LS R-7 Board of Education votes to move forward with Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan, boundary adjustments

Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education approves recommendation to adjust boundaries and continue planning for Phase II work of Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan

At it’s regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, the Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education unanimously voted to approve boundary adjustments and move forward with Phase 2 recommendations in the Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (CFMP) process.

An additional recommendation amended the parameters to allow current 8th grade students, who have siblings in 10th or 11th grade, to submit a request to continue on to high school with their siblings.

The CFMP team presented the recommendations during Monday’s Board of Education work session, which were ultimately approved this evening. The recommendations were approved after five months of robust engagement series, public input, in person conversations and dedicated work from the CFMP team.

“We have understood the personal nature of these conversations this fall and we have heard many personal scenarios connecting to our schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Dennis Carpenter. “We have a community that cares deeply for our schools and I want to thank our staff and community for their engagement in this process. We’ve listened and used this community feedback to guide our decisions moving forward. We get to now begin the exciting work of continuing to reimagine the future of education in Lee’s Summit R-7 schools through Phase 2 of the Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan.”

The final elementary and secondary boundary recommendations can be found on the District’s web site, along with recommendations for Phase 2 work around research for future facilities and programming. 

“Thank you to the committed and dedicated CFMP team that helped form recommendations in this process,” said Board of Education President Phyllis Balagna. “We are grateful to the students, teachers, coaches, administrators, parents, business leaders, city officials and community members who served on the team, guiding the recommendations that the Board of Education approved tonight. Our team listened and used that feedback to help us in our decision-making process. There was much goodwill involved and we hope our community feels the good faith effort to move forward in a collaborative manner.”