Dr. David Sharp, current Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, will be the new principal of Pleasant Lea Middle School starting July 1, 2019, pending Board approval at the February meeting. Dr. Sharp replaces Dr. Janette Miller, who is retiring June 30th.

Dr. Sharp has served in the Assistant Superintendent role since the 2017-2018 school year. Prior to that, Dr. Sharp served as the principal at Lee’s Summit West High School for six years and principal of Summit Technology Academy (STA) for four years. He has served as an administrator for a total of 14 years in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

The District is excited about Dr. Sharp’s move to Pleasant Lea Middle School, as this opportunity provides a seamless transition in leadership and knowledge about LSR7’s mission and vision.

Under Dr. Sharp’s leadership, Lee’s Summit West High School was named a Missouri Gold Star School in 2013, a National Blue Ribbon School in 2013, and earned the U.S. News and World Report Silver Medalist award five years in a row. Additionally, Lee’s Summit West High School’s ACT scores earned top three metro honors annually with a district record 24 in 2014. Furthermore, Lee’s Summit West High School earned 100% on MSIP 5’s Annual Performance Report in 2015, 2016 and 2017. As principal of Summit Technology Academy, Dr. Sharp served as a key district implementer of Project Lead The Way and STA was named a top 15 PLTW school in the nation. Additionally, STA was one of three schools in the country to earn the Technical Centers that Work Gold Readiness Award for student achievement in 2010.

Dr. Sharp was named the Greater Kansas City Principals Association High School Principal of the Year in 2015 and the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals State High School Principal of the Year in 2015 and was honored as the 2017 UMKC Alumni Achievement Award Winner for the School of Education.

“Working with students, teachers, and families every day is at the core of my life’s work. As principal of Pleasant Lea Middle School, I will work tirelessly to be a purposeful champion for each student, passionate about teachers and instruction and will seek to cultivate a culture in which everyone has the opportunity to leave their legacy,” Dr. Sharp said.