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Hickman Mills School District Slashes Budget


Kansas City, MO – Education is often regarded as a recession-proof industry. But not if you're in the Hickman Mills School District, which serves about 7,000 students in southeast Kansas City. The area's high rates of foreclosures have cut into the local real estate tax base that provides school funding. These reduced revenue projections have forced the Hickman Mills School District to plan for a $5.5 million budget cut. Many parents in the district turned out for a town hall meeting held at Hickman High School on March 11th. Parents expressed concerns about how the budget cuts might affect the district's classrooms.

KCUR's Susan B. Wilson asked the district's Superintendent Marjorie Williams to explain.

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
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