HMC-1: Shaping Our Future

  • Shaping Our Future The Hickman Mills C-1 School District continues to see progress in our schools. To ensure we keep this momentum, the district's leadership team began work on HMC-1 Shaping our Future. As we look forward, it is critical we are fiscally responsible in the coming school year and beyond.

    HMC-1 is facing challenging financial times. This is due to:

    • Property valuations in HMC-1 for the 2017 tax year being overstated by approximately $40 million.
    • The overstated assessed valuations resulted in a decrease in the district’s tax levy and loss of expected revenue of more than $2.4 million.
    • The projected fund balance, which measures our assets and liabilities, decreased from 12% to 8.5%.
    • Enrollment continues to decline each school year. 

    To help reach a healthy financial position, the HMC-1 Board of Education set a goal of 15% for the fund balance. This means a total reduction of $5.5 million is needed. 


    As we proceed through financial reductions, we are guided by the following:

    • As always, keep students at the center of every decision with a priority on continued academic growth and obtaining full accreditation
    • Place the integrity of core classroom instruction as a high priority
    • Provide opportunity for feedback from students, parents, staff, and the community


    Please check back often over the next several months.


    If you would like to provide feedback and are unable to make the public meetings, please email us at

Public Meetings

  • HMC-1 will hold two public meetings to discuss upcoming budget reductions and changes for the 2019-2020 school year. We want to gain valuable insight and feedback from students, parents, staff, and the community. You are invited to join us at one or both of the following dates:


    December 19, 2018
    (Recording available on Videos page)
    6:00 pm
    Smith-Hale Middle School
    9010A Old Santa Fe Rd., Kansas City, MO 64138
    in the Multi-Purpose Room


    January 30, 2019
    (Recording available on Videos page)
    6:00 pm
    Ruskin High School (new location) 
    7000 E. 111th St., Kansas City, MO 64134
    in the theatre

    February 12, 2019
    (Recording available on Videos page)
    6:00 pm
    Smith-Hale Middle School 
    9010A Old Santa Fe Rd., Kansas City, MO 64138
    in the Multi-Purpose Room


    • If you are unable to make one of the meetings you are welcome to submit your comments to

    • Recordings of the meetings will be posted on the Videos page.

    • The public may also attend HMC-1 Board of Education regular session and financial committee meetings. Check the district website calendar for dates.


Last Modified on February 21, 2019