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Mayor Sly,  I  was very disappointed in hearing the comment you made  recently regarding the shootings here in Kansas City, Missouri.  I have lived on the same  street in south Kansas City for forty years. I do not recall anyone using passing cars for target practice in our city on multiple occasions.

Kansas City gave up the title of cow town long ago. And yes, we do have more than our share of young men  killing each other on our streets. Many families have grieved for the loss of their young men and women. That IS the reality many have faced in the past and will face again. If you want to blame those personal tragedies on living in a large urban core, then so be it.  Many will agree with you and agree that we must find a way to stop the violence. However, if this was an attempt to keep us in the running for the Republican Convention,  then there is a problem with that.

Few cities have dealt with the problem of a sniper targeting vehicles on their highways. It is not a common problem. Fortunately, as of yet there has been no loss of life.  If that happens, the idea of being a friendly and livable city will go out the window. No matter if you’re a republican, democrat or none of the  above, it’s time to fix this problem now.

Okay, I’m highly frustrated. This morning I was talking to someone about the shootings we’ve been experiencing on the highways. An interesting tidbit was brought up. Last Monday, when we were putting out signs for the last election, a person was standing on the Hillcrest bridge that goes over 470. There wasn’t anything in his hand, but there was a long bag between him and the bridge railing. The interesting thing about this is that two days later, which was the Wednesday following the election, a person was once again seen standing on the Hillcrest bridge that crosses 470. Again, there was a long bag in front of him.

Now, I must admit I am of the suspicious nature. I have many family members that travel 435 and 470 every day. I did what any civic minded person would do, I called the KCPD. I googled the number and called it. I explained what had been witnessed to the person who answered the phone. She told me I called the wrong number 816-234-5510. She told me to call 816-234-5511. I did with no success. I called the other number back and she gave me what she thought was the TIPS hotline. She wasn’t sure of the number, but thought someone there might listen. So I did.

When the phone was answered, the person listened and said she’d pass it on to a detective. She didn’t ask a single question. She had a tone like she really would have preferred not to be bothered. With irritation, I told her that it bothered me that no one seemed to care about what I had to share. I’m not sure what I said verbatim but it was something to that effect. With the run around I had been getting, I was beginning to get angry.

So…….. How is a public citizen supposed to pass information along that could be helpful in a situation effecting our neighborhoods. No one seemed to care. No wonder people don’t take the time to share information. But you can bet, I would do it again under the same situation. Hopefully someone will look into it.

It’s Over.

The number of voters in the Hickman Mills School Board election was at an all time low. Many people stayed home and the rain this morning didn’t help.  With all the nasty tactics over the weekend, who could blame them. I would like to congratulate Karry Palmer, Dan Osmon and Bonnaye Mims for winning the board seats.

Karry Palmer worked diligently canvassing neighborhoods and talking to people. All three of them were working the polls and even John Sharp lent a hand at a polling location. Breman Anderson, Carol Graves, Tanesha Forte and Sandy Sexton were also working the polls. I even came across Byron Townsend at one location.

All the candidates were worthy of the post. For those new to the challenge, I hope this does not discourage them from running again in the future. Win or lose it’s a great though stressful experience.  You look into yourself to examine what you truly believe. You just can’t think it, you have to be able to verbalize it as well. I would have been pleased to work along side any of them.

The experience regenerated me. The education of our children should be at the forefront of our minds. They are an important part of our future. Those elected have a long road back to regain accreditation.  In my heart and in my mind, I firmly believe we MUST work on our schools from the inside first.  If your car is running rough, you lift the hood and look inside to diagnose the problem. This must come before the new wheels, paint job and stereo system, because until you fix the problems under the hood, you find you really don’t have much.

Best wishes in your journey.
Sincerely,
Debbie Aiman

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The Hickman Mills School Board election has taken another nasty turn. Again a mailer has come out slamming two of the candidates. This time no one is claiming responsibility, but a lot of finger-pointing is going on.

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It’s evident that two groups are fighting to gain control of the Hickman Mills School District. City Councilman John Sharp has put a lot of effort into his slate of candidates. One post card sent out to voters was paid for by him.

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John Sharp has had his hand in the district since his term on the board years ago.  Many people ask why? The answer, politics.  The question is, what’s best for the district?

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No one should have influence over the board of  education. A board member’s allegiance should be to the students, parents, and staff, as well as the community that depends on the leadership of independently thinking people. They don’t need leaders who can be manipulated by another’s agenda. The Hickman Mills School District needs leadership from independent candidates. On Tuesday, vote for someone who will represent you,
Debbie Aiman
Candidate for Hickman Mills School Board

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It’s important that we all make our voices heard. Tuesday, April 8th will be the day for us to make a decision on where we see the Hickman Mills school district going.  A lot has been said about this election. With ten candidates running this year, it will be hard to make a decision to select only three.

We all agree on the obvious. Decisions were made that surfaced with the completion of the state audit. The audit is now behind us. The district must move forward.  

We must turn our attention on the decision to educate all  four year olds coming into our preschool program. With 600 children targeted to enter the district, a lot of preparation must be made. With the Frieda Markley Early Education Center running at capacity right now, it all will hinge on the renovations to Ervin Middle School.  Turning it into a school for our future students is under a difficult time crunch. Seven hundred thousand dollars is being spent to repair the roof.  Ervin has not been utilized for several years. The roof has needed repairs since it was closed.  Remodelling is necessary to provide  the classrooms with restrooms  for the children.  With the level of  renovation, it is difficult to see how it will be ready by August first.  However, the superintendent has made a commitment that the work will be done.

An additional  20 teachers must be hired to work with the preschoolers. My concern is that the district will be creating classrooms of 17 preschoolers, with one teacher and one paraprofessional.. For anyone who has been in a room with 4 year olds, it is very difficult to manage small groups of them, let alone teach the objectives. Four year olds have short attention spans and remember this is an all day program.  For some of them this will be their first opportunity to socialize in a group setting. 

The reorganization of school will take some getting used to as well. Working through problems with changing bus routes and classroom starting times will be another headache that has to be finished and completed by August 1st.

In addition to hiring more primary teachers for preschool, we will again be replacing 25 percent if our teaching staff. This seems to be the reality of the Hickman Mills school district.  We will again be replacing approximately 125 teachers this year. Again, we will be going through professional development to bring them current with the ways of our district. 

We have a tall order ahead of us. The superintendent believes it will be done and ready to go by August 1st. I have faith that they will try their best. And I hope it will be a successful turn out.

So back to the election on Tuesday, April 8. There have been a lot of things said as to where the district should be going right now. Focusing on college readiness courses, math and reading specialists, the need for transparency, the future role of Cerner in the school district are  tall orders. For me,  if elected, I  will do my best to support our district and pray that the next four months go smoothly so that everything is ready to go August first. Failure is not an option.

Ten candidates have entered the race for the three Hickman Mills School District board positions. The motivation varies with each one of them. 

Our district has struggled.  Our new superintendent has taken on the task with determination.  Some are looking at his plan with skepticism, but he is giving it his best.  When I was on the school board our district was fully accredited. 

My experience with education was gained by teaching in both the Kansas City and Hickman Mills school districts. This gave me a lot of background knowledge to pull from. 

Turning this district will take more than just one person. Whether that person is our superintendent or one of our board members, it cannot be done alone. Our previous administrator continued to reassure the board that we were fine.  I continued to ask hard questions that no one wanted to answer.  I left the board in 2010, our superintendent announced her retirement the following year.  She knew where we were heading.  All the signs were there.

I acknowledge that we are fighting to come back.  Last year our test scores came in below Kansas City.  No one is willing to accept this. It will require all of us to focus on one goal. We need to support our students and teachers. We need to build on existing knowledge and make learning relevent.

This evening at 6:00, the PTA is holding their candidate forum at Baptiste on 103rd. Tomorrow, the Southern Community Coalition is holding their forum at 7:00 at the same location. It is important that each of us be an informed voter

I’m looking forward to meeting you.

Debbie Aiman,
Hickman Mills School Board Candidate

Tonight, Tuesday, March 25th, the Hickman Mills PTA is holding their candidate forum at 6:00. Tomorrow, South Kansas City Alliance will also be holding a forum for the community to learn about the ten candidates running for the Hickman Mills School Board.  The election will be held April 8th.  With the release of our audit, there are many questions to be answered.  It will be held at the Baptiste Education Center, 5401 E 103rd St. in south Kansas City.  With ten candidates, there will be little time for in-depth answers, but you will gain a feel for each candidates experience and background.  As a candidate in this year’s election, i will be there.  I’m looking forward to meeting you.

Debbie Aiman

Hickman Mills School Board Candidate

BEWARE OF THOSE WHO WORK TO CAST DOUBT ON ONE’S QUALIFICATIONS AND INTEGRITY  WITH NO PROOF TO SUBSTANTIATE IT.   MAKE YOUR CHOICE ON WHAT YOU SEE AND BELIEVE.  THAT IS HOW ONE SHOULD

VOTE.  BE INFORMED.

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