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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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Legal notice for June 9 school budget vote and Board of Education election

The vote will be conducted by absentee ballot only.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING, BUDGET VOTE AND ELECTION – *COVID-19 UPDATE*

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing of the qualified voters of the Fort Plain Central School District will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2020.  Copies of the budget and the text of any proposition that will be presented to the voters will be available for review by any qualified voter beginning on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 upon request by email to the District Clerk at becky.smith@fortplain.org.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the annual meeting of the qualified voters of the Fort Plain Central School District will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, to vote by absentee ballot exclusively upon the following items:

1. Proposition 1:  To adopt the annual budget of the Fort Plain Central School District for the fiscal year 2020-2021 and to authorize the requisite portion therefore to be raised by taxation on the taxable property on the District.

2. To adopt the following proposition:

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 $338,000.00; (b) expend such sums for such purpose; (c) expend from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund an amount not to exceed $338,000.00 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 $338,000.00 and to levy a tax to pay the interest on such obligations when due?

3. To elect three (3) members of the Board of Education to a three (3) year term each commencing on July 1, 2020 and expiring on June 30, 2023 to succeed Todd McFee, Jeffrey L. Jones and David Przestrzelski whose terms expire on June 30, 2020.

4. To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting pursuant to the   Education Law of the State of New York.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will be required to fund the School District’s budget for the 2020-2021 school year, exclusive of public monies, may be obtained by any taxpayer in the District during the fourteen (14) days immediately preceding June 9, 2020 via email request.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education to fill three (3) expired terms of three (3) years each shall be received by the District Clerk at 25 High Street, Fort Plain, New York, or by email to becky.smith@fortplain.org not later than May 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  Each petition shall be directed to the District Clerk and must state the full name and residence of the candidate (signatures are not required for the petition to be deemed valid, pursuant to Executive Order 202.26).  A copy of such petition and information packet, may be obtained by email request to the District Clerk.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the qualified voters of the School District shall be entitled to vote in said annual vote and election by absentee ballot exclusively due to the prevalence and community spread of COVID-19, that the potential for contraction of the COVID-19 virus shall be deemed temporary illness for all qualified voters. All qualified voters shall receive an absentee ballot with a postage paid return envelope. Completed ballots must be mailed and received by the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.  A qualified voter is one who is (1) a citizen of the United States of America, (2) eighteen (18) years of age or older, (3) resident within the School District for a period of thirty (30) days preceding the annual vote and election and (4) not otherwise disqualified under the Election Law. If you are a qualified voter of the School District and do not receive an absentee ballot and postage paid return envelope please contact the District Clerk by email at becky.smith@fortplain.org as soon as possible to ensure timely receipt of the absentee ballot for the 2020 annual meeting/election.

The Education Law makes special provisions for absentee voting by “permanently disabled” voters of the District and any questions regarding these rights should be directed to the District Clerk. All completed ballots shall be mailed to the Office of the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 9, 2020.

The Education Law also makes special provisions for absentee voting for “military” voters of the District. Specifically, the law provides a unique procedure for “military ballots” in school district votes. Whereas absentee ballots must be received by the voter by mail, a military voter may elect to receive his/her absentee ballot application and absentee ballot by mail, email or facsimile. The military voter must, however, return his/her original military ballot application and military ballot by mail or in person. The District Clerk shall transmit the military voter’s military ballot in accord with the military voter’s preferred method of transmission not later than May 15, 2020. The District Clerk must then receive the military voter’s military ballot by mail not later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the vote.

A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots shall have been issued will be available upon request to the   District Clerk on each of the five days prior to the day of the election, except Saturday or Sunday, and   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 reasons therefore known to the Inspector of Election before the close of the polls.

AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a rule adopted by the Board of Education in accordance with Education Law §§ 2035, 2008, any referenda or propositions to amend the budget, or otherwise to be submitted for voting at said election, must be filed with and directed to the District Clerk at the District Office, on or before May 8, 2020; must be typed or printed in the English language. However, the Board of Education will not entertain or place before the voters any petition or any proposition if its purpose is beyond the power of the voters or is illegal, or any proposition requiring the expenditure of monies which fails to include specific appropriations for all such expenditures required by the proposition.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE FORT PLAIN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, COUNTY OF MONTGOMERY, STATE OF NEW YORK.

Rebecca J. Smith
District Clerk

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