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Hickman Mills Board of Education to Meet This Evening

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The Hickman Mills School District’s Board of Education will meet Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.

In addition to routine items on the agenda such as paying bills and hearing a food and nutrition services financial report, board members have a full schedule this evening.

Some significant items on this evening’s agenda include a report on a visit from representatives of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and consideration of the district’s options for summer school.

Earlier this month, DESE representatives visited the district to look at school data related to accreditation. Hickman Mills C-1 has struggled to meet state 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 fall. Tonight school board members will receive a report about the DESE visit.

Also during tonight’s meeting, Board of Education members will consider the district’s summer school options. Last year, summer school was not available to all students, because the program was not fully funded. If full funding is not forthcoming for this summer, the board may decide to offer summer school only to special groups of students. These would include students at two elementary schools, special education students whose learning would regress if they have the whole summer off and secondary students in need of credit recovery.

In other business, the board will hear a report on metal detector log sheets and police activities in the schools.

The board meeting, which is open to the public, will take place in the Administration Center, 9000 Old Santa Fe Road, Kansas City, MO 64138.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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