Superintendent’s Message

Looking, listening and learning

By Dennis L. Carpenter, Ed.D.

During my first months as Lee’s Summit R-7 superintendent, I continue to be impressed by our caring and supportive community as well as our district’s outstanding employees. Since our first moments in Lee’s Summit, my family and I have appreciated the warm welcome from individuals and organizations throughout our district.

The 2017-18 school year is off to a great start with our district’s enrollment reaching more than 18,000 students this fall. My goal these first few months is to focus on looking, listening and learning as I get to know our students, staff and families. During November, I will be sharing my findings with our Board of Education and community as part of a first 100 days report. This presentation will include information related to our district’s many strengths as well as immediate, short-term and long-term opportunities. I am looking to be of service and be involved in successful initiatives already in place to enhance the learning and lives of our Lee’s Summit R-7 students. In addition, I will work to ensure equity for all students in our schools.

Our objective is to prepare each student for success in life, and we are committed to a laser-like focus on this mission. This school year, we are emphasizing three priorities, developed by our Board of Education during a collaborative, upbeat work session held in June. The priorities are to increase the learning and achievement of each child, ensure equitable access to 21st century learning environments and strengthen public trust in the district’s governance leadership team.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve our school district, and I am grateful to be joining our phenomenal team. As the school year continues, I encourage everyone to get involved in our schools and support our young people. Whether it is attending a student performance or athletic competition or volunteering in your school, you have the opportunity to make a difference for our children and our future.

If you are a Twitter fan, I invite you to follow me on Twitter . Have a great 2017-18 year!


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