Voting Information

The annual budget vote is on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

The Fort Ann Central School District Board of Education is proposing a budget of $12,345,678 for the 2021-22 school year. 

This is an overall budget-to-budget increase of $0, resulting in an estimated 2.32% increase in the tax levy.


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Our district is committed to creating and maintaining educational programs and activities that enhance 21st-century knowledge & skills, social-emotional & physical wellness, and global citizenship, while fostering a passion for learning within each student.

The proposed budget supports all existing academic programs, including the Pre-Kindergarten and Full-Day Kindergarten programs. It also funds the COVID-19 protocols needed to keep schools open (cleaning protocols, social distancing, masks, sanitizer, PPE, desk barriers, etc.), while allotting monies for improved technology, extracurricular activities, and fine arts programs.  

Given the current realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York State finances have been greatly impacted. Due to uncertainty in state aid, the District has been mindful in making modifications and adjustments to our budgeting practices in order to balance safety, academic, and social needs of our students while respecting the costs presented to taxpayers.

The Board has approved reallocations across budget lines and will apply $734,067 ($130,000 more than the current year) in appropriated fund balance to maintain current programs while containing the tax impact on the community. 

We thank you for your continued support and for all that you do to help all students reach their full potential as productive global citizens.

Our highest priority is to ensure that all Fort Ann students succeed in learning, foster independence, and embrace creativity. We provide comprehensive educational experiences and empower students to reach their full potential as productive global citizens.

With this in mind, we have thoughtfully created a school budget that has a conservative approach but also allows us to meet district needs. 

To maintain the Fort Ann community’s investment in our schools, the District is planning to:

• Allot monies for COVID-19 protocols that safely keep schools open for in-person education (masks, sanitizer, PPE, desk barriers, etc.)

• Maximize educational opportunities for all students including our grant-funded Pre-Kindergarten Program, and a full-day Kindergarten Program.

• Maintain current programs that enhance the educational experience. These include digital subscriptions, the “Too Good For Drugs” program, the “Arts in Education” program, and more.

• Support student social and emotional wellness.

• Support advancements in classroom technology.

• Provide continuous professional development for teachers similar to our ongoing curriculum development & revisions, and our culturally responsive workshop series. 


General School Budget Voting Information
On the third Tuesday in May, residents from across New York State go to the polls to vote on the annual school district budget and to elect members of the Board of Education. We encourage all district residents to exercise their right to vote.

In early May, Fort Ann residents will receive a copy of the district's budget newsletter in the mail. If you do not receive a copy of the newsletter please contact the District Office at 639-5594, ext. 52049, to request that a newsletter be mailed to you. It will also be posted on the district website. 

Who is a Qualified Voter?
A qualified voter is a person who is:

  • a citizen of the United States,
  • at least 18 years old on the day of the vote,
  • a resident of the school district for at least 30 days prior to the meeting at which he or she offers to vote,
  • not otherwise prohibited from voting under the provisions of section 5-106 of the Election Law (for example, a person who has been adjudged to be mentally incompetent).

Only qualified voters of the school district may vote on a question brought before an annual meeting and election or special school meeting.

Owning a home in a school district does not necessarily make the owner a district resident for purposes of being considered a qualified voter eligible to participate in a school district annual or special school meeting or election. A person may have only one legal residence or domicile, and that is the place where such person intends to have his or her permanent residence or home. The residency of dual owners is dependent on the intent and conduct of the owner.

Military personnel residing on a military base may also be qualified voters in the school district where that base is located.

Click here to download a pdf of the New York State Voter Registration Form.

Where and When to Vote
Residents may cast their votes from Noon to 8 p.m. in the Fort Ann Central School's old gym. 

Absentee Ballots
Applications for absentee ballots for any vote are available from the District Clerk Shelley Gregorio at 639-5594, ext. 52049, or click here to download a pdf of the application.

All applications for an absentee ballot must be received no later than 7 days prior to a vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter. If the ballot is to be picked up personally by the voter, the application can be filed one day prior to the vote.

All ballots must be returned to the district clerk by 5 p.m. the day of the vote.

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