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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Election 2018: Meet the candidates for LS R-7 Board of Education

What a difference a year makes. Now, a little more than a year removed from public uproar over issues of transparency mixed with a turbulent and public breakup between the Lee's Summit R-7 School District Board of Education and its former superintendent, this spring's election has only four candidates vying for two seats. Whereas last year's public dialogue led to full house of 10 candidates actively campaigning for just three seats.

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R-7 Board refinances bonds in effort to save $2.8M in interest savings

In anticipation of federal tax law changes eliminating the ability for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District to advance refund past-issued general obligation bonds, the district’s Board of Education approved the refinancing of two bond issues on Nov. 29.  

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Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education considers launch of Innovation Track to increase value of high-school diploma and decrease cost of college

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education is considering implementation of a new program known as the Innovation Track during 2018-19. Through the unique program, students would have the opportunity to begin earning up to 30 hours of off-campus college credit during high school. 

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