Your Monday NewsLink for the week of November 16, 2020. The Lee's Summit R-7 School District breaks ground for its fourth middle school;  the loss if a business icon and community champion; the City of Lee's Summit is looking for your input on its comprehensive plan update; and one local student shows how perseverance really does pay off.

NICK: Hello and welcome to Lee’s Summit Town Hall and your Monday News Link presented by Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit and The Historic Browning Guest House. I am Nick Parker and with me is the Historic Browning’s Liesl Hays.

LIESL: Each week, we'll take a few minutes to give you the news, happenings, and events around Lee's Summit.

NICK: The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Nov. 12 signaling the start of construction for a fourth middle school. The new facility is part of a $224 million bond issue passed by voters in June. The district has partnered with DLR Group and McCownGordon Construction for the development.

LIESL: In an effort to acquire more public input on its Comprehensive Plan update, the City of Lee’s Summit is hosting virtual community workshops this week. The virtual events will run from 6-8 p.m. today through Thursday. The workshops are divided by the four City Council districts with District 1 today, District 2 on Tuesday, District 3 on Wednesday and District 4 on Thursday. See for more details.

NICK:The Lee’s Summit community has lost a long-time resident, business owner and community supporter. News of Don Kahan’s passing broke last week. By his request, there has been no formal obituary or memorial service. Visit for some remembrances and a look back at his contributions to Lee’s Summit.

LIESL: Sometimes perseverance really does pay off. 2019 St. Michael Academy graduate, Alexi Wynne was recently accepted to the United States Air Force Academy. Wynne’s application was rejected after graduation, but her persistence paid off as she was granted a reapplication, and eventually, received acceptance to begin classes this fall. More on this story is available on our web site.

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Lee's Summit Town hall is a podcast conversation, produced by Link 2 Lee's Summit, highlighting local issues and people in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Host Nick Parker and guests discuss pertinent issues and topics concerning local residents and introduce listeners to some of the people who help make Lee's Summit a vibrant community. New episodes available every Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

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