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Lee's Summit R-7 Schools, Missouri

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Lee's Summit R-7 Schools
Kansas City, Missouri
Lee's Summit R-7 logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. David McGehee
Enrollment:17,559 students
Number of schools:26
Budget: $197.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Ron Baker
Board members:7
Term length:3
Lee's Summit R-7 Schools is a school district in Missouri that serves Kansas City. It is the 8th-largest school district in Missouri, serving 17,559 students in 26 schools with an operating budget of $197.2 million.[1]

About the district

Lee's Summit R-7 Schools is located in Kansas City, Missouri
Lee's Summit R-7 Schools serves K-12 students in Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as the communities of Lee’s Summit, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana and Lake Winnebago and unincorporated areas of eastern Jackson County. The city's population was 459,787 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Kansas City outperforms the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education attainment, but underperforms in median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 30.9% of Kansas City residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 25.8% rate for the state of Missouri. Kansas City had a median income of $45,150 in 2010 compared to $47,333 for Missouri. The poverty rate for Kansas City was 18.8% in 2010 compared to a 15.0% rate for the rest of the state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Kansas City (%) Missouri (%)
White 59.2 82.8
Black or African American 29.9 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 2.5 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 3.2 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 10.0 3.5


The current superintendent of Lee's Summit R-7 Schools is Dr. David McGehee, who was appointed to the position in July 2006. He was named Missouri's Superintendent of the Year in 2013. He has worked in education since 1987 and as an administrator since 1995.[3]

School board

Lee's Summit School Board consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms.[4]

Lee's Summit School Board
Member Position Term Ends
Ron Baker President 2015
Jack Wiley Vice President 2014
Phyllis Balagna Member 2016
Patti Buie Member 2015
Terri Harmon Member 2014
Chris Storms Member 2014
Bob White Member 2016

School board elections

See also: Lee's Summit R-7 Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Lee's Summit School Board are elected at-large to three-year terms. Two seats were scheduled to be up for election in April 2013, however the election was canceled because both incumbents were running unopposed. Three seats will be on the ballot on April 8, 2014 and two seats in April 2015.


Lee's Summit R-7 Schools does not publish its annual budget on its website.[1]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $148,021,000 75.1% $7,254,000 3.7% $28,229,000 14.3% $12,324,000 6.3% $1,339,000 0.7% $197,167,000
Averages: $148,021,000 75% $7,254,000 4% $28,229,000 14% $12,324,000 6% $1,339,000 1% $197,167,000

Teacher salaries

Teachers in Lee's Summit R-7 Schools earn annual salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement. The salary schedule accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2013-2014 school year:[5]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 35,500 50,660
BA + 15 37,000 52,800
MA 38,500 70,137
MA + 15 40,000 72,870
MA + 30 41,500 75,602
MA + 45 43,000 78,335
Doctorate 44,500 81,068

Schools in Lee's Summit R-7 Schools


Lee's Summit R-7 Schools serves 17,559 students, as of 2012-2013 enrollment data. The district experienced a 1.6% increase in enrollment between 2010 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2010 and 2013:[6]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2010 17,287 -
2011 17,524 1.4
2012 17,558 0.2
2013 17,559 0.006

District schools

Lee's Summit R-7 Schools operates 26 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[7]

Lee's Summit R-7 Schools
School Name
Cedar Creek Elementary School
Greenwood Elementary School
Hawthorn Hill Elementary School
Hazel Grove Elementary School
Highland Park Elementary School
Lee’s Summit Elementary School
Lee’s Summit High School
Lee’s Summit North High School
Lee’s Summit West High School
Longview Farm Elementary School
Mason Elementary School
Meadow Lane Elementary School
Pleasant Lea Elementary School
Pleasant Lea Middle School
Prairie View Elementary School
Richardson Elementary School
Summit Lakes Middle School
Summit Pointe Elementary School
Summit Ridge Academy
Summit Technology Academy
Sunset Valley Elementary School
Trailridge Elementary School
Underwood Elementary School
Westview Elementary School
Woodland Elementary School


Budget containment

Lee's Summit R-7 Schools been facing budgetary issues since the 2008-2009 academic year as a results of a loss in state and local funding. These restrictions included reductions in staff members in administration, instruction and support staff positions; one-year district-wide salary freeze; deferring of textbook purchases; activity fees for sports and other such costs. The district has since implemented cost containment in excess of $92 million from 2008-09 through the end of the 2013-14 school year.[8]

Contact information

Lee's Summit R-7 logo.jpg
Lee's Summit School Board
301 NE Tudor Road
Lee's Summit, Missouri 64086
Phone: (816) 986-1000

See also

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