Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

January 18, 2019

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,


Wow, it's been quite a week. As you know the weather has been challenging since last Friday (1/11/2019). As I reflect on the week, perhaps sharing transportation information and our thought process might be beneficial.


Transportation is a significant factor in District operations. K-12 enrollment is 2,350 students of which 1,467 (62.4%) are transportation eligible twice a day. FPS runs 28 bus routes traveling 685 miles each day. Along with the traditional K-12 routes, there are two daily vocational school routes, three daily routes for Early Childhood Special Education and Early Intervention, four daily routes for special needs, and a daily shuttle between buildings supporting the A+ program. Regular routes are equally divided between in-town paved roads and county non-paved roads. The recent mega-snow has caused all routes to be challenging. City of Fulton crews worked hard to clear roadways; however, we are still concerned for student safety due to snow being piled at bus stops and on sidewalks requiring students to either wait in deep snow or on the street. County crews continue to clear two lanes on all blacktop and gravel roads. With the snow depth, it is critical that two traffic lanes are available for use. The next few days we expect freezing temperatures to affect all roadways.


The real issue is the process used to determine school cancelation. Our preference is to announce a decision the evening prior to a cancelation so you have the most time to make child-care arrangements if needed. Irrespective of when the decision is made the process stays the same.


***Numerous forecasts are monitored prior to and during a weather-related event. The National Weather Service Situation Report issued daily has been the most reliable in regard to projected activity, intensity, and timing. This information is generally confirmed by local weather forecasters, public weather websites, Callaway County Emergency Management, and state and county road departments.


***Upon anticipation of inclement weather, the Director of Transportation and Superintendent drive district routes to assess conditions. The Director of Buildings and Grounds is simultaneously assessing the Districts ability to clear parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks.


***All of this information is evaluated to make the decision. If the decision to cancel school is made in the morning, it must be complete by 5:45 a.m.; otherwise, we attempt to cancel the night before in time for the late television newscast. Obviously, in multi-day events, a cancelation decision will be attempted the day prior if at all possible.


The District utilizes snow routes when road conditions do not allow for safe bus turn around locations. However, should a storm incident last several days we deploy District staff to clear bus turnarounds and/or pick-up locations to ensure the safety of your student(s).


Our objective is to keep your student(s) safe at all times. Your patience in adjusting family schedules to inclement weather cancelations is very much appreciated.


Questions regarding FPS may be addressed to me at any time. You may use the ‘Ask the Superintendent’ button on the website or call.


Thank you for sending great student(s) to work with.


Sincerely,


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.

Superintendent

FPS School Board

There were two open seats for the school board election in April. The sign-up period ended on January 15th. The two incumbents, Andy Bonderer and Verdis Lee, Sr., were the only two who signed up. As a result, FPS School Board will NOT be on the ballot in April. The board will remain the same.


Board members:
Leah Baker

Andy Bonderer

Todd Gray

Matt Gowin

Verdis Lee, Sr.

Emily Omohundro

Jackie Pritchett

Upcoming Events

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Courtwarming Movie Night

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No School--January 21, 2019

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Fulton Public Schools will NOT be in session on Monday, January 21, 2019.
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Important Dates

Monday, January 21--No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 28 - Tuesday, January 29--No School, Teacher PD Days

Friday, February 8 - FHS Winter Courtwarming vs Kirksville

Wednesday, February 13 - Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. FHS Library

Friday, February 15 - No School, Teacher PD Day

Monday, February 18 - No School, President's Day

Wednesday, March 13 - Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. FHS Library

Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29--No School, Spring Break

Monday, April 1 - Classes Resume

Wednesday, April 10 - Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. FHS Library

Friday, April 19 - No School, Mid-Quarter Break

Wednesday, May 8 - Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. FHS Library

Wednesday, May 15 - Last Day of School, Dismiss 2 hours early

Wednesday, June 12 - Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. FHS Library