Lee’s Summit R-7 citizens travel to Jefferson City to advocate for students and schools

April 24, 2013 

Lee’s Summit R-7 citizens are continuing to work together to advocate on behalf of students and schools through the efforts of the school district’s Board of Education, Citizens’ Advisory Committee and Business Roundtable. Representatives from all three groups traveled to Jefferson City April 8 to meet with state lawmakers and discuss legislative priorities.

Community members traveling to the state capitol were Ron Baker and Phyllis Balagna of the Board of Education; Don Clements, Janis Duke, Libia Kozisek and Dorothy Walk of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee; and Chip Moxley of the Business Roundtable; as well as Dr. David McGehee, superintendent; and Janice Phelan, R-7 communications executive director.

The R-7 advocacy group had the opportunity to meet with Sen. Will Kraus, Rep. Donna Pfautsch, Rep. Sheila Solon, Rep. Jeff Grisamore, Rep. Gary Cross, Rep. Mike Cierpiot and Rep. Rick Brattin.

The three R-7 groups have been working together for more than a year to enhance ongoing efforts to advocate for students at the state and national level. The school district hosted legislative forums for state lawmakers during spring 2012 and spring 2013, providing the groups’ members the opportunity to talk to their elected officials in small-group settings.

“The trip to Jefferson City helped our school district groups become better acquainted with our elected officials and discuss how they can help us provide our students with a quality education,” said David McGehee, superintendent. “We are grateful for the citizens who spent the day in Jefferson City as well as the seven legislators who took the time to meet with our group.”

The citizens discussed the district’s legislative platform and current bills which have generated concern within the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District.

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