Lee’s Summit schools Superintendent David McGehee to resign

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A group of citizens called Thursday for the resignations of Lee's Summit school officials.
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A group of citizens called Thursday for the resignations of Lee's Summit school officials.

The Lee’s Summit school board announced Monday that it has reached an agreement for the resignation of David McGehee as superintendent, effective at the end of the month.

The board voted unanimously to approve the agreement, which calls for the district to pay $450,000 to McGehee in two payments over the next year.

McGehee, the state’s highest-paid public school superintendent, had been put on administrative leave on May 19 while district officials “negotiated a leadership transition.”

McGehee had signed a new contract with the Lee’s Summit School District on May 3. Under the contract, McGehee would have been paid more than $1.1 million over the next three years.

The school board has been roiled in recent months by a public feud between McGehee and board member Bill Baird, who had accused McGehee and the board leadership of improperly handling contracts.

After the board approved a new three-year contract and raise for McGehee, a citizen group called for the resignations of McGehee and school board president Teri Harmon.

Harmon stepped down as president on May 19 but remained on the board. Bob White replaced Harmon as president.

Baird declined to comment on McGehee’s resignation.

White said the board is relieved to end the months-long saga.

“We feel that it’s important for the district to be able to move forward, and this was the first step in that process,” White said.

White added the board has been so focused on resolving the issue with McGehee that they haven’t had time to discuss a search for McGehee’s replacement.

“It was premature to even have those discussions during this whole process, so we really haven’t talked as a board about how we are going to proceed,” White said. “I suspect we are going to have those conversations very soon.”

White said the board will seek input from various stakeholders in the district to make the choice.

“I think it’s safe to say that we are going to seek all of the input that we can get from a variety of sources,” he said. “It’s going to be somebody that fits the needs of the school district and the community.”

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter