Lee's Summit R-7 School District

Legislative Advocacy

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s tradition of excellence is the result of a collaborative effort among its supportive stakeholders.  A persistent focus on meeting the needs of each student will result in a legacy unparalleled by our peers in public education.  This legacy of excellence cannot be left to chance and requires ongoing advocacy on behalf of the close to 18,000 students served by the R-7 School District.  It is our responsibility.


2017-18 Legislative Platform



2018 Priority Positions


In the interest of public education, we ask the Missouri General Assembly to: Key Legislative Priorities

  • Support appropriations to fully fund the Missouri Foundation Formula and maintain the integrity of the existing Formula. This includes full funding of early childhood education through increased appropriation in the Formula as well as ensuring there are no decreases to the Formula’s State Adequacy Target.
  • Support increased school board oversight of income tax credit program reform and comprehensive corporate income tax credit program reform.
  • Oppose legislation that impairs or reduces the authority of local school boards and their ability to be accountable to district stakeholders.
  • Oppose K-12 withholdings to balance the state budget.
  • Oppose efforts to adopt vouchers, tuition tax credits and scholarship tax credits, all of which would reduce revenue needed to fully fund the Foundation Formula.
  • Support establishment of a visiting scholar certificate for teaching.
  • Support legislation that requires all charter schools to be held to the same standards as public schools, including determination of accreditation status with tax funds designated for charter schools placed under control of a publicly elected board.
  • Support legislation to expand the state’s A+ program to include funding for tuition for high-school students earning qualifying dual college credit during their high-school years.


Additional Legislative Issues


  • Support fully funding the transportation formula, including modifying the provision that penalizes school districts when they transport highly mobile students back to their original school of attendance.
  • Support the creation and development of a system of interventions and support that leads to improvements in achievement for provisionally accredited and unaccredited school districts.  
  • Support legislation that requires the unanimous support of all taxing jurisdictions for any tax abatement project or otherwise provide an opt-out provision.  
  • Support the full funding of education mandates in accordance with the Missouri constitution.
  • Support the continuation of existing property tax relief for senior citizens within reasonable income limitations as well as legislation stipulating the enactment of sound and timely property tax assessment practices.
  • Support funding for intensive professional development that provides a comprehensive and sustainable approach to improving district staff members’ effectiveness in raising student achievement.  
  • Support the provision of a simple majority for the passage of local school district bond issues as well as increasing the bonding capacity for school districts.
  • Support legislation that provides for continuing flexibility with MSIP resource and process standards, salary compliance and the professional development allocation.
  • Oppose legislation which reduces the benefits provided by the current state public school retirement systems (PSRS and PEERS).
  • Oppose legislation that authorizes any statewide mandate regarding open enrollment.  
  • Oppose any legislation that would reduce summer school funding.
  • Oppose legislation that sets percentages for school district fund balances.
  • Oppose any amendment to the Missouri Constitution to allow the distribution of state monies directly or indirectly to non-public educational entities or organizations.


Lee’s Summit R-7 National, State and County Elected Officials 2018



U.S. Elected Officials

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt

United States Senate

260 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Phone: 202-224-5721 Fax: 202-224-8149

Senator Roy Blunt’s Website

Dist. 5 U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

U.S. House of Representatives

1433 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-4535 Fax: 202-225-4403

Contact by e-mail at this webpage-
Contact Emanuel Cleaver

Dist. 6 U.S. Rep. Sam Graves

U.S. House of Representatives

1415 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-7041 Fax: 202-225-8221

Contact by e-mail at this webpage-
Contact Sam Graves

Dist. 4 U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler

U.S. House of Representatives

1023 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-2876 Fax: 202-225-0148

Contact by e-mail at this webpage-
Contact Vicky Hartzler

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

United States Senate

Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506

Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone 202-224-6154 Fax 202-228-6326

Contact by e-mail at this webpage-
Contact Claire McCaskill

Missouri Elected Officials

Gov. Mike Parson

Missouri State Capitol

201 W. Capitol Ave.

Jefferson City, MO 65101

Governor Mike Parson

Dist. 8 Sen. Mike Cierpiot

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 431

Jefferson City, MO 65101


Mike Cierpiot’s Email Address is mike.cierpiot@senate.mo.gov.

Dist. 9 Sen. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 434

Jefferson City, MO 65101


Contact Shalonn “Kiki” Curls

Dist. 7 Sen. Jason Holsman

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 421

Jefferson City, MO 65101


Contact Jason Holsman

Dist. 11 Sen. John Rizzo

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 425

Jefferson City, MO 65101


John Rizzo’s Email Address is John.Rizzo@senate.mo.gov.

Dist. 55 Rep. Rick Brattin

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 114-C

Jefferson City, MO 65101


Rick Brattin’s Email Address is Rick.Brattin@house.mo.gov.

Dist. 30 REP. Jon Patterson

Dist. 35 Rep. Gary Cross

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 112

Jefferson City, MO 65101


Gary Cross’s Email Address is Gary.Cross@house.mo.gov.

Keri Ingle was elected on November 6th to replace Gary Cross. New information is coming soon.

Dist. 33 Rep. Donna Pfautsch

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 404B

Jefferson City, MO 65101


Donna Pfautsch’s Email Address is Donna.Pfautsch@house.mo.gov.

Dist. 34 Rep. Rebecca Roeber

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 201-CA

Jefferson City, MO 65101


Rebecca Roeber’s Email Address is Rebecca.Roeber@house.mo.gov.

Dist. 29 Rep. Rory Rowland

District includes small part of R-7

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 109-F

Jefferson City, MO 65101


Rory Rowland’s Email Address is Rory.Rowland@house.mo.gov.

Dist. 37 Rep. Joe Runions

201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 109-B

Jefferson City, MO 65101


Joe Runions’s Email Address is Joe.Runions@house.mo.gov.

County Elected Officials

County Executive Frank White

Jackson County Courthouse

415 E. 12th Street

2nd Floor

Kansas City, MO 64106


Frank White’s Email Address is fwhite@jacksongov.org.

Dist. 6 County Legislator Theresa Galvin

Jackson County Courthouse Annex

415 E. 12th St.

2nd Floor

Kansas City, MO 64106


Theresa Galvin’s Email Address is tgalvin@jacksongov.org.

Lee’s Summit R-7 supporters invited to subscribe to electronic newsletter focusing on legislative advocacy


Lee’s Summit R-7 School District community members and other interested individuals are invited to subscribe to the school district’s electronic newsletter, known as “R-7 Advocacy.” The newsletter is designed to provide subscribers with relevant and timely information about legislative activities and proposals as well as opportunities to speak out on behalf of the district’s schools and students.

The majority of newsletter issues are sent to subscribers several times each month during the Missouri General Assembly session, January through May. The newsletter’s frequency depends on ongoing General Assembly activities and other state, national and local legislative news. “R-7 Advocacy” features information as well as occasional requests for subscribers to consider contacting their elected officials about specific proposed legislation that could impact R-7 students.

To sign up for “R-7 Advocacy, visit the R-7 Advocacy subscription page.

You can also send your request to kelly.wachel@Lsr7.net.


Missouri Voter Outreach Center


By visiting this webpage and entering your address, you can locate your polling place, determine your precinct number, find upcoming elections and view candidates and issues.



In accordance with the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, P.L. 93-112, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the regulations thereunder, it is the policy of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District that no person shall, because of age, sex, race, disability, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity of the District, including the employment of staff personnel. Written district policies concerning the rights and responsibilities of employees and students are available for inspection at the Stansberry Leadership Center (R-7 Administrative Offices), located at 301 NE Tudor. Inquiries by persons about their protection against discrimination under The Americans With Disabilities Act, Title IX, Title VI, or P.L. 93-112 and the Section 504 may be directed in writing or by telephone to: Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Lee’s Summit R-7 School District 301 NE Tudor Road Lee’s Summit, MO 64086 (816) 986-1000