A lengthy list of action items is on the meeting agenda for tonight. One of the most important items is consideration of the district’s fiscal year 2011 financial audit. Another important action item will be discussion of two requests for Tax Increment Financing (TIF), which could affect education funding in the district. Additionally, the board is expected to approve a Tuition Policy.
The board will also hear a report on metal detector log sheets and police activity in the schools.
Two companies are requesting Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for re-development of Truman Corners Shopping Center in the Hickman Mills C-1 district. Companies receiving TIF provide less tax support for public schools, which places an additional burden on existing businesses and property owners. Tonight the school board will consider two PowerPoint presentations, one from RED Development and the other from the American Resurgens Management Corp.
Also this evening, Superintendent Marge Williams will ask the board to approve a new policy regarding tuition requirements for students who do not live in the district. Depending on the outcome of Turner v. Clayton — a court case pending in Missouri — the state may allow students from the unaccredited Kansas City, Missouri school district to enroll in other districts in Jackson County. This could be a particular problem for Hickman Mills C-1, which has struggled to meet the state’s accreditation standards. Last September, when the Missouri State Board of Education stripped Kansas City of its accreditation, Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro decided to delay consideration of Hickman Mills’ accreditation status until next year.
The Board of Education meeting, which is open to the public, will take place in the district Administration Center; 9000 Old Santa Fe Road; Kansas City, MO 64138.
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