2017-18 proposed budget goes before residents on
On Tuesday, May 16, residents of the Fort
Plain Central School District will vote on a proposed $19,890,000
budget for the 2017-18 school year. The Board of Education adopted
the budget proposal on Wednesday, April 12.
The proposed budget carries a 2 percent
spending increase with a 1.95 percent tax levy increase, which is
below the District’s calculated tax levy “cap” of 6.26 percent. A
simple majority of voters (more than 50 percent) is required for
“The priorities identified by the Board of
Education continue to guide budget development in the FPCSD,” said
Dr. David Ziskin, superintendent of schools.
Notice of Public Hearing on May 3
A Public Hearing on the proposed 2017-18 Fort
Plain School District Budget for the 2017-2018 will be held in the
Jr. Sr. High School Auditorium on Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. The
annual Budget Vote and Election will be held in Harry Hoag School
Gymnasium on Tuesday, May 16, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and
Jr./Sr. HS Spring Portraits taken on May 3
Lifetouch Spring Portraits will be taken on
Wednesday, May 3 during lunches. These portraits are completely
optional and will only be taken if a student brings their payment
with them that day. Portraits may also be pre-purchased online at
mylifetouch.com using picture day ID AD256956Q0. Portrait envelopes
have been distributed to students. Please contact Mrs. Linda Cole at
the high school with any questions.
Jr./Sr. HS named Students of the Month
Congratulations to: Seth Rivkowich(7th), Zavia
Allen (8th), Ethan Gallt (9th), Bryce Thibodeau (10th, Hannah
Leonard (11th), and Alexis Hagadorn(12th) for being named Students
of the Month for March. See January and February's Students of the
Harry Hoag Students of the Month for March
Congratulations to: Jacklynn Ojeda (K), Dio
Callan (1), Jaylynn Snell (2, Sofia Lily Bates (5), Alexis Euler
(6), and Rylee Herron (6).
Fort Plain Jr./Sr. HS Art teacher prepares for
American Ninja Warrior
It started off as a way to bond with his
children but it turned into a three-year physical and mental journey
toward becoming an American Ninja Warrior for 40-year old Fort Plain
art teacher, Geoff Snyder.
fitness-minded, Geoff and his son began building their own Ninja
courses in their backyard after watching the television show that
features a live-action obstacle course.
“It started with a peg-board in my backyard,”
explains Geoff. “This gave me and my kids a way to bond and offered
an outlet for me.”
Fort Plain Jr./Sr. HS names students to Honor
Roll and Principal's List for Third Quarter
Congratulations to the following students who
were recently named to the Honor Roll and Principal's List at Fort
Plain Jr./Sr. High School.
2017-18 New York State budget includes $1.1
billion education funding increase, preserves Foundation Aid formula
POSTED APRIL 10, 2017 - On Sunday, April 9,
New York lawmakers approved a 2017-18 state budget that calls for an
overall increase in education funding of $1.1 billion, or 4.4
Lawmakers enacted the budget nine days after
the April 1 state budget deadline, providing school district leaders
with critical state aid information as they finalize school budget
proposals for the 2017-18 school year. Voters will consider those
proposals during the statewide school budget vote day on Tuesday,
Harry Hoag Chess Club had approximately 30
students in grades 3rd – 6th participate in Chess Club this year.
They met on Tuesdays in the Elementary School library where they
learned about the "Game of Kings" over the last three months. They
were guided in their discovery by advisors Mr. and Mrs. Arndt.
Several high school student volunteers, including Bradley Najdek
(grade 10), Shawn Murphy, Chris Burgess and Cameron Tamsett (all
grade 8) assisted the chess club.
Fort Plain students participated in Watershed
On Friday, Mar. 17, the Geology Department at
Union College hosted the Ninth Symposium on the physical aspects of
the Mohawk Watershed in New York State. The scientific program was
partly focussed on water quality, in addition to a celebration of
the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal. The meeting highlighted
recent and on-going work in the watershed during oral and poster
presentations and technical sessions. Fort Plain had two groups of
student respresentatives participate.
Harry Hoag is accepting registrations for Kindergarten and
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018
school year has begun at Fort Plain School District.
If your child will turn 5 years old by Dec. 1, 2017 then he/she is
eligable for Kindergarten., Please call 518-993-4000 ext.
#3013 to register your child for 2017-2018 school year. We will
then send you a packet to fill out to start the registration
process for your child. You may also pick up a packet by coming to
the school during school hours 7:30 a.m..– 3:30 p.m.
Students currently enrolled in our PreK Program will automatically
be registered for Kindergarten at Harry Hoag. If your child will
not attend our Kindergarten, please notify your child’s teacher.
Children who turn 4 years old on or before 12/1/17 are eligible for
PreK. 2017-2018 full day Pre-K applications will be available April
3. You may pick them up at the Elementary Kiosk after 8:00 a.m. If
you have any questions you may call the Elementary Kiosk at
993-4000 ext. #3013.
Congratulations to the Battle of the Books Champions
Congratulations to Fort Plain High School's winning team: Quinn
Jones, Sherry Huang, Kevin Staples and Michael D'Arcanelis (who
stood in for Bryce Thibodeau who was sick). The team was given nine questions for the tie breaker
between Oneonta and
Fort Plain and they won 10-6. Great job!
April menus are now available
Athletics schedules available on-line
The Fort Plain School District and WAC
athletics schedules are now posted at
Water test results are in for Fort Plain CSD
A letter from Superintendent David Ziskin
will be mailed home describing the results of water testing
completed at The Harry Hoag Elementary building. A copy of the
letter, along with information regarding lead testing requirements
can be found
Fitness opportunities at FPSD
The Fort Plain Pacers Walking Program will run through April 30. Walking is
permitted on school days from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Visit the District
Office to have your card re-activated for returning walkers, or to
sign up. New member cards cost $5.00.
This year, the Board of Education would like
to open the Fitness Center to members of our community from Nov. 1
- April 30. The cost is $20.00 per month – payable at the beginning
of each month. Hours will be posted once a schedule has been
If you have any questions regarding either
program, please contact Becky in the District Office at
518-993-4000 ext. #1000.