For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District
January 20, 2017
A message from the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Patrons,
I suspect you have noted in the local media the Missouri budget restrictions enacted by Governor Greitens totaling $146,430,646, which is significant amount of money affecting many programs. At this time, public school funding through the Basic School Foundation Formula has not been affected; however, transportation funds statewide were significantly reduced. Based on information known at this writing, FPS is fortunate that the Basic School Foundation funds will continue, consequently, the Administration does not anticipate reducing any current school year budgets; however, FPS staff will continue evaluating every expenditure ensuing prudent use of your local, state and federal funds!
State funding reductions to transportation for Fulton most likely will be in the range of $20,000-$30,000 depending on the method used to adjust the School Transportation formula. FPS current transportation expenditures are expected to be $1,186,315 with budgeted state revenue of $180,000. When planning a budget, the district average teacher salary including benefits and extra duties is $51,557; therefore, a $30,000 reduction is 58% of one classroom teacher.
Generic reductions throughout state resources are extremely concerning. We simply do not know at this time what program support from the Departments of Education, Health, Mental Health and others will affect our children causing the District to incorporate new or additional support systems to support our kids.
Obviously, the State of Missouri is experiencing a mismatch between revenue and expenditures. As a citizen, you have the opportunity to share your thoughts and suggestions with Senator Riddle and Representative Fitzwater and Houghton. Perhaps your ideas will help our representatives solve the problem!
A complete year to date budget discussion and thoughts for 2017-2018 (FY 18) was included in the January 2017 Board of Education materials, pages 87-102, found on the FPS website. In the next week, specific sections of the website will be added for the latest information on the future budget.
Finally, your Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 Calendar this week. The first student attendance day is Wednesday August 16, 2017 and the last day is expected to be Thursday, May 17, 2018. The calendar is posted on the FPS website and can be found below.
I am always available to review the budget or respond to your questions.
Thanks for your support and sending us great kids to work with!
Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.
2017-18 Fulton Public Schools Calendar
FMS Blood Drive--Open to the Public!
2017-18 Courtwarming Spirit Week
Front from left: Derek Ewens, Lucas Gray, Jared Peery
Back from left: Katie Lowry, Jillian Boone, Katlyn Jackson
Courtwarming Walk Throughs!
Click below to watch the video.
January 30-31: Professional Development for Teachers NO School
February 17: Professional Development for Teachers NO School
February 20: Presidents' Day NO School
March 27-31: Spring Break NO School
April 4: Board of Education election
April 14: Mid-Quarter Break NO School
May 16: Last Day of School; Dismiss 2 hours early
May 19: FHS Graduation, Champ Auditorium