Lee’s Summit, Missouri is the sixth largest city in the Kansas City Metro area with a population of 91,364. It was ranked 27th in the 2010 Money magazine 100 Best Cities to Live in the United States. Three public school districts serve the children of the city, Lee’s Summit School District, Blue Springs School District and Raymore Peculiar School District. The Lee’s Summit school district receive the state’s highest recognition for academic achievement, Missouri’s Distinction in Performance Award. During fall 2011, the the Lee’s Summit School District was recognized for being among a handful of districts in the state to earn a perfect score on criteria for the Distinction In Performance Award each year for the last 11 years. The Lee’s Summit School District was among 16 percent of the nation's school districts receiving the SchoolMatch "What Parents Want" national award in spring 2012. Longview Community College, Summit Technology Center, a branch of the University of Central Missouri and a branch of Baker University all provide opportunities for higher education in Lee’s Summit.
I live in Lee's Summit and today was our annual Tour de Lakes cycling organized ride which covers five lakes, Longview, Raintree, Lakewood, Blue Springs and Jacomo, and passes through the cities of Kansas City, Lee's Summit, Greenwood and Blue Springs. What makes this ride so popular rain or shine which we experienced both today; everyone comes together as one. No matter your level of skill-set for cycling, or the type of bike you ride, it doesn’t matter. It’s about getting out, being active and having fun during the event.I often speak with people before, during and after the event. Today, I met a young man new to cycling. He stated this is his second year and went on to say last year he didn’t finish the 59-mile route but this year he did! He was very proud and I congratulated and encouraged him to keep it up and stay consistent. Tour de Lake just doesn’t bring out the Kansas area metroplex, but I met people from Denver and Detroit which goes to show that the City of Lee’s Summit as well as the Parks and Recreation Department puts their best foot forward. Great work Lee's Summit!