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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339





Voters approve 2014-15 Fort Plain budget

Fort Plain Central School District residents voted in support of the district’s 2014-15 school budget Tuesday by a vote of 235 to 52. The approved $18.8 million plan calls for a year-to-year spending decrease of 2.59 percent and decreases taxes by 3 percent.

“I’d like to thank all of our residents who came to the polls and voted,” said Superintendent Douglas C. Burton.

“This year’s budget is the end result of years of right-sizing and looking at all the opportunities for savings in the district while maintaining educational opportunities for students of our community.”

Under the approved plan, the district will add a social studies teacher, a special education teacher, and a library media specialist.

The budget decreased from 2013-14 because the district paid off a 1996 building project a year early, and received a restoration of $320,560 of the originally proposed $457,944 Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), which is money the state takes back from each school district to balance the state budget.

Also on the ballot:

During the vote on Tuesday, May 20, residents also elected three Board of Education members, approved a school bus proposition and library proposal, and rejected a proposal to increase Board of Education terms from three to five years
Board of Education: Voters elected three board members on Tuesday. Jeffrey Jones received 231 votes, Todd McFee received 242, and David Przestrzelski received 212.
School bus proposition: Residents approved a school bus proposition by a vote of 219 to 67. The proposition allows the district to purchase two buses (one full-size and one half-size) at a total cost not to exceed $200,000. The money comes from Fort Plain's bus/transportation reserve fund approved by voters in 2013 and there is no effect on local taxes.
Library proposition: Voters approved a request from the Fort Plain Free Library Board of Trustees to increase its tax levy from $50,000 to $75,000. State education law allows public libraries to place a funding proposition on a school district ballot.
Board term proposition: Voters rejected a proposal, 171-108, to allow the district to increase Board of Education terms from three to five years.
Educators in Fort Plain and around the state wore blue on Monday to support fair funding for public schools and colleges and other education-related causes.

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