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.