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LSR7 BOE Approves Innovation Track

LSR7 BOE Approves Innovation Track

December 15, 2017

By Tribune Staff

The Lee's Summit R7 Board of Education approved a fifth path to college credit available to district juniors and seniors beginning in Fall 2018. 

Called the "Innovation Track," eligible juniors and seniors will be able to participate in a dual enrollment with LSR7 higher education partners, Metropolitan Community College and University of Central Missouri. Dual enrollment, which is permitted under Missouri State statute 167.223, allows students to attend vocational or academic classes on a college or university campus and receive both high school and college credit upon successful completion of the course.

“The Innovation Track maximizes the partnership between Lee’s Summit R-7, Metropolitan Community College and the University of Central Missouri to provide matriculation in educational institutions that jump starts the college, workforce and career opportunities for all students,” said Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter, Lee’s Summit R-7 superintendent. “This is good for students seeking a two-year or four-year degree as well as students interested in workforce development. Ultimately, our entire community benefits from the district’s commitment to providing multiple pathways for students to leave us career and/or college ready. The Board’s votes in support of the Innovation Track and broadening students’ access to existing Lee’s Summit R-7 post-secondary credit opportunities is demonstrative of the district’s commitment to our collective, long-term viability."

In its planning workshop in June 2017, the LSR7 Board of Education developed annual goals, including a goal to increase the learning and achievement of every child through the development of a comprehensive academic framework informed by the needs of our students, the district's strategic plan and the 2016 Academic Systems Review. This goal launched the district's discussion to create the innovation path. 

According to the latest analysis of the plan, the Innovation Track cost (including Metropolitan Community College (MCC), non-MCC and IB) for free and reduced eligible students is $396,402, which represents 0.16 percent of the LSR7 district's 2016-17 actual expenditures.

Initial student interest is high. Among more than 2,000 eligible LSR7 students responding to the district's recent survey, 444 indicated interest in the program, which would offer MCC credit for approximately $50 per credit hour. Students would be permitted to earn up to 30 credit hours over their junior and senior years. 

The board decision was made near press time, and we will report additional details about the Innovation Track in future issues.

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