FPS reviews renovation plan, attendance

Fulton Public Schools is continuing to work on improvements to the high school over the summer. FULTON SUN/MICHAEL SHINE

Fulton Public School District 58 is looking to make improvements by next school year.

The district is planning to move forward with the kindergarten center design, said Ty Crain, superintendent at Fulton School District.

The center will move the kindergarten classrooms into the Early Childhood Center. It will include 12 classrooms, a kitchen and multi- purpose room.

The east parking lot at Fulton High School is out for bid and construction could start by July. The new parking lot could be finished by the fall when school starts, Crain said.

Student attendance declined by 5.3 percent in the 2021-22 school year, compared to the previous year. Crain said the difference could be a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the district, about 75.3 percent of students had 90 percent or higher attendance. Fulton High School had the lowest rate of the district at 65.2 percent of students, while Bartley Elementary School has the highest rate at 87.6 percent.

Looking at data, math was an area for improvement at the district, said Dr. Chris Hubbuch, assistant superintendent at Fulton Public Schools.

According to board documents, during spring math testing, 71 percent of kindergarten students tested at or above grade level, while 37 percent of second-grade students tested at or above grade level.

The district's COVID-19 rapid tests have been exhausted, Crain said. In August, the district will review the CDC guidance on COVID-19 and adjust their plan for the upcoming school year.