A missed opportunity to correct the narrative

I lost track of how many times KCUR Up to Date host Steve Kraske tried to steer his recent conversation with Lee’s Summit R-7 Superintendent Dennis Carpenter to race and race relations. Carpenter did what he could to refocus the discussion, but after 15-20 minutes or so, we unfortunately learned little if anything about recent boundary changes and...

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2019 resolutions, Lee’s Summit style

I don’t typically do resolutions each New Year. I can resolve to do better, work harder, sleep more, workout regularly, all of that. And, really, we can all set goals that are attainable, not outlandish, and strive to hit them during the course of the 12 months ahead of us.

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Thoughts on the man who gave 'em hell

I think it would have been quite a thing to sit and listen to Ferrell Shuck and Wilbur F. Storey sit and opine over a beer or two. Storey was the fiery editor and owner of such papers as the Free Press and the Times in Detroit and Chicago. He once famously exclaimed, “It is the newspaper’s duty to print and news and raise hell.” I cannot agree with that statement more wholeheartedly.

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Be kind to the boundary team

After a lengthy process (involving a citizen-led team we should profusely thank, more on that later), lots of headaches, heartaches, heartburn, public gnashing, near-fainting on social media and lots of discussions seeming to ominously foreshadow a mental health crisis if a kiddo is forced to attend a different school than the year before, we finally have our boundary changes.

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R7 Board should review its policies, and soon

Transparency. Communication. These have been the assurances coming from Lee’s Summit R-7 Superintendent Dr. Dennis Carpenter, administrators, Board of Education members and candidates for the board during the past three years as the district looks to move on from a series of public relations stumbles related to past decisions from the superintendent on down.

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Election another unpredictable affair

Silver lining here in Jackson County from last week’s election: at least we’re not Broward County, Florida. A whopping 67 percent of registered voters came out to weigh in on everything from Jefferson City representation to judges and pot to fixing potholes.

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Another fall soccer season comes to a close

Like most of Addy’s outdoor soccer seasons at Legacy Park, this one featured all the seasons in eight weeks. While bone-chilling winds are the norm at this park, we also had our fair share of high-noon sweating, drizzle and rain-outs and one — one — beautifully autumn-like day.

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Let the R-7 School Board race begin

Mike Allen could sit in his conference room all day and talk about the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. Not that he doesn’t have a million other things to do — or that the depth of his conversational tone is narrowed to just our school district. Allen has chaired, led and worked by example throughout Lee’s Summit in different capacities over the last two decades.

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Let's not lose our minds over school boundaries

Boundary changes in Lee’s Summit are inevitable. They’re going to happen. For the betterment of our district, our buildings and our future, we must look street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood and school building by school building to realign, reorganize and best use our facilities.

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Lack of communication hindering public trust during LSR7 conversations

Last weekend’s meltdown on social media shows us we still have a long way to go to accomplish some basic steps in communication in the R-7 District, namely controlling the message, owning the narrative and delivery to our parents and taxpayers.

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What’s the latest with the downtown performance space?

What’s the latest with the downtown performance space? That’s a question that has been looming for far too long in Lee’s Summit. And while we can argue – on the surface, perhaps – the merits of a multi-million-dollar downtown performance space vs. other projects that need funding vs. raises for city employees, the fact remains that the voters approved a plan in April of 2013...

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Arts + Education = Educational excellence

This week has been designated by Congressional resolution as Arts In Education Week. For these seven days we will celebrate the powerful influences of dance, music, theatre, and visual art in the lives of students, as well as their larger communities. The good news is, there is a lot to celebrate.

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