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Fort Plain Superintendent Search

An invitation to apply for the position of Superintendent of Schools

The Fort Plain Central School District Board of Education is seeking a dedicated leader with a strong educational vision and a commitment to student achievement.

The ideal candidate must be able to develop and maintain relationships with all stakeholders and will be a visible and invested part of Fort Plain schools and the community. The successful candidate will also have strong communication skills and will be able to best leverage the district’s resources to respond to the challenges faced by students and families.

The Board of Education and the staff look forward to partnering with a new Superintendent of Schools who is solution oriented and appreciates the role that a small, rural district plays in the lives of its children.

The new superintendent is expected to begin work in July 2022.

About the district
Mission statement
Fort Plain Board of Education goals
Budget information

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About the Fort Plain Central School District

Located in the historic Mohawk Valley between Albany and Utica, the Fort Plain Central School District is home to a dynamic community that is supportive of its schools.

The district serves approximately 780 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Students in grades pre-K through 6 attend the Harry Hoag Elementary School, and students in grades 7-12 attend the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School. The schools are located approximately a quarter mile from each other in the village of Fort Plain.

Fort Plain offers a comprehensive educational program responding to the needs of all students by building a foundation of essential skills and emphasizing academic achievement. The district offers a large number of extracurricular activities both through its own staff and facilities and through merged activities with its neighboring school district, Canajoharie Central School.

Best High Schools Silver logoThe community is proud of the district’s excellent student performance, which can be attributed to its strong academic program and the district’s dedicated staff.

Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School has been recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s Best U.S. High Schools for several years, achieving silver medal status and honored as being among the top 30 percent of schools nationally.

The district covers approximately 57 square miles and serves parts of the towns of Minden, Palatine and Canajoharie in Montgomery County; part of the town of Danube in Herkimer County; and part of the town of Ephratah in Fulton County.

The community is centered around a small village, which is home to approximately 2,300 residents as well as small businesses, shops, restaurants and a recently renovated public library. A strong agricultural sector, characterized by family-owned and run farms, surrounds the village. Fort Plain also enjoys close proximity to the New York State Thruway, the historic Erie Canal, and Lock 15 of the present-day state Barge Canal. Running parallel to the Mohawk River, the 365-mile long New York Canalway Trail passes through Fort Plain offering a view of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Northeast.

Fort Plain is less than an hour’s drive from the cities of Albany and Utica, 40 minutes from Cooperstown and a quick drive to the Adirondack State Park.

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The Board seeks candidates for this position who are experienced instructional leaders with a working knowledge of educational pedagogy and current research. The successful candidate will also be:

  • A strong communicator with exceptional public speaking and writing skills who can articulate the district’s goals
  • A person of the highest integrity who demonstrates sound ethics, transparency, and open-mindedness, who can act compassionately and model accountability in word and deed
  • An advocate for developing a safe, nurturing school climate for all students and who understands the needs and challenges faced by students and families from different backgrounds and socio-economic circumstances
  • A facilitator who can achieve a proper balance between student needs, staff requirements, and the fiscal resources of the community
  • A child-centered visionary who is willing to take risks, innovate, build consensus, inspire confidence, and make difficult decisions
  • A certified administrator

Mission StatementA student in a shop constructs a box with a drill and sander nearby

The Fort Plain Central School District will provide each student with the opportunity to develop intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically in a safe, orderly and positive environment.

Our goal is to prepare every student for success beyond graduation.

Fort Plain Board of Education Goals

  • Improve safety in our schools
  • Improve student learning outcomes
  • Build and maintain trusting relationships with students and their families
  • Support the development of every student’s social and emotional developmental health
  • Ensure responsible and strategic use of fiscal and human resources to best support the needs of our students

2021-22 Budget Information

Total Budget: $21,875,000


  • General Support – $2,439,374 (11.15%)
  • Instruction – $11,053,888 (50.53%)
  • Pupil Transportation – $1,228,753 (5.62%)
  • Employee Benefits – $5,943,110 (27.17%)
  • Debt Service & Related Transfers $1,209,875 (5.53%) TOTAL – $21,875,000


  • State Aid – $14,985,440 (68.50%)
  • Property Tax Levy (including STAR) – $5,765,920 (26.36%)
  • Fund Balance – $500,000 (2.29%)
  • Other –$623,640 (2.85%)

TOTAL $21,875,000

District residents voted in support of the proposed 2021-22 school budget May 18, 2021 by a vote of 126-15. The approved budget maintained all academic programming with no increase in the tax levy.

Visit the district’s Budget & Finance webpage for more information.

An exterior shot of Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School

Harry Hoag Elementary School - Exterior photo