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Board of Education names Dr. Emily Miller Interim Superintendent for the 2019-20 school year

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education conducted interim Superintendent interviews on Saturday, August 24th. As a result of the interview process, the Board of Education voted unanimously to name Dr. Emily Miller as the Interim Superintendent for the 2019-20 school year. 

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Board and superintendent reach agreement

UPDATE (July 26, 2019):

The agreement has been signed by Dr. Carpenter and Board president Julie Doane, and it is available to the public via this link. The agreement includes provisions under which the parties agree not to discuss the negotiations leading up to the agreement. 

The Board of Education approved the severance agreement at the July 25th meeting on a 5-2 vote. Board members Clark and Murdock voted no; board members Doane, Smith, Fritchie, Allen and Hedrick voted to approve.

Other items for clarity:

  • The payment of $750,000 is reduced by Dr. Carpenter’s July salary, which he received in the ordinary course of payment.
  • The portion of the payment funded by the District’s insurance carrier is $75,000.

It is important to release this document to the public so that there is a common understanding of the terms and details. Thank you for understanding the provisions under which we cannot discuss the negotiations or agreement further.


From the July 23, 2019 press release:

The Board of Education of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and Dr. Dennis Carpenter have entered into an agreement in principle under which Dr. Carpenter has resigned as the District’s Superintendent of Schools.

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