To vote in any school district election, you must register to vote at least four weeks before the election date. Voters must be at least 18 years old and must provide proof of residency when registering to vote.
Jackson County residents may register at any Mid-Continent Public Library, any Missouri license bureau, all area city hall offices, at the Jackson County Election Office on the Independence Courthouse Square and at the Jackson County Election Office’s Independence Center site.
Cass County residents may register at all area city hall offices (including Lake Winnebago), public libraries and the Cass County Election Office in Harrisonville.
You must also re-register if you have changed your address or your name. For more information about registering to vote, call 325-4600 (Jackson County voters), 380-8100 (Cass County voters) or 842-4820 (Kansas City voters).
If you will be out of town on an election day, you may cast an absentee ballot by: (1) voting in person at the Jackson County Courthouse, Cass County Courthouse or Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners or (2) voting by mail. The envelope containing your ballot must be received by the Election Board no later than 7 p.m. on the day of the election. (If hand delivered it must be brought by the voter or a relative within the 2nd degree. The person delivering must show their own I.D.-drivers license, Social Security card, military I.D., voter I.D. This I.D. will be copied for their records.) For information, call the Jackson County Election Board at 325-4600, the Cass County Courthouse at 380-8100 or the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners at 842-4820.
BOND AND LEVY ELECTIONS
- April 7, 2015 Bond Issue
79.3% for bond (passed – required 4/7ths)
Bond: 6,413 YES votes and 1,675 NO votes
Bond: $40 million (no-tax-increase)
•New Summit Technology Academy / Missouri Innovation Campus
•Elementary school improvements – Greenwood Elementary ADA access and gym renovation; Hazel Grove Elementary kitchen renovation; Longview Farm Elementary concrete at kindergarten wings; Lee’s Summit Elementary health room renovation, drop-off lane and kitchen renovation; Meadow Lane Elementary track upgrade/repair and basement renovation; Mason Elementary gym expansion, classroom renovation, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) access; Pleasant Lea Elementary health room/office renovation; Prairie View Elementary north gym isolation; Richardson Elementary additional parking; Trailridge Elementary restroom sink replacement; Underwood Elementary cafeteria renovation
•Middle school and high school improvements – Bernard Campbell student entry doors replacement and locker painting; Pleasant Lea locker replacement; Summit Lakes sound system; Lee’s Summit High School science classrooms renovation; Lee’s Summit North High School entry re-design (safety/security); Lee’s Summit West High School restrooms/concession area for baseball and softball area
•Special education projects – Highland Park Elementary life skills classroom restrooms; Miller Park Center upstairs renovation, gym floor upgrade and kitchenette
•Maintenance projects at numerous schools including playground work – playground safety upgrades to all elementary schools’ soft play areas and replacement of deteriorated play equipment; maintenance projects at numerous schools including flooring, carpet, ceilings, painting, roofing, paving, mechanical, doors, windows, FOBS, backflows, water sanitizing and masonry; capital projects included would impact all Lee’s Summit R-7 schools
- February 8, 2011 Levy Issue
63% against levy (failed – required simple majority)
Levy: 9,664 NO votes and 5,709 YES votes
Levy: operating tax levy increase of $0.89 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation for general operating purposes
•Maintain the quality of programs and services for students •Allow the district to avoid most of the approximately $6 million in additional cost containment for 2011-12 and 2012-13 •Eliminate a portion of current cost-containment measures •Limit further class size growth •Protect R-7 property values by ensuring continuation of our quality educational system •Limit elementary combination classrooms in the future •Provide resources for the district to work toward its goal of comparable salaries for teachers and staff •Allow the district to “continue its legacy of excellence” for all students
- April 6, 2010 Bond Issue
65% for bond (passed – required 4/7ths)
Bond: 7,083 YES votes and 3,757 NO votes
Bond: $16 million (no-tax-increase)
•Hazel Grove Elementary – construction of first-grade classroom, art room, music room; renovations to office, focus room, staff work room; new public restrooms and storage areas •Bernard Campbell Middle School – new gymnasium •Pleasant Lea Middle School – remodeling of teacher planning center and student counseling area •Instructional and operational technology improvements •Resurfacing of all three middle-school tracks •Lee’s Summit North High School – two unlighted women’s softball fields •Lee’s Summit High School – 7,700-square-foot multi-use physical-education/activity/athletic building •Lee’s Summit High School – remodeling of current multi-use physical-education/activity/athletic building to create a district-wide robotics center •Renovation of existing tennis courts at all three high schools •Replacement of the existing grass turf at all three high schools’ stadiums with multi-use, all-weather artificial turf •Sixth phase of the district’s ongoing performance contracting energy-conservation efforts •Capital improvements at schools across the district including flooring renovations, painting, paving, roofing and general maintenance •New school buses and improvements to the existing bus parking area •Purchase of approximately 35 to 40 acres for a future R-7 middle school
- April 8, 2008 Bond Issue and Prop C Tax Levy Waiver Continuance
72.4% for bond (passed – required 4/7ths) 64.6% for Prop C (required simple majority)
Bond: 8,072 YES votes and 3,083 NO votes Prop C: 7,159 YES votes and 3,919 NO votes
Bond: $54 million (no-tax-increase) Prop C: 20 cent (no-tax-increase)
• Construction of Sunset Valley Elementary — opened fall of 2009
•All-day kindergarten classrooms and support classrooms •Great Beginnings Early Education Center – construction of two classrooms •Mason Elementary School – Addition of four classrooms, school improvements and new cafeteria/kitchen space •Hazel Grove Elementary – remodeling of classrooms and office area •Lee’s Summit High School – improvements in classrooms, broadcast journalism editing studio and family and consumer science rooms •Lee’s Summit North High School – Addition of industrial technology lab, band storage room, docking/mechanical space and hallways •Lee’s Summit West High School – planned addition of 18 classrooms to increase school’s capacity by 357 students •Instructional technology •Miller Park Center, remodeled facility to serve special needs students previously served outside district •R-7 Aquatic Center, self-supporting swim/dive facility — opened fall of 2009 •Marching band uniform replacement at LSHS and LSNHS •Portable bleachers (district-wide use) •Capital projects (repairs and improvements) at several schools/other sites •School bus purchases/parking lot improvements
- April 4, 2006 Bond Issue
75% for bond (passed – required 4/7ths)
Bond: 17,747 YES votes and 5,835 NO votes
Bond: $32 million (no-tax-increase)
•Construction of Summit Pointe Elementary School — opened fall of 2007
•Additions at Pleasant Lea and Summit Lakes Middle Schools •Improvements/renovations at Bernard Campbell Middle School •Additions and improvements at all three high schools •Technology enhancements and improvements •Construction of new Stansberry Leadership Center on district owned land just east of LSNHS •District warehouse addition •Repairs and improvements at approximately two-thirds of existing R-7 schools •School bus purchases to meet growth needs, replace older vehicles
- April 6, 2004 Bond and Levy Issues
74% for bond (passed – required 4/7ths) 55.8% for levy (passed – required simple majority)
Bond: 10,662 YES votes and 3,756 NO votes Levy: 8,012 YES votes and 6,358 NO Votes
Bond issue: $25 million (no-tax-increase) Levy: 59-cent operational levy
•Construction of Longview Farm Elementary School — opened fall of 2005
•Additions at Pleasant Lea and Summit Lakes Middle Schools
•Construction of new Great Beginnings Early Childhood Center — opened summer 2005
•Addition at Meadow Lane Elementary School •Technology enhancements and improvements •Numerous capital projects at schools throughout the district •Energy conservation improvements to increase efficiency, save costs •School bus purchases to meet growth needs, replace older vehicles
•Maintain school district’s quality educational programs in the face of dramatic reductions in state funds •Meet ongoing growth needs •Reduce class sizes that do not meet state standards •Reduce the number of elementary combination classrooms •Provide conservative salary increases for R-7 staff
- April 2, 2002 Bond and Levy Issues
76% for bond (passed – required 4/7ths) 62% for levy (passed – required simple majority)
Bond: 9,593 YES votes and 3,084 NO votes Levy: 7,841 YES votes and 4,816 NO votes
Bond issue: $67 million (no-tax-increase) Levy: 25-cent operational levy
•Lee’s Summit West High School ($46.5 million) — opened fall of 2004
•Renovation of four elementaries-Greenwood, Lee’s Summit, Pleasant Lea and Westview ($7 million) •Summit Ridge Academy (secondary alternative school) ($2.25 million) •Renovation of Lee’s Summit High School ($7 million) •Upgrade of instructional technology ($2 million) •Relocation of and construction of Facilities Services ($1.75 million) •Additional school buses ($500,000)
•Funding to hire additional staff to meet growth needs •Funding to provide salary increases for R-7 staff •Enhancement of instructional technology •Funding for a 7th- and 8th-grade middle-level education program •Funding for a gifted program for primary (K-3) students
- April 6, 1999, Bond Issue
63 % for bond (passed – required four-sevenths)
11,184 YES votes and 6,482 NO votes
$31 million (12-cent property tax increase)
•Hawthorn Hill Elementary and Woodland Elementary ($17 million) — opened fall 2001
•Improvements to existing schools ($7.2 million) — LSHS lecture hall addition, PAC improvements, enclose breezeway, musical instrument storage, window replacement; library additions at Hazel Grove, Mason, Pleasant Lea Elementary Schools, new computer labs at Hazel Grove and PLE; parking improvements at Hazel Grove; gym floor replacement at Pleasant Lea Middle School •Lee’s Summit North High School addition for classrooms ($5.3 million) •Acquisition of land for future school sites ($1.5 million)
- April 7, 1998, Bond Issue
78 % for bond issue (passed – required 4/7ths majority)
7,862 YES votes and 2,154 NO votes
$23 million (no tax increase)
•Summit Lakes Middle School’s first phase ($15,000,000) — opened fall 2000
•Air conditioning for R-7 schools ($7,500,000) — includes LSHS, Greenwood Elem., Hazel Grove Elem., Lee’s Summit Elem., Pleasant Lea Elem., Prairie View Elem. (basement only) and Westview Elem.
BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTIONS
- 2016 Board of Education Election PHYLLIS BALAGNA AND BOB WHITE SWORN IN AT THE APRIL 14 BOARD MEETING. Two people — Mrs. Balagna and Mr. White — filed for two seats on the Board of Education in winter 2015-2016, and no election was held for these positions during April.
- 2015 Board of Education Election VOTERS ELECT JULIE DOANE AND ADAM RUTHERFORD ON APRIL 7. Julie Doane and Adam Rutherford were elected to the Lee’s Summit Board of Education on April 7. Mrs. Doane received 5,527 votes, and Adam Rutherford received 4,105 votes. William Lindsey was also a candidate and received 2,687 votes.
- 2014 Board of Education Election VOTERS ELECT TERRI HARMON, CHRIS STORMS AND BILL BAIRD ON APRIL 8. Terri Harmon, Chris Storms and Bill Baird were elected to the Lee’s Summit Board of Education on April 8. Mrs. Harmon received 4, 243 votes. Bill Baird received 4, 045 votes, and Chris Storms received 3, 535 votes. Mark Ousnamer was also a candidate, and he received 2, 387 votes.
- 2013 Board of Education Election PHYLLIS BALAGNA AND BOB WHITE SWORN IN AT THE APRIL 11 BOARD MEETING. Two people — Mrs. Balagna and Mr. White — filed for two seats on the Board of Education in winter 2012-2013, and no election was held for these positions during April.
- 2012 Board of Education Election PATTI BUIE, RON BAKER AND PHYLLIS BALAGNA SWORN IN AT THE APRIL 12 BOARD MEETING. Two people — Mrs. Buie and Mr. Baker — filed for two seats on the Board of Education in winter 2011-2012, and no election was held for these positions during April. Ms. Balagna was appointed by the Board of Education to serve a one-year term following the February resignation of Annette Braam, who has moved out of the school district.
- 2011 Board of Education Election VOTERS ELECT JACK WILEY, TERRI HARMON AND CHRIS STORMS ON APRIL 5
Jack Wiley, Terri Harmon and Chris Storms were elected to the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District Board of Education on April 5, 2011. Mr. Wiley received 3,592 votes, Mrs. Harmon received 3,488 votes and Mr. Storms received 3,300 votes. Other candidates were Jon Plaas who received 2,257 votes, and Mike Smith, who received 2,097 votes.
- 2010 Board of Education Election VOTERS ELECT ANNETTE BRAAM AND GENE BRIXEY ON APRIL 6
Annette Braam and Gene Brixey were elected to the R-7 Board of Education during the April 6 election. Mrs. Braam received 6,816 votes, and Mr. Brixey received 5,847 votes. Other candidates included Jimmie Colbert, who received 3,969 votes.
- 2009 Board of Education Election VOTERS ELECT PATTI BUIE AND RON BAKER ON APRIL 7
Patti Buie and Ron Baker were elected to the R-7 Board of Education during the April 7 election. Mrs. Buie received 2,594 votes, and Mr. Baker received 2,624 votes. Other candidates included Sherri Tucker, who received 1,061 votes, and Craig Belser, who received 596 votes.
- 2008 Board of Education Election VOTERS ELECT JEFF TINDLE, JACK WILEY AND JON PLAAS ON APRIL 8
Winners in the Board of Education race were Jeff Tindle with 6,925 votes, Jack Wiley with 6,557 votes and Jon Plaas with 5,065 votes. Sherri Tucker, who was also a candidate, received 4,679 votes.
- 2007 Board of Education Election Gene Brixey and Michael Dodig were both sworn in during early April 2007 as returning members of the Board of Education. Mr. Brixey and Mr. Dodig were the only candidates to file for just two seats on the Board of Education this spring, so the R-7 School District did not hold a Board of Education election during April 2007.State statutes allow school districts to forego an election when there are uncontested school board races. Mr. Brixey and Mr. Dodig were both elected to the R-7 Board of Education in April 2004.
- 2006 Board of Education Election VOTERS ELECT PATTI BUIE AND MANNE MAGADY ON APRIL 4 Pattie Buie and Manne Magady were elected to the Board of Education during the April 4 election. Patti Buie received 13,349 votes and Manne Magady received 10,440 votes. The other candidate in the race, Dennis Jackson, received 8,745 votes.
- 2005 Board of Education Election VOTERS ELECT JEFF TINDLE, JON PLAAS AND JACK WILEY ON APRIL 5
Jeff Tindle, Jon Plaas and Jack Wiley were elected to the Board of Education during the April 5 election. Jeff Tindle received 4,366 votes, Jack Wiley received 4,230 votes and Jon Plaas received 3,166 votes. Other candidates in the race were Dennis Jackson, 2,436 votes and Roy Mussett 1,044 votes.
- 2004 Board of Education Election VOTERS ELECT MICHAEL DODIG AND GENE BRIXEY ON APRIL 6
Michael Dodig and Gene Brixey were elected to the Board of Education during the April 6 election. Michael Dodig received 6,449 votes, and Gene Brixey received 5,275 votes. Other candidates in the race were Dan Wilson, 3,244 votes; Gary Mandernach, 2,261 votes; Jack Wiley, 1,368 votes; Dennis Todd Gochenour, 1,119 votes; Steven Mize, 3,002 votes; and James Howell, 1,234 votes.
- 2003 Board of Education Election VOTERS ELECT PATTI BUIE AND MANNE MAGADY ON APRIL 8
Patti Buie and Manne Magady were re-elected to the Board of Education during the April 8 election. Patti Buie received 1,697 votes, and Manne Magady received 1,682 votes. Both Board members were unopposed in the election this year. This is Mrs. Buie’s second term on the Board and Mr. Magady’s third term.
- 2002 Board of Education Election VOTERS ELECT ANNETTE BRAAM, JON PLAAS AND JEFF TINDLE TO BOARD OF EDUCATION ON APRIL 2
Annette Braam, Jon Plaas and Jeff Tindle were elected to the Board of Education during the April 2 election. Jeff Tindle received 7,727 votes, Annette Braam received 7,354 votes, and Jon Plaas received 6,128 votes. Candidate Thomas L. Krahenbuhl received 4,672 votes. This is Mr. Tindle’s second term on the Board of Education, and Mrs. Braam and Mr. Plaas are serving their first terms.
- 2001 Board of Education Election VOTERS ELECT MARY STILLEY AND TOM ZAMMAR TO BOARD OF EDUCATION ON APRIL 3
Mary Stilley and Tom Zammar were both elected to the Board of Education during an April 3 election. Mary Stilley received 2,479 votes, and Tom Zammar received 2,126 votes. Candidate William F. Brittendall received 954 votes. This is Mrs. Stilley’s third term on the R-7 Board of Education and Mr. Zammar’s second term.
- 2000 Board of Education Election VOTERS ELECT PATTI BUIE AND MANNE MAGADY TO BOARD OF EDUCATION ON APRIL 4, 2000
Lee’s Summit R-7 School District voters elected Patti Buie and Manne Magady to the Board of Education on April 4, 2000. Board members are elected at-large and serve three-year terms.