Over the years, people in the Oppenheim-Ephratah School District have fought for their children to be sheltered in a small school and secluded from the maturity of a big school. Everything the people of OECS have tried to keep is soon to be lost if the merger doesn't go through. There is nothing to be gained for the students by voting no, and taxes are not going to go up if the merger is passed. There are people out there with agendas to see this vote go down with no good reason. They are preying on district residents who have not read the study and feeding the community nothing but lies to satisfy their own agendas. They have exhausted all their efforts in disputing the positives in the results of the merger study. They have not offered anything positive that will happen if the merger doesn't go through. The truth is there is nothing good that can happen. I haven't heard any of them give the resolution to what OE will do next if the merger doesn't go through. You can believe that the district is making idle threats, but they have been threatening every year to make more critical cuts, and every year they have had to make critical cuts and have depleted the district's fund balance. They have no idea how the district can survive.
A merged district between OECS and St. Johnsville would still be a small school and the residents of these two districts could still feel the security of the small- school atmosphere. I find it hard to believe that there are still district residents out there who are willing to cut more from the children of this district. Most residents have no idea how much has already been cut over the years. Our children deserve to get an education and have better opportunities. They do not need to be shipped off to other schools to get their education. No one ever wants their school to lose their identity, but the children of both these two districts could now have the opportunity to become a new identity together instead of being forced into someone else's school identity. I urge everyone to look at the facts surrounding the study, and please do not believe the gossip. It is more important than ever that everyone votes yes.