Fort Plain to share Regents scanning equipment
with St. Johnsville and Canajoharie
The Fort Plain, Canajoharie, and St.
Johnsville Central School Districts will save about 50 cents per
student after agreeing to purchase Regents exam scanning equipment.
The New York State Board of Regents mandates that all student answer
sheets be scanned, recorded, and maintained electronically.
The move is part of Fort Plain’s plan to
examine all of its expenses and cut costs.
The three districts will equally share the
total $1,000 cost of the equipment, which includes a scanner and
software. Fort Plain will provide the computer. Before the purchase,
the exams were scanned at Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES.
“This reduces the cost of transportation
because someone had to travel to BOCES every day,” said Fort Plain
Superintendent Douglas C. Burton.
“It’s another example of all three communities
working together on something that is mandated (by the state) to
reduce expenses and ease the tax burden.”
The three districts currently share food
services, and Fort Plain manages all transportation services for St.
Schools administer Regents exams three times a
year, and district leaders estimate that the cost of sending one
exam to BOCES was about $2.10 per student, per exam. With the new
equipment, costs will decrease to about $1.60 per exam.
“If each student in grades 9-12 took just one
Regents exam, we’d save $119.50 each time we scanned the exams
ourselves. So, the equipment would pay for itself in about a year,”
Mr. Burton said.
“The savings aren’t huge by any means, but
we’re not just looking at the big expenses, but the smaller ones