Lee's Summit Journal

Big tuition cut for before- and after school program at R-7

Cara Cha
Cara Cha

R-7 reduces rates for child care

Families won’t have to pay as much next year to enroll their children in the Lee’s Summit School District’s before- and after-school program.

Tuition is being cut 18 percent for children in full-time care before and after school. Those using the program only in the morning or afternoon will see a reduction of 34 percent.

“The rate decrease was the result of a parent survey, as well as ongoing work to make tuition adjustments designed to provide affordable, quality child care to more families,” said district spokeswoman Janice Phelan.

Known as BASS (Before- and After-School Services), the program offers Kids Country at all elementary schools, 3LYNX for middle-school students and KC Cubbies for preschool students as well as SummitRise, a free service for elementary students on late-start Wednesdays.

Tuition for 2018 summer programming, which has an enrollment deadline of April 23, also has been reduced.

The monthly outlay starting next fall will vary according to the number of days that children are enrolled in BASS. Tuition will range from $239 in December to $387 in April.

Other changes:

▪ Families that do not use BASS on non-school days will not be charged for child care on these days. The rates for non-school days have decreased to $25 a day.

▪ The spring break tuition fee has been reduced.

▪ BASS will no longer offer a part-time tuition rate for families needing care just a few days a week.

The cost for full-time care next year will be $44 more per month than the current part-time rate.

With the changes, BASS will continue to be self-supporting. Capacity should not be an issue as more families enroll, Phelan said, because the programs use space such as multipurpose rooms in the individual schools.

R-7 district names administrators

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education last week approved the hiring of several new administrators for the upcoming academic year. They will begin their new jobs on July 1.

Those approved by the board on April 12:

▪ Deborah Delsemme will become assistant superintendent of human resources, replacing Jeff Miller who is retiring. She has been the executive director of human resources for the North Kansas City School District since 2015 and previously was director of human resources. She also has worked in North Kansas City as a high-school assistant principal, library media specialist and International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge instructor. Delsemme, who holds a doctorate in educational leadership from St. Louis University, also has worked in Liberty and at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

▪ Dawn Smith has been named assistant superintendent of equity and student services, a new position for Lee’s Summit. She’s now associate superintendent of student services for the Hickman Mills School District. She previously served as principal at Ruskin High School and the Hickman Mills Freshman Center. She also has held positions in Georgia. Smith earned an education specialist degree in administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.

▪ Wesley Metz is moving from the St. Joseph School District to become chief financial officer in Lee’s Summit. He replaces Kendra Hutsell who is retiring this summer as R-7 director of accounting. Metz’s current job is director of finance and Board of Education treasurer. He previously held the same jobs in the the Schuyler School District in Queen City, Mo., and worked in the private sector. He earned a master’s in business administration from William Woods University.

▪ Jerrod Fellhauer has been named principal at Underwood Elementary, replacing Anna McGraw who has resigned the position. For the last seven years, he has been principal at Creekmoor Elementary School in the Raymore-Peculiar School District. Fellhauer previously worked as an elementary principal and assistant principal in the Warrensburg district and serves as an adjunct professor at William Woods University, where he earned a master’s degree in K-8 education administration, a specialist degree in superintendency and a doctorate of education.

▪ Jennifer Kevern, assistant principal at Trailridge Elementary School since 2015, is taking over as principal there. She replaces Jeff Scalfaro, who earlier was named principal of Bernard Campbell Middle School. She taught in the R-7 district from 1997 to 2015 and served on the Destination 2021 strategic planning team. She also was part of the Emergency Operations Team and participated in the district’s Leadership Academy. She will earn her education specialist degree from the University of Central Missouri this summer.

A Sherlock story at SCA

The Summit Christian Academy Theatre Department will present “Sherlock Holmes and the First Baker Street Irregular,” a new take on the detective stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Baker Street Irregulars appeared in some of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and the play gives an account of how Sherlock’s group of intelligence-gathering urchins came to exist.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. April 19-21 on the Summit Christian Academy stage, 1450 S.W. Jefferson St. in Lee’s Summit.

Tickets are $8 if purchased in advance and $9 at the door. They can be purchased online at www.showtix4u.com (search “Summit Christian Academy”) or by calling 816-525-1480.

Two R-7 students receive citizenship awards

Lee’s Summit students Maggie O’Connor and Cara Cha are among seven high school students to receive the Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship Award from the state of Missouri.

O’Connor is a student at Lee’s Summit West High School. As part of the nomination process, she wrote about an individual who exemplified exceptional civic engagement and duty. Her award-winning essay featured Matt Good, Lee’s Summit West debate and forensics teacher.

Cha, from Lee’s Summit High School, wrote about Paul Chapa, the founder of the Friends in Service of Heroes program, otherwise known as FISH. Her writing highlighted the accomplishments of the organization, which assists veterans, and the quality citizenship exhibited by the individual.

Regional honor for assistant principal

Tressa Wright, assistant principal at Bernard Campbell Middle School, has received the Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association’s Dr. Dan Kahler Assistant Principal of the Year Award.

As the metro-area winner, she will compete against other regional winners for the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals Association Assistant Principal of the Year Award.

In nomination forms, Wright was praised for her ability to connect with students, provide support for colleagues and involve parents and community members in the school.

Wright was praised for demonstrating creativity and imagination in bringing about positive change.