OESJ names interim superintendent

ST. JOHNSVILLE — Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District named Dr. Joseph L. Natale as the district’s interim superintendent for the 2018-19 school year.

According to a press release, Natale began his term as interim superintendent on June 11 and will serve through June 30, 2019.

He was appointed as interim superintendent following the resignation of the former superintendent, David Halloran who has been appointed superintendent of the Gloversville Enlarged School District.

According to the release, Natale is excited to leading the district for the 2018-19 school year and is looking forward to working with staff, students, and the community as the $24 million capital project begins this fall.

“Although completion of the project will take some tome, I look forward to participating in what will become a much more positive learning environment for students and staff throughout the district,” Natale said.

Natale has plans to examine the academics and needs of the staff and students. The press release states that he has been focused on academics and achieving excellence in the Classroom, such as a new English Language Arts and mathematics program.

Another issue Natale plans to tackle is the recent merging of Oppenheim-Ephratah School District and St. Johnsville School District which merged to OESJ in 2013. Natale has experience with mergers and said the hard work often begins in the years following.

“It appears that the new community is coming together as a unified district, and that’s very important,” Natale said in the press release. “In the end , we have to keep the focus on education. We are in the kid business. We want to have the best school district in the area.”

Natale earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mathematics from SUNY Albany and his doctorate in educational administration from SUNY Albany. He began his career teaching math at the Greater Amsterdam School District.

According to the release Natale was the superintendent of Warwick Valley Central School District from 1988-2006. He served as interim superintendent at Mayfield Central School District for the 2013-14 school year and at the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District in the 2014-15 school year. He was the director for school consultant services for the New York State Boards Association for six years.