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At-home learning will continue for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year because of the ongoing COVID-19 public health situation. The 2020-21 budget vote and board elections will be conducted by absentee ballot only. Qualified voters must return ballots to the district by 5 p.m. on June 9. 

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Board of Education to hold meeting April 8

The meeting will be held by a WebEx video conference

The Fort Plain Central School District Board of Education will hold a public hearing and regular meeting on April 8 starting at 6 p.m. To protect the health and safety of the board members, district staff and community, the meeting will be held by a WebEx video conference, with board members and staff participating remotely.

The public hearing is about the instructional program for the proposed 2020-21 school budget.

Community members can listen to the WebEx conference by phone by dialing 1-646-992-2010 and entering the meeting access code 470 146 066. Community members can share comments for the record prior to the meeting by emailing them to District Clerk Becky Smith

Recent guidance from the New York State Education Department addresses the issue of holding Board of Education meetings in light of the circumstances regarding COVID-19:

“Pursuant to Governor Executive Order No. 202.1 issued 3/13/2020, the Open Meetings Law requirements for school board meetings have been temporarily modified, through April 11, 2020, as such:

“Article 7 of the Public Officers Law, to the extent necessary to permit any public body to meet and take such actions authorized by the law without permitting in public in-person access to meetings and authorizing such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding and that such meetings are recorded and later transcribed.”

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