Ugly e-mails, Sheriff’s Tweets, superintendent protection

When you factor in threatening behavior, law enforcement and the politicization of our district issues, we collectively must say — or rather shout — “enough!”

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The fighting has been in public, why not let us in on the plans to make up?

The teachers, the community, the entire Kansas City metro area sat and waited all day June 4 for word from the Stansberry Leadership Center. All. Day.

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A little district housecleaning as we head into summer

As the barrage of unsavory press continues to unravel in our school district, it’s probably time we tie up a few loose ends as we head into the summer break.

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Board meeting debacle a hard, unnecessary lesson

The single agenda item for the May 22 Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education Work Session was simple and innocuous enough: “Board discussion on equity plan and moving forward.”

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Keeping the faith council will make the right decision

Now isn't the time to go backward on development. And now certainly isn't the time to tell Metro and regional developers that we may not be open for business. Interestingly — and unfairly, probably — this decision could land on just one City Council member. We'll get to that.

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What does Carpenter's 1-year extension with the LS R-7 District tell us?

For the past two weeks, a contract extending Dr. Dennis Carpenter’s tenure as Lee’s Summit R-7 Superintendent has been bouncing around between himself and the board of education. What was passed by a 5-2 vote March 14 wasn’t official until the district released details of Carpenter’s contract extension just this past week.

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R-7 forum soundbites didn’t reveal enough

I must learn to lower my expectations of public political forums just a bit. Taking nothing away from the event itself, many of the responses at last week’s Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce R-7 Board of Education forum left me shaking my head and asking, “where are the answers?”

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What is our community's current narrative; who's writing it?

It could be argued that, collectively, every citizen of a city helps to define it. Families that have been here for generations, certainly, have the historical background; residents that have called Lee’s Summit home for a decade, a year or even a month, too, have a stake in this narrative.

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Poeschl leaves LSFD with sense of accomplishment, relief

You’ll forgive Rick Poeschl if he has a bit of a relieved look about him these days. Retirement will do that to you. The 30-plus-year veteran of the Lee’s Summit Fire Department announced recently his final day as fire chief will be March 16.

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LS R-7 deserves this victory lap

The last eight weeks or more have proven a challenging time for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. And that doesn’t have a thing to do with the barrage of winter that has stolen a day or more every week since Christmas break.

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