Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter named president of Cooperating School Districts of Greater KC
Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter, superintendent of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, was recently named president of Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City. The organization includes 33 area school districts and represents more than 177,000 students and 30,000 employees.
Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City is recognized throughout the education profession as the primary provider of professional development services, cooperative purchasing and research and communication services in this area. Its mission is to leverage its members’ combined strengths to provide high-quality and cost-effective services and resources to maximize learning for all students.
Dr. Carpenter joined the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in summer 2017. He has spent the past 22 years working in public education and has extensive experience in instruction and operations as well as elementary and secondary schools. While working in districts within Missouri and Georgia, he served as superintendent, deputy superintendent for operations, associate superintendent for human resources and assistant superintendent for support services. In addition, Dr. Carpenter has worked as an elementary principal and middle school assistant principal.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Georgia Southern University, his master’s degree in educational leadership from Augusta State University, an education specialist degree and a doctorate degree in educational leadership and educational administration, both from Georgia Southern University. Dr. Carpenter has received the South Kansas City Alliance Innovation Education Program Award, the Friend of the Council for Exceptional Children Award, was named Phi Beta Sigma Educator of the Year in Georgia and an Emerging Leader by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He has been a presenter at numerous state and national educational conferences on topics such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, student achievement, digital equity, racial equity and parent/community involvement.
Photo features Dr. Carpenter (center) pictured with (from left) Kim Fritchie and Julie Doane, Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education members; Dr. Jeanette Cowherd, superintendent of the Park Hill School District and outgoing president of Cooperating School Districts; Dr. Gayden Carruth, executive director of Cooperating School Districts; Dennis Smith, R-7 Board of Education member; Jacqueline Clark, R-7 Board of Education vice president; and Phyllis Balagna, R-7 Board president.