LS R-7 Board of Education approves priorities for 2017-18 school year

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Action items focus on student achievement, learning environments and communication

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education approved three district-wide priorities at the July 20 Board of Education meeting. The Board prioritized strategic action items focus on student achievement, learning environments and communication. The priorities follow.

  1. Increase the learning and achievement of every child through the development of a comprehensive academic framework informed by the needs of our students, the district’s strategic plan and the 2016 Academic Systems Review.
  2. Ensure equitable access to 21st century learning environments by engaging stakeholders in a process to update the district’s Comprehensive Facility Master Plan to meet the instructional and programming needs of all pre-K-12 students.
  3. Strengthen public trust in the district’s governance leadership team by systemically enhancing communication, involvement and collaboration to ensure constructive engagement within the school district community.

Board members will receive progress reports on the goals throughout the 2017-18 school year. Lee’s Summit R-7 administrators are assigned to oversee the goals and are creating action plans for each priority.

The priorities were developed after extensive discussion at the Board of Education’s two-day work session, held June 7 and 8. At these same work sessions, Board members created a one-page document listing norms of operation for the Board of Education and superintendent. The norms are available at this link (item 10.01 within the July 20 regular meeting). They include items such as preparation for Board meetings, confidentiality, Board of Education committee participation, communication, school visits and respect.

“The Board of Education listened to the community and put a lot of effort into self examination to develop both the priorities and the norms of operation,” said Bob White, Board of Education president. “With these priorities and the norms, I believe we are being responsive to our stakeholders as we keep moving forward.”

With the emphasis on the priorities and the norms, the Board of Education will also be operating more efficiently, Mr. White added.

“The Board and administration have worked diligently over the last several weeks to establish clear priorities for the upcoming school year.  These priorities will ensure our organization’s focus on enhancing student learning,  operational efficiency and  constructive community engagement as a means of furthering the tradition of excellence we all expect,” said Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter, superintendent. “Our goal is to keep these priorities in the forefront and keep our community informed about this important work as we make progress throughout the year.”

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