Lee's Summit R-7 School District

LSR7 Board of Education Special Session – Educational Equity Consultants Approval

At their Special Session on Wednesday, June 19, the Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education voted to approve a one year contract with three possible renewal years with Educational Equity Consultants.The below items highlight the timeline of the equity consultant engagement process:

  • The District issued an RFP (Request for Proposal) on March 22, 2019. The RFP was posted on Public Purchase (e-procurement system) and the district’s purchasing website. It was also advertised for two consecutive weeks in the Lee’s Summit Journal, per state statute and Board policy.
  • Four proposals were received; however, one was deemed non-responsive and was not scored. On April 16, 2019, a committee of 11 members consisting of district teachers, principals, counselors and administrators met to review and score the proposals. Based on the scoring of the committee members, two firms were brought in for interviews.
  • Interviews were conducted on April 29 and May 1, 2019, by the committee and a recommendation was established.

In mid-June, the Board of Education, Superintendent and leadership team completed a two-day institute during which they collaborated on several topics. This two-day work session on June 14th and 17th encompassed more information regarding Educational Equity Consultants and collaboration with the Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) on effective governance teams. The dialogue and opportunity for active listening was productive for the team.

During the two-day institute, the conversation involving the Educational Equity Consultants professional development proposal provided the opportunity to learn more about specific details of the plan. The Board of Education visited with staff members who were part of the Educational Equity Consultants RFP evaluation team, and they also continued to examine the scope and sequence of equity professional development and work. Thus, the Special Session was called to reconsider the Educational Equity Consultants contract.

With the approved vote, LSR7 will begin our work late this summer with the Board of Education and leadership team embarking upon a two-day initial training session prior to the roll-out of the professional development components for our teachers and staff.

“Developing a professional learning partnership with a national thought leader in the area of educational equity was the key initial step in our overall equity plan. Now that this has been accomplished, I look forward to learning alongside our Board, faculty and staff to develop a more equitable lens in our efforts to support greater access and opportunity for all our LSR7 students,” Superintendent Dr. Dennis Carpenter said.

For more information about the RFP process and the Educational Equity Consultants recommendation, please see our presentation from the May 2019 Board of Education meeting. Further details about the contract and vote can be found on our BoardDocs webpage. Also, timelines and resources in our equity journey are provided on our equity webpage for further context.