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Voters approve 2017-18 Fort Plain budget

Fort Plain Central School District residents voted in support of the district’s 2017-18 school budget Tuesday by a vote of 159 to 48. The approved $19,890,000 budget plan calls for a 2 percent spending increase over the current year’s budget with a 1.95 percent tax levy increase.

“We deeply appreciate the continued strong support our schools receive from the Fort Plain community,” said Dr. David Ziskin, Superintendent. “This budget positions our district to maintain programs and foster growth in key areas that will lead to a safe, highly productive learning environment in each of our schools."

Voters also approved a second proposal on the ballot which authorizes the use of $270,000 from the District’s Bus Purchase Reserve Fund for the purchase of new school vehicles with 155 yes votes. Expenditures of reserve funds require voter approval; however, since 100 percent of the cost is paid from the fund, there will be no impact on the tax levy.

In addition to voting on the budget, residents re-elected three members of the Board of Education to three-year terms commencing on July 1, 2017 and expiring on June 30, 2020. David Przestrzelski received 161 votes, Todd McFee received 179 votes, and Jeffrey L. Jones received 173 votes.

Harry Hoag Students of the Month for April


Congratulations to: McKenna Hisert (K), Blake Battisti and Hamza Nazir (1), Andrew Henderson and Josephia Carcasole (3),  Addison Parsons (4, not pictured), and Caden Douglas (6).

FP Jr./Sr. HS students get up close look at deadly DWI crash memorial

DWI Memorial










Throughout the day on Tuesday, May 16, students had the opportunity to view The Stop DWI Amy Stock Memorial Trailer which was parked outside the high school.

48-year old Amy Stock was killed by a drunk driver in June 2015. The memorial was created in an effort to preserve the car, tell Stock’s story and educate the public on the dangers of drinking and driving. Members of SADD were on hand to answer any questions. Read More

Fort Plain Junior Emory Sammons takes First Place at the State Finals Rowing Championship

 Fort Plain Junior Emory Sammons recently finished First at the State Finals of the Scholastic Rowing Association of New York State. Featuring competitive rowing for athletes in grades 7-12, the SRA is one of the largest and strongest rowing programs in the country. Read More


Unified Basketball comes to Fort Plain School District

Playing basketball for the school team is something some students never get to experience, whether it’s because of an intellectual or physical disability, or simply a lack of nerves to try out. But thanks to a new program, all students at Fort Plain will now have that opportunity.

The first unified basketball league at Fort Plain CSD kicks off on Thursday at the Harry Hoag Elementary School at 4:15 p.m. The league is put on by the Special Olympics and Section V, which runs school sports in the region. Read more


FPCSD students and teachers helped clean up the bike trail

On Saturday, Apr. 22, Patrick Hanifin (President, FPTA), Rob Jenks (3rd grade teacher), Lance Elliot (Science teacher), and a handful of Mr. Elliot's students participated in the NYS clean up the Bike Path Day which was sponsored by the Shults Insurance Agency and the Friends of Fort Plain.

Bike path clean up 

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.

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

Check out NewsChannel 13's coverage of Mr. Snyder's send off:

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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