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Board of Education adopts proposed 2024-25 proposed budget

During its regular meeting on April 17, 2024, the Fort Plain Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a proposed $23,844,000 budget for the 2024-25 school year.

The school budget represents an increase in spending of $524,000, or 2.25%. over the current year budget. The spending plan will allow the district to maintain all current academic programs and personnel, and will provide for additional supports and learning opportunities for students. 

Under this proposal, the tax levy would increase by 1.43%, which is below the district’s allowable tax cap of 3.43%. Because the tax levy increase remains below the district’s allowable limit, as determined by the state’s tax “cap” formula, a simple majority of voters (50% + 1) is needed to pass the budget.

Voting will take place on May 21, 2024, from 11 a.m to 8 p.m. in the Harry Hoag Elementary School Library, 25 High St., Fort Plain, NY.

View the 2024-25 Fort Plain budget presentation and related materials.

What’s On the Ballot

In addition to the proposed 2024-25 budget, the community will vote on the following:


Proposition 2: Bus Purchase
Residents will be asked to consider the purchase of three buses for approximately $450,000. This will be paid for from Bus Purchase and Capital Reserve funds and will have no impact on the 2024-25 tax levy.

Proposition 3: Fort Plain Free Library Appropriation
Residents will be asked to allow the Fort Plain Free Library to increase its annual taxpayer supported appropriation from $85,000 to $100,000. The library appropriation is separate and apart from the Fort Plain Central School District annual budget. These monies are raised annually along with other taxes on taxable property within the district and paid over by the Fort Plain municipality to the trustees of the library

Board of Education Election

On May 21, votes will elect three members to the Fort Plain Board of Education to serve two three-year terms beginning July 1, 2024 and ending June 30, 2027 and one one-year and six-week term beginning May 21, 2024 and ending June 30, 2025 (to fill a vacancy created by a board member’s resignation.) 

The candidates in the order they will appear on the ballot are: 

  • Neal Van Slyke
  • Sara McDuffee
  • Janel Hearn
  • Jamie Bunker
  • Joshua Parkinson

Learn more about the candidates for the Board of Education.

Public Hearing on the 2024-25 Budget

A public hearing on the proposed 2024-25 budget will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 6 p.m. at the District Office, 25 High Street, Fort Plain, NY. All are welcome to attend and learn more about the 2024-25 proposed budget.  

Please check the budget section of the district website for more information and updates as we move closer to the May 21 budget vote and school board election.