R-7 School District offering free day trip Oct. 5 for senior citizens to tour Missouri Innovation Campus

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Deadline to make reservations is Sept. 28

Area senior citizens are invited to participate in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s community-wide Senior Citizens’ School Tour, scheduled from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at the district’s new Missouri Innovation Campus. The tour is free although space is limited and reservations are required. Deadline to sign up is Sept. 28.

The event includes a tour of the one-of-a-kind school as well as breakfast. Those attending are asked to arrive at the school a few minutes before 7:45 a.m. Participants must have the ability to do some walking within the school and are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. Several rest breaks will be provided.

Traditionally the tours have taken place during midday and have included lunch. To accommodate the Missouri Innovation Campus schedule, which included a morning session and an afternoon session, this tour is being moved to the morning and features breakfast.

The Missouri Innovation Campus has received national attention for reshaping the way students experience education. The new facility is the result of a unique partnership with the University of Central Missouri (UCM) and the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District. Under the plan, Lee’s Summit R-7 is paying approximately 40 percent of the new school with UCM paying the remaining 60 percent. Based on an agreement between the two organizations, Lee’s Summit R-7 is the sole owner of the facility which houses Summit Technology Academy and Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) programs as well as UCM programs previously located in the UCM-Lee’s Summit facility. UCM is paying its portion through a lease agreement.

The shared facility reduces operating expenses for the R-7 School District and allowed the district to move both the Summit Technology Academy and MIC programs from leased space into a building owned by the school district. Due to increased rental costs resulting from the expiration of a long-running tax abatement, Lee’s Summit R-7 will save approximately $9 million over the next 20 years by construction of the new facility.

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Senior Citizens’ School Tour has earned first place in the American School Board Journal’s Magna Awards program.

The tour for senior citizens is part of the R-7 School District’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and was recommended by a community team. To make a reservation or for more information, please contact the R-7 School District Communications Department at (816) 986-1014 or e-mail janie.rohlfing@lsr7.net by Sept. 28.

Senior citizens at a previous tour at Lee’s Summit High School.

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