Lee's Summit R-7 School District

What about projects that I don’t see on the list?

While the middle school transition is a significant recommendation to come from the district’s CFMP process, not every project identified by the district as a “tier one” priority, particularly the renovation of our oldest elementary schools, would be covered in this bond issue. 

These schools will be prioritized in a future R-7 bond issue. The district has also shared plans to renovate and upgrade LSR7’s remaining schools to future-ready standards in the future.

As part of the information-gathering stage of the bond process, the district also surveyed principals about facility and infrastructure needs in their schools this year. The district’s capital outlay fund, as well as future interest earnings from the bond, will be able to cover some of these needs.

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How did we get here?

The district has spent the past year having important conversations with school leaders, teachers, support staff, students, parents and community members about how to best serve all LSR7 students and the 1,500 kids projected to join our district in the next decade. Those conversations started in Fall 2018 when the district formed a Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (CFMP) committee to examine how to meet the district’s future capacity needs and provide the school spaces future students and staff need to thrive. 

  • Phase 1 started in Fall 2018 and focused on capacity — how LSR7 prepares for enrollment growth. The district hosted 11 engagement events and conducted three community surveys that led to boundary changes approved in December 2018. 
  • Phase 2 started in Spring 2019 and focused on instruction — what do future-ready learning environments look like and what do educators need to meet future students’ developmental needs? This phase included nine action teams, including a middle school design process group tasked with studying the impact of moving sixth grade to middle school. 
  • In August 2019, the Board of Education approved three priorities for the 2019-20 school year, including: Ensure equitable access to future ready learning environments by further engaging stakeholders in the continued implementation of the Comprehensive Facility Master Plan by identifying preK-12 facility projects in anticipation of an April 2020 “no tax increase” bond issue. 
  • On Sept. 24, after several public presentations and a parent engagement night, the Board of Education approved preliminary plans to move sixth grade to middle school. This fall, the Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC), a group of 70 community members, staff members and parents, examined the CFMP work and ultimately decided to recommend construction projects the district should immediately prioritize. 
  • The CAC presented a $224 million no tax rate increase bond package on Dec. 19 at the Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting. 
  • The Board of Education approved that recommended package on Jan. 23 by a unanimous 7-0 vote.

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How do I find more information about the bond issue?

Please visit the district’s bond issue webpage at www.lsr7.org/bond or call the district’s Public Relations Department at (816) 986-1014. You may also submit questions to the district’s contact us webpage. If your organization would like to schedule a presentation about the bond issue, you may also contact the Public Relations Department at (816) 986-1014 or email ariel.andrew@lsr7.net.

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How much has safety been prioritized in this bond issue?

From additions that would address mobility issues at Lee’s Summit High School to a Mason Elementary addition that would allow the elementary school to eliminate mobile classrooms to athletic/activity improvements to make tracks, turf and stadiums safer for the community, safety components are an essential part of this bond package. The $3 million safety and security item addresses upgrades in four additional areas: surveillance cameras, upgraded access control, new keying and uniform playground fencing.

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Where would the second early education center be located at Prairie View Elementary?

The district is not planning to construct a new early education center. Rather, it plans to renovate the north side of Prairie View Elementary School to accommodate a second early education center. Prairie View Elementary is the district’s largest elementary school and will have additional capacity for an early education center after the sixth grade transition.

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Who would benefit from the turf replacement, track resurfacing and stadium improvements?

The turf replacement and track resurfacing are intended to address maintenance. Turf and track must be replaced roughly every 10 years and LSR7 last provided new turf and track surfacing in in 2010. The upgrades would address safety for students, athletes, marching band members, physical education classes, summer camps and members of the public that use these facilities. The stadium improvements include expanded entry ways and upgraded seating that would impact access and crowd control for all visitors to LSR7 stadiums.

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Why isn’t the district covering turf replacement, track resurfacing and stadium improvements with its capital outlay fund?

Covering turf replacement, track resurfacing and stadium improvements with bond funds allows the district to cover other school building needs with its capital outlay fund. Earlier this year, the district collected a needs list from principals and hopes to address many of these requests with its capital outlay fund. These maintenance and improvement items at three high schools are a significant expense and would restrict the amount of money available for necessary projects at schools throughout the district if covered by the capital outlay fund.

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What else do Lee’s Summit High School plans include?

Lee’s Summit High School was constructed in 1952, and a portion of the school building facing Highway 50 has outdated and aging infrastructure. This includes a wood roof structure, and unreinforced block walls that have cracked over time. District plans call for a new southern facade as well as additions and renovations to the school’s western exterior, including its western entrance. 

Lee’s Summit High School, the district’s original high school, is a sprawling campus made up several buildings constructed in various decades that need to be better connected. (Image below reflects the current LSHS campus.) This item includes new construction to connect buildings, a centralized library, and light to heavy interior renovations touching most of Lee’s Summit High School’s instructional and public spaces. The Lee’s Summit High bond component also includes new flexible-learning and collaboration spaces. Plans call for more than 60,000 additional square feet in new construction. Strategic renovations and additions would make the building overall more safe, particularly for kids who have had to walk outside to get to class on time.

concept plans for LSHS renovations

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Why is the district focusing on Mason Elementary in this issue?

The reason that the Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan team prioritized the Mason Elementary School project is due to growth in the northeast quadrant of the District that requires additional classroom space.  While renovating buildings to meet future-ready needs of students is our goal, accommodating building capacity needs is also a top priority. Mason Elementary is currently at 110% capacity with significant growth anticipated. The district plans to prioritize other school sites, including its oldest elementary schools, in future bond issues.

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