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.
With growth there will always be growing pains. The City of Lee’s Summit is finding this transition to hold true as many residents of this city are seeing big box developments take place in many parts of the city. Unfortunately to some residents it’s going to be a tough growing pain for those who are used to the quietness and manicured lawns. But I can unequivocally and emphatically proclaim, that neighborhoods continue to remain pristine and thrive more than ever before which is an enormous attraction for newcomers. As a local resident myself, I’ve seen lots of changes since moving here just over two years ago and I can say that although Lee’s Summit is surpassing 90,000 in population, this has lured a large number in diversity that adds flavor to the city and also a well-rounded quality of life fulfillment.So, to my City of Lee’s Summit, I say embrace change and lets be risk takers! It will only make our city and our communities shine that much brighter.