KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Five schools in the Hickman Mills School District have new principals this year. The changes are part of the new superintendent's plan to regain full accreditation, and attract more families.
Dr. Dennis Carpenter took over as superintendent of the district last April. He spent his second day of school taking pictures with all of the district's kindergartners along with a few words of encouragement for the nervous students.
"The first day of school was a great start, but the key of course is how we finish," Carpenter said.
Shortly after taking over, Carpenter informed his administrators they would have to reapply for their jobs. Some quit, others weren't rehired.
"We've hired five new principals in the district. We've also brought in some central office leaders in various places," Carpenter said.
Some parents welcome the changes; they want the district to regain full accreditation.
Amanda Mantenee lives in the district and can't afford private school. She welcomes anything that would bring the district back to full accreditation.
"I think it's good actually. The district hasn't been the best," Mantenee said.
The Cerner Corporation recently announced plans to build a new 236 acre office park at the old Bannister Mall site. Carpenter wants those employees to send their children to his schools.
"There's a lot of energy in the district around improvement related to that whole topic of Cerner and its reemergence in our community," Carpenter added.
Carpenter plans to also use technology upgrades to help students succeed.
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