Hundreds of people helped the District celebrate with dedication ceremonies on Aug. 17 at Shull Early Learning Center and Ray-Pec High School.
The evening began at the Shull building, where attendees learned more about the District's expansion of early childhood programs. Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees introduced special guests, including School Board members, donors, and retired Superintendent Don Shull, the school's namesake. Following Dr. Monsees' comments, guests were invited to tour the school. The featured highlight was the expanded playground, made possible in part by donations from the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation and the Peculiar Charitable Foundation.
A dedication ceremony at Ray-Pec High School included current and past school board members, District and high school administrators, architecture and design professionals, and contractors. With a major addition and extensive renovation, the school looks and feels new throughout the building. Dr. Monsees said that approximately 130,000 square feet has been added to the school, which will now serve all students in grades 9-12. The public was invited to tour the school.
Highlights include many changes that provide more learning opportunities for students:
Patrick Smith, architect with incite Design Studio, presents an update on the high school construction project to the School Board on April 27. Also pictured from Crossland Construction: Project Manager Cory Howell, Field Superintendent Nick Kelley, and Field Superintendent Tim Carson. View the Presentation
Groundbreaking ceremony at Ray-Pec High School
A May 24,2016, groundbreaking ceremony marked the official kick-off to a major construction and renovation project at Raymore-Peculiar High School. Participants in the ceremony included representatives from the School Board, District and high school administration, bond issue campaign leadership, incite Design Studio architects, J.A. Lillig Excavating, Henderson Engineers, Kaw Valley Engineering, and the cities of Peculiar and Raymore. Henderson Engineers, Inc. is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and audio-visual services for the project. Kaw Valley engineering is a civil engineering firm.
The project includes new construction of about 100,000 feet, including a two-story addition at the north of the current building. The plan includes a dedicated area for freshman core classes, a new library media center, additional space for fine arts and performing arts classes, and relocation of some classrooms and offices. The preliminary design also shows changes to traffic flow around the high school to create separate areas for bus, parent pick-up, and student traffic.
The plans also include construction of a storm-resistant concrete dome structure on the east side of the building. The dome would include an auxiliary gym, restrooms, and locker rooms and will also serve as a shelter in the event of severe weather. In addition to the exterior construction, there will be interior renovation to some areas of the school.
Once complete, the District will be able to accommodate all students in grades 9-12 in one school.
In front row, holding shovels, from left: Melinda Houdyshell, bond issue campaign leader; School Board Member Ruth Johnson; Kristi Lillig, president of J.A. Lillig Excavating; School Board Member Susan Edmonsond; Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees; School Board Member Barbara Boucher; School Board Member Ryan Wescoat; School Board President Kim York; Peculiar Mayor Holly Stark; Ray-Pec High School Principal Steven Miller; and Aaron Harte, architect with incite Design Studio.
Others pictured, from left: Raymore City Manager Jim Feuerborn; Raymore Police Chief Jan Zimmerman; Ray-Pec High School Assistant Principal Jerry Edson; Ray-Pec High School Assistant Principal Mark Cook; Ray-Pec Activities/Athletic Director Tom Kruse; Ray-Pec High School Assistant Principal Jeanne Kuhlman; Ray-Pec High School Associate Principal Kristina Martin; Matt Jaspersen, project manager with J.A. Lillig Excavating; Jay Harris, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services; Patrick Smith, architectural staff with incite Design Studio; Josh Canard, architect with incite Design Studio; Leslie Robinson, architectural staff with incite Design Studio; and Julia Bauer, project architect with incite Design Studio.
The design team. From left to right: Josh Canard, architect, incite Design Studio; Leslie Robinson, architectural staff, incite Design Studio; Patrick Smith, architectural staff, incite Design Studio; Carl Holden, vice president, Henderson Engineers; Aaron Harte, architect with incite Design Studio; David Wood, civil engineer, Kaw Valley Engineers; and Julia Bauer, project architect with incite Design Studio.
In April, the School Board approved bids for site development work. This includes grading, pad preparation for the building additions, relocation and installation of site utilities, and construction of the west and north parking lots.
In addition to the exterior site work, the District is preparing for renovation to take place inside the building. Because the addition includes a new, larger library media center, the existing library (pictured heree) will be converted into classrooms. During the 2016-2017 school year, students in grades 9-12 will be able to access books and resources in the library media center in the north high school building.
Thank you, Ray-Pec voters, for approving the $27 million bond issue! Unofficial election results show that the question passed with 79.85 percent approval. Cass County election results showed 3,745 "yes" votes and 945 "no" votes.
Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees thanked staff and community members for support of the bond issue. "We look forward to implementing the facility projects outlined in our Long Range Facility Plan," he said. "The next year or so will be challenging as we tackle the construction projects and the necessary transition activities in preparation for the fall of 2017. I am confident that collectively we will make this transition a positive experience for our students moving forward."
The District is prepared to immediately proceed with projects to be funded through the bond issue. Last fall, a team began meeting to create a building addition and renovation plan for the south high school. The goal was to have a design ready to implement as soon as possible, pending voter approval of the no-tax-rate-increase bond issue on the April 5 ballot.
This project is the necessary first step among the projects outlined in the Long Range Facility Plan and provides the quickest possible solution to the current two-building high school.
RPHS floor plan - Areas of impact
RPHS floor plan - Department areas
RPHS with planned addition at north
RPHS exterior view
The preliminary design shows changes to traffic flow around the high school to create separate areas for bus, parent pick-up, and student traffic. The preliminary building plan includes new construction of about 100,000 square feet, including a two-story addition at the north of the current building and an auxiliary gym. The plan, which is still under development, would nearly double the number of instructional spaces in the building. It includes a dedicated area for freshman core classes, a new library media center, additional space for fine arts classes, and relocation of some classrooms and offices.
For the past eight weeks, a team has been meeting to create a building addition and renovation plan for the south high school. The goal is to have a design ready to implement as soon as possible, pending voter approval of the no-tax-rate-increase bond issue on the April 5 ballot. This project is the necessary first step among the projects outlined in the Long Range Facility Plan and provides the quickest possible solution to the current two-building high school.
Once a consensus is established on the general floor plan, more meetings will be scheduled to refine details within the various spaces, and a full set of schematic designs will be developed with greater detail. Final cost estimates and phasing schedules will also be developed to ensure the project meets budget and timeline requirements.
Watch video: Jan. 14, 2016, work session
The Board on Dec. 17, 2015, unanimously approved placing the bond issue on the ballot. The general obligation bond issue is necessary to fund the improvements outlined in the District’s Long Range Facility Plan. In introducing the measure, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees emphasized that the bond issue will not require an increase in the tax levy.
In addition to the high school expansion, other elements of the plan include: