Missouri school district profiles

About these district profiles: These districts serve students in four metropolitan-area Missouri counties: Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte. The districts are organized alphabetically under the chief counties they serve. A general description of their boundaries is included.

There are many ways to look at a school district budget. The figures cited here are operating budget numbers from state records for the 2006-07 school year. Enrollment numbers also came from state records for the 2006-07 school year. "Points of pride" were provided by leading district officials, but because of space limitations may not represent all notable achievements or programs. A few school districts did not supply points of pride information.



The basics: Serves Cass County and northern Bates County; 598 students (2006-07); $3.9 million operating budget (2006-07); Forrest Bollow, superintendent.

Points of pride: Preschool program; technology, facility improvements; teacher salaries; student test scores.

Web site: www.archie.k12.mo.us


The basics: Serves Belton, Loch Lloyd and northwestern portions of unincorporated Cass County; 4,572 students (2006-07); $33.3 million operating budget (2006-07); Kenny Southwick, superintendent.

Points of pride: The Belton School District is fully accredited, and was Accredited with Distinction in Performance for two consecutive years (2003-04 and 2004-05). The district’s Early Childhood Care and Education program has been recognized by state of Missouri and the Danforth and Kauffman foundations. Belton High School is a recent recipient of the National School of Excellence Award from the National Parents as Teachers organization. The district’s speech and debate program is state and nationally-ranked. In extra-curricular activities, Belton students are highly competitive, earning numerous conference, district and state honors. The district offers a progressive, district administered summer school program without cost to its patrons. There is new or remodeled educational space at each building throughout the district, including state-of-the-art media centers.

Web site: www.beltonschools.org

Cass Midway

The basics: Serves southwest Cass County and northwest Bates County; 571 students (2006-07); $4.7 million operating budget (2006-07); Paul Fregeau, superintendent.

Points of pride: 2006 building initiative added two new classrooms, renovated two science lab/classrooms, renovated music room, new front entry and new central office. In addition, district/community partnership formed and new all-weather track constructed in 2006; traditionally higher-than-average achievement levels on measures of academic achievement.

Web site: www.midway.k12.mo.us


The basics: Serves southwest Cass County and northwest Bates County; 319 students (2006-07); $2.9 million operating budget (2006-07); Patty Yocum, superintendent.

Points of pride: Accredited with Distinction for Improvement in Performance.

Web site: www.drexel.k12.mo.us

East Lynne

The basics: Serves rural areas on the southeast fringe of the Kansas City metropolitan area, about 40 miles southeast of downtown: 149 students (2006-07); $1.6 million operating budget (2006-07); Dan Doerhoff, superintendent.

Points of pride: Accredited with Distinction for improvement in Performance; Missouri School Improvement Program review waived; met adequate yearly progress.

Web site: www.schoolnotes.com. To access information on East Lynne district, enter zip code: 64743.


The basics: Located in Harrisonville, the seat of Cass County; 2,507 students (2006-07); $18.1 million operating budget (2006-07); Todd White, superintendent.

Point of pride: Recognized for Distinction in Performance by state’s education department; long-range plan in development with community input; expanded early childhood program which includes free preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds; ACT composite average of 22.8.

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Pleasant Hill06

The basics: Serves northeast Cass County, including Pleasant Hill and the largely rural 75-square-mile area that surrounds it; 2,172 students (2006-07); $12.8 million operating budget (2006-07); Wesley Townsend, superintendent.

Points of pride: Nationally certified teachers; 96.5 percent student attendance rate.

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The basics: Serves Raymore, Peculiar, part of Lee’s Summit and incorporated areas of northern Cass County; 5,632 students (2006-07); $36.3 million operating budget (2006-07); Jeff Kyle, superintendent.

Points of pride: Accredited with Distinction in Performance; growing 6 percent annually; computers in every classroom.

Web site: www.raypec.k12.mo.us


The basics: Serves easterly part of Cass County, including communities of Garden City and Creighton, and nearby areas; 904 students (2006-07); $5.4 million operating budget (2006-07); Freddie Doherty, superintendent.

Points of pride: Communication enhanced by student-maintained district Web site; new field house completed with labor and materials donated by community members; met all four areas of Adequate Yearly Progress in 2005-06 school year, and recently installed a new school sign along Missouri 7 highway.

Web site: sherwood.k12.mo.us


The basics: Serves northeastern Cass County; 81 students (2006-07); $1.3 million operating budget (2006-07); Marvin Misemer, superintendent.

Points of pride: Fully accredited; community has approved four finance issues since 1996; Distinction in Performance awards (2003-04, 2004-05), $20,000 in library upgrades in the past year.

Web site: N/A


North Kansas City06

The basics: Serves 12 municipalities in Clay County, among them Gladstone, North Kansas City and parts of Kansas City; 17,553 students (2006-07); $131.8 million operating budget (2006-07); Tom Cummings, superintendent.

Points of pride: Fully accredited; 15 students recognized by the National Merit Scholars Program; U.S. Department of Education’s 2006 American Star of Teaching Award; 2006 Missouri Teacher of the Year finalist; 2006 Missouri School Psychological Examiner of the Year; 2006 Missouri Federation Council of Exceptional Children Teacher of the Year; Missouri Highway Patrol Excellent Fleet Award; perfect unqualified audit opinion for 2005-2006 financial statements; only International Baccalaureate diploma in the Northland.

Web site: www.nkcsd.k12.mo.us

Excelsior Springs

The basics: Serves areas of Clay and Ray counties, including Excelsior Springs, Mosby, Wood Heights, Prathersville and nearby communities; 3,081 students (2006-07); $23.8 million operating budget (2006-07); Jim Horton, superintendent.

Points of pride: New facilities include Performing Arts Center, Tiger Stadium and Career Center; new District Achievement Plan; the district is working towards a commitment to Professional Learning Communities for the 07-08 school year and has converted to PowerSchool (student information) and Pinnacle Grade Book software.

Web site: http://tigernet.estigers.k12.mo.us


The basics: Serves the Kearney and Holt communities and some residences from nearby towns, including Liberty, Lathrop, Smithville and Trimble; 3,549 students (2006-07); $22.8 million operating budget (2006-07); Chris Belcher, superintendent.

Points of pride: Accredited with “Distinction in Performance” four years running; high student achievement; 2005 Missouri softball champions; adopted new middle school and junior high philosophy in light of building renovations.

Web site: www.kearney.k12.mo.us


The basics: Serves parts of Clay County, plus some of Clinton County as well as its headquarters county, Ray; 1,338 students (2006-07); $8.2 million operating budget (2006-07); Craig Barker, superintendent.

Points of pride: Outstanding facilities; entire district on one computer network; all classrooms have computers.

Web site: schoolweb.missouri.edu/lawson.k12.mo.us


The basics: Serves Liberty, northern Kansas City and parts of unincorporated Clay County; 9,120 students (2006-07); $75.8 million operating budget (2006-07); Scott Taveau, superintendent.

Points of pride: School board selected as the 2006 Outstanding Missouri Board of Education by the Missouri School Boards Association; Education Leadership Team Program of Excellence Award; accredited with “Distinction in Performance” and perfect scores on Annual Performance Review six years in a row; MAP scores the highest in the Kansas City region; sixth-grade math MAP scores the highest in Missouri for districts of similar size; Liberty High School posted its highest average ACT score of 23; named a Financial Outperformer by Standard & Poor’s; received $1 million in grants to expand opportunities in math, science and engineering.

Web site: www.liberty.k12.mo.us

Missouri City06

The basics: North of the Missouri River, serving an area east of Liberty, south of Excelsior Springs and west of Orrick; 35 students (2006-07); $605,057 operating budget (2006-07); Jay Jackson, superintendent.

Points of pride: The Blue Train program, which assesses students on objectives not addressed on the MAP test through creating and giving PowerPoint presentations.

Web site: www.mocity.k12.mo.us


The basics: Serves primarily northwestern Clay County, with a small part of eastern Platte and southern Clinton counties; 2,203 students (2006-07); $12.9 million operating budget (2006-07);Rob Leachman, superintendent.

Points of pride: Continued strong student performance, as evidenced by the Annual Performance Report; reigning Missouri Teacher of the Year, Darryl Johnson, teaches at Smithville High School; annual enrollment growth of between 6 and 7 percent; ACT composite score of 22.7 percent was highest ever; passed largest bond issue in history of district with 81 percent approval.

Web site: www.smithville.k12.mo.us


Blue Springs06

The basics: Serves Blue Springs and Lake Tapawingo and parts of Lee’s Summit, Independence and Grain Valley in eastern Jackson County; 13,504 students (2006-07); $100.5 million operating budget (2006-07); Paul Kinder, superintendent.

Points of pride: The Blue Springs School District is one of only eight districts in the state to receive a perfect score on the Annual Performance Report for six consecutive years from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).In addition the district has five consecutive Distinction in Performance Awards from DESE dating from 2000 forward. Both of these honors are based on outstanding student achievement, high student attendance and superior programs. As enrollment continues to climb, class sizes continue to improve and assist students in gaining the most value from their educational opportunities. The district also has a highly-qualified staff of professionals in the classroom inspiring students to reach their potential. Over 70 percent of the district’s more than 1,000 teachers hold a master’s degree or higher and many staff hold leadership positions in local, regional, state and national organizations. Last fall the district was named the “Best Place to Work” by the Kansas City Business Journal in the large business category and our Board of Education was named the “Outstanding Board of Education of the Year” by the Missouri School Boards Association. The district continues to strive to meet not only the needs of students today but to project the needs of future students. The community support shown by patrons of the Blue Springs School District is second-to-none as the district has passed 23 consecutive bond issues with the most recent occurring in February 2005. The district has an outstanding relationship with the greater community by partnering with more than 170 businesses and organizations as part of the district’s Adopt-a-School program. Students and staff have the opportunity to interact with and thank the great number of contributors who so graciously support Blue Springs Schools each year.

Web site: www.bluesprings-schools.net


The basics: Serves south Kansas City; 2,349 students (2006-07); $25.5 million operating budget (2006-07); Robert Bartman, superintendent.

Points of pride: Leader in technology instruction; Everyday Math curriculum; Missouri Reading Initiative; gifted programs K-12; pre-kindergarten programs.

Web site: www.center.k12.mo.us

Fort Osage06

The basics: Serves parts of eastern Jackson County, including northeast Independence, the towns of Buckner, Levasy, Sibley, Atherton and parts of Sugar Creek as well as unincorporated areas; 4,861 students (2006-07); $38.4 million operating budget (2006-07); Larry Ewing, superintendent.

Points of pride: District patrons passed a $17 million bond issue in April 2006, to address projects identified in phase 1 of the district’s long-range facilities master plan called Vision 2020. A new elementary school, Indian Trails, will be constructed to serve kindergartners through fourth graders and will house the district’s Parents as Teachers program. Roof replacements will occur at Elm Grove Elementary, Cler-Mont Elementary and Fort Osage High School. Safety and security will be enhanced at all school facilities. Electrical upgrades will occur at the Career and Technology Center. Interior renovations will occur at all the existing elementary schools. Land was purchased for current and future building projects. The girls’ softball field was extensively renovated. In terms of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) the school district, with exception of the IEP subgroup at Fire Prairie Middle School in the area of mathematics, earned a MET status for all accountable subgroups in both mathematics and communication arts in all buildings. The school district earned a met in 13 of the 14 categories delineated within the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP). The school district continues its pledge to the patrons of attracting and retaining quality staff by featuring some of the best salary schedules in the metropolitan area.

Web site: www.fortosage.k12.mo.us

Grain Valley

The basics: Situated in eastern Jackson County, 25 miles east of Kansas City, covering 40 square miles; 2,821 students (2006-07); $15.5 million operating budget (2006-07); Chris Small, superintendent.

Points of pride: Small class sizes; solid academic achievement; strong focus on individual student success; leaders in character education.

Web site: www.grainvalley.k12.mo.us


The basics: Serves parts of south Kansas City, including the Martin City area, and Grandview; 4,099 students (2006-07); $39.5 million operating budget (2006-07); Ralph Teran, superintendent.

Points of pride: Community support, including three bond issues since 1997 to modernize media centers, build new labs and classrooms and update technology; model programs from professional development and character education.

Web site: www.csd4.k12.mo.us

Hickman Mills

The basics: Serves southern Jackson County; 6,949 students (2006-07); $65.8 million operating budget (2006-07); Marjorie Williams, superintendent.

Points of pride: Improvements in all 14 district buildings to be completed in 2005, including new labs and media centers in secondary schools; gifted programs; A-plus programs active or soon to be in place in district high schools.

Web site: www.hickmanmills.org


The basics: Serves portions of Independence; 10,625 students (2006-07); $93.2 million operating budget (2006-07); Jim Hinson, superintendent.

Points of pride: Nationally recognized early childhood education program; accredited with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Distinction in Performance; two Missouri Gold Star elementary schools; state Civic Star award winner for the Child Welfare Initiative; and formed a partnership with Dr. David Katz to implement an elementary wellness program.

Web site: www.indep.k12.mo.us

Kansas City06

The basics: Serves Kansas City from the Missouri River south to between 77th and 85th streets, plus western parts of Independence; 25,766 students (2006-07); $355.3 million operating budget (2006-07); Anthony Amato, superintendent.

Points of pride: Delivering quality education and thriving on diversity; offering various magnet programs; implementing Success For All reading programs and the Achievement First high school reform.

Web site: www.kcmsd.net

Lee’s Summit06

The basics: Serves Lee’s Summit, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana, Lake Winnebago and parts of unincorporated Jackson County; 16,658 students (2006-07); $127.7 million operating budget (2006-07); David McGehee, superintendent.

Points of pride: Winner of Missouri’s Distinction in Performance Award; home of Summit Technology Academy, which prepares students for high-tech careers.

Web site: www.leesummit.k12.mo.us

Lone Jack

The basics: Serves Lone Jack and unincorporated areas of eastern Jackson County and western Johnson County; 550 students (2006-07); $3.6 million operating budget (2006-07); Ronald B. Davies, superintendent.

Points of pride: Accredited with Distinction in Performance; above average state assessment scores; attendance rates of 96-97 percent most years.

Web site: www.lonejackc6.net

Oak Grove

The basics: Serves the Oak Grove community and surrounding areas, including parts of Jackson, Lafayette and Johnson counties; 2,105 students (2006-07); $12.3 million operating budget (2006-07); James Haley, superintendent.

Points of pride: Met adequate yearly progress at every building to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind legislation.

Web site: www.oakgrove.k12.mo.us


The basics: Serves Raytown and parts of Kansas City and Independence; 8,742 students (2006-07); $68.9 million operating budget (2006-07); Dale Houck, superintendent.

Points of pride: Recently passed a $30 million bond issue for construction and school openings with 76 percent voter approval; began a Raytown Schools Hall of Fame two years ago to honor outstanding graduates; showed significant growth in AYP in all sub-groups for 2005-2006.

Web site: www.raytown.k12.mo.us



North Platte06

The basics: Serves students in 113-square-mile area in northern Platte and southern Buchanan counties; 708 students (2006-07); $5.9 million operating budget (2006-07); Francis Moran, superintendent.

Points of pride: Governor’s choice award; accredited with “Distinction in Performance” in the second assessment cycle; received “Distinction in Performance” rating five consecutive years during the third assessment cycle; one of only five Missouri school districts to receive both accreditation honors.

Web site: www.nplatte.k12.mo.us

Park Hill

The basics: Serves southern Platte County, including parts of Kansas City, plus Parkville, Weatherby Lake, Houston Lake, Northmoor, Platte Woods, Riverside and Lake Waukomis; 9,765 students (2006-07); $78.5 million operating budget (2006-07); Dennis Fisher, superintendent.

Points of pride: Consistently earns state Award of Distinction for High Performance because of perfect scores on the state’s annual performance review; designated a Gold Medal District by Expansion Management Magazine.

Web site: www.parkhill.k12.mo.us

Platte County

The basics: Serves neighborhoods near Platte City, Kansas City International Airport and the Tiffany Springs and Metro North shopping center areas; 2,845 students (2006-07); $19 million operating budget (2006-07); Mark Harpst, superintendent.

Points of pride: Barry School and Platte City Middle School among “Highest Performing Schools” in math and communication arts on the MAP test; A+ program participant; no operating levy increase since 1984; 60 percent of certified staff hold advanced degrees; nine athletic state championships in six years and state-recognized music programs.

Web site: www.pcr3pirates.org

West Platte

The basics: Serves western and northern Platte county, including Weston, Farley, Iatan and nearby areas; 655 students (2006-07); $5 million operating budget (2006-07); Kyle Stephenson, superintendent.

Points of pride: Perfect score on Annual Performance Report and accredited with “Distinction in Performance”; met No Child Left Behind standards; received $600,000 from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for math and science initiatives; received $300,000 for Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, a program for school improvement and teacher development through learning expeditions.

Web site: schoolweb.missouri.edu/wprii.k12.mo.us