Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Looking forward to smarter tomorrows

On Tuesday, April 7, voters overwhelmingly endorsed our school district’s $40 million no-tax-increase bond issue. The bond issue was approved by almost 80 percent, and we are grateful to the many individuals who took the time to go to the polls on Tuesday to show their support for the projects included in this ballot issue.
Throughout my nine years in Lee’s Summit R-7, I continue to be impressed with the many informed, caring and involved citizens who make Lee’s Summit R-7 a great place to live and raise a family. I am especially grateful to the stakeholder organizations – such as our Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Business Roundtable and PTA Council – who provided us with essential feedback during the development of this bond issue. In addition, a grassroots group of committed volunteers, known as the Building Our Future Committee, stepped forward to offer their assistance in spreading the word about the bond issue and its benefits to our schools and community. Theme for the group’s campaign was “Smarter Tomorrows,” and they did a great job of encouraging others to become informed and vote on election day. Working with all of these groups throughout this process has been especially rewarding.

We are excited about breaking ground for the new Summit Technology Academy / Missouri Innovation Campus as well as beginning the many building improvements at schools throughout our district. Thanks to voters, we are able to better protect our community’s investment in our existing schools while expanding the nationally recognized Summit Tech and MIC through our partnership with the University of Central Missouri. It is a great situation all around since we are also able to save an estimated $9 million over the next 20 years by moving away from our current leased space for STA / MIC to a building owned by our district.

In addition, I wanted to thank the three candidates who filed for two seats on the Board of Education this spring. They are Julie Doane, Adam Rutherford and William Lindsey. We will be welcoming Mrs. Doane and Mr. Rutherford to the Board of Education at our April 9 meeting and saying farewell to two retiring Board members – Ron Baker and Patti Buie. Mr. Baker and Mrs. Buie have been outstanding Board members, and we appreciate their service to our schools.
Have a wonderful remainder of the school year and thanks for all you do for the children!