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Superintendent David Buck

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Dr. David Buck has served as superintendent for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District since July 1, 2020. He has served in administration as a High School Principal, Assistant Superintendent (Curriculum and Instruction and Human Resources) and Superintendent for more than 20 years. Prior to that, he was a science teacher at both the middle and high school level.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Buck has devoted time to programs that help prepare the next generation for success. He worked as a gifted education teacher and a coordinator for the Missouri Scholars Academy. He has also served as a facilitator for the Leadership Academy through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He has served as a three-sport coach as well as a sponsor of an elementary chess club, MS Destination Imagination team and an FFA coach.

He has received the Standing Ovation Award from the Missouri Scholars Academy and was a finalist for Missouri Coach of the Year.

Dr. Buck is the third Missourian to complete the National Superintendent Certification from the American Association of School Administrators. He also has participated in Yale University’s Emotional Intelligence RULER Certification. He received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Southeast Missouri State University, and his his master’s degree in education, educational specialist degree and superintendent certification from the University of Missouri. He received his doctorate in education from Missouri Baptist University.

Superintendent's Leadership Team

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Dr. Steve Shelton
Associate Superintendent of Operational Services

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Dr. Christiana Barger
Associate Superintendent of Academic Services

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Dr. David Carlson
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

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Nathan Holder
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services

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Dr. Heather Kenney
Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education

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Dr. Chad Hertzog
Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education

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Dr. Jermaine Wilson
Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Student Services

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Katy Bergen
Executive Director of Public Relations

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Dr. Kevin Whaley
Executive Director of Technology


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Dr. Marlene DeVilbiss
Executive Director of Human Resources

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Dr. Lisa Janeway
Executive Director of Curriculum

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Dr. Staci Mathes
Executive Director of Special Services

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Shannan Booth
Director of Career Education

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Dr. Jesi Cygan
Director of Student Support

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Lori Danella
Director of Nutrition Services

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Kristi Fate
Director of Before & After Care

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Kyle Gorrell
Director of Facilities

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Kirk Hipple
Director of Athletics & Activities

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Dr. Melanie Hutchinson
Director of Instructional Technology Services/Secondary Online

Dr. Matt Jones
Director of Assessment and Data Analysis

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Kimberlee Leech
Director of Data Systems

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Bruce Maples
Director of Transportation

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Kristen Merrell
Director of Professional Development

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Chrissy Symes
Director of the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation

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Kinzie Wooderson
Director of Network Services