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Two proposals up before Fort Plain school district voters

Two proposals up before Fort Plain school district voters

Fort Plain school district residents will head to the polls today to vote on two proposals.

Fort Plain school district residents will head to the polls today to vote on two proposals: one to spend $90,000 on a half-sized, handicapped-accessible bus and video camera equipment, the other to extend Board of Education member terms to five years.

A new bus costing up to $72,000 is sought to replace a handicapped-accessible van in use for more than 100,000 miles.

If the vote is successful, the old bus will be sold, according to the district.

School officials want to use the remaining $18,000 to fit school buses with cameras if they don’t have them, as well as upgrade outdated cameras considered an important element in ensuring discipline on the buses.

The proposal calls for using the district’s capital reserve fund so the purchases would not raise taxes, according to the district.

With voter approval, terms of board members would be extended two years, giving each a five-year term on the board as opposed to the current three-year term.

Term extensions would be phased in so that there will be at least one seat open for election until 2015, when all will run for five-year terms.

Voting will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the gymnasium at the Harry Hoag Elementary School.

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