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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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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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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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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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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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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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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