LS R-7 Board of Education votes to move forward with Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan, boundary adjustments
Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education approves recommendation to adjust boundaries and continue planning for Phase II work of Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan
At their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13, the Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education unanimously voted to approve boundary adjustments and move forward with Phase 2 recommendations in the Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (CFMP) process. An additional recommendation amended the parameters to allow current 8th grade students, who have siblings in 10th or 11th grade, to submit a request to continue on to high school with their siblings.
The CFMP team presented the recommendations during Monday’s Board of Education work session, which were ultimately approved at the Board meeting. The recommendations were approved after five months of robust engagement series, public input, in person conversations and dedicated work from the CFMP team.
It has been important to the District to release recommendations around facilities and learning as well as potential boundary options to our staff, families and community so that our community could review them and engage with us throughout this semester. These recommendations have been refined based on our engagement efforts, staff and community input, data analysis and CFMP team discussions. We will continue to engage with our entire community as recommendations move forward and we embark on Phase 2 of the CFMP process during Spring 2019.
“We have understood the personal nature of these conversations this fall and we have heard many personal scenarios connecting to our schools. We have a community that cares deeply for our schools and I want to thank our staff and community for their engagement in this process. We’ve listened and used this community feedback to guide our decisions moving forward. We get to now begin the exciting work of continuing to reimagine the future of education in Lee’s Summit R-7 schools through Phase 2 of the Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan,” said Dr. Dennis Carpenter, Superintendent.
“Thank you to the committed and dedicated CFMP team that helped form recommendations in this process. We are grateful to the students, teachers, coaches, administrators, parents, business leaders, city officials and community members who served on the team, guiding the recommendations that the Board of Education approved. Our team listened and used that feedback to help us in our decision-making process. There was much goodwill involved and we hope our community feels the good faith effort to move forward in a collaborative manner,” said Board of Education President Phyllis Balagna.
The final elementary and secondary boundary recommendations can be found on our CFMP website, along with recommendations for Phase 2 work around research for future facilities and programming.
Again, thank you to our community for staying connected to this process.