Middle School Boundaries:

Oct. 22 Update:
The Board of Education voted Oct. 21 to approve the Purple plan for the new middle school boundaries, which take effect with the 2022-23 school year. In September the Middle School Boundary Team presented its recommendation - Option Pink - to the Board of Education in a work session. 

Both plans can be revisited below. Please note: This boundaries change does NOT impact our elementary and high school boundaries.

Our Guiding Criteria:

  • Enrollment: To promote balance, the differences in our middle school populations should not be too great. For every boundary option, the team is using projected enrollment for our four middle schools to review differences in both 2022 and 2030.
  • Transportation: Safely and efficiently transporting our students to school is part of our mission of serving all the needs of our students. The team is consulting with our transportation department regarding how well each proposal supports our transportation needs.
  • Split schools: A split school is an elementary that feeds to two middle schools or a middle school that feeds to two or more high schools. The team is committed to minimizing instances where elementary or middle school populations "split," while balancing the importance of upholding other determined criteria.
  • Free and reduced lunch populations: Looking at how our boundaries impact the demographics of our schools, especially when it comes to socioeconomic status, is an important part of ensuring our work promotes access, opportunity and balance within our school system.
  • 7th Grade Impact: Our boundary work will create situations where some students attend one middle school in 2021-22 and another in 2022-23. The team is reviewing the impact each proposal has in this area.
  • (NEW) Geography: Based on your feedback, the team also is considering geography, how far a student has to travel to get to school.

Additional Feedback From You:

  • Considering the distance and time it takes for a family to get to their school building is important, in addition to other criteria.
  • Splits are always hard logistically and socially and LSR7 should take action to limit them. While some feedback promoted limited elementary splits, other survey participants suggested we should prioritize limiting splits for older students when they transition to high school.
  • It’s important to balance families of varying incomes across the four schools as best we can, while working to balance enrollment and consider geography. 

Two proposals below have been developed for community consideration:

Criteria Application: Purple vs. Pink

Criteria Application

Purple

Pink

Enrollment difference in 2022

138

268

Enrollment difference in 2030

183

162

Transportation implication

Feasible

Feasible

Elementary to middle school feeders

Split schools include: RHE

Split schools include: CCE, HHE, MLE, RHE, UWE, WLE, WVE

Middle to high school feeders

SLMS and BCMS are direct feeders, PLMS and ETMS feed to all three high schools

SLMS and BCMS are direct feeders, PLMS splits to LSHS and LSW and ETMS splits to LSHS and LSN

***Free and reduced percentage

PLMS 22.8%, BCMS 28.5%, SLMS 7.7%, ETMS 20.2%

PLMS 19.3%, BCMS 26.8%, SLMS 9.2%, ETMS 23.7%

Number of 7th graders impacted by change in 2022

446

483

***Because our overall district free/reduced lunch percentages are underreported because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government free lunch initiative, our criteria includes 2019 data.

Option - Purple

Option Purple was designed to contain the fewest elementary splits. Expand the map below using the top right square icon below and plug in your address next to the magnifying glass.

  • Purple keeps 17 of the 18 elementary schools together, with Richardson Elementary splitting between East Trails Middle School and Bernard Campbell Middle School.
  • Keeping elementary splits low has an impact on how well we meet other guiding criteria. Minimizing elementary splits ensures that more splits occur when students enter high school. In this plan, SLMS directly feeds to Lee’s Summit West and BCMS directly feeds to Lee’s Summit North. However, ETMS and PLMS would feed into all three high schools. 
  • The Purple plan impacts fewer seventh grade students than the Pink plan does.
  • The 2022 enrollment is balanced between the four schools, and by 2030, Bernard Campbell’s enrollment projects to the upper end of desired enrollment.

Enrollment Projections

Download enrollment projections (PDF)

Elementary Breakdown:

Bernard Campbell Middle School: HGE, MAE, MLE, RHE, UWE

Pleasant Lea Middle School: CCE, LFE, LSE, PLE, WVE

Summit Lakes Middle School: GWE, HHE, SPE, TRE

East Trails Middle Schools: HPE, PVE, RHE, SVE, WLE

Purple draft option (download PDF)

8th Grade Movement - Purple

Download 8th grade movement (PDF)

Option - Pink

Option Pink was designed to reduce middle school splits. Expand the map below using the top right square icon below and plug in your address next to the magnifying glass.

  • This map increases the number of elementary school splits from five (current) to seven and includes CCE, HHE, MLE, RHE, UWE, WLE and WVE. PVE and HPE would no longer split while HHE, MLE, RHE and UWE would be splitting for the first time. 
  • Those districted for SLMS feed directly to LSW and those districted for BCMS directly feed to LSN. However, ETMS and PLMS only feed into two high schools. (ETMS: LSN and LSHS; PLMS: LSHS and LSW)
  • Having more elementary splits allows the district to better balance the populations of free and reduced lunch students it serves among the four middle schools.
  • The pink plan keeps SLMS’ projected short-term enrollment smaller. This is advantageous as demographers estimate that growth in LSR7 is likely to occur in the Southwest corner.

Enrollment Projections

Download enrollment projections (PDF)

Elementary Breakdown

Bernard Campbell Middle School: CCE, HGE, MAE, MLE, RHE, UWE, WVE

Pleasant Lea Middle School: CCE,  HHE, LFE, LSE, PLE, WVE

Summit Lakes Middle School: GWE, HHE, SPE, TRE, WLE

East Trails Middle Schools: HPE, MLE, PVE, RHE, SVE, UWE, WLE

Pink option - download PDF


8th Grade Movement - Pink

Download 8th grade movement (PDF)

More Information:

Team Focus

The team will conduct a review of project enrollment growth, establish parameters tied to student movement, generate proposal boundary options, engage the community to seek feedback, refine recommendations and present for Board of Education approval.

Team Members

Staff and Community Leadership

John Beaudoin, LSE parent and PTA president

Julia Brush, MAE parent

Kendra Burke, MLE parent and special education administrator

Adina Cambron, LSHS parent and UWE district staff member

Brady Cantrell, SLMS and LSW parent

Lorenzo Harrison, HHE district staff member

Artelia Carter, LSW parent and district staff member 

Ashley Frevert, MAE parent and PTA president

Brittany Froeschle, LFE parent

Amy Groom, HPE and LSHS parent

Gina Gunsallus, LSHS (former) parent

Jordan Leah Hale, GBEEC and RHE parent

Jamie Hatfield, LSHS parent and BCMS teacher

Kaitlyn Hookie, HGE parent and PVE teacher

Shannon Leslie, GWE parent and PTA president

Leena Jumah. PLE parent

Helena Taylor Revels, TRE parent

Eric Rhodes, HHE parent

Sandra Rice, MAE grandparent and LFE teacher

Amy Ruoff, SPE and SLMS parent and SPE teacher

Cherie Rushton, SVE and PLMS parent,  and LSW administrative assistant

Elizabeth Murski Smith, CCE parent

Nicole Snow (Nicki), HGE and BCMS parent

Nathan Taylor, PVE parent

Kent Tipton, PLMS teacher

Jessica Vandenbos, WLE, PLMS, and LSHS parent

Suzy Vleisides, HPE and PLMS parent and special education administrator

Jeremy Witzke, WVE teacher

Aaron Wright, RHE and BCMS parent

Building leadership

Kari Harrison, LSHS principal

Rachel Johnson, GWE principal

David Mitchell, SLMS principal

David Sharp, PLMS principal

Jeff Scalfaro, BCMS principal

Whitney Morehead, Middle School No. 4 principal

District leadership

Christy Barger, district administrator

Shelly Sanders, district administrator

Katy Bergen, district administrator

Rexanne Hill, district administrator

Keith Henry, district administrator

Bruce Maples, district administrator

Dan Mullen, district administrator

Facilitators

Don Andrews, district administrator, facilitator

Emily Miller, district administrator, facilitator

 

Timeline

The Middle School Boundary Team will meet from April 2021 through October 2021. The meeting schedule will be modified as needed. 

Members of the team will present recommendations during the September Board of Education work session. The Board of Education will provide input and feedback. The boundaries will be taken to the board for final decision during their October meeting. The timeline may adjust due to COVID-19 and the team’s ability to meet in-person.

Past Schedule:

Sept 1-7: Online Survey and Final Drawings Shared
Sept 7-9: In-Person Engagement Series at each of the middle schools.

  • Sept. 7: 6 p.m. at Bernard Campbell Middle School
  • Sept. 8: 6 p.m. at Pleasant Lea Middle School
  • Sept. 9: 6 p.m. at Summit Lakes Middle School

Tentative Plans

Tentative Board Workshop/Meeting: September 27, 2021

Tentative Board Decision: October 21, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about New Middle School Boundaries

Why is the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District changing its middle school boundaries?

LSR7 is transitioning to a grades 6-8 middle school model! Changing our middle school approach requires transformation, both inside and outside the classroom. That’s why we are reimagining the academic and extracurricular opportunities we provide in middle school AND investing in new and improved learning environments. Construction of our fourth middle school (East Trails Middle School) as well as renovations at our three existing middle schools are part of this commitment and will be complete by next summer. These projects are made possible by voter support through our 2020 no tax rate increase bond issue. Adding a fourth middle school requires the district to answer an important question: how should middle school students flow into four buildings starting in 2022?

What is the Middle School Boundary Study Team?

Our Middle School Boundary Study Team is made up of teachers, staff, parents, community members and administrators who are working to evaluate the best way to funnel our middle schoolers into four buildings as we transition sixth grade to the middle school environment. 

How is the district coming up with options for new middle school boundaries?

Since April, the team has studied projected enrollment, building capacity and other district data to make their recommendations. The team used that information to create proposed boundary ideas and then evaluated each of those ideas against specific criteria. The team shared early drafts with the community in June 2021 and collected feedback via an online survey and at two in-person community events. They are hosting another round of surveys and community events this September to collect feedback on final proposals.

Where can I see proposed middle school boundaries, and how can I provide my feedback?

Using feedback on preliminary drafts shared with the community in June, the Boundary Study Team has refined two options for middle school boundaries. These two drawings will be shared with the community on Sept. 1, along with an online survey to share your feedback. Want to meet with Boundary Study Team members to ask questions about the proposals? We’re planning in-person evenings of community engagement at the following times and locations:

  • 6 p.m., Sept. 7, Bernard Campbell Middle School library media center
  • 6 p.m., Sept. 8, Pleasant Lea Middle School library media center
  • 6 p.m., Sept. 9, Summit Lakes Middle School commons

Will elementary and high school boundaries change?

No. This process will NOT impact where your student attends elementary or high school.

What criteria is the team using to evaluate options?

This year, the team determined that the following criteria should guide whether a boundary proposal is feasible for our community.

  • Enrollment: To promote balance, the differences in our middle school populations should not be too great. For every boundary option, the team is using projected enrollment for our four middle schools to review differences in both 2022 and 2030.
  • Transportation: Safely and efficiently transporting our students to school is part of our mission of serving all the needs of our students. The team is consulting with our transportation department regarding how well each proposal supports our transportation needs.
  • Split schools: The team is committed to minimizing instances where elementary or middle school populations "split" into different middle or high schools, while balancing the importance of upholding other determined criteria.
  • Free and reduced lunch populations: Looking at how our boundaries impact the demographics of our schools, especially when it comes to socioeconomic status, is an important part of ensuring our work promotes access, opportunity and balance within our school system.
  • 7th Grade Impact: It is possible that our boundary work will create a situation where a student may attend one middle school in 2021-22 and another in 2022-23. The team is reviewing the impact each proposal has in this area.

Based on your feedback, the team is also evaluating geography: how far a student has to travel to get to school.

How many students will be affected by the 2022-23 redistricting?

All of our approximately 1,200 current fifth graders will start sixth grade in 2022 in a middle school environment. Some students may attend the middle school they are currently districted for; others may be districted for a new school. New middle school boundaries mean that some current middle school students will attend seventh grade at one school this year and eighth grade in another school.

Will you allow current seventh graders who are redistricted for a new school in eighth grade to remain at their original school?

No. Having a new school to host students means that our middle school populations must be balanced between four buildings. Our need to populate East Trails Middle School means that “grandfathering” or allowing students redistricted to a new middle school to remain at their original school is not an option for this boundary process unless a transfer is approved through Board Policy JCB-AP2.

Is it possible for LSR7 to ensure that no elementary school or middle school class “splits,” or is districted to more than one middle or high school?

No. Our criteria was established to ensure student access to equal learning opportunities, efficient and safe transportation and schools that are not overcrowded. While we are committed to limiting splits, drawing boundaries solely on the basis of clean “splits” into middle or high school does not allow us to meet other important criteria. It is not uncommon in school districts of LSR7’s size to have students districted to more than one school when they level up from elementary or middle school. Currently, Cedar Creek, Highland Park, Prairie View, Woodland and Westview feed into more than one middle school.

How can I see where the school boundaries are now?

You can find PDF maps and an online search tool of our current school boundaries on our website: lsr7.org. Start on our homepage > Click Schools > Boundary Maps.

When will a final decision be made about the middle school boundaries?

The Board of Education is scheduled to consider a final proposal for new middle school boundaries at the Oct. 21, 2021 meeting.

Where can I get more information about the LSR7 Middle School Transition or our 2020 bond work?

Visit lsr7.org/middle-school-transition or lsr7.org/bond.

What Criteria Informs Our Boundary Work?

In our survey, you will be presented with two final proposals (Pink and Purple) that were developed using the following criteria:

Enrollment: To promote balance, the differences in our middle school populations should not be too great. For every boundary option, the team is using projected enrollment for our four middle schools to review differences in both 2022 and 2030.

Transportation: Safely and efficiently transporting our students to school is part of our mission of serving all the needs of our students. The team is consulting with our transportation department regarding how well each proposal supports our transportation needs.

Split schools: The team is committed to minimizing instances where elementary or middle school populations "split" into different middle or high schools, while balancing the importance of upholding other determined criteria.

Free and reduced lunch populations: Looking at how our boundaries impact the demographics of our schools, especially when it comes to socioeconomic status, is an important part of ensuring our work promotes access, opportunity and balance within our school system.

7th Grade Impact: Our boundary work will create situations where some students attend one middle school in 2021-22 and another in 2022-23. The team is reviewing the impact each proposal has in this area.

(NEW) Geography: Based on your feedback, the team also is considering geography, how far a student has to travel to get to school.

June 2021 Preliminary Boundary Drafts

All Draft Options (Single Page)

 

Draft Option: Blue (Pages 1-2)
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Draft Option: Green (Pages 1-2)

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Draft Option: Orange (Pages 1-2)

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Draft Option: Purple (Pages 1-2)

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Draft Option: Red (Pages 1-2)

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