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Joint Site-Based Meeting Outlines Fulton School District Goals, Current State Of Affairs

Embracing its shared decision-making model, administrators, teachers, staff, parents and community members in the Fulton City School District gathered for a joint site-based team meeting recently at the junior high school.

Volney Elementary School administrators, faculty, parents and community members discuss focus areas for their school during a recent joint site-based team meeting at the Fulton Junior High School.
Volney Elementary School administrators, faculty, parents and community members discuss focus areas for their school during a recent joint site-based team meeting at the Fulton Junior High School.

The semiannual meeting, led by Superintendent Bill Lynch, provided an opportunity for school and community representatives to discuss the district’s guiding principles, Regents reform agenda, ongoing capital projects, fiscal matters, communication, collaboration efforts and other important topics.

According to the superintendent, the district is in a good position as it embraces the Common Core Learning Standards to develop students who are ready for college and careers.

“We are taking a fresh look at our curriculum to meet the expectations and requirements of the Common Core,” Lynch said. “At the elementary and junior high school levels our staff have rolled up its sleeves. At the high school level we saw a very good student performance rating (on state exams). We are very, very pleased.”

In addition to the current practices being implemented within the school district, Lynch said there are a number of other initiatives that are in the works to increase the graduation rate and decreasing the number of absences.

“Response to Intervention is a key for us in all endeavors,” Lynch said. “There is a strong correlation between attendance and student performance of Regents exams. We’re working hard to build data longitudinally so we can monitor and track progress and determine where to intervene.”

Although the majority of the meeting revolved around the district’s goals and current state of affairs, Lynch also touched on some of the challenges on the horizon.

He noted that state and federal funding for education is tight, but he hopes the district receives its fair share for the next school year.

The budget process will begin in December with board of education meetings.

A budget advisory committee is expected to form in January, followed by lobbying efforts and dialog with politicians, in the creation of the 2015-2016 budget.