Free Story hour for kindergarten and first grade

Thanks to a grant from the Yerdon Foundation, the Fort Plain Free Library will be teaming up with Harry Hoag Elementary to present a series of free story hours. Free Story Hour is open to all kindergarten and first grade students, parents or caregivers are more than welcome to join in. Each story hour will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Harry Hoag Library, and at the Fort Plain Library on the 4th or last Tuesday of the month. Program runs from November through the end of May.

This collaboration will help to get more great books in the hands of families, while encouraging every-day home reading time. The Story Hours will be facilitated by local artist Mrs. Joanne Resch. She will work with Harry Hoag Library Media Specialist Mrs. Terri Brown, to present unique themes and projects for each monthly session.

The program features a ‘whole book approach’ of sharing storybooks with children known as “READ”:
R: Read a story with the children
E: Exercise relating to the story
A: Art activity is enjoyed by all
D: Discover more books to enjoy at home.

Fort Plain looks to leverage Smart Bond to upgrade security, add classroom technology

The Fort Plain School District is looking to upgrade security and add classroom technology with money provided from the 2014 Smart Schools Investment Act.

In total, $2 billion worth of funds were approved statewide as part of the Smart Schools Bond Act, to be distributed to all public schools in New York. To receive the money, districts were required to submit a Smart Schools Investment Plan to the Smart Schools Review Board for approval.

The district’s allocation of the Smart Schools Bond Act is $1,140,000. The Fort Plain Investment plan includes $240,000 to be spent on security upgrades, and $900,000 to be spend on devices and instructional support. This will help the district to meet its 1:1 initiative – allowing each student to have access to Chromebooks and laptop computers while in school.

Fort Plain formed a Smart Bond Committee of administration, staff, students, parents and community members to collectively decide how to best spend the bond money.

Mr. Cuomo said in a release, “The tools and resources schools will be able to attain with this funding will help equip the next generation of New Yorkers to lead this state into the future.”

2016-17 School Budget Approved

During the 2016-17 school year, Fort Plain Central School District is operating on a $19.5 budget that was approved by voters May 17, 2016.

Fort Plain Central School District residents voted in support of the district’s 2016-17 school budget by a vote of 173 to 31. The approved $19.5 million plan called for a 2.68 percent increase over the 2015-16 spending plan, but carried no increase in the tax levy.

Board of Education: Voters re-elected two board members. Ronald F. Kardash received 176 votes and L. Joseph Bartholomew received 170.

School vehicle proposition: Residents approved a school vehicle proposition by a vote of to 158 to 45.