Fulton City School District has been approved for participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) offering free breakfast and lunch daily to all students districtwide. Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth enrolled at any of the six district schools as well as students at the 4th Street CiTi BOCES location will be offered a nutritional breakfast and lunch each day, free of any cost to district students or families. There is no application or fee required with no action needed from district families. “They just show up, and students have free meals,” FCSD Superintendent Brian Pulvino said.
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The Fulton City School District was recently awarded the Title IV Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant in the sum of $1 million. The 15-month grant allows FCSD to offer a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) summer camp from August 13 – August 24 as well as an after school program through the duration of the 2018-2019 school year. The STEAM summer camp will be project-based learning following a space theme complete with drones, Lego robotics, and even a presentation from a visiting astronaut.
Along with G. Ray Bodley High School seniors, a 93-year-old war veteran and a senior staying at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital while undergoing chemotherapy treatment are among Fulton’s class of 2018 graduates. Fulton City School District administration first presented World War II veteran Norman Smith with an honorary high school diploma at a ceremony at St. Luke’s Nursing Home. Administration then brought a surprise ceremony to Alicia Carroll, a G. Ray Bodley honor student graduating with a Regents Diploma with advanced designation who was unable to walk at graduation due to chemotherapy treatment at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse.
Fulton City School District qualified voters showed up to vote on the district’s proposed 2018-2019 budget, three open seats on the board of education, and a proposition to approve the purchase of two passenger vans. Unofficial results show the $71,992,850 budget was approved by voters with 340 votes in favor and 142 against, several hundred fewer voters than the previous year. Two newcomers and one incumbent have secured three available seats on the district’s board of education.
The fourth annual Parent University brought community resources together with district families. With more than 30 service providers lining the halls of G. Ray Bodley High School at Saturday’s Parent University, parents learned of the many offerings for families of the Fulton community.
Fulton City School District will hold the fourth annual Parent University on Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at G. Ray Bodley High School. New this year, Parent University will include two showings of the award winning film, “Resilience.” As in years past, parents will have the opportunity to attend several informational sessions, attend student performances, and gather information from the community resource fair. Breakfast, lunch, transportation, and child surpervision is provided for free.
A sudden resignation last month left the Fulton City School District Board of Education grappling with options regarding the vacant seat. After soliciting letters of interest from community members willing to fill the position, five people came forward with interest in the position. After reviewing the interested parties, board vice president Dan Pawlewicz made a motion to appoint Christine Plath to the position at Tuesday’s (Jan 24) regular meeting. The motion was approved with four votes in favor and one abstaining vote from board member Lynn Lyons.
Paula Hayden resigned from her position as a board member in December 2017. Since then, the remaining six board members have grappled with how to move forward in handling the vacant seat. They were split in deciding between leaving the seat vacant and appointing a replacement. At Tuesday’s (Jan 9) regular meeting, the six remaining members continued to debate the situation. Ultimately, the board settled at a decision to solicit letters of interest from anyone interested that also fits the necessary criteria. The board will act on an appointment at the next board meeting on Tuesday, Jan 23.
The Fulton Board of Education has discussed each of three options to replace a recently resigned board member, leaving a split decision. Last week, board member Paula Hayden submitted a formal resignation letter effective immediately, as board president David Cordone cited personal reasons necessitating her to step aside. Hayden had been a board member since her election to the position in May 2016. Her term would expire in June of 2019. The remaining six board members considered each of three options recommended by the district’s law firm and the New York State School Board Association.
Two mayoral proclamations this month honored Fulton City School District’s Board of Education and district principals.The week of October 23-27 was officially declared School Board Recognition Week while the entire month of October was named Principal Recognition Month in the city of Fulton. Each proclamation ended with Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. encouraging community residents to use this time as an opportunity to thank a school board member and a principal throughout the district for their selfless dedication to the students of Fulton.