Friday, April 28, 2017


The latest "accreditation" effort of a local school district continues to anger residents, parents and even some teachers.

A local blog highlighted this fact previously . . . And here's community news follow-up that hopes to clear up any confusion:

Jackson County Advocate: Hickman Mills Receives Accreditation from External Review, State Accreditation Unchanged

Money line . . .

"The total price tag for the independent accreditation review from AdvancED remains unclear, as the district has not yet received invoices for the services provided in the initial review process. According to Ruth Terrell, Director of Public Information and Partnerships, Hickman Mills, as part of AdvancED’s member network, will pay $11,550 annually. In five years, AdvancED will return to the district to perform another review, which will cost an estimated $2000 on top of the membership fee."

More to the point . . .


And while education news if often overlooked in the MSM game . . . This bit of deception is noteworthy for a school district that has played musical chairs among their administration and endured one conflict after the next for the past few years.

Developing . . .


Tracy Thomas said...

Well, aren't they just the little entrepreneurs?!
Hickman Mills School District should win an award from Juniro Achievement for thinking outside the box!
Frankly, I'm surprised anyone even caught on. Who figured this out? Or did someone brag to the wrong person?

So much for being a district that unhappy parents from the jacked up KCMO School district could escape to.

KCMOPost publisher Tracy Thomas said...

Attention homeowners, and homesellers, banks and title companies in Hickman Mills. Be extra careful what you or your realtor state in your advertising and promotions and your sales conversations--when you attempt to buy or sell a house in this district. If there is an inference or an outright statement that this is now an "accredited school district", if the buyer has remorse they can sue you for thousands of dollars for misrepresentation or not full disclosure or for false advertising--and GET OUT OF THEIR SALES CONTRACT UP TO FIVE YEARS LATER. At your expense.

A "casual statement" by a seller or their realtorin response to a buyer asking, "And is this school district accredited?" could lead to an expensive lawsuit or a foreclosure or a walkaway.

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."
--Sir Walter Scott, about the battle of Marmion

Anonymous said...

Good job JaCo Advocate! I read the article and it was a balanced account - not all the fluff put out in the district's press release. The article made the point that this pseudo-accreditation doesn't mean anything to the State and the district will spend money for several years to maintain it. I hope the district will also disclose how much it cost to have the inspectors in town for the week, where they stayed, and how their transportation and meals were paid for.

The pseudo-accreditation did accomplish one thing - Carpenter can add it to his resume. Did anyone notice that Advanced Ed's corporate offices are in Georgia - hmmm, who else do we know from Georgia - could there be friends involved?d

Anonymous said...

Advanced Ed is a national accrediting body. They accredit may private schools including almost all the private and Catholic Schools in KC. So they are a legit company. It is not a pseudo accreditation.

Barstow, Notre Dame de Sion, Rockhurst, STA, etc are all accredited by Advanced Ed.

No one is complaining about Rockhurst using Advanced Ed.

This is a good thing for Hickman Mills. The process getting accreditation through Advanced Ed means they did all the work to show they have processes in place needed to be accredited. There is a good chance they didn't have those in before and created them for this accreditation. This is a good thing, it means they are doing something.

This also means that students in Hickman Mills can now say they graduated from an accredited High School. Again this is a good thing because it effects there scholarships, college entrance etc.

I know nothing about Hickman Mills and they may still be full of problems. But doing the work to get accreditation through Advanced Ed is exactly the kind of thing they should be doing.

Anonymous said...

The point is - you can't meet state standards so you lower the bar and find something you can pay for. Carpenter has always thumbed his nose at Missouri and consistently says HM students can't meet Missouri standards therefore he choose to forgo state accreditation and select something easier that carries no weight with the state of Missouri. The schools listed by 6:20 are not public schools and wouldn't fall under the DESE.