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Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education to Meet This Evening

Art Credit: KC Education Enterprise | Photo Credit: 123rf stock image | Logo Credit: Lee's Summit R-7 School District

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Board of Education is scheduled to meet this evening, Dec. 15, in a closed session at 6 p.m. and a regular session at 7 p.m. The regular session will be open to the public.

Most prominent on tonight’s agenda is consideration of a legislative platform in preparation for the next session of the Missouri General Assembly, which convenes in January.

According to Superintendent David McGehee, the district’s top legislative priority should be regulation of student transfers from unaccredited Kansas City, Missouri schools to other districts in Jackson County and neighboring counties.

Additional legislative priorities for Lee’s Summit R-7 include state funding of public schools and the proposed FairTax. Since the start of the Great Recession, Missouri has not fully funded the Foundation Formula, which is the primary mechanism for financially supporting education in the state. And many educators fear the FairTax, if enacted, would further reduce school funding.

Earlier today, the Lee’s Summit Education Funding Subcommittee met with its state legislators to discuss possibilities that might allow more local control. Two alternative financing ideas discussed were limited school bus advertising and a local sales tax option that might allow for a decrease in the property tax levy.

The Board of Education meeting will take place in the district’s Central Office Board Room; 301 N.E. Tudor Road; Lee’s Summit, MO 64086.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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