Friday, February 28, 2014

Hiring! Police Chief - City of Lee's Summit - Lee's Summit, Missouri

Hiring! Police Chief - City of Lee's Summit - Lee's Summit, Missouri

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: David McGehee (DrDavidMcGehee) on Twitter

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: David McGehee (DrDavidMcGehee) on Twitter



My superintendent has blocked me from following him on Twitter. What is that all about? My tax dollars pay his salary, which is the highest in Missouri, and I can't see what he is twittering.

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: How Do They Sleep At Night?

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: How Do They Sleep At Night?



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sometimes I sit and relive the past four years. I think of all of the tears, anger, frustration, fear, anxiety, and hurt that my family has gone through. Then I think of all of the other families that are going through the same thing. Their lives being destroyed while they sit back and helplessly watch it happen.

One thing always comes to mind. How do the people that are paid with my tax dollars sleep at night? How can they destroy the life and future of another human being and then take their paycheck? How can they hug their children while they are destroying the lives of other children?

I was raised in the 60s and the 70s. My parents were strict and taught us to be honest, caring, and loving human beings. We were taught that you never progress in life without hard work, integrity, honor, and respect. You never hurt others or lie.

I wonder what the parents our of teachers, principals, superintendents, legislators, and school board officials taught their children. Would they be disgusted by the things that their children do to innocent children? Would they be dismayed that their children care about nothing more than self promotion and the almighty dollar? Would they be proud that their children are successful because they are robbing children of their future? My parents would disown me. They would not tolerate the behavior that I see every day.

I have been to many school meetings and sat across the table as these people have lied, cheated, and stolen my child's future. I have seen my legislator sell out my child to further his political career and then lie about it and call me a politcal stalker. I am powerless to stop them. They have all of the power and my hard earned tax dollars have bought it for them.

How many lives are going to be destroyed before this is stopped? How many people are willing to stand up for their children no matter what the consequences are? I am. I have been for four years. Its a lonely journey and I invite you to join me.

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: Letter From A Parent

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: Letter From A Parent

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: Lee's Summit School Board Members

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: Lee's Summit School Board Members



These are members of our school board.  They vote on salaries for retired teachers and current employees.  Can we honestly say that they don't have a conflict of interest.  When they investigate procedure violations are they really objective?  Isn't it time that someone is on the board that can really make a change in this district and help it live up to the reputation that they have?  How many of you moved here because of their excellent reputation and then realized you made a major mistake?  I can name dozens of families.



Ron Baker

PresidentRon Baker was elected to the Board of Education in April 2009, is currently serving as president and previously served as vice president. He retired in 2001 after working for 36 years in the R-7 School District. During his career, he taught science at the high-school and middle-school levels, Mr. Baker is married to Serece Baker, a retired R-7 science teacher. 

Jack Wiley

Vice President
Mr. Wiley and his wife, Suzanne, a teacher in the R-7 School District

Phyllis Balagna

MemberShe taught English and theatre arts for five years, with two of those at LSHS.

Chris Storms

Member
His family includes his wife, Audra, a third-grade teacher at Summit Pointe Elementary

Bob White

Member
Mr. White retired from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in 2007 after a 33-year career. Within R-7, he worked as director at Summit Technology Academy, as assistant principal at Pleasant Middle School and Lee’s Summit High School and as a language arts teacher. A Lee’s Summit resident, he has been married for 42 years to Candy White, a retired R-7 teacher. They have a son, Kevin White, a special-education teacher at LSHS; a daughter-in-law, Mitch White, a substitute aide; 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: How Do They Sleep At Night?

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: How Do They Sleep At Night?



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sometimes I sit and relive the past four years. I think of all of the tears, anger, frustration, fear, anxiety, and hurt that my family has gone through. Then I think of all of the other families that are going through the same thing. Their lives being destroyed while they sit back and helplessly watch it happen.

One thing always comes to mind. How do the people that are paid with my tax dollars sleep at night? How can they destroy the life and future of another human being and then take their paycheck? How can they hug their children while they are destroying the lives of other children?

I was raised in the 60s and the 70s. My parents were strict and taught us to be honest, caring, and loving human beings. We were taught that you never progress in life without hard work, integrity, honor, and respect. You never hurt others or lie.

I wonder what the parents our of teachers, principals, superintendents, legislators, and school board officials taught their children. Would they be disgusted by the things that their children do to innocent children? Would they be dismayed that their children care about nothing more than self promotion and the almighty dollar? Would they be proud that their children are successful because they are robbing children of their future? My parents would disown me. They would not tolerate the behavior that I see every day.

I have been to many school meetings and sat across the table as these people have lied, cheated, and stolen my child's future. I have seen my legislator sell out my child to further his political career and then lie about it and call me a politcal stalker. I am powerless to stop them. They have all of the power and my hard earned tax dollars have bought it for them.

How many lives are going to be destroyed before this is stopped? How many people are willing to stand up for their children no matter what the consequences are? I am. I have been for four years. Its a lonely journey and I invite you to join me.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Changes coming to Lee's Summit snow plan

Changes coming to Lee's Summit snow plan



LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Lee's Summit Schools cancelled class Monday due to "inclement weather," but more is in the forecast.
Kelly Olson is the General Manager at ‘Neighbors CafĂ©’ in downtown Lee's Summit. She dreads snow.
"Especially with downtown people, there's cars parked on the side of the street, so it is a little tricky to maneuver around. It is nice when they can get here in a timely manner," Olson said.
Bob Hartnett's main goal is to get the streets plowed. He's the Deputy Director of Public Works in Lee's Summit.
Hartnett explained the city is 65 square miles.  That's the equivalent of plowing from Lee's Summit to New York City.
This year their budget already took a beating.
"Our response for two inches is the same if it's two inches or six inches, so we've spent quite a bit of resources so far," Hartnett said.
Schools in the city closed because of ice from three days prior.
Hartnett and his team proposed changes to help cut down on the plow time.
One idea is to add "wing plows" to nine of their trucks.
"It effectively doubles the working capacity of any truck," said Hartnett. "Instead of a truck with a 12-foot plow on it making one pass, you add a wing plow on the side of it; that truck is now making two passes."
It'll cost the city around $130,000, and take their goal of clearing the city streets from 32 hours to 22 hours.
If the streets are cleaner faster, that's better for Kelly and her customers. "For them to know that they're able to get here safely is a big deal for us," Olson said.
Lee's Summit will get one "wing plow" to test out by the end of the winter season.
Hartnett also proposed hiring private contractors. The city hasn't made a decision on that yet.


Read more: http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/region_missouri/lees_summit/changes-coming-to-lees-summit-snow-plan#ixzz2sNGXQc55

PTA Kids First Town Hall meeting Feb. 6 in Lee’s Summit  | Education | Lee's Summit Journal

PTA Kids First Town Hall meeting Feb. 6 in Lee’s Summit  | Education | Lee's Summit Journal



A Kids First Town Hall Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 6, hosted by Missouri PTA and the Lee's Summit Council of PTAs.
The meeting will be at Longview Historical Mansion, 1200 SW Longview Park Drive in Lee's Summit. 
RSVPs are appreciated for this event as refreshments will be served.
To RSVP or for more information, please contact jacque@5graggs.com. If the event is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be re-scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 27. 
The following elected officials have been invited to attend: Sen. Will Kraus, Rep. Jeff Grisamore, Rep. Gary Cross, Rep. Mike Cierpiot, Rep. Donna Pfautsch, Rep. Joe Runions, Rep. Sheila Solon, Rep. Noel Torpey and Rep. Rick Brattin. 
Michelle McLaughlin, Missouri PTA vice president of legislation and advocacy, will moderate and will be asking questions related to Missouri PTA’s top priorities for local control of schools, funding for early childhood education, increased parental engagement and tax credits for tuition to parents of nonpublic school children. 
Missouri PTA represents more than 70,000 members statewide and is a member of the National PTA organization. The mission of the Missouri PTA is to positively impact the lives of all children and families by using a powerful voice for all children; being a relevant resource for all families and communities; and being a strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child. For more information, go to www.mopta.org. 

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: Findings in the audit of the Lee's Summit R-VII School District

Lee's Summit R-7 School District: Findings in the audit of the Lee's Summit R-VII School District



Findings in the audit
of the Lee's Summit R-VII School District


The district did not competitively bid several purchases
in accordance with district administrative procedure and state law, including
travel services ($29,172), installation of technology equipment ($21,866), and
printing ($20,357), and did not always document in writing single feasible
source
justifications. District administrative procedures
require competitive, advertised, sealed bids for construction of facilities
costing $15,000 and above and require bids for individual non-construction
purchases projected to cost $5,000 or more and quotes for non-construction
purchases under
$5,000. The district does not always document the
evaluation and selection of architectural/construction management services for
non-bond issue projects as required by board policy and state law. The district
has not periodically solicited proposals for some professional services and has
used the same vendors for several years. The district has used the same auditor
for 15 years, diversity initiative provider for 6 years, and primary legal counsel
for 4 years without periodically soliciting proposals.

The district does not have written agreements with the
entities providing legal services or the communications audit, and district
officials did not sign an education services contract for the 2012-2013 school
year until March 28, 2013. The district pays $25,000 to the Lee's Summit
Economic
Development Council for membership, but the council's
website indicates maximum membership benefits are available for $10,000, and it
is unclear what additional benefits the district receives for the additional
contribution.

The district subsidizes a significant portion of the
operating expenses of the Lee's Summit Educational Foundation, a legally
separate not-for-profit corporation, and has not entered into a written
agreement with the foundation. The foundation's employees, its Director, and
Administrative Assistant are housed in the district's main administration
building free of charge, and the district pays their salaries and fringe
benefits and other foundation expenses even though they spend only 10 percent
of their time working on district activities.

The district did not adequately monitor contract
payments, and a contractor overcharged the district $4,095 in the 2012-2013
school year. The contractor subsequently reimbursed the district. The district
does not competitively bid significant changes to construction projects and
does not always timely approve construction change orders. The district paid a $25,340
change order for a paving project at Lee's Summit North High School that was
not included in the vendor's original bid proposal, and the
Board did not approve and district officials did not sign
the change order until at least a week after the work was complete. The
district paid a $60,616 change order for carpet removal and replacement at
Meadow Lane Elementary that was not included in the vendor's original bid
proposal and approved by the Board. The district does not monitor purchasing
card transaction limits, and limits for some individuals are excessive. The
district has over 900 purchasing cards assigned to various personnel with
monthly limits ranging from $1,000 to $600,000.

The district has historically paid a vehicle allowance to
several employees who use their personal vehicles to conduct official business
within the district, but, other than for the superintendent, the district does
not include vehicle allowances in employee contracts, and the Board does not
approve
the allowances as additional compensation. The district
has not performed an analysis to ensure the vehicle allowances meet the needs
of these positions or are reasonable. Using the IRS-allowed mileage rate, the superintendent
would need to travel over 26,000 business-related miles to earn the $15,000
vehicle allowance he would have been paid for the year ended June 30, 2014.
This number of miles is considerably more than the 4,284 business-related miles
he drove his district-provided vehicle during
calendar year 2012. The Board indicated in its response
to our recommendation that it will no longer provide the superintendent with
the vehicle allowance.

The district purchased approximately 51 acres of land in
December 2012 for $775,000 to be used for the district's fourth middle school,
but it did not obtain an independent appraisal, so it has less assurance it
paid the fair value of the property.



The district's superintendent at June 30, 2013, was Dr.
David McGehee. His annual compensation was $258,660, which included a deferred compensation
allowance of $19,716, family medical insurance of $15,377, and association
expenses of $12,000. He was also provided a district vehicle for business and
personal use. The superintendent's compensation is established by the Board.