Residents getting help with voter registration

ST. JOHNSVILLE – The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District will give district residents an opportunity to register to vote in district budget and school board votes.

OESJ District Clerk Anna O’Connell said people who live in the district and already are registered to vote through the county board of elections will be able to vote without registering. Others would need to register.

At a school board meeting this week, O’Connell showed people the personal registration form.

“If you would just like to be registered for our school election, this is the form you would need to fill out,” O’Connell said.

Each person would need to register independently at O’Connell’s office or at a table at a school event.

The personal registration forms also will be available online on the district’s website. People can fill out the paperwork and turn it in at the school.

O’Connell said she will have a registry of voters so people can check their status.

O’Connell said the first voter registration day will be Feb. 27 at D.H. Robbins Elementary and the OESJ Elementary and Middle School from 4 to 6 p.m.

More voting registration days will be held, O’Connell said, including on the day of the budget vote.

However, she said those who register the day of the vote would be unable to vote that day.

O’Connell said she is looking for volunteers to work at polls.

Training is being provided by the Board of Elections on May 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.

In other district news, Ronald Smith, principal of the OESJ high school, said Regents scores need improvement.

“To be candid and upfront, it was not as good as where we need to be,” Smith said of January Regents test results.

He said 57 students took the English language arts exam, but only 42 passed. In global studies, 24 students took the test and 20 failed.

Smith said the district will work on ways to improve the test scores.

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