Racial discrimination claim leads to lawsuit against LS R-7 School District

A racial discrimination claim has resulted in another lawsuit being filed against the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. The filing stems from a complaint from Danielle Nixon, who says she was not considered for the role of Executive Director of Public Relations because of race.

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Lee’s Summit business owner helps fill workforce gap with summer internship program

Colby Jacquemin is only 17 years old, but he is already gaining valuable on-the-job training to prepare him for his future career.

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Our school ‘to-do’ list is excruciatingly long

We have a lot of work to do. There’s likely a checklist floating around the Stansberry Leadership Center right now that has a long, arduous list of items that we simply have to get done in our school district. While I can’t possibly imagine the entirety of this list, a few items are pretty obvious and need to be addressed immediately.

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The school district and the superintendent parted ways — what lesson did we learn?

It’s been really loud in Lee’s Summit during the past several months. Voices have been raised in coffee shops, the district Board Room, driveways and (especially) social media forums. Righteous indignation (on all sides) have hit levels of extreme usually reserved for debates on national political issues. I’d like to be able to say we’re unaccustomed to this on a local level. That should be the case. But I think we’ve seen this kind of sewer muck seep into our local conversations a lot over the last 3 years.

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LSR7 Board of Education reconsiders earlier decision, votes to contract with Educational Equity Consultants

In a reversal of a decision made in May, the Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education voted in special session Wednesday evening to enter into a contract with Educational Equity Consultants.

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niversity of Central Missouri working with students from Lee’s Summit R-7 School District to present sessions at 2019 Microsoft DigiGirlz Day

A total of six Lee’s Summit R-7 School District students, working with the University of Central Missouri Gigabit Lab, will assist with Internet of Things presentations at the 2019 Microsoft DigiGirlz Day. The April 11 international event is designed to provide teenage girls with a better understanding of technology career opportunities.

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LS CARES seeks high-school students willing to share perspectives on youth mental health & wellness

High-school students from the Lee’s Summit area are invited to share their opinions about youth mental health and wellness at four community forums.

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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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Missouri Innovation Campus expanding student opportunities through new programs

Students participating in the Missouri Innovation Campus have more opportunities to earn a bachelor’s degree in a high-wage, in-demand field while significantly reducing the time to graduate. The recognized program, located in the state-of-the-art Lee’s Summit campus, added a bioinformatics program this school year and will launch software engineering next year.

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LSR7 School Board ballot set with eight candidates

Tuesday’s filing deadline left us with eight candidates announcing campaigns to fill two seats on the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Board of Education.

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

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. 

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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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