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Possible layoffs, school consolidations on the table for Hickman Mills School District

Posted at 4:27 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 19:37:25-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — The Hickman Mills School District will have to cut $5.5 million from its budget in part because of an error with expected county revenue.

"The shortfall of $2.4 million was a big surprise for the Hickman Mills School District,” said Dr. Yolanda Cargile, Hickman Mills School District Superintendent.

Major cuts are on the table for the district.

"We use the evaluation each year to set our levy each year, so it is very important. So if its an error in that, its an error in finances and budgeting,” said Cargile.

Cargile said aside from the error, declining enrollment has played a factor. In all $5.5 million, needs to be cut.

"That's hard to determine what they can do,” said Dusti Hughlett, who has a student in the district.

"I think someone needs to be accountable for that and they should have recognized if there was a difference from this year to last year, there is something wrong with the numbers,” said Rebecca Clubine, who has a student in the district.

41 Action News reached out to the county about the error and we have not received a response.

Nothing is off the table, including teacher layoffs and consolidating schools.

"We are exploring moving the freshmen to Ruskin High School, being a traditional high school, moving our kindergarten back to the elementary, sixth grade to middle school,” said Cargile.

For more information on proposals go to https://www.hickmanmills.org/hmc1sd.