For 28 years, my family has resided and sent our children thru the Lee's Summit R-7 School District. Last year a group of concerned citizens came together over serious concerns about the LSR7 leadership. The LSR7 School Board of Education has now hired a new Superintendent for the new school year starting July 1, 2017.
In the past two months, we have turned our attention to the field of 10 candidates seeking the three open seats on the school board on April 4. In doing so, public events, communications and records have shaped decisions on which candidate(s) to endorse.
There are a some candidates that are actively engaged in campaigning. We see those individuals at Lee's Summit Chamber events, district events and meetings with various constituents. Unfortunately, some candidates choose not to participate or appear to be uncomfortable responding to questions in public settings. We need candidates who will not avoid communicating with our community, business partners, newly hired Superintendent, LSR7 staff and kids.
While reviewing published and online resources, again, a handful of candidates are engaged. There appear to be three candidates with a robust website supporting their candidacies. More have candidate (not including personal) Facebook pages. I believe that voting in school board elections is especially important. There are stark differences among the candidates based on previous public voting records.
This is the information that I have found to date:
Clark Voted 27 of 27 times/100 percent
Fritchie Voted 32 of 33 times/96 percent
Smith Voted 29 of 33 times/85 percent
Coffman Voted 16 of 21 times/76 percent
McMenus Voted 9 of 13 times/69 percent
Dziedzic Voted 19 of 27 times/70 percent
Quijas Voted 12 of 18 times/66 percent
Gutierrez NO April Votes/ZERO
Murdock NO April Votes/ZERO
Worstell NO April Votes/ZERO
This information, combined with the other factors mentioned above, should help voters to narrow their choices. Citizens for a Better LSR7 endorsed both Jacqueline Clark last month because of her strong leadership background, private sector experience and community engagement and Kim Fritchie.
Make sure you cast a well-informed vote. Don't accept any excuses for failing to provide citizen oversight of our district by simply voting. We have to move this district past the events of 2016. Choose wisely because our students and staff depend on this board's leadership.
Lee’s Summit, MO