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The Fulton Public Schools Board of Education will give updates on their revised ongoing facility plan at tonight's board meeting.

The public meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the Fulton Middle School gym. Representatives from Hollis + Miller Architects will be in attendance to discuss their findings since the Aug. 29 community forum regarding the facility plan.

The agenda outlines that the board will be voting on its final funding priorities on Oct. 11 and hosting another community forum on their priorities on Oct. 30. The board will then finalize its plan Nov. 13 with data from the open forum and then vote on the official ballot language Dec. 11.

"These dates are not set in stone, they're the dates I'd like them to happen. It's the guidelines for the board to help keep things moving along," superintendent Jacque Cowherd said.

At the Aug. 29 community forum, two options drew positive and cautious feedback from those in attendance. The first option presented was the possibility of the district purchasing Rice Hall and transforming it into a new elementary school. The second option presented was to build a kindergarten center on the property of the Fulton Early Childhood Center.

Also on tonight's agenda, the board will discuss the admission of an additional FPS student into the Missouri Virtual Academy program. As of the board's Aug. 21 meeting, five Fulton students were enrolled in MOVA despite Cowherd's concerns about the program.

The board will also be recommended to approve the revision of five district job positions to reflect their actual duties. Cowherd said the five positions are already filled yet have been changing over the years as employees have rotated within the central office and staff have been downsized.

Additionally, board President Emily Omohundro and Vice President Andy Bonderer will discuss potential operations to conduct a search for a new superintendent. According to the meeting's board packet, current superintendent, Jacque Cowherd, plans to retire on June 30, 2020.

Prior to the board meeting, the FMS gymnasium will be dedicated to coach Carl E. Lee at 5:30 p.m. To see the full agenda, visit

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