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Fulton schools to hold showing of ‘Drop Out Nation’

by Andrew Henderson

The Fulton City School District will be holding a screening and discussion of “Drop Out Nation,” a film that follows a group of students in Houston, Texas.

“The Fulton City School District is committed to supporting the success of all of their students, in school and after they graduate,” said Superintendent of Schools Bill Lynch. “We recognize the importance of working with students, families, and community members to ensure that success.”

Lynch added that the district need to address chronic absenteeism, school drop outs, and impact of poor economic conditions in the community.

“To begin the important conversations about the solutions to these educational challenges, the Fulton City School District will be hosting a screening of the Public Broadcasting System Frontline program entitled ‘Drop Out Nation’,” said Lynch.

The screening will take place on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. in the G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium, with small group discussions to follow.

Dinner will be served and child care will be available on site for children ages four and older.

The film follows a group of students in Houston, Texas, to explore the challenges faced by students as they struggle to stay in school and administrators who are working against the odds to keep them there.

According to the organizers of the film, the average dropout can expect to earn an annual income of $20,241, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s a full $10,386 less than the typical high school graduate and $36,424 less than someone with a bachelor’s degree.

In addition, joblessness among those without a high school degree measured 12 percent. Among college graduates, it was 4.1 percent.

Also, statistics show that among those between the ages of 18 and 24, dropouts were more than twice as likely as college graduates to live in poverty, according to the Department of Education.

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Fulton voters approve school capital project

by Nicole Reitz

Voters in the Fulton City School District approved an $8.8 million capital project Wednesday night.

The vote was 299-149 to approve the borrowing needed to do the work, according to Superintendent of Schools Bill Lynch.

“The turnout was on the lighter side with 415 total votes casted, but the board is pleased with the outcome,” said Lynch. “I want to thank the community and those who participated in the referendum. It is a great project and will serve as a final phase to a capital project that began in 2006.”

The project includes improvements at G. Ray Bodley High School and at Volney and Fairgrieve elementary schools. It also involves stage upgrades for curtains and rigging at the Education Center.

At Volney Elementary, technology upgrades include the creation of a new computer classroom and renovation of the existing computer classroom adjacent to the Media Center.

Other classroom renovations for technology call for the replacement of moveable partitions and data wiring. Partial roof replacement is also scheduled for Volney, as is painting the gymnasium walls and ceiling.

At Fairgrieve Elementary, there will also be the creation of a new computer classroom and renovation of the existing computer classroom adjacent to the Media Center.

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District residents to vote on school capital project Dec. 12

by Nicole Reitz

Fulton Superintendent of Schools Bill Lynch reviewed a tentative timeline of the proposed 2012 capital project during Tuesday’s board of education meeting.

The project will include work at G. Ray Bodley High School and Fairgrieve and Volney elementary schools.

Board members will be asked to approve the project at the next regular meeting, which is scheduled for Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

The district is planning to make  the public aware of the project throughout November with staff and faculty meeting presentations, communicating with parent-teacher groups, and announcing the plan at the fall play and holiday concerts.

Service and community clubs and organizations that use the school’s facilities will also be briefed on the capital project proposal.

A public hearing is tentatively set for Dec. 5 at Fairgrieve Elementary School with the vote a week later Dec. 12.

If voters approve the project, the district would work with King + King Architects and its construction firm to prepare the project and win State Education Department approval.

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