Lee's Summit R-7 School District
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In My Words: Christa Battaglia (Our Schools Magazine: June 2021)

Ms. Christa Battaglia, Purchasing & Distribution Services Coordinator, has worked in LSR7 for eight years.

I really feel like I found my forever job. The atmosphere, the people I work with, our mission, supporting students and helping them be successful. We’re pretty far removed from the front of working with students, but we never lose sight of the fact we are here supporting them in a way.

We get our hands on a lot of things through the purchasing office. We have inventory that we keep here for the district, and we are tasked with sourcing those items and stocking them.

Our distribution center is responsible for maintaining $2.5 million worth of our entire inventory, everything from crayons to pizza.

We are good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Everyone in our district pays taxes, and we take that very seriously. We like to get the best value for the dollars we spend, and we feel that is a very important role to play in saving time and money and providing good service to those who are supporting our students directly.

Prior to COVID-19, we stocked a limited number of health supplies. We had to try to hit the ground running, and we worked with our risk manager, lead nurse and the leadership team on what it was going to take to safely get students and staff back in the buildings.

That was mission-critical for us: get health supplies in the door, no matter how and be creative about it.

I am very excited about the no tax rate increase bond issue. We are responsible in our department for taking out all of the surplus furniture and fixtures and equipment and repurposing it somewhere else in the district if we can.

I’ve been working on standardizing some of our classroom furniture. When we’re ready to do Lee’s Summit High School and the new middle school, we’ll have a list of standardized chairs, desks and so forth.

No two students learn alike, and their furniture and comfort play a big part in that. We’ve brought in representatives from the district to ask, “What do you think would be the most important thing for your students to have in your classroom?” We’ve also sought out feedback from students.

Distribution services also gets involved in community events by providing labor, tables, chairs and staging, and we do that through Oktoberfest, Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, PTA events, candle lighting, testing at our schools and we move mats back and forth for wrestling tournaments. There’s a lot other than just delivering inventory