Board of Education
School Board Members
- Todd McFee, President, term expires June 30, 2023
- Kimberly Keane, 1st Vice President, term expires June 30, 2024
- Teresa Karker, 2nd Vice President, term expires June 30, 2024
- Jeffrey Jones, term expires June 30, 2023
- David Przestrzelski, term expires June 30, 2023
- Benjamin Trumbull, term expires June 30, 2025
- Kaitlyn Webb, term expires June 30, 2025
Board of Education members serve for three-year terms. Regular elections for two or three seats are held each year on the third Tuesday in May, the same date residents vote on the coming year’s school budget. New board terms begin on July 1.
Any U.S. citizen who is a resident of Fort Plain Central School District for 30 days prior to the vote may run for a seat on the board. For information on how to be placed on the ballot, contact the district clerk.
Board of Education Meeting Schedule 2022-23
All meetings are held in the Ronald H. Thibodeau Conference Room in the District Office at the time listed, unless otherwise noted.
- Tuesday, July 5, 2022 – Organizational Meeting, 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 17 – Regular Meeting, 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 14 – Regular Meeting, 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, October 12 – Regular Meeting, 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 9 – Regular Meeting, 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 14 – Regular Meeting, 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, January 18, 2023 – Regular Meeting, 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 15 – Regular Meeting, 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 15 – Public Hearing on Transportation, Building and Grounds and Instructional Program Budgets, 6 p.m., Regular Meeting to Follow Public Hearing
- Wednesday, May 3 – Public Hearing to Present Budget, 7 p.m., Regular Meeting to Follow Public Hearing
- Tuesday, May 16 – Budget and Board Candidate Vote, Harry Hoag School Gym, 1 p.m.-9 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 16 – Regular Meeting, 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 14 – Regular Meeting, 7 p.m.
The Fort Plain Central School District Board of Education meeting agendas and minutes are available on BoardDocs. Previous years school board minutes are archived and available by request through the District Office.
How to comment during a public meeting
The Board of Education welcomes public comment at its meetings. During the Public Comment portion of the meeting, the President may ask for brief comments from the public and set a time limit on such comments. Persons wishing to speak will identify themselves with name and address, any organization they may be representing at the meeting and the agenda topic they wish to discuss. Comments should be kept as brief as possible and relate to school matters. Speakers may be limited to five (5) minutes at the discretion of the Board President. After the Open Board Meeting, the Board will proceed to Executive Session. This portion of the meeting is not open to the public as the Board will be discussing legal issues, appointments, resignations, and issues involving specific employees or students which are confidential.
After Executive Session, the Board will reconvene and may take action on issues discussed in executive session. The public is invited to return to this portion of the meeting but they must leave the meeting room during executive session.
What does a Board of Education (school board) member do? Why volunteer to serve on the Board?
Here’s some helpful information from the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).
Responsibilities of a Board Member
With school children always their ultimate focus, school board members act officially at the board table, working with other board members to serve students and accomplish the following:
- Create a shared vision for the future of education
- Set the direction of the school district to achieve the highest student performance
- Provide rigorous accountability for student achievement results
- Develop a budget and present it to the community, aligning district resources to improve achievement
- Support a healthy school district culture for work and learning
- Create strategic partnerships with the community stakeholders
- Build the district’s progress through continuous improvement
- Adopt and maintain current policies
- Hire and evaluate the superintendent
- Ratify collective bargaining agreements
- Maintain strong ethical standards
Characteristics of a Board Member
Below are attributes that all effective board members should possess.
- Effective Communicator: Can describe what he or she wants and describe what others want; a good listener
- Consensus Builder: Capable of working toward decisions that all can support and willing to compromise to achieve goals
- Community Participant: Enjoys meeting a variety of people, can identify the community’s key communicators and reaches out to the community
- Decision Maker: Is comfortable making decisions and can support group decision-making
- Information Processor: Can organize priorities and schedules to handle large amounts of verbal and written information
- Leader: Willing to take risks, be supportive of board colleagues, district staff and community
- Team Player: Helps promote the board’s vision and goals
Contact the Board
- To contact the Board of Education, please email email@example.com.
- Call Becky Smith at 518-993-4000 ext. 1000
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