FromThe Kansas City Star: One of its two high schools had to close, so the Hickman Mills (Mo.) board voted to keep Ruskin High open and close Hickman Mills High. The district in south Kansas City needs to consolidate because of declining enrollment and shrinking property values. The Hickman Mills High School campus will become the district’s school for eighth- and ninth-graders.
January 2010...from The Kansas City Star: The Hickman Mills (Mo.) School District plans to close one of its two high schools. At this point, the board has not decided which one will be cease serving as a high school: the newer and larger Hickman Mills High or the more centrally situated Ruskin High. One of the campuses will become home to students in the 10th through 12th grades. Another building will hold classes for grades eight and nine, and a third will be home to grades 6 and 7. Because the district now has two high schools and two middle schools, one building will be emptied and put to other use.