Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

January 10, 2020

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,

At their December meeting, the Board of Education accepted the 2018-2019 (FY 19)Annual Audit from Gerding Korte & Chitwood CPA’s. Again this year the Audit was unqualified or a ‘clean audit’ meaning there were no recommendations or specific items to correct. A complete Audit and Audit Communications letter are posted at https://tinyurl.com/yc3ehyzq. As one might expect both documents contain significant information.

The Audit Communications letter is a basic document indicating there are no deficiencies considered to be material weaknesses and district prepared information was readily available when needed.

Viewing the actual Financial report can be a bit more daunting; however, the items below might be of interest.

  • Pages 4-10, the Management Discussion, provides the district financial overview of the audit year.

  • Page 14, is an overview of all funds, expenses, and revenue. Of note is the Operating Fund revenue exceeded expenditures by and $2,174,486 was paid to retire debt.

  • Page 44, provides detail for all revenue sources in all funds.

  • Page 45, provided detail for all expenditure sources in all funds.

  • Audit Note 4 indicates outstanding debt of $6,697,425 yet the District upon patron approval has the capacity to borrow an additional $27,426,746.

  • Audit Note 13 documents that $134,060 is the amount of abated taxes that provide the City of Fulton projects.

Maintaining financial integrity is challenging every day. Your District staff works hard to ensure the accountability of all financial transactions and safeguard your tax dollars. As previously indicated, the Audit is available online or a copy may be viewed in the Central Office.

Questions regarding District finances or the current audit may be directed to me by phone or electronic mail. We sincerely appreciate your continued support!

Thank you for sending great students for us to work with!


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.


Hornets are Out of this World!

Winter Court Warming

Fulton Public Schools Winter Court Warming will be here before you know it! Get your gear right here!

Order from any FHS Student Council Member or online at the link below. The deadline to order is next Friday, January 17.

Court Warming Week is January 27 - 31


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Court Warming Spirit Days

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Suicide Prevention

Fulton Public Schools is continuing efforts to keep information regarding suicide and the warning signs in the forefront. Suicide attempts and ideation are a major concern in our district alongside the rest of the country.
Preventing Suicide: What Families Need to Know

Suicide Hotline Numbers

Support Resources

Suicide Prevention Lifeline



Text Line

Text HOME 741741

Crisis Line



Veterans’ Crisis Line

Text 838255

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Video Relay Phone




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Bright Futures Fulton

Bright Futures is an organization that ties the community and schools together in order to help meet the needs of OUR kids. Whether it's clothing, food, or guidance to help find resources, Bright Futures is here to help.
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Important Dates

Wednesday, January 15 - Board of Education Meeting 7:00 p.m. FHS Library

Monday, January 20 - NO SCHOOL MLK Day

Wednesday, February 12 - Board of Education Meeting 7:00 p.m. FHS Library

Friday, February 14 - NO SCHOOL Teacher Professional Development

Monday, February 17 - NO SCHOOL President's Day

Wednesday, March 11 - Board of Education Meeting 7:00 p.m. FHS Library

Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27 - NO SCHOOL Spring Break

Friday, April 10 - NO SCHOOL Mid-Quarter Break

Wednesday, April 15 - Board of Education Meeting 7:00 p.m. FHS Library

Wednesday, May 13 - Board of Education Meeting 7:00 p.m. FHS Library

Thursday, May 21 - Last Day of School Dismiss 2 hours early

Friday, May 22 - FHS Graduation

Monday, June 1 - First Day of Summer School

Wednesday, June 10 - Board of Education Meeting 7:00 p.m. FHS Library