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Hickman Mills C-1 School District

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About Moving Forward

In 2014, the School Board approved Superintendent Dennis L. Carpenter's plan for the 2014-2015 school year.  The key recommendations included in the plan were: 
Button Hickman Mills will educate all four year olds in the district, (approximately 600) as distinguished by: 
  • A full day instructional program that services our students five days a week 
  • Utilizing Freda Markley Early Childhood Center to its full capacity (approximately 300 students) 
  • Repurposing Ervin Middle School as Ervin Early Learning Center to serve approximately 300 pre-k students, and all of the district’s kindergarten students (approximately 550) 
Button Hickman Mills will realign the placement of grade levels to best serve the achievement needs of our students as 
distinguished by: 
  • Creation of a Freshman Center focused on the specific needs of freshman students, and to provide a high level of support in their transition to high school 
  • Sixth grade students remaining at the elementary schools, where research shows they are more successful academically 
Button Hickman Mills will provide an alternative education, to secondary students with unique needs and/or life circumstances 
through Ombudsman Educational Services. Ombudsman was chosen based on their results in urban areas around the 
country. Ombudsman provides: 
  • A high-quality, rigorous curriculum with blended learning opportunities 
  • A means of increasing graduation rates for students in the alternative setting 
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