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Voters approve 2024-25 Fort Plain school budget, elect three to school board

Fort Plain Central School District residents voted on May 21, 2024 to approve a $23,844,000 budget for the 2024-25 school year by a vote of 239 to 65.


Voters also approved a referendum by a vote of 225 to 79 authorizing the district to purchase three school buses at a maximum cost of $450,000. These funds will be drawn from the Bus Purchase/Capital Reserve Fund. The purchase will have no impact on the tax levy.

A referendum to allow the Fort Plain Library to increase its annual taxpayer supported appropriation from $85,000 to $100,000 was also approved by a vote of 229 to 77. 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 library’s trustees.

Board of Education election

Additionally, voters elected three individuals to fill vacancies on the Board of Education. The elected candidates are Sara McDuffee (247 votes), Neal VanSlyke (201 votes) and Joshua Parkinson (158 votes).

Sara McDuffee and Neal VanSlyke will serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2024 and ending June 30, 2027.  Joshua Parkinson will serve a one-year and six-week term beginning May 21, 2024 and ending June 30, 2025 (which fills a vacancy created by a board member’s resignation.)

Mark your calendar: May 21 games, festivities and the School Budget vote

Fort Plain Central School District will be the center of many activities on Tuesday, May 21.

Families and community members are encouraged to mark their calendars and join us for the following:

  • K-12 Art Exhibit, 11 a.m-8 p.m., Harry Hoag Elementary School.
  • “Minute to Win It” fun and games, hosted by the Fort Plain PTA, 6- 7 p.m., Harry Hoag Elementary School.
  • Hilltopper Modified Baseball and Softball vs. Richfield Springs, 4:30 p.m., Fort Plain Sports Complex at Harry Hoag Elementary School.

“We are excited to offer our school community a host of activities and events in celebration of our students,” said Superintendent Lauren Crisman. “We welcome everyone to come and enjoy the many activities we have planned.”

School Budget Vote and Board of Education Election

The school budget vote will also take place on May 21, with polls open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Harry Hoag Elementary School Library.

Fort Plain School District residents will be asked to consider the budget for the 2024-25 school year and will vote on two propositions. Residents will also elect three school board members.

Learn more about the budget proposal, the propositions and the board candidates.

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