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McGehee: ‘Something has to give’

Please read the whole article and then the comments.  Please post your own comments.

Lee's Summit Schools Face Big Cuts if Voters Reject Tax Hike - WDAF

R-7 wins state award for 10th year

R-7 wins state award for 10th year

This doesn't state the whole picture. They have not met Federal standards for several years. They are under a corrective action for that. Missouri's standards aren't the same as Federal and they award this distinction on a regular basis. 330 districts got this distinction two years ago and most of them did not meet Federal standards. This is another way in which Missouri and R-7 mislead the people that they are supposed to be serving.

Faces of Autism: How Do They Sleep At Night

YouTube - Mom Of Autistic Boy Runs Special Campaign

Leessummitparents : Message: Letter Requesting Records

LEE'S SUMMIT R-VII 2008-09 School Accountability Report

R-7 Levy roll-up due to shortfalls in state aid

Lee's Summit Elementary Students to be Combined with Other Grades - WDAF

Lee's Summit R-7 School Board Elections

Lee's Summit School District Pins Facility Upgrade Hopes on Bon... - Topix

Locomotive Breath 1901: Vote NO on Lee's Summit R-7 School Bond



Perhaps we should hold off putting turf on the fields. Perhaps spending millions of dollars on capital improvements shouldn't be our first priority.

Lee's Summit Has Less Students and Spends More Money

So LSR-7 has 17,000 students and an annual budget of $200 million but Blue Valley has 21,000 students and next year’s budget is $143 million. Very interesting!

Blue Valley Schools List $9M In Cuts

School District Facing Decreased Revenue

POSTED: 4:50 pm CST March 8, 2010

UPDATED: 5:19 pm CST March 8, 2010

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The Blue Valley School District on Monday unveiled a list of cuts that total $9 million.

It's the list the board will work from when trying to trim the school budget.

Rarely has the affluent Johnson County school district had to make these kinds of cuts, KMBC's Micheal Mahoney reported.

The problem is the same as in many other school districts -- the recession has dropped property values, which is the main source of tax revenue for schools, and the state government doesn't have any money to spare.

Blue Valley has to play by the same rules as other school districts, and the problem is, we're capp…

No Tax Increase Bond Should Be Called No Tax Decrease

How many times have we heard that there needs to be budget cuts?  Lee's Summit R-7 wants to raise your taxes.  If you don't vote yes on this, they might be able to decrease your taxes and then raise them for the purpose of education and not to compete with Johnson County (as one board member said).

Here is what they propose to do with your money. 

A remodeling project at Pleasant Lea Middle School to improve spaces for the school's teacher planning center and student guidance area.

Technology improvements to address instructional and operational technology needs, laptop and desktop replacement, network infrastructure, security and storage, and emerging technology initiatives in the areas of student instruction.

Resurfacing of all three R-7 middleschool tracks to serve physical-education classes, athletic teams and community walkers and runners.

Construction of two unlighted, multi-use women's softball fields at Lee's Summit North High School that would serve physi…

Lee's Summit R-7 School Board Elections

Lee's Summit R-7 School Board Elections

Only vote for one person in the school board election. I am not voting for any of the people that are on the ballot. I am going to write in my candidate. I hope that everyone else will do the same.

Here are the candidates. I can only assume that it will be business as usual and our children will be at the bottom of their priority list.

Gene Brixey, currently president of the Lee’s Summit Board of Education and member of the Board since 2004. Seems to me that things haven’t improved on his watch and its time for a change.

The debates for the candidates last year were not advertised and the only people that showed up were pro school district. The press release was sent out by the district, but not in time for the local papers to advertise it.

Annette Braam, served on the Board from 2002 to 2005.

Dr. Jimmie Colbert, retired teacher, taught for 40 years in California, St. Louis and Kansas City, “I want to be an advocate for teachers,”

Who wi…

The Story of My Son's Education

I was talking to a friend today and some things came to mind. Many people want to know why I fight with the school district and the State. I have earned quite a reputation as a crazy mom. There are many people that are happy with the education that their children are getting and wonder why I am not. Well, let me explain it to you.

I have known that my son has autism since he was three years old. I lived in a very small town in Illinois with the population of 1,200. I had twin daughters that were 5 years old and were in all day kindergarten. The town was having testing for children 3-5 years of age. I thought it was to see where they were academically and what they needed to work on prior to starting kindergarten. My son was three years old and the only child that I had home during the day. I signed him up for the testing and took him up to the school. I wasn’t sure if he would go through it because he was a screamer. I don’t mean that he screamed every once in awhile. I mean that he s…