School board discusses upcoming school year, proposed property tax rates

At Wednesday's Fulton School District Board of Education meeting, the board discussed items for the upcoming school year and held a public hearing on proposed property tax rates.

The public hearing was to hear feedback about the proposed property tax rates set by the Fulton School District 58. The board is required to adopt an annual tax levy.

After the hearing, the board discussed the rates.

The total amount of the levy is determined by the district's assessed valuation by Callaway County. According to documentation in the board packet, the assessed valuation is $255,729,411.

Of that assessment, approximately $197 million is real estate and $63 million is personal property.

The proposed action would establish the operating levy at $3.8844 per $100 assessed valuation. This also includes an incidental levy of $3.5444 and a capital levy of $.34 per $100 assessed valuation. The debt service levy would be set at $.7612 per $100 assessed valuation.

The total ad valorem levy amount would be $4.6456 per $100 assessed valuation.

The board passed this item.

The board discussed a school flex program. According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, school flex programs are for students in grades 11 and 12 who "have been identified by their high school principal, parents, or guardians, as potentially benefiting from an alternative delivery system in order to pursue a timely graduation."

The board considered passing the program for Fulton High School seniors that meet the following requirements: attend FHS for at least two instructional hours per day, maintain a 95 percent attendance rate for those two classes and avoid any suspensions.

Flex program students would remain eligible for Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) activities as long as the program is credit-based.

The board passed this item.

The board discussed adding an out-of-state event to the cross country schedule.

The Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival would be added to the schedule. This event is Sept. 30 at the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

As part of the event, overnight stay would be required on Friday evening prior to the event. The cross country team would be responsible for travel, food and lodging expenses.

The board passed this item.

Assistant superintendent Chris Hubbuch gave an update to the board on the 2023 summer school program.

For the elementary program, 206 students were enrolled on June 6. 172 students were enrolled on June 30.

For the middle school program, 66 students were enrolled on June 6. 41 students were enrolled on June 30.

For the high school program, 192 students were enrolled on June 6. 117 students were enrolled on June 30.

A total of 13,517 meals were served this summer. 17,028 were served last summer.

The board discussed adopting several curriculums, including drama and speech, electives, engineering, foreign language, physical education and social studies. All curriculums are for grades 9-12.

The board passed this item.

The board discussed confirming change orders to Don Schnieders Excavating Company for the Fulton High School phase three parking and detention improvement projects.

The five change orders total $875,548.21. The largest individual order is $30,776.34.

The board passed this item.

The next Fulton Board of Education meeting will be Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.