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Superintendent of Schools

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Fort Plain, NY 13339



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2017-18 proposed budget goes before residents on May 16

On Tuesday, May 16, residents of the Fort Plain Central School District will vote on a proposed $19,890,000 budget for the 2017-18 school year. The Board of Education adopted the budget proposal on Wednesday, April 12.

The proposed budget carries a 2 percent spending increase with a 1.95 percent tax levy increase, which is below the District’s calculated tax levy “cap” of 6.26 percent. A simple majority of voters (more than 50 percent) is required for budget approval.

“The priorities identified by the Board of Education continue to guide budget development in the FPCSD,” said Dr. David Ziskin, superintendent of schools. Read more

Notice of Public Hearing on May 3

A Public Hearing on the proposed 2017-18 Fort Plain School District Budget for the 2017-2018 will be held in the Jr. Sr. High School Auditorium on Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. The annual Budget Vote and Election will be held in Harry Hoag School Gymnasium on Tuesday, May 16, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  Read more

Jr./Sr. HS Spring Portraits taken on May 3

Lifetouch Spring Portraits will be taken on Wednesday, May 3 during lunches. These portraits are completely optional and will only be taken if a student brings their payment with them that day. Portraits may also be pre-purchased online at using picture day ID AD256956Q0. Portrait envelopes have been distributed to students. Please contact Mrs. Linda Cole at the high school with any questions.

Jr./Sr. HS named Students of the Month

Students of the Month 

Congratulations to: Seth Rivkowich(7th), Zavia Allen (8th), Ethan Gallt (9th), Bryce Thibodeau (10th, Hannah Leonard (11th), and Alexis Hagadorn(12th) for being named Students of the Month for March. See January and February's Students of the Month here.

Harry Hoag Students of the Month for March

Students of the Month 

Congratulations to: Jacklynn Ojeda (K), Dio Callan (1), Jaylynn Snell (2, Sofia Lily Bates (5), Alexis Euler (6), and Rylee Herron (6).

Fort Plain Jr./Sr. HS Art teacher prepares for American Ninja Warrior

It started off as a way to bond with his children but it turned into a three-year physical and mental journey toward becoming an American Ninja Warrior for 40-year old Fort Plain art teacher, Geoff Snyder.

Geoff SnyderAlways fitness-minded, Geoff and his son began building their own Ninja courses in their backyard after watching the television show that features a live-action obstacle course.

“It started with a peg-board in my backyard,” explains Geoff. “This gave me and my kids a way to bond and offered an outlet for me.” Read more

Fort Plain Jr./Sr. HS names students to Honor Roll and Principal's List for Third Quarter

Congratulations to the following students who were recently named to the Honor Roll and Principal's List at Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School. Read more

2017-18 New York State budget includes $1.1 billion education funding increase, preserves Foundation Aid formula

POSTED APRIL 10, 2017 - On Sunday, April 9, New York lawmakers approved a 2017-18 state budget that calls for an overall increase in education funding of $1.1 billion, or 4.4 percent.

Lawmakers enacted the budget nine days after the April 1 state budget deadline, providing school district leaders with critical state aid information as they finalize school budget proposals for the 2017-18 school year. Voters will consider those proposals during the statewide school budget vote day on Tuesday, May 16. Read more


Chess Club

Harry Hoag Chess Club had approximately 30 students in grades 3rd – 6th participate in Chess Club this year. They met on Tuesdays in the Elementary School library where they learned about the "Game of Kings" over the last three months. They were guided in their discovery by advisors Mr. and Mrs. Arndt. Several high school student volunteers, including Bradley Najdek (grade 10), Shawn Murphy, Chris Burgess and Cameron Tamsett (all grade 8) assisted the chess club. Read more

Fort Plain students participated in Watershed Symposium

Watershed Symposium Poster

On Friday, Mar. 17, the Geology Department at Union College hosted the Ninth Symposium on the physical aspects of the Mohawk Watershed in New York State. The scientific program was partly focussed on water quality, in addition to a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal. The meeting highlighted recent and on-going work in the watershed during oral and poster presentations and technical sessions. Fort Plain had two groups of student respresentatives participate. Read more

Harry Hoag is accepting registrations for Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year has begun at Fort Plain School District.

If your child will turn 5 years old by Dec. 1, 2017 then he/she is eligable for Kindergarten.,  Please call 518-993-4000 ext. #3013 to register your child for 2017-2018 school year. We will then send you a packet to fill out to start the registration process for your child. You may also pick up a packet by coming to the school during school hours 7:30 a.m..– 3:30 p.m.

Students currently enrolled in our PreK Program will automatically be registered for Kindergarten at Harry Hoag. If your child will not attend our Kindergarten, please notify your child’s teacher.

Children who turn 4 years old on or before 12/1/17 are eligible for PreK. 2017-2018 full day Pre-K applications will be available April 3. You may pick them up at the Elementary Kiosk after 8:00 a.m. If you have any questions you may call the Elementary Kiosk at 993-4000 ext. #3013.

Congratulations to the Battle of the Books Champions

Battle of the Books winners
Congratulations to Fort Plain High School's winning team: Quinn Jones, Sherry Huang, Kevin Staples and Michael D'Arcanelis (who stood in for Bryce Thibodeau who was sick). The team was given nine questions for the tie breaker between Oneonta and Fort Plain and they won 10-6. Great job!

April menus are now available here.

Athletics schedules available on-line

The Fort Plain School District and WAC athletics schedules are now posted at

Water test results are in for Fort Plain CSD

A letter from Superintendent David Ziskin will be mailed home describing the results of water testing completed at The Harry Hoag Elementary building. A copy of the letter, along with information regarding lead testing requirements can be found here.

Fitness opportunities at FPSD

The Fort Plain Pacers Walking Program will run through April 30. Walking is permitted on school days from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Visit the District Office to have your card re-activated for returning walkers, or to sign up. New member cards cost $5.00. 

This year, the Board of Education would like to open the Fitness Center to members of our community from Nov. 1 - April 30. The cost is $20.00 per month – payable at the beginning of each month. Hours will be posted once a schedule has been developed.

If you have any questions regarding either program, please contact Becky in the District Office at 518-993-4000 ext. #1000.

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