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the entrance of Bernard Campbell Middle School

Welcome to Bernard Campbell Middle School.

At BCMS, our mission is to achieve excellence in academics and character.

1201 NE Colbern Road          Lee's Summit, MO 64086


Attendance Phone:


Office Hours:
7:45 AM - 3:45 PM

School Hours:
8:20 AM - 3:15 PM

Early Release:
8:20 AM - 12:45 PM

Late Start Friday:
9:20 AM - 3:15 PM


Mr. Jeff Scalfaro

Assistant Principal/AD: 
Dr. Brett Jacobs

Assistant Principal: 
Nicholas Bergmeier

Assistant Principal: 
Ms. Cassie Fogel



School Colors:
Red and Black

Our History

portrait of Dr. Campbell


Bernard C. Campbell Middle School honors a founding father of the R7 School District. Dr. Campbell began with the Lee’s Summit City School District in 1941, teaching social studies to high school students who soon would be caught up in World War II and its monumental social and geopolitical changes.

black and white photo of hands typing on type writer


The district was small then, encompassing only those students who were within the city’s boundary. Dr. Campbell also drove a school bus in those early years. For two years, he served as high school principal and acting superintendent, and in July 1943, he became the superintendent of the district.

LSR7 boundary map


By 1949, postwar America was changing, growing and expanding. It was no different in Lee’s Summit. The city’s school district, Greenwood School District and 16 rural districts unified into Reorganized School District No. 7.

glasses on pieces of paper


During the first year, the new district closed Greenwood High School and seven one-room rural school houses. This marked the beginning of a phenomenal four decades of growth.

a planner


In the first 30 years, district voters passed all 14 proposed bond issues, which require at least a two thirds majority for approval. In 1949, enrollment in the district was 1,000. When Dr. Campbell retired in 1980, 8,000 students attended Lee’s Summit schools.

school supplies


After his retirement in 1980, Dr. Campbell remained active in the school district and community. This Middle School, named in honor of him, was financed by a 1989 bond issue that he supported. The same bond issue also funded construction of Underwood Elementary School to the west of Campbell Middle School. Underwood School is named after Dr. William Joseph Underwood, retired R7 assistant superintendent with whom Dr. Campbell worked for 26 years.

hands molding clay


In 1989, the District named the Middle School in honor of Dr. Campbell to recognize his enormous contributions to the community, which continued long after his retirement. He remained active in the school district and the community until his death in 2006.

whiteboard with math equations


Bernard C. Campbell Middle School opened its doors in August of 1992.