No-Tax-Increase Bond Issue 2015

Lee’s Summit R-7 2015 no-tax-increase bond projects completed by fall 2017
Includes school facility improvements, new Missouri Innovation Campus 

Thanks to voter approval of a 2015 no-tax-increase bond issue, schools throughout Lee’s Summit R-7 received facility improvements. The $40 million bond issue, approved by close to 80 percent of voters, also funded the district’s new Missouri Innovation Campus, home of Summit Technology Academy. All school improvement projects as well as the Missouri Innovation Campus were on time and within budget.

Missouri Innovation Campus opens in August 2017

The new Missouri Innovation Campus, located at 1101 NW Innovation Parkway, opened in August 2017. Construction on the new school began in March 2016 following a groundbreaking celebration. A community grand opening was held Sept. 5 at the new school. 

Thanks to a unique partnership with the University of Central Missouri (UCM), the school district and university constructed and are operating this cost-saving shared facility. Under the plan, Lee’s Summit R-7 is paying approximately 40 percent of the new school with UCM paying the remaining 60 percent. Based on an agreement between the two organizations, Lee’s Summit R-7 is the sole owner of the facility which houses Summit Technology Academy and Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) programs as well as UCM programs previously located in the UCM-Lee’s Summit facility. UCM is paying its portion through a lease agreement.

The shared facility reduces operating expenses for the R-7 School District, allowing the district to move both the Summit Technology Academy and MIC programs from leased space into a building owned by the school district. It is anticipated that due to increased rental costs resulting from the expiration of a long-running tax abatement, Lee’s Summit R-7 will save approximately $9 million over the next 20 years by construction of the new facility.

School renovation and maintenance projects completes by fall 2017

Approximately half of the $40 million bond issue funded numerous school improvements in the areas of classroom instruction, safety and security, health and wellness, ADA access renovations and special education. Also included were maintenance projects designed to protect the district’s investment in its schools as well as playground safety upgrades for all elementary schools’ soft play areas and replacement of deteriorated play equipment. Numerous improvement projects were completed during summer 2015 and summer 2016. All remaining projects were finished by fall 2017.

The school improvements, maintenance projects and playground upgrades are positively impacting all 28 Lee’s Summit R-7 schools. A few examples of the many school improvements are classroom renovations at Lee’s Summit High School, entry security improvements at Lee’s Summit North High School, a concession/restroom building at the Lee’s Summit West High School softball/baseball complex, a gym addition and classroom renovations at Mason Elementary, classroom and art classroom renovations at Lee’s Summit Elementary and a kitchen and cafeteria renovation at Hazel Grove Elementary.

Examples of school maintenance funded by the bond are flooring, carpet, ceilings, painting, roofing, paving, mechanical, doors, windows, door FOBS, backflows, water sanitizing and masonry.


A few photos from summer 2015 progress follow.

Progress As Promised PVE gym wall 2015 (2) Progress As Promised PLMS lockers2 2015 Progress As Promised GWE playground 2015 (1)

Progress As Promised PLE Office - July 2015 (3)

Progress As Promised LSE drop-off 2015






Progress As Promised WVE playground 2015 (1)





Progress As Promised BCMS floor 2015Progress As Promised HHE concrete 2015 (3)

Progress As Promised UWE playground 2015 (1)







Progress As Promised STA site Aug 2015-CROPPED


















A few photos from summer 2016 progress follow.

Progress As Promised CCE playground May 2016

Progress As Promised LSNHS entry June 2016







Progress As Promised Mason June 2016Progress As Promised LSHS June 2016







Progress As Promised PLMS June 2016


Progress As Promised PLE playground June 2016 (3)








Progress As Promised LSW concession Aug 2016






Progress-BCMS PaintingJuly2016

Progress As Promised STA-MIC July 2016 (1)






Progress As Promised HGE July 2016Progress As Promised PLMS chiller foundation July 2016







Progress As Promised Mason July 2016


Progress As Promised WLE playground July 2016 (1)





Progress As Promised STA-MIC Upstairs Sept 2016






















A few photos from school year 2016-17 progress follow.























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