Citizens’ Advisory Committee

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Citizens’ Advisory Committee, sometimes referred to as the CAC, reorganized in early 1997. It is an advisory council organized to make recommendations to the R-7 Board of Education. This approximately 40-member broad-based group of volunteers has worked on several in-depth studies of the growth issue.

CAC Meetings, Agendas, Minutes

CAC Mission Statement

The CAC mission is to facilitate communication, advise and partner with the R-7 Board of Education, Superintendent and community to ensure a successful and innovative school system that maximizes each student’s potential.

CAC Charters

The CAC Charter was revised July 16, 2013. The CAC Steering Committee Charter was approved August 19, 2009.

History of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee

Dr. Bernard Campbell, former R-7 superintendent, established the CAC in 1952 to help with the passage of a bond issue to build a new school. The organization stayed together and through the succeeding years, the CAC became more structured and broadened its role to research pertinent educational issues.

We welcome involvement and opinions from the community. Our challenge has been to offer recommendations to the R-7 Board of Education which are fiscally sound and prudent, but also reflect this community’s vision for education. These are exciting and challenging times for education and the CAC! We welcome the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the community. We will continue in our role as communicators and update you on our progress and solicit your assistance as we move forward.

For more information about the CAC, contact Janice Phelan, R-7 Executive Director of Communications, at (816) 986-1095 or

CAC Membership

Citizens’ Advisory Committee Chairperson is Kent Kirby and Assistant Chairperson is Elaine Bluml. The membership includes citizens representing many walks of life. To name a few, we have included representatives from the R-7 Board of Education, Economic Development Council, Chamber of Commerce, PTA, Lee’s Summit Ministerial Alliance, R-7 staff members, the banking industry, higher education, health care, small business, parents and non-parents.

CAC News

» Feedback provided for successful April 2015 no-tax-increase bond issue

» Recommendation for a February 2011 levy issue

» Recommendation for an April 2010 no-tax-increase bond issue

» CAC and R-7 Board of Education work session October 2008

» Recommendation for an April 2008 no-tax-increase bond issue and Prop C 20-cent waiver tax levy continuance

» Recommendation for an April 2006 no-tax-increase bond issue

» Recommendation from the Citizens’ Advisory Committee for April 2004 bond and levy election

» Recommendation for an April 2002 bond issue

» Recommendation for an April 2002 levy issue

» Recommendations from 2001 study

» Recommendations from 1997-1998 studies

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