Fulton School District proposes updating entire school system

3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago Wednesday, October 23 2019 Oct 23, 2019 Wednesday, October 23, 2019 2:17:00 PM CDT October 23, 2019 in News
By: Micki Neiman, KOMU 8 News Reporter
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FULTON - The Fulton School District is planning a total makeover for all schools within its system.

In a school board meeting on October 17, the board discussed the proposed renovations. All  schools will get an updated security system. The high school will get a new gym and the middle school will add eight additional classrooms.  

Superintendent Jacque Cowherd said the elementary and middle schools are busting at the seams and that structural additions are necessary.

“We’re looking at space across the district." Cowherd said. "Everything we’ve done has focused on creating additional student space.”

Cowherd said the upgrade is expected to cost about $27 million, but the six-year-long project includes good news for taxpayers.
“This will be a no tax increase decision for our voters," Cowherd said. 
According to Cowherd, Fulton High School is one of the only high schools in its conference without two gyms. For this reason, they plan to add an additional gym to Fulton High School called the "performance gym." 

“It’s kind of nice to have two gyms," Cowherd said. "You can play both men's and women's [basketball teams] on one night at similar times.”

The architect group behind this, Hollis+Miller, are based in Kansas City. The group said the new additions are expected to be long-term changes. 

"[We plan to] create and implement a clear Long Range Facilities Plan identifying high priority opportunities that will benefit the district and its students for years to come," said Justin Durham, Client Leader with Architect with Hollis+Miller. 

There will be community forum conducted by the Hollis+Miller Architects to discuss the plan.  It will take place October 30th at the Carl E. Lee gymnasium. 



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