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.
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
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
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
Don Andrews, district administrator, facilitator
Emily Miller, district administrator, facilitator
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.
Sept 1-7: Online Survey and Final Drawings Shared
Sept 7-9: In-Person Engagement Series at each of the middle schools.
Tentative Board Workshop/Meeting: September 27, 2021
Tentative Board Decision: October 21, 2021
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:
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.
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?
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.