O-E selects new superintendent

ST. JOHNSVILLE – The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District Board of Education unanimously selected current St. Johnsville Superintendent Laura Campione Lawrence to be the first superintendent of the newly merged district.

The board selected Campione Lawrence following its interview with her Tuesday, a news release said. Campione Lawrence will be formally appointed to the position once contract details are negotiated, the release said.

“The board has made an excellent decision selecting a leader to guide the new district,” Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Superintendent Patrick Michel said in the release. “I am confident that Ms. Campione Lawrence’s leadership will help create a new school district that will provide a 21st century education for students that far exceeds what the two former districts could have ever provided as separate entities.”

Campione Lawrence has served as the St. Johnsville superintendent since the beginning of the 2012-13 school year and served as deputy superintendent prior to that. Before becoming superintendent, she was the principal of St. Johnsville’s David H. Robbins Elementary School for six years. During her time as principal, the release said, she also served as the district’s director of special education, the Committee on Special Education chairwoman and the director of the Head Start program.

“I’m thrilled the board of education selected me and I appreciate their unanimous support,” Campione Lawrence said in the release. “I look forward to working with the board and the staff as we establish the new district and provide opportunities for all students to not just learn, but to excel to higher expectations.”