, ST. J had 800 students in 1973.
Terry

Argyle, NY

#12 Jan 21, 2010
Me Too, Ft Plain would still be larger by 300 kids, with merger.
Who cares

United States

#13 Jan 22, 2010
Who cares this school system in great old St. Johnsville NY sucks. This place is a .ucking dump. The teachers here dont want to do anything any way. You get a teacher like Deena Brundage thinks she better then you. The last time I know she dresses the same and etc. There other people educated to, you dam Moran. Get the corn cob out of your ass. You .itch.
Terry

Argyle, NY

#14 Jan 25, 2010
To who cares, What with Dinas Brudages attire? I think she dresses like a teacher should. Why not wash your kids and put on proper clothes so they look like they want to learn, and get off welfare.

Since: Jan 10

Troy, NY

#15 Jan 26, 2010
Ive been involved with kids from both schools. They get along just fine. Have you ever spent an extended time in either one of the schools? Ive seen the interaction between kids from OE and ST.J. That is not even going to be an issue. On a positive note the teachers will be able to teach in thier field of expertise. The school system will be able to get rid of some of the teachers that are not competant (and there are some in both school systems).
Terry

Argyle, NY

#16 Jan 26, 2010
yesterday , kids going to school in t- shirts , what kind of parents are u.
Who Cares

Saint Johnsville, NY

#17 Jan 26, 2010
Terry wrote:
To who cares, What with Dinas Brudages attire? I think she dresses like a teacher should. Why not wash your kids and put on proper clothes so they look like they want to learn, and get off welfare.
Well you stupid .uck. I can tell you work in the school system' I am not on welfare like the rest of this town. I have an education from a real college. So stop talking out of your ass. And you think your a big shit because your on the fire department and you are not.
Real College

Argyle, NY

#18 Jan 26, 2010
Who Cares wrote:
<quoted text> Well you stupid .uck. I can tell you work in the school system' I am not on welfare like the rest of this town. I have an education from a real college. So stop talking out of your ass. And you think your a big shit because your on the fire department and you are not.
I can tell you went to a "real college" because of you insightful commentary. Your eye for fashion and knowledge of rectal corn cob placement make me think you really broadened your "cheeks", I mean horizons, at school. Was he cute?
Terry

Argyle, NY

#19 Jan 27, 2010
To who cares, What college, Herkimer Or FM.? Whats wrong with the FD?
Who Cares

United States

#20 Jan 31, 2010
Mom and Wife --STJ-- wrote:
Has anyone thought about how this will effect the students?
Sure if they are the jocks or the bullies everything will be just fine, but what about the kids that are already getting picked on in school, what about the kids that are already getting pushed along just to get them out? What about all of those kids that this merger would harm? These kids have gone to a very small school for all of their lives, I see many kids being uncomfortalbe with a new, and bigger school, with more kids picking on them. I see many kids leaving the district also, or if not leaving the district then dropping out of school when they are old enough!
I think that this whole merger idea is a VERY BAD one! Everyone is more concerned aboput state aide and lowering taxes.....what about the kids?!?!?! Isn't this what and who this whole thing is supposed to be for anyway? Or has everyone forgot that when it comes to the money in their pocket?
Fort Plain Canjoharie, St. Johnsville all sucks

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