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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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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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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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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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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LS R-7 Board of Education approves new administrators for 2018-19

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education approved the employment of eight new administrators for the 2018-19 school year at the organization’s May 17 meeting. All administrators will begin their new positions on July 1.

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