Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

April 8, 2016

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,

Budget preparation time of the year is upon us again. I say preparation because your Fulton Board of Education and Administrative Team diligently monitor and adjust the current budget, including revenues and expenditures, monthly. Even though your Board of Education is beginning the upcoming 2016-2017 (2017 Fiscal Year or FY17) School Year budget process, perhaps a quick review of the current year might be beneficial for future discussions of next year.

District revenue sources include:

Local funds: ad valorem taxes (property taxes), state wide sales tax (proposition C)

State funds: state aid (school district foundation formula), classroom trust fund (gaming revenue)

Federal funds, special education and other restricted funds.

These are the major fund categories that contain many minor subcategories and restrictions.

The Special Revenue (Teachers Fund) and Incident Fund, known as our Operating Funds include:

School Year 2015-2016

48% local

43% state

9% federal

School Year 2007-2008

42% local

48% state

10% federal

Why the comparison? We need to understand that state support is decreasing. The Missouri Legislature is realigning school funding to the local level. To maintain a Fulton quality education, our community will be asked to increase local support.

Where does the money go? Operating revenue is used for salaries, benefits, services, supplies and most every item a student needs in the classroom. Eighty-one percent (81%) of the current operating budget or $16,164,948 is paid as salary or benefits to Fulton faculty and staff. It is interesting to note that of the $12.4 million in annual payroll, 75% or $9.3 million is paid to individuals within the 65251 zip code. Of the remaining 19%, $3.7 million is dedicated to supplies and services, and approximately $900,000 is paid to vendors in the Fulton community.

Please note the preceding discussion did not include Debt Service or Capital Expenditures which will be reviewed in future discussions along with budget development for next year.

Monthly Budget Reports can be found on the FPS website (www.fulton58.org) in the Board of Education materials (http://www.fulton58.org/vnews/display.v/ART/561bd352427da) or you may call me at any time (573-590-8000).

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

Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.


Congratulations FHS STUCO!

This is the first time in 23 years that Fulton High School Student Council has been recognized for this award! Way to Go!
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Pierce STEM Grant Awarded

The 2016 Pierce STEM Grant has been awarded to Jan Bailey and Tasha Schenewerk for their grant proposal entitled, "Sparking Learning Through STEM!".

The Pierce Grant is an $800 award to a project relevant to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, including the natural, behavioral, and computer sciences, and statistics.

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Fulton 58 Mobile App

There are so many ways to connect with Fulton Public Schools! FPS has a mobile app that is free on the App Store or in Google Play. Search for Fulton Public Schools and download it TODAY!
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Important Dates

Wednesday, April 13--Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, April 19--MAP Testing Begins

Friday, May 13--MAP Testing Ends

Thursday, May 19--Last Day of School (Dismiss 2 hours early)

Friday, May 20--FHS Graduation

Wednesday, June 1-Tuesday, June 28--Summer School