Legal Notice – School budget vote and elections



To the qualified voters of the Fort Plain Central School District, Fort Plain, NY: NOTICE is hereby given that the Public Hearing on the School District Budget for the 2018-2019 school year will be held in the Harry Hoag District Office Conference Room on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual District Meeting and Election of the qualified voters of the Fort Plain Central School District will be held in the Harry Hoag School Gymnasium in said District on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at which time said vote and election will be held between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., prevailing time at which time the polls will be opened to vote by voting machine upon the following items:

Proposition 1: To adopt the annual budget of the School District for the fiscal year 2018-2019 and to authorize the requisite portion thereof to be raised by taxation on the taxable property of the District.

Proposition 2: Authorization to Purchase Buses:  Shall the Board of Education of the Fort Plain Central School District be authorized to:  (a) acquire school vehicles at a maximum aggregate cost of $230,000.00; (b) expend such sums for such purpose; (c) expend from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund an amount not to exceed $230,000.00 for such purpose; (d) levy the necessary tax therefore, to be levied and collected in such amounts as may be determined by the Board of Education taking into account state aid received and amounts disbursed from the reserve fund; and (e) in anticipation of the collection of such tax, to issue bonds and notes of the District at one time or from time to time in the principal amount not to exceed $230,000, and to levy a tax to pay the interest on such obligations when due?

Proposition 3: Authorization for Increase in the Library Tax Levy:  Shall the annual appropriation to support and maintain the Fort Plain Free Library be increased by $5,000 to $80,000, which sum shall be separate and apart from the Fort Plain Central School District annual school district budget and be raised annually by a tax upon the taxable property of the school district, and which appropriation shall be the annual appropriation for the library until changed by further vote of the electors of the school district, and such tax shall be levied and collected yearly as are other general taxes and such monies paid over to the trustees of the Library?

To elect two (2) members of the Board of Education to a three (3) year term commencing on July 1, 2018 and expiring on June 30, 2021 to succeed Jami L. Stevens and Mary Beth Hudyncia whose terms expire on June 30, 2018.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education shall be filed with the Clerk of said School District at his office in the Harry Hoag School not later than April 16, 2018 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Each petition shall be directed to the Clerk of the District and shall be signed by at least 25 voters of the District, and must state the name and residence of the candidate.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that applications for absentee ballots will be obtainable between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays, from the District Clerk. The District Clerk must receive completed applications at least seven (7) days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. Absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk not later than 4:00 p.m., prevailing time, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

A list of persons to whom absentee ballots are issued will be available for inspection to qualified voters of the District in the office of the District Clerk on and after May 14, 2018 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays prior to the day set for the annual election and on May 15, 2018, the day set for the election. Any qualified voter present in the polling place may object to the voting of the ballot upon appropriate grounds by making his/her challenge and the reasons therefore known to the Inspector of Election before the close of the polls.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the qualified voters of the School District shall be entitled to vote at said annual vote and election. A qualified voter is one who is (1) a citizen of the United States of America, (2) eighteen years of age or older, and (3) a resident within the School District for a period of thirty (30) days immediately preceding the annual election. The School District may require all persons offering to vote at the budget vote and election to provide one form of proof of residency pursuant to Education Law Section 2018-c. Such form may include a driver’s license, a non-driver identification card, a utility bill or a voter registration card. Upon offer of proof of residency, the School District may also require all persons offering to vote to provide their signature, printed name and address.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to a rule adopted by the Board of Education in accordance with Sections 2035 and 2008 of the Education law, any referenda or propositions to amend the budget, or otherwise to be submitted for voting at said vote and election, must be filed with the Board of Education at the Fort Plain Central School District on or before April 16, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., prevailing time; must be typed or printed in the English language; must be directed to the Clerk of the School District; must be signed by at least twenty-five (25) qualified voters, or five percent (5%) of the registered voters of the District who voted in the previous annual election of Board members, whichever is greater; and must state the name and residence of each signer.  However, the School Board will not entertain or place before the voters any proposition if its purpose is beyond the power of the voters or is illegal, or any proposition requiring the expenditure of moneys which fails to include specific appropriations for all such expenditures required by the proposition.

Agenda for Board of Education Meeting – March 14, 2018

The Fort Plain Central School Board of Education will meet in Regular session on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in the Ronald H. Thibodeau Conference  Room at the Harry Hoag School.

The agenda is as follows:

The agenda is as follows:

  1. Call to Order following the Public Hearing
  2. Time for Visitors
    • Jr. Sr. High School Attendance Committee
  3. Accept Treasurer’s Reports for Money market, Payroll, ACH Saving, Special Reserve, and General Fund for January 2018 (Tab#3)
  4. Accept Budget Amendments  for January 2018 (Tab #3)
  5. Accept Budget Reports for January 2018 (Tab #1)
  6. Accept Treasurer’s Reports for Extra-Classroom Funds for July 2017 (Tab #3)
  7. Accept Claims Auditor’s Reports for January 2017 (Tab #3)
  8. Accept Budget Reports for January 2017 (Tab #3)
  9. Committee Reports
    1. Policy Committee(Tab #4)
      • Approve amendment to Policy #5750 – School Bus Safety Program
  10. Previous Business
  11. New Business
  12. Business Manager
  13. Superintendent’s Report (Tab #5)
    1. Informational Items
      • 2nd Quarter Academic Athletic Report
      • HFM BOCES Annual Meeting
    2. Approve Agreement with Village of Fort Plain/Fort Plain Police Department
    3. Accept Check fro REFUEL – awarded to Mr. Karker
    4. Approve Merger of Wrestling, Swimming, Cross Country, and Volleyball Programs with Canajoharie Central School District
    5. Approve Merger of Football at all levels with Canajoharie Central School District
    6. Public Comment
    7. Executive Session
    8. Approve CSE/CPSE/504 Recommendations (Tab # 6)
    9. Approve HFM BOCES Substitute List Dated March 2, 2017 (Tab #7)
    10. Appoint Extra Duty Positions (Tab # 8)
    11. Appoint School Volunteers (Tab # 8)
    12. Appoint Long Term Substitute  (Tab #9)
    13. Tenure Aointments (Tab #9)
    14. Adjournment

Support documents are a scanned PDF. Visually impaired visitors are asked to contact the district office at (518) 993-4000 ext. #1000 for assistance.

Hands-on experiment helps sixth graders understand scientific principle

Girl in purple shirt watches intently as she holds test tube over Bunsen burner

Last month, Mr. Hanifin’s sixth grade science students conducted a great hands-on experiment.

They used a Bunsen Burner to boil a test tube of colored water.  Using test tube clamps, they dropped the hot tube into a graduated cylinder filled with tap water.  The colored water rushed upward out of the test tube to form a colored layer on the top of the graduated cylinder.

So what happened? It’s called “convection.” Hotter, less dense materials rise (think a hot air balloon) and colder, denser materials sink under the influence of gravity. As hot and cold layers mix, they transfer heat. That heat transfer plays a part in ocean currents, wind, and weather. By reducing convection, researchers create lightweight insulated clothing such as Under Armour. By increasing convection, they create faster cooking convection ovens.



Who knows? Maybe this cool experiment will inspire some of Mr. Hanifin’s students to become great scientists.

close up of hand holding test tube of red liquid over open flame

Boy wearing goggles hold a test tube of red liquid over an open flame, two other students look on

Fort Plain Faculty/Staff Hoops set for Mar. 9

Harry Hoag School Gym will host the 2018 Faculty/Staff Basketball game on Friday, Mar. 9.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. when students in grades 4-6 take the court for biddy basketball.  At 6 p.m., eight teams made up of a teacher, a junior or senior, and a sixth grader take the court for a skills challenge. The teams race to hit a free throw, a three-pointer, and a half-court shot. The main event, a coed faculty/staff basketball game, tips off at 7 p.m.

The annual event will pit Team Crisman against Team Larrabee. The game promises to be exciting and fun. Everyone is invited to come and cheer on their favorite teachers and school employees.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for students in grades 7-12, and free for students PK-6. All K-6 students need to be accompanied by an adult.

Half-time of the adult game will feature a half-court shooting challenge. One dollar buys a chance to hit a half-court shot to win five dollars. Hit two shots and win an iTune card.

All proceeds go to the PTA, which underwrites educational and extracurricular activities not funded in the school budget.

Lauri Broady honored as Friend to Education

Woman in black dress wearing a white corsage standing next to a man in a dark suit.
Mrs. Broady and Fort Plain Superintendent Dr. David Ziskin share a happy moment at a CASDA luncheon where Mrs. Broady received the association’s Friend of Education award.

On Feb. 16, Fort Plain CSD’s Lauri Broady was honored with the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Friends of Education Award.

CASDA presents this award to recognize the selfless contributions of individuals who dedicate themselves to serving students and the school community.

Although Mrs. Broady is the school’s food service manager, she is much more.

Many people do not realize that she serves both Fort Plain and Canajoharie. She works together with the cafeteria staffs to ensure students receive appetizing and highly nutritional meals. To make certain that all students had access to those meals, so Mrs. Broady led successful applications to the USDA Community Eligibility Program. Under this grant, all students in both districts receive a free nutritious breakfast and lunch each school day. Her shared responsibilities extend beyond the cafeteria. She co-directs plays and musicals for Canajoharie-Fort Plain Drama Club and coordinates the Canajoharie-Fort Plain Health and Wellness Fair.

Her efforts don’t stop there.

In Fort Plain, she teaches four Talented and Gifted groups. She is the advisor for the Harry Hoag student council and produces the district newsletter that runs in the Pennysaver.

Mrs. Broady is truly a Friend of Education.

Harry Hoag Elementary Students of the Month for December 2017

Congratulations to the December 2017 Harry Hoag Elementary School students of the month!

  • First Grade – Zoe Paul
  • Second Grade – Joshua Groff
  • Second Grade – Gabriella Steinhauer
  • Second Grade – Caitlyn Voght
  • Third Grade – Jayson Austin
  • Fourth Grade – Patrick Hayden