Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hickman Mills Central Office Closes Due to Flooding

By Andrea Wood

Flood waters damaged several buildings in the Hickman Mills C-1 School District, and have caused the administrative building to close while repairs are being done.

Up to nine inches of water filled the Hickman Mills C-1 Administrative Building last week, forcing the June 17th school board meeting to be moved to the Baptiste Educational Center.

“We do have flood insurance,” John Baccala, a representative of the district, said. “The damage is substantial to the administrative building, which may take up to a month to repair.”

Dry wall and carpeting are being removed inside the building, and those staff members whose offices were in the building have been shifted to other locations throughout the district.

Since the entire Administrative Office building is closed, Hickman Mills C-1 parents and patrons will need to call (816) 316-7084 should they have questions about the 2010-11 school year.

In addition to the Administraive Office damage, a portion of ceiling in the Ruskin Media Center conference room collapsed due to the extensive rains, and the Hickman Mills building also saw minor flooding.

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