No Tax  Rate Increase April 2020 Bond Issue

About the No Tax Rate Increase April 2020 Bond Issue

The LSR7 School District is committed to preparing each student for success in life. In August 2019, the Board of Education approved board priorities inclusive of language to identify "preK-12 facility projects in anticipation of an April 2020 'no tax rate increase' bond issue."

At the January 23, 2020 meeting, the Board of Education approved the following language to be placed on the April 7, 2020 ballot for a No Tax Rate Increase School Bond Issue:

Shall Reorganized School District No. 7 of Jackson County, Missouri (Lee’s Summit) issue its general obligation bonds in the amount of $224,000,000, resulting in no estimated increase to the debt service levy, for the purpose of acquiring property and constructing, renovating, improving, furnishing and equipping school sites and facilities, including:

  • installing safety and security improvements
    throughout the District
  • constructing a new middle school
  • constructing an addition to and renovating Lee’s Summit High School
  • renovating Pleasant Lea Middle School, Bernard Campbell Middle School and Summit Lakes Middle School
  • constructing an addition to and renovating Mason Elementary School
  • renovating a portion of Prairie View Elementary School for early childhood education
  • making improvements to the District’s High School athletic/activities facilities and stadiums?

If this question is approved, the District’s debt service levy is estimated to remain unchanged at $1.07 per one hundred dollars assessed valuation of real and personal property.

This bond would include the following  multi-phase projects determined through a collaborative Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan process.

Proposed Projects

Additional Safety and Security - All Schools
  • Surveillance cameras to ensure comparable coverage between school sites
  • Upgraded access control system
  • New keying
  • Uniform playground fencing
New Middle School
  • Key component of LSR7's board-approved sixth-grade-to-middle-school transition
  • 180,000 square foot 6th-8th grade middle school to open before 2022-2023 school year
  • Incorporates future-ready design
Lee's Summit High School
  • Construct new central spine to connect buildings and improve safety
  • Light to heavy interior renovations for instructional and public spaces
  • Replace aging infrastructure and provide innovative learning spaces
  • Reconstruct western exterior and provide new southern facade
  • Address parity of facilities with other high schools

Conceptual Drawings

Renovations for Three Current Middle Schools

Renovate the other three existing middle schools to accommodate future-ready classroom needs and the Board-approved addition of 6th grade, beginning in the 2022-2023 school year.

  • Pleasant Lea Middle School: new entry, music and art addition

  • Bernard Campbell Middle School: music addition and minor interior renovation

  • Summit Lakes Middle School: music addition and minor interior renovation

Mason Elementary
  • Renovations and an addition to improve capacity and safety
  • Make a 4-section elementary school prototype, including a new entryway
Early Education Center at Prairie View Elementary
  • Remodel north side of Prairie View Elementary to create a second early education center for the district's youngest learners
High School Athletic/Activity Improvements
  • Stadium improvements for all high schools to address access and crowd control
  • Turf replacement, track resurfacing at all high schools for maintenance and safety
  • A Lee's Summit High School baseball/softball complex to ensure parity with other high schools

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Timeline Overview

Fall 2019

Aug. 15, 2019

Board of Education approves 2019-2020 priorities:

  1. Increase the achievement of every child through a continued focus on innovative practices, student well-being and equity in program design and implementation. 
  2. Ensure equitable access to future ready learning environments by further engaging stakeholders in the continued implementation of the Comprehensive Facility Master Plan by identifying preK-12 facility projects in anticipation of an April 2020 no-tax-increase bond issue.
  3. Elevate communications by continuing to foster confidence and trust in our school district through increased involvement opportunities, interconnected public relations and engagement.

Sept. 25, 2019

Board of Education unanimously votes to approve moving 6th graders to middle school environment, beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, in conjunction with proposed facility projects.

Early Fall 2019

District leaders visit schools to gain in-person feedback from teachers, administrators and support staff on a potential bond.

Early Fall 2019

Community teams meet and discuss a potential bond, including the Citizens' Advisory Committee (CAC), the CFMP Team and Business Roundtable. Detailed timelines for each team can be found on this page under Community Partners.

Oct. 11, 2019

Online surveys about potential bond projects made available to parents, staff and community.

Oct. 24, 2019

Community telephone survey data presented to Board of Education and made public. An overview and topline data can be found on this page under Downloadable Information



Winter 2019-2020

Dec. 11, 2019

CAC and Board of Education engage in joint work session.

Dec. 19, 2019

CAC presents tentative recommended package with proposed projects, construction estimates and potential timelines.

Jan. 23, 2020

Board of Education votes to approve the recommended bond package at regularly scheduled meeting.




Spring 2020

Mar. 11, 2020

Deadline to register to vote in April 7, 2020 election.

April 7, 2020

Election including proposed LSR7 no tax rate increase bond issue.

Project Timelines

Additional Safety and Security - All Schools

  • Starting in Summer 2020

New Middle School

  • Schematic Design: January 2020 - March 2020
  • Design Development: March 2020 - June 2020
  • Construction Documents: June 2020 - October 2020
  • Bid/ Permit/ Construction: October 2020 - July 2022

Lee's Summit High School

  • Schematic Design: January - March 2020
  • Design Development: April - June 2020
  • Construction Documents: July - December 2020
  • Bid/ Permit/ Construction: January 2021 - July 2023

Renovations for three current middle schools

  • Schematic Design: August 2020 - September 2020
  • Design Development: October 2020 - November 2020
  • Construction Documents: December 2020 - March 2021
  • Bid/ Permit/ Construction: May 2021 - July 2022

Mason Elementary

  • Schematic Design: February 2020 - March 2020
  • Design Development: March 2020 - April 2020
  • Construction Documents: April 2020 - June 2020
  • Bid/ Permit/ Construction: July 2020 - May 2022

Early Education Center at Prairie View Elementary

  • Schematic Design: December 2021 - January 2022
  • Design Development: February 2022 -March 2022
  • Construction Documents: April 2022 - May 2022
  • Bid/ Permit/ Construction: June 2022 - July 2023

High School Athletic/ Activity Improvements

  • Light Renovation Scope: Complete in August 2020
  • Heavy Renovation + New Scope: Complete in August 2021

Community Partners


The LSR7 Comprehensive Facility Master Plan (CFMP) Team, was formed in Fall 2018 to review research, voice diverse stakeholder perspectives and formulate recommendations for the district's Comprehensive Facility Master Plan.

Citizens' Advisory Committee (CAC)

The LSR7 School District Citizens’ Advisory Committee, sometimes referred to as the CAC, is an advisory council organized to make recommendations to the LSR7 Board of Education. For more information, please click here.

Business Roundtable Committee (BRt)

The Business Roundtable is a group of business and school district leaders, founded in 2011 and chartered by the LSR7 superintendent. For more information, please click here.

  • Sept. 25, 2019

    BR Steering Committee meets.

  • Oct. 16, 2019
  • Dec. 2, 2019

    BRt Steering Committee meets.

  • Jan. 8, 2020
  • Feb. 12, 2020

    BRt Steering Committee meets.

How can I engage further in the #R7FutureReady planning process?

There are several ways to get involved! District-wide community meetings will run throughout the fall semester. If you cannot join us at our meetings, there are other opportunities to participate. Complete our online surveys and engage with us on social media using #R7FutureReady. You can also send questions or feedback to or call us at 816.986.1000.

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