New facility on schedule to open later this summer to serve LS R-7 and UCM students
Approximately 25 members of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Business Roundtable toured the district’s new Missouri Innovation Campus on June 28. The state-of-the-art school is on schedule to open later this summer and remains within budget.
The facility is funded through a unique partnership between Lee’s Summit R-7 and the University of Central Missouri. The school district’s portion of the facility is funded by an April 2015 no-tax-increase bond issue, approved by close to 80 percent of voters. The cost-saving facility will be owned by the R-7 School District with Lee’s Summit R-7 paying approximately 40 percent of the school’s cost. UCM is paying the remainder of the facility’s cost through a lease agreement.
Located near Tudor and Ward Roads, the Missouri Innovation Campus building will house the school district’s Summit Technology Academy, currently located in leased space; UCM-Lee’s Summit, also moving from leased space to the facility; and the Missouri Innovation Campus program. The two-story facility totals 135,000 square feet and is designed so that Lee’s Summit R-7 and UCM will share interior learning and conference spaces as well as parking, saving money for both organizations.
The Missouri Innovation Campus program is a progressive collaboration between the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and the University of Central Missouri. Established in 2012, the nationally recognized program accelerates the time it takes students to complete a four-year degree, significantly reduces college debt and provides job-ready skills that are highly sought after by business.
Summit Technology Academy, established in 1999 by the R-7 School District, is a unique secondary school that prepares students for careers in engineering, computer science, health care and creative science. UCM-Lee’s Summit is the university’s main off-campus learning facility, offering graduate- and undergraduate-level completion programs to metro-area students.