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Hickman Mills' New School Superintendent Takes Over In A Time Of Unprecedented Challenges

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Prior to becoming superintendent in Hickman Mills on July 1, Yaw Obeng spent five years in the same position at Burlington Public Schools in Vermont. He also oversaw the construction of new schools in a district in his native Canada.

Balancing the needs of the south Kansas City community and the safety of students is no easy task, especially while budgets are shrinking, enrollment numbers are dropping and COVID-19 cases are on the rise.

Hickman Mills' new superintendent has plenty of work ahead, navigating the many issues facing the district.

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