I am a member of the Hickman Mills School Board. At the September board meeting, a contract for a reading consultant was placed in the consent agenda. I requested that it be pulled. A person, not identified with any company, had been selected as a reading consultant at a cost of $1000 a day for a maximum of four days. This person was selected due to experience in reading instruction at the high school level. However, supporting information was not provided.
My concern…..Why were we bringing in a person at $1000 a day? Why were we not looking at the experience of our own personnel to address concerns? Why was the board not provided a description or bio of this person’s qualifications? The superintendent assured us that the information would be forthcoming. Instead of waiting to vote on the issue, the board proceeded. It was approved five to one. I voted against it. Mr. Anderson was not on the board at that time. Bonnaye Mims, April Cushing, Darryll Curls, J.T. Brown and George Flesher voted to accept the superintendent’s recommendation and approved the contract.
We were never told why this consultant was worth $1000 a day. Three weeks following the board meeting, we received the requested information. Some of the information provided should have been discussed by the board. Now that it’s over, it will never be discussed again. I am a member of the Hickman Mills School Board and we need to be held accountable for our decisions. As far as understanding the actions of the board, they don’t make sense.
My name is Debbie Aiman. I’m running for re-election to the Hickman Mills School Board (CSD1) this year. I have been a member of the board of directors for the last three years. I originally ran in an effort to keep good teachers. That has not changed. The challenges have been great. As a certified teacher, I am the only member of the board to have taught in the elementary classroom. I spent twelve years in the Kansas City, Mo School District at North Rock Creek / Korte, Academy of Environmental Sciences. In 2006, I spent a year in a fifth grade classroom in the Hickman Mills School District. I learned why we have such a high turn over of teachers first hand. I understand the needs within the classroom. I can empathize with the challenges our teachers face everyday.
As a single mother of five, I understand the challenges for parents in our current economy. Having sixteen grandchildren, I want the best for not only my children, but all children. There is no better place to start, than right here.
I left the Kansas City School District in 1999 to start my own business, A Sweet Expression. It has been a love of mine. A Sweet Expression supplies custom made candy and cookie bouquets for delivery through out the Kansas City, Metro area. I still do today.
I want to continue to work hard to save our district. Our test scores are poor. We are a district at risk. Financially, we are struggling. I will continue to vote against measures that I do not feel are in our best interest. I support collective bargaining and the rights of our employees. I will also continue to fight against complacency. I would appreciate your support. As I have learned, one person can make a difference. You can make a difference. You just need to be heard. I am willing and able to listen.