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A springtime message and updates from Superintendent Lauren Crisman

Greetings Fort Plain community members and Happy Spring! It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the third marking period already.

Learning in our school community

I am continually impressed by the positive attitude and diligent work ethic our students display during each and every school day.

Learning is a lifelong process that requires curiosity, dedication and often hard work. Our classroom lessons are rich with meaningful and enjoyable learning experiences. It is encouraging to see our students using our many school resources to achieve their learning and personal goals.

Our teaching and school teams are committed to promoting student and family engagement in our curriculum and school community. We hope our actions inspire students to attend school daily and aim toward academic achievement and growth. To this end, we have in place a series of prevention strategies and intervention resources to support students, particularly those at risk because of chronic absenteeism.

As professionals, we also take the concept of lifelong learning to heart and continue to study and grow ourselves.

At Harry Hoag Elementary School, our teachers are learning about the Science of Reading and employ proven literacy learning strategies daily to teach our students.

At the Jr./Sr. High School, teachers continue to expand their knowledge about what best motivates teen learners and regularly promote student advocacy and peer leadership opportunities. Examples include the newly reinstated Jr./Sr. High School peer tutoring program and events, such as the 8th Grade Family Night and the Pops Concert, designed to bring our school community together.

School Resource Officer Program update

At the start of this school year, Fort Plain schools implemented the School Resource Officer Program in partnership with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Nick Manginelli has been a welcome addition to our school community. Again this year, Deputy Manginelli led sixth grade students through the D.A.R.E. curriculum, helping them learn to make health decisions and life choices.

Deputy Manginelli also coordinated ALICE training for our faculty and staff to improve our school safety response systems. Additionally, he meets monthly with our District Safety Team, which works to ensure a secure and safe campus. New this year, and as a result of our collaboration, several upgrades have been made to the building level safety plans and crisis response protocols. Too, a portion of equipment funding has been allocated for upgrades to our surveillance equipment.

2024-25 school year budget development

Spring is also the season when our community comes together to vote on our district’s budget for the next school year. One important aspect of school budgeting is ensuring that the budget aligns with the school district’s goals and priorities.

The Board of Education has identified five enduring goals:

  • Improve safety in our schools.
  • Improve student learning outcomes.
  • Build and maintain trusting relationships with students and their families.
  • Support social and emotional wellness for all school community members.
  • Ensure responsible and strategic use of fiscal and human resources to best support the needs of our students.

The school budget is the biggest investment the community collectively makes with its tax dollars. The leadership team works to make sure the budget reflects support for our enduring goals.  The proposed budget will allocate funding for resources that will be used to promote learning, improve emotional well-being, and promote the enhancement of all school programs.  It is our goal to develop the proposed budget in a responsible and transparent manner to the taxpayers.

May 21, 2024 is the date for this year’s school district budget vote and Board of Education election. 

Please visit the 2024-25 Budget resource page to learn more about this year’s budget development process and news. Updates will be added to this page and to the Budget section of the website as they become available.

Thank you for your support!

I hope you each find time to visit our schools this spring. We have so many wonderful activities planned such as an Art Show, A Minute to Win It night hosted by the PTA and the traditional spring concerts and school musical. Please look for details about these and much more in your Parent Square feed, on our district website and social media channels.

Thank you for all you do to support our efforts and those of your children. Your ongoing support of Fort Plain Central School District plays a crucial role in our ability to ensure all students are prepared for success beyond graduation.


Mrs. Crisman
Superintendent of Schools

Congratulations to our 6th Grade D.A.R.E. graduates

A large group of students wearing black t-shirts with the acronym "DARE" in red on their fronts stand together in a school gymnasium. All are holding certificates and looking at and smiling for the camera.
Congratulations to our sixth graders on completing the D.A.R.E. curriculum and learning about making good life decisions.

On Feb. 1, our sixth grade students were recognized for successfully completing the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) curriculum at Harry Hoag Elementary School.

Led by Fort Plain School Resource Officer and Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Manginelli, D.A.R.E. is designed to help support youth in leading safe and healthy lives free from violence, substance abuse and other dangerous behaviors.

“Making good decisions is the foundation of becoming a responsible adult,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Jeffrey T. Smith, who along with Deputy Manginelli, District Superintendent Lauren Crisman and Harry Hoag Principal Jodi Coppolo spoke at the event. “The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is proud to partner with our local school districts in providing D.A.R.E. instruction to our youth.”

“We thank the students, parents, staff and community for being part of this very important process,” Sheriff Smith continued. “Congratulations to the graduates. Take these lessons learned forward and continue to make us proud!”


Welcome Deputy Nicholas Manginelli—Fort Plain’s new school resource officer

Deputy Sheriff Nicolas Manginelli, who has close cut brown hair, is wearing a black sheriff's uniform with the word "sheriff" in yellow across the chest, and gold sheriff's badge, stands in front of book cases full of picture books and looks at and smiles for the camera.
Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Manginelli is Fort Plain Central School District’s new school resource officer.

Beginning this September, Deputy Nicholas Manginelli of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be joining the Fort Plain Central School District team as our new school resource officer (SRO).

Deputy Manginelli is already a familiar presence in our schools and for many of our students—having led our on-campus D.A.R.E. program for sixth graders the last two school years.

In this new role, Deputy Manginelli will be on-campus each school day, from arrival to dismissal. He will spend his days visiting our schools and classrooms, getting to know our students and staff and offering an extra layer of watchfulness and support. In the event of an incident that requires law enforcement intervention, Deputy Manginelli will be ready to assist as a first responder and be an on-campus connection to the sheriff’s office and others.

The school district has contracted with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for this service for the 2023-24 school year.

What is a school resource officer (SRO)?

The primary focus of the school resource officer program is to enhance the safety and security of the learning environment for students, staff, visitors and others in our school community.

Having a regular law enforcement presence in our schools will give our students the opportunity to learn first-hand about the work of law enforcement officers and get to know them as friendly and helpful community partners.

In this role, Deputy Manginelli will also be available for administrators, staff and students to assist in defusing and solving problems before they negatively impact the learning environment or the health, safety and welfare of the students and staff.

Deputy Manginelli has been specially trained for this role of school resource officer.

“Having Deputy Manginelli as part of the Fort Plain Central School district team will support us in our goal of providing a safe and welcoming learning environment across our campus and building important community connections. We are excited for this new partnership and looking forward to working together with Deputy Manginelli for the safety of our schools and students,” said District Superintendent Lauren Crisman.

“I am looking forward to this new role and being able to connect with kids and making sure they feel safe at school so they can learn and have fun there, too,” added Deputy Manginelli.

About Deputy Nicholas Manginelli

Deputy Nicholas Manginelli is a life-long resident of Montgomery County. He grew up in Fonda and graduated from the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District.

Deputy Manginelli attended Fulton Montgomery Community College and holds a degree in criminal justice. He has worked in law enforcement since 2009, first as a corrections officer and, since 2013, as a deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Along with his work as a law enforcement officer, Deputy Manginelli is an active member of his community and volunteers as a coach for many local youth sport teams.

Asked why he chose to become a law enforcement officer, Deputy Manginelli answered “to help people.”

“I was a Boy Scout and an Eagle Scout and this is something I was always taught by my family to do. This is important to me,” Deputy Manginelli said.

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