Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

March 1, 2019

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,

WOW, we have just had the first full week of school for quite some time. I remain optimistic that next week will also be a five day week, yet various weather forecasts predict a measurable amount of snow and extreme cold. Please be sure your student(s) are prepared for snow, ice and extremely low temperatures next week.

Irrespective of our daily challenges, your Board of Education has been future focused. Last fall the Board’s Facilities Committee requested qualifications for district-wide facilities planning. Numerous proposals were received from planners, architects, and engineering firms. Ultimately, the Facilities Committee recommended and the Board of Education approved the firm of Hollis+Miller to conduct a comprehensive facilities plan. Hollis+Miller, as a firm, specializes in educational facilities, works throughout Missouri and Kansas, and most recently has completed and is implementing a plan in the Mexico School District.

Hollis+Miller staff has conducted an initial review of district facilities and presented that information to the Board of Education at a special meeting on February 20. A comprehensive plan is expected no later than the December 11, 2019 Board of Education meeting. You may review the information presented on February 20 plus the planning timeline at https://www.fulton58.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/Facilities. Note on the timeline various Community meetings/forums. Please participate in these activities, as your voice is critical to formulating our facilities for the future!

Also, at the February 20, 2019 meeting the Board reviewed facility funding with the District’s Financial Advisor LJ Hart & Company. Mr. Hart and staff reviewed options for funding perhaps 20 to 27 million dollars in capital improvements, with the current Debt Service Levy of $0.7612 per $100 assessed valuation. Upon determination of facility improvements in December 2019, it is anticipated constituents will be asked to vote to issue additional bonds in April 2020.

Please note there will be numerous opportunities for you to participate, please do so! Your input is extremely valuable for the District’s future.

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


Jacque A.Cowherd, Ed.D.


First Impact Program for FHS Students


You are invited! Your new drivers are encouraged to attend with you.

First Impact is a traffic safety program that educates parents about Missouri’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) law as well as provides them with the tools they need to monitor, coach and support their new teen driver.

Missouri GDL law is a three-step licensing system. The purpose is to ease teens into licensure so that they can build skill in an environment that minimizes those things that are shown to cause the greatest risk for new drivers.

Research confirms that GDL laws have been instrumental in reducing teen crashes by 20 percent to 40 percent.

First Impact offers a FREE 90-minute evidence-based traffic safety program that educates parents about Missouri’s GDL law. The goal of First Impact is to reduce new driver crashes, resulting injuries and fatalities, by increasing parental awareness and enforcement of Missouri’s Graduated Driver License law.

Objectives of the program are to increase:

  • Awareness of teen driving risks
  • Understanding of Missouri’s GDL law
  • GDL monitoring and enforcement at home
  • Importance of being a positive role model

The program is delivered by trained Law Enforcement Officers and Facilitators who coach parents by presenting key facts and proven strategies to help parents lower their teens’ crash risk by utilizing the Missouri GDL law.


SGT Doug Ruediger, Jefferson City Police Department

Rev. Dr. Ayanna Shivers, Harper Chapel Everybody’s Church
Montgomery City, MO

Don Woodson, Agent, State Farm Insurance

FIRST IMPACT: firstimpact@health.missouri.edu

Follow this link to register for free tickets to the event.


You can also register via the link below.


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Churchill Special Relationship Project

Back in the fall, all Fulton Public Schools students were given the opportunity to participate in the Churchill Special Relationship Project. This project included schools county-wide and is almost ready to view! On Tuesday, March 5th, there will be a Ribbon Cutting to commemorate the opening. Fulton Public Schools has specific dates set aside for viewing.

Tuesday, March 19 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. -- McIntire Elementary

Wednesday, March 20 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. -- Bartley Elementary and FECC

Thursday, March 21 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. -- Bush Elementary

Fulton Middle School and Fulton High School may go on any of the three nights listed.

Below you will see some pictures that help define the magnitude of this project. It is definitely something to see!

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Important Dates

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