Fulton Schools Bond Issue Passes

Voters — and not many of them — approved an $8.8 million plan to finish upgrading Fulton school buildings for modern computer use.

The vote was 266 – 149 to approve the borrowing necessary to carry out the work.  The district has said that there will be almost no local tax impact because the state is paying for 95% of the work and money from a reserve fund for construction projects will pay all or nearly all of the rest.

“We’re very happy,” said Superintendent of Schools Bill Lynch. “We appreciate the community’s support of this and the prior projects as we upgrade our schools for our current and future students.”

The project will upgrade computer network wiring at two schools where upgrades did not happen during prior construction projects.  Portions of roofs at a few buildings will also be repaired.

The district will spend 2013 preparing for the project, by getting final state approvals and soliciting bids for the work. Construction will begin in the spring of 2014 and run through the summer of 2015.