FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THE BOND PASSES?
With the passing of the NO TAX RATE INCREASE $224 million bond package, Lee's Summit R-7 will reinvest in the renovation of aging schools, expand and build new ones accommodating capacity and future learning needs, and improve existing facilities and safety measures throughout the district that will impact every student. Together, passing the bond reaffirms the ongoing commitment to maintaining the excellent school system that Lee’s Summit is known for.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PASS THE BOND ISSUE NOW?
The time is now because investment in new buildings for expanding capacity and reinvestment in buildings with aging systems is required to provide students with the outstanding learning environment our community values and desires. As in previous years of long-term facility planning and bonding consideration, the district process was followed. The Comprehensive Facility Master Planning team studied building needs and future ready programming opportunities for 18 months. This group included administrators, staff, and community members. With the completion of their report, the Citizens Advisory Committee studied the options for 6 months and made recommendations. The Board of Education carefully studied the proposal and unanimously approved it. The District’s fiscally responsible debt management makes it possible to complete the proposed projects while maintaining the same debt service levy rate that our community has sustained since 1999 and used to support the growth Lee’s Summit R7 has enjoyed over the past several decades. The projects are sound, thoroughly vetted and necessary to reinvest in our school buildings and support future learning spaces and programs.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THE BOND DOESN’T PASS?
Without the passage of this bond initiative, funds to reinvest in facilities, build new needed school buildings, improve safety measures throughout the district and support future ready learning spaces for all students will be unavailable. The school district has few options to provide for these needs should the bond election not be successful.