NICK PARKER: Hello and welcome to Lee’s Summit Town Hall and your Monday News Link presented by Budget Blinds of Lee’s Summit and Shredd KC. I am Nick Parker and once again I am joined by The Historic Browning’s Liesl Hays.

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

NICK PARKER: The nation-wide conversation on race, diversity and equality has been heard right here in Lee’s Summit. The City Hall Plaza in downtown Lee’s Summit, as well as some City parks have been home to protests and rallies during the past two weeks. All have been peaceful.

LIESL HAYS: The topic has also made its way to the school district as current and former students of the LSR7 school district have taken to social media to voice stories of discrimination under the hashtag OurStruggleLSR7. The district posted a response on Twitter Friday evening, acknowledging the statements and pledging its continued commitment to the Equity Plan. You can follow the #OurStruggleLSR7 conversation on Twitter.

NICK PARKER: Voters finally hit the polls last week for the delayed Municipal Election. In the race for three seats on the LSR7 Board of Education, voters selected Megan Marshall, Kathy Campbell and Kim Fritchie. Marshall led all candidates in total votes and will become the district’s first African-American Board member. Voters also approved a $224 bond issue for the district which will include construction of a new middle school, as well as other safety & security and modernizations construction projects throughout the district.

LIESL HAYS: On the City side of the election, Hillary Shields was elected to serve as a District 1 City Council member. In District 2, Andrew Felker will also serve as a first-term Council member. Incumbents Phyllis Edson and Fred DeMoro were elected to second terms in Districts 3 and 4. Voters also approved a 2.25 percent Use Tax for the City of Lee’s Summit.

NICK PARKER: Coming soon to Link 2 Lee’s Summit! We’ll be launching a new, robust web site in the coming weeks and we’re excited to show it off. The site is designed to make for a great user experience, as well as help us best serve our business partners throughout the community.

LIESL HAYS: Have an event, tip, or question, contact us on Facebook & Instagram at Link 2 Lee’s Summit, on Twitter @lstownhall or through email nick@link2leessummit.com.

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