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
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
• 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
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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