Fulton Focus

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

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FMS Blood Drive--Open to the Public!

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2017-18 Courtwarming Spirit Week

Please join FPS for Courtwarming Activities tonight, January 20, at Fulton High School. The Hornets will face off against Owensville beginning at 6 p.m. The crowning of the King and Queen will be in between the girls and boys game.

Courtwarming Royalty!

Congratulations to the King and Queen Candidates!

Front from left: Derek Ewens, Lucas Gray, Jared Peery

Back from left: Katie Lowry, Jillian Boone, Katlyn Jackson

Good Luck!

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Courtwarming Walk Throughs!

It has become a tradition in FPS for the athletes, cheerleaders, color guard, and band to "walk through" each building in the District. Students line the hallways to hear the band play, the cheerleaders cheer, and to receive high-fives from the students of FHS. This day is always filled with spirit and lots of Hornet Pride!

Click below to watch the video.

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Important Dates

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