Lee's Summit R-7 School District
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No-Tax Increase Bond Issue 2015

Lee’s Summit R-7 2015 no-tax-increase bond projects completed by fall 2017

 

This includes school facility improvements and the new Missouri Innovation Campus.

Thanks to voter approval of a 2015 no-tax-increase bond issue, schools throughout Lee’s Summit R-7 received facility improvements. The $40 million bond issue, approved by close to 80 percent of voters, also funded the district’s new Missouri Innovation Campus, home of Summit Technology Academy. All school improvement projects as well as the Missouri Innovation Campus were on time and within budget.
 

Missouri Innovation Campus opens in August 2017

 

The new Missouri Innovation Campus, located at 1101 NW Innovation Parkway, opened in August 2017. Construction on the new school began in March 2016 following a groundbreaking celebration. A community grand opening was held Sept. 5 at the new school. 

Thanks to a unique partnership with the University of Central Missouri (UCM), the school district and university constructed and are operating this cost-saving shared facility. Under the plan, Lee’s Summit R-7 is paying approximately 40 percent of the new school with UCM paying the remaining 60 percent. Based on an agreement between the two organizations, Lee’s Summit R-7 is the sole owner of the facility which houses Summit Technology Academy and Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) programs as well as UCM programs previously located in the UCM-Lee’s Summit facility. UCM is paying its portion through a lease agreement.

The shared facility reduces operating expenses for the R-7 School District, allowing the district to move both the Summit Technology Academy and MIC programs from leased space into a building owned by the school district. It is anticipated that due to increased rental costs resulting from the expiration of a long-running tax abatement, Lee’s Summit R-7 will save approximately $9 million over the next 20 years by construction of the new facility.

School renovation and maintenance projects completes by fall 2017

Approximately half of the $40 million bond issue funded numerous school improvements in the areas of classroom instruction, safety and security, health and wellness, ADA access renovations and special education. Also included were maintenance projects designed to protect the district’s investment in its schools as well as playground safety upgrades for all elementary schools’ soft play areas and replacement of deteriorated play equipment. Numerous improvement projects were completed during summer 2015 and summer 2016. All remaining projects were finished by fall 2017.

The school improvements, maintenance projects and playground upgrades are positively impacting all 28 Lee’s Summit R-7 schools. A few examples of the many school improvements are classroom renovations at Lee’s Summit High School, entry security improvements at Lee’s Summit North High School, a concession/restroom building at the Lee’s Summit West High School softball/baseball complex, a gym addition and classroom renovations at Mason Elementary, classroom and art classroom renovations at Lee’s Summit Elementary and a kitchen and cafeteria renovation at Hazel Grove Elementary.

Examples of school maintenance funded by the bond are flooring, carpet, ceilings, painting, roofing, paving, mechanical, doors, windows, door FOBS, backflows, water sanitizing and masonry.

 

 

Photos of Progress Over the Last Three Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Discrimination

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