Superintendent’s Message

Committed to continuous improvement

By Dennis L. Carpenter, Ed.D.

We are fortunate to live in Lee’s Summit R-7 — one of the best communities in our state. This is true for many reasons, but none more important than the quality of our schools.

Having been in the role of superintendent for more than 135 days, I have had the opportunity to see our district’s excellence on display from a variety of angles. From outstanding students to teachers, to support staff to leaders … we have difference makers across our organization. Still, there is always room for improvement.  

As it relates to organizational effectiveness, I have always heard that you are either getting better or you are falling behind. In Lee’s Summit R-7 we are committed to continuous improvement.  

This month I am releasing a report of my first 100 days of looking, listening and learning across the district.  This report offers a snapshot of all the exemplary components of our school district. In addition, it offers my thoughts in terms of opportunities for immediate, short-term and long-term improvement.  

As members of our community, I hope that each of you will take some time to digest the report and ultimately find a way to become intimately involved in our continuous improvement process.  

I look forward to working with each of you to ensure that we effectively educate the whole child in our community. In addition, I look forward to hearing your feedback as we create the conditions that are necessary for each student to participate in the high-skilled, high-wage jobs that await them once they matriculate through our schools.  

Each student in Lee’s Summit R-7 deserves nothing less than our tireless professional efforts, and I’m confident that I’m working alongside the top-quality professionals who can make our mission a reality for every student in our district.  You can find my 100-day report at Thanks again for your indulgence as we continue the work of preparing each student for success in life.


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