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.
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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.
The Fulton City School District hosted its annual Attendance Awareness Celebration as part of a district wide campaign to promote regular attendance for all students. Earlier this month, Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr. and the Fulton Common Council officially declared September 2017 as Attendance Awareness Month in the city of Fulton. In an effort to encourage good attendance to benefit student success and positively impact the community as a whole, the district has led an attendance awareness campaign to significantly reduce the amount of chronic absences.
Although a rainy first week, the smiling faces of Fulton City School District faculty, staff, and students shone in the halls of each of the six buildings throughout the district. The 2017-2018 school year kicked off on Tuesday, September 5 for students in grades first through ninth with kindergarten students and high school students in grades tenth through twelfth starting the following day and finishing with pre-school students in the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program starting today (September 7.) “We’re off to a great start!” said Superintendent of Schools, Brian Pulvino.
Executive director of instruction and assessment, Elizabeth Conners, along with G. Ray Bodley High School principal, Donna Parkhurst announced that the FCSD high school graduation rate was officially reported at 84 percent for the June 2017 graduates. While the final number has room to slightly fluctuate with the official results of August graduates pending completion of summer courses, Parkhurst said the current rating brings an increase of eight percent over last year’s 76 percent graduation rate. Following the announcement, the board of education was given a brief overview of recently released state testing results for grades third through eighth, with a more in depth presentation to follow at a later meeting.