2015-2016 Board Meetings

Review of June 23, 2016, Board meeting


The Board on June 23 approved a bid from Crossland Construction Co. for the additions and renovation at Ray-Pec High School. The contract price of $23.1 million includes the building construction package -- a site development package bid was awarded in April. Crossland Construction, based in Columbus, Kan., and with offices in the Kansas City metro area, was the low bidder of four companies that submitted bids. The project includes new construction of about 110,000 square feet, including a two-story addition at the north of the current building. There will also be interior renovation to some areas of the school.

Fiscal responsibility has allowed the District to achieve at very high levels, while spending near the lowest per pupil among area schools. The Board on June 23 approved a budget for 2016-2017 that supports the second year of implementation of the International Baccalaureate program, introduces the Project Lead the Way program at the middle and high schools in the area of engineering and computer science, expands the availability of technology devices for students, includes more than $25 million in capital improvement projects, including those supported by the 2016 bond issue, and provides salary and benefit enhancements for employees. Read more: 2016-2017 Budget

The Board approved the Math Curriculum, and approved a memorandum of understanding to participate in the Southland CAPS program. CAPS stands for Center for Advanced Professional Studies. The Board also heard reviews about the District’s safety and security program and the District’s extra-curricular activities program. 

Read a recap of the Board meeting: Board Update

Watch the meeting: Video of June 23, 2016, Board meeting

Math Curriculum Review Document
Math Curriculum
Extra-Curricular Activities Report
Safety and Emergency Planning Program Review
Declaration of surplus property
Approved bids - surplus property

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Ella Schnake wins national championship


School Board Vice President Kim Bailey, left, congratulates Ella Schnake on winning the Middle School national championship in Humorous Interpretation and Storytelling. Ella, who will be a freshman this fall, won the awards at the National Speech and Debate Association national tournament. Ella was recognized at the June 23 School Board meeting.

Board honors All-State track students


The Ray-Pec School Board on June 23 recognized students who received All-State honors at the state Track and Field meet. Board Vice President Kim Bailey, at left, congratulates some of the students who were able to attend the meeting. From left: Kiley Deain, Autumn Green, Brady Johnson, Toni Martin, and Adriana Wright.

Not pictured: Micah Beaver, Garionna Pearl, Kami Tabor, and Chris McKinzy.
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Board recognizes All-State theatre students


The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on June 23 recognized students who received All-State honors at the state Forensics, Theatre, and Debate tournament. Board Vice President Kim Bailey, at left, congratulates some of the students who were able to attend the meeting. From left: Noah Ball, Macee Blair, Cameron Perry, Jesse Turos, India Kittrell, and Nate Thurman.
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These students received individual honors at the state Forensics, Theatre, and Debate tournament: Alie Gillespie, Stefania Smith, Cameron Perry, Cami Bessette, and Audrey Warters.

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-Pec won the state championship for its One-Act Play, with additional awards for Alie Gillespie as Best Actress and Macee Blair as Best Supporting Actress. These students were also part of the cast and crew of the One-Act Play: Becca Nyman,Julienne Graebner, Natalie VanHorn, Dominique Williams, Riley Linn, Kelley Shanahan, Song Waltz, Andrea Shaw, Peter Dyreng, Emily Elliot, Sarah Scott, Jonathan Terry, Noah Lampson, Valiante Waltz, Michael Berry, Noah Martin, and Trevor Diepenbrock.

 

Ray-Pec also won the state championship in Readers Theatre, which included these students: Cami Bessette, Stefania Smith, Ian Fleming, Nick Schneider, Logan Daniels, Jasmine Nissanka, Jordan Gregory, Jesse Turos, India Kitrell, Malone Blaich, Hannah Rose, Lacey Duley, Dalton Russell, Max Poisner, Noah Ball, Aaron Fuller, Ryanne Linn, Taylor Felz, Mady Quest, Erin Beauchamp, Cameron Perry, Parker Hauptman, Nate Thurman, and Bryce Harvel.

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Board honored for receiving awards


The Board itself was recognized at the June 23 for receiving the Missouri School Boards' Association Governance Team award and the Outstanding Board of Education award in the area of School Finance Resources. Pictured in back, from left to right: Susan Edmonsond, Vice President Kim Bailey, and Ryan Wescoat. In front: Ruth Johnson, President Kim York, and Barbara Boucher. Not pictured: Maria Davies.

Board retreat focuses on future planning


The Ray-Pec School Board on June 13 met in a daylong retreat to discuss several topics related to planning for the District's future.

With construction under way at the high school, much preparation is needed for the 2017-2018 school year, when grade configurations will change to K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The Board discussed the District's plans to include the community in a process to identify new school boundaries for 2017-2018. The Board also heard how District leaders will engage staff as they identify staffing needs and assignments for 2017-2018.

As part of its continuous improvement process, the District uses a scorecard to track key measures, including items as varied as ACT scores, fund balances, and perception of student safety. Board members and administrators discussed the scorecard, the measures, and results from the recent staff and patron surveys.

The Board discussed a plan to help students to work toward an Associate's Degree while in high school, and information about possible changes to the course weighting and honors designations at the high school. The Board also discussed revisions to the employee leave policy.

The Board reviewed the 2016-2017 budget, which is expected to be presented for formal approval at its June 23 meeting. Other topics during the retreat included an update on grade reporting practices, a review of a technology take-home plan, revisions to teacher and support staff evaluations, No formal action was taken during the retreat.

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the Administrative Services Center, 21005 S. School Rd. The meeting is open to the public.


Board receives two statewide awards


The Raymore-Peculiar School Board received two prestigious state level awards this year from the Missouri School Boards’ Association.

The Ray-Pec Board was one of only 12 boards statewide selected as Outstanding Boards of Education for 2016, and was one of 16 boards to receive the 2016 Governance Award (see below).

The Outstanding Boards of Education awards were presented in six specific categories. Ray-Pec was the only School Board honored in the area of School Finance Resources. This category looks at the District’s budget process, budget alignment with the District’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, resource management, and financial accountability.

In addition, the Ray-Pec Board was one of only five Boards statewide to receive both the Outstanding Board of Education and Governance awards this year. The others were Bayless, Republic R-III, Rolla 31, and Ste. Genevieve R-II. 

The awards were announced at the 2016 MSBA Leadership Summit at the Lake of the Ozarks on June 4. More information: MSBA awards 


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Board receives Governance Award


The Ray-Pec School Board also was among 16 boards statewide to receive the 2016 Governance Team Award. 

This award is based on a Board’s commitment to ongoing professional development in areas such as student achievement, school law and finance, board operations, and issues in education. The award also recognizes commitment to regional and statewide leadership and to participation in legislative advocacy for public schools and the students they serve.

Board recognizes vocal music success


The Board recognized Song Waltz for receiving a "1" rating for her vocal solo at the state music festival. The Board also recognized Nick Schneider, who was unable to attend the meeting. Song is pictured with Board President Kim York.
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The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on May 26 recognized band students for receiving a "1" rating at the state music festival. Some students were unavailable to attend the meeting. Pictured, from left: Matt Crotty, Cassidy Elrod, Katie Hatfield, Brooke Hord, Doug Adolphson (behind), Hannah Marxer, Carter Wilhite, Tammy Yang, Adeline Wright, and Board President Kim York. Also recognized: Jordan Crane, Blake Jungman, Nick Lanza, Cameron Leonard, Will Dickerson, Preston Misemer, Cole Graf, You Xing Yang, and Miles Goodwin.

Review of May 26, 2016, Board meeting


The Board on May 26 The School Board on Thursday night approved the sale of $27 million in bonds to finance projects outlined in the Long Range Facility Plan.  The Board also approved the purchase of resources for English Language Arts and approved bids for desktop computers, Chromebooks, Chromebook cases, and MacBook Air computers. In addition, the Board heard reports about Professional Development and Wellness.

Read a recap of the entire meeting here: Board Update

You can view the Board meeting: Video of May 26, 2016, Board meeting

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Board approves bids for high school site work


In preparation for construction of an addition to the south high school, the Board of Education on April 28, 2016, approved  bids for site development work. 

The Board approved a total bid of $1,523,066 from JA Lillig Excavating for the site package, which includes grading, pad preparation for the building additions, relocation and installation of site utilities, and construction of the west and north parking lots. JA Lillig was the low bidder of four submitted bids.

The site work is expected to begin as soon as possible after the end of the school year. Larger view: Site plan

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The Board on April 28 approved bids for summer capital improvement projects and food products. The Board approved an increase to meal prices and salary schedules for 2016-2017. The Board also heard a report about the Library Media Centers.

Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update
Watch the meeting: April 28, 2016, Board meeting

Library Media Program Review
Declaration of Surplus Property
Surplus Property bids
2016-2017 Certified Salary Schedule
2016-2017 Administrative and Support Professional Schedule
2016-2017 Support Salary Grades
2016-2017 Support Schedule
2016-2017 Extra Duty Classifications
2016-2017 Extra Duty Schedule
Salary and benefit priorities from Team Ray-Pec
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Board honors Special Olympics state champions


The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on April 28 honored the state champion Special Olympics girls 3-on-3 basketball team. From left: Chenoa Toler, Coach Catie Howlett, Ashley Lindsey, Sarah Modlin, Teacher Cara Hornbeck, Carolyn Elkins, Board Member Ruth Johnson, and Emma Gudenkauf.

School meal prices to increase for 2016-2017


The Board approved increases to school lunch and breakfast prices for the 2016-2017 school year. The price increases range from 5 cents to 15 cents. For next school year, lunch prices for grades K-6 will be $2.30 (up from $2.20), grades 7-12 will be $2.55 (up from $2.50), and adults will be $3 (up from $2.95).

School breakfast prices for grades K-6 will be $1.60 (up from $1.50), grades 7-12 will be $1.70 (up from $1.55), and adults will be $2 (unchanged). The increases bring the District into compliance with requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which provides calculation guidelines related to the amounts that Districts are reimbursed for free meals.


Board recognizes PTA Volunteers of the Year


The Raymore-Peculiar The School Board on April 28 honored the 2016 PTA Volunteers of the Year, Allison Bruflat and Christi Feagins.

Bruflat is a member of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation Board of Directors. She is an active volunteer with the Caring About Nutrition (CAN) program. She has served the PTAs at Raymore Elementary, Bridle Ridge Intermediate, and Ray-Pec East Middle School.

Feagins is active with the PTA at Timber Creek Elementary and Eagle Glen Intermediate.

The Raymore-Peculiar Council of PTAs announced the winners at an April 21 reception to honor 18 finalists for the award. Allison Bruflat is pictured with School Board Member Ruth Johnson at the April 28 School Board meeting. (Christi Feagins was unable to attend the meeting.)

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Board recognizes leaders of bond issue campaign


The School Board on April 28 recognized four people who led the Citizens for Ray-Pec Schools campaign to support passage of the $27 million bond issue. Board Member Ruth Johnson, at right, is pictured with, from left: Matt Hocker, Stephanie Como, and Melinda Houdyshell. Not pictured is Curt Houdyshell.
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Review of April 19, 2016, reorganization meeting


In its April 19 reorganization meeting, the Board elected Kim York to serve as president and Kim Bailey to serve as vice president for the coming year.

The elections followed the certification of the April 5 election results. In addition, Board Secretary Pam Steele administered the oath of office to newly-elected Board members Kim Bailey and Susan Edmonsond.

Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees thanked outgoing Board members Leo Anderson and Joe Anthuis for their service on the Board. He also thanked the community for its support of the bond issue.

April 5 election results

Watch the meeting: April 19, 2016, meeting

  

Cass County Kids First stresses local control


It’s a message that was repeated time and again: allow local school boards the flexibility to make decisions for their own school districts.

 

Local control was the common theme when representatives from public school districts in Cass County met Friday morning, April 15, with four state legislators to discuss issues being considered during the 2016 legislative session.

 


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The issues discussed were varied – ranging from setting the school calendar to bullying and suicide prevention. Other topics of discussion included funding, Tax Increment Financing (TIF) subsidies, and restroom access for transgender students.  

 

This is the second year for the school districts to join forces under the banner “Cass County Kids First” to develop and endorse a list of legislative priorities.

 

The legislative priorities are organized in four categories of funding, local control, accountability, and student transfers. After developing and endorsing the list of legislative priorities, the group invited legislators who represent the districts to attend several planned events for 2016.

 

At the legislative breakfast on April 15, four state legislators attended and spoke with the group. In attendance were: Sen. Ed Emery, R-31, Rep. Jack Bondon, R-56; Rep. Rick Brattin, R-55; and Rep. Donna Pfautsch, R-33. Unable to attend were Rept. Wanda Brown, R-57, and Rep. Jack Runions, D-37, who have both participated in Cass County Kids First events in the past.

 

Cass County Kids First includes the 10 public school districts in Cass County: Archie R-V School District, Belton #124 School District, Drexel R-IV School District, East Lynne 40 School District, Harrisonville School District, Midway R-I School District, Pleasant Hill School District, Raymore-Peculiar School District, Sherwood Cass School District, and Strasburg C-3 School District.

Voters approve bond issue


Ray-Pec voters on April 5, 2016, approved the $27 million bond issue. Unofficial election results show that the question passed with 79.85 percent approval.

Cass County election results for April 5 showed 3,745 "yes" votes and 945 "no" votes.

Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees thanked community members, parents, and staff for support of the bond issue. "We appreciate the overwhelming support of the community on this bond issue," he said. "The improvements will benefit our students for many years to come."

Construction work at the high school should begin shortly after the end of the school year.

Voters elect Bailey and Edmonsond to Board


Ray-Pec voters on April 5 elected Kim Bailey and Susan Edmonsond to serve three-year terms on the School Board. Six candidates were seeking the two available seats. Bailey and Edmonsond will replace incumbents Leo Anderson and Joe Anthuis on the Board.

Unofficial election results show these vote totals:
  • Leo Anderson, 1,524 votes
  • Lane T. Lucas, 902 votes
  • Susan Edmonson, 1,630 votes
  • Joe Anthuis, 1,004 votes
  • Kim Bailey, 1,926 votes
  • Patrick S. Clark, 1,159 votes
  • Write-in candidates, 24 votes

A reorganization meeting, at which new Board members will take the oath of office and Board officers for the coming year will be elected, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19.

Review of March 17, 2016, Board meeting


Watch the meeting: March 17, 2016, Board meeting 
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All-State Band


Board Board Member Joe Anthuis congratulates Will Dickerson on being selected for the Missouri All-State Band. Will plays the tuba. Also selected for All-State Band, but unable to attend the Board meeting, were Shane Harrison, tuba, and Cameron Leonard, clarinet.

PLC Exemplary Schools


The School Board on March 17 recognized two schools -- Eagle Glen Intermediate School and Raymore Elementary School -- for being among 16 schools statewide to be designated a Missouri Professional Learning Communities Exemplary School for 2016. 

Pictured from left: Eagle Glen Teacher Stephen Rew, Board Member Joe Anthuis, and Eagle Glen Principal Randy Randolph.
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Pictured from left: Raymore Elementary Teacher Kristin Mason, Raymore Elementary Administrative Intern Melissa Lucas, Board Member Joe Anthuis, Raymore Elementary Principal Jennika Miller, and Director of Elementary Education Dr. Michelle Hofmann.
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Review of March 10, 2016, work session


The Board met in a work session on March 10, 2016, to discuss the 2016-2017 budget and to hear an update about the April 5 bond issue.

Watch the meeting: March 10, 2016, work session

Review of Feb. 25, 2016, Board meeting


The Board of Education on Feb. 25 heard reports about energy management, transportation, the gifted program, and summer school 2016. 

Since its inception, the District's Energy Management program has exceeded $4 million in energy savings and cost avoidance. Van McLain, Energy Manager, provided an update to the School Board on Feb. 25. The program began in 2006, when the District entered into a four-year contract with Energy Education, Inc. After the contract ended, the District continued implementing the program.

Dr. Kristel Barr, Director of Secondary Education, and Dr. Michelle Hofmann, Director of Elementary Education, presented a report about LEAP, the District’s program for gifted students. LEAP stands for Logic, Enrichment, and Academic Pursuit. The LEAP program serves students in grades 2-8, and this year, advisory opportunities are available for high school students.

Jay Harris, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, presented a report about the District’s transportation program. The District contracts with Apple Bus Company to provide transportation services. This is the fourth year of the current five-year contract. Apple Bus operates 57 daily bus routes that run regular transportation and 29 daily special education routes. There are 12 daily shuttles for LEAP (gifted program), vocational, and tutoring routes.

Summer School 2016 is shaping up to be similar to the program offered in 2015. Tentative dates are June 6-30, 2016. Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, shared an update on the plans with the School Board.

Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update

Energy Management Cost Savings Report
Gifted Program Review
Transportation Review
Summer School overview
Declare property as surplus
Surplus property bids

You can watch the meeting: Feb. 25, 2016, meeting

Board honors featured artist


The School Board on Feb. 25 recognized eighth grader Mikinzi Gilliam for having her drawing selected for the 2016 Senate Art Exhibit at the State Capitol in Jefferson City. 

Each Missouri Senator selected one piece to represent his or her District. Sen. Ed Emery selected Mikinzi’s piece to represent Senate District 31. A copy of Mikinzi’s piece, along with those representing the other senatorial districts, is hanging in the Senate Parking Hallway at the Capitol.

Mikinzi is pictured here with Board Member Maria Davies.

Kris Dillon is Mikinzi’s art teacher at Ray-Pec East Middle School. Mikinzi and Ms. Dillon will be recognized on Fine Arts Education Day, Thursday, March 31, in Jefferson City. They will also be recognized at the Missouri Art Education Association spring conference awards reception on April 8 in St. Louis.
The Senate Art Exhibit was established in 2014 as a joint effort between the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education and the Missouri Art Education Association.

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Board honors top speller


The School Board on Feb. 25 recognized seventh grader Joel Miles for winning the Ray-Pec School District Spelling Bee for the third consecutive year. He is pictured with Board Member Maria Davies.

On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, Joel will defend his title as two-time winner of the Cass County Spelling Bee. The winner of the county Bee receives a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Board reviews high school addition design during work session


During its Feb. 11 work session, the School Board heard an update about the planned addition to Ray-Pec High School. The Board also received an update about the District's Strategic Plan. You can view the meeting: https://youtu.be/pAbO_iwWizs

Cass County Kids First holds 1st legislative breakfast for 2016


Representatives from public school districts in Cass County met Friday morning, Feb. 5, with six state legislators to learn more about issues expected to be discussed and considered during the 2016 legislative session.
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This is the second year for the school districts to join forces under the banner “Cass County Kids First” to develop and endorse a list of legislative priorities. The legislative priorities are organized in four categories of funding, local control, accountability, and student transfers. After developing and endorsing the list of legislative priorities, the group invited legislators who represent the districts to attend the first of several planned events for 2016.

At the legislative breakfast on Feb. 5, six state legislators attended and spoke with the group. In attendance were: Sen. Ed Emery, R-31, Rep. Jack Bondon, R-56; Rep. Rick Brattin, R-55; Rep. Wanda Brown, R-57; Rep. Donna Pfautsch, R-33; and Rep. Jack Runions, D-37.

Each legislator was given an opportunity to speak to the group. There was also a question and answer session. Topics of discussion at the Feb. 5 breakfast included funding of the foundation formula for school districts; specific areas of funding for gifted education, early childhood education and transportation; the school calendar and the impact of starting school before Labor Day; legislation about bathroom access for transgender students; and statutes about bullying and harassment. There were also comments about proposals for schools to provide suicide education, specific civics education, and CPR training. As has been the theme for the past year, school officials advocated for local control whenever possible.

Cass County Kids First includes the 10 public school districts in Cass County: Archie R-V School District, Belton #124 School District, Drexel R-IV School District, East Lynne 40 School District, Harrisonville School District, Midway R-I School District, Pleasant Hill School District, Raymore-Peculiar School District, Sherwood Cass School District, and Strasburg C-3 School District. 
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Board recognizes football players

The Board on Jan. 28 recognized three Ray-Pec High School football players who were selected for All-State Teams. The Missouri Football Coaches Association and the Missouri Media rankings selected Anthony Payne, defensive lineman, and James Sappington, kicker, for its First Team All-State. John Lucero, offensive lineman, was selected for the Second Team All-State. Pictured, from left: John Lucero, James Sappington, Anthony Payne, and School Board Member Ryan Wescoat.

Review of Jan. 28, 2016, Board meeting


The Board on Jan. 28 approved the 2016-2017 calendar. The first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, with Preview Day for 5th, 7th and 9th graders on Monday, Aug. 15. For winter break, students will be dismissed early on Dec. 20. Classes are not in session Dec. 21 through Jan. 3. School resumes on Jan. 4, 2017.

Spring break is scheduled from March 20-24, 2017.The calendar includes two possible make-up days for inclement weather: Feb. 21 and April 17. The last day of school is an early release on May 23. If additional make-up days are required, they will be added to the end of the school year. Approval of the calendar followed a public hearing, which is required by law if the start of school is 10 days or more before Labor Day. View and print: Calendar

Jodie Huston, Executive Director of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation, presented a report on the Foundation’s activities. The Board approved three bids for technology capital improvements. The Board authorized the District to obtain bids for three capital improvement projects: East Middle School traffic control improvements; HVAC replacement at Timber Creek Elementary; and asphalt and concrete patch and repair work District-wide. The Board approved the District’s submission of an application for a vocational enhancement grant through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). 

Read a recap of the entire Board meeting: Board Update

Watch video: Jan. 28, 2016, Board meeting

School Board Recognition Week is Jan. 24 to 30


Missourians benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 3,600 men and women in every community across the state. These public servants are elected by local constituents and do not receive compensation for their tireless efforts. These men and women are the local school board members of Missouri.

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During the week of Jan. 24 to 30, communities across the state will honor the dedicated service of local boards of education during School Board Recognition Week, as proclaimed by Gov. Jay Nixon. The goal is to build awareness and understanding of the important function an elected board of education plays in communities and schools. All Missouri citizens are asked to recognize the important contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the vital role these public officials play in the education of Missouri's children.

Thanks to our Raymore-Peculiar School Board members:

School Board Recognition Week is sponsored by the Missouri School Boards' Association. MSBA is a private, not-for-profit organization that exists to help school boards succeed.

Six candidates file for two seats on School Board


Six candidates are vying for two seats on the Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education. Voters on April 5 will elect two people to serve three-year terms on the Board. 

The candidates are:

  • Leo Anderson (incumbent)
  • Lane T. Lucas
  • Susan Edmonsond
  • Joe Anthuis (incumbent)
  • Kim Bailey
  • Patrick S. Clark

All six candidates reside in Raymore. March 9 is the last day to register to vote in the April 5 election.

Jan. 14, 2016, work session: Board discusses high school addition


The Board of Education on Jan. 14 took its first look at preliminary plans for an addition to the south high school building. During a work session largely devoted to the topic, Board members also reviewed plans for renovation within the school, and a site plan for the campus.

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.

Read more: April 5, 2016, Bond Issue

Watch video:  Jan. 14, 2016, work session

Five candidates have filed


On Jan. 14, a fifth candidate filed for the School Board election on April 5. Kim Bailey of Raymore entered the race. There are two positions available with three-year terms. Also vying for the two positions are: Leo Anderson of Raymore, Lane Lucas of Raymore, Susan Edmonsond of Raymore, and Joe Anthuis of Raymore. Anderson and Athuis are the current officeholders. The filing period will end at 5 p.m. Jan. 19, 2016.

Four candidates file as of Dec. 22, 2015


Four candidates have filed for the Raymore-Peculiar School Board election on April 5, 2016. There are two positions available with three-year terms. Vying for the two positions are: Leo Anderson of Raymore, Lane Lucas of Raymore, Susan Edmonsond of Raymore, and Joe Anthuis of Raymore. Anderson and Athuis are the current officeholders. The filing period will end at 5 p.m. Jan. 19, 2016. 

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Videotaping school board meetings


In an effort to make Board meetings accessible to more patrons, the District is now videotaping and broadcasting the meetings. You can view the December Board meeting here: December meeting.

The necessary equipment was installed over the past two months. This includes cameras, microphones, enhanced sound equipment, and a control panel. There is also the capability to show the documents that are projected on screens in the meeting room.

Review of Dec. 17, 2015, Board meeting


The Board on Dec. 17, 2015, voted to place a bond issue on the ballot. Ray-Pec voters on April 5, 2016, will consider a $27 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue to address space needs throughout the District. The plan includes constructing an addition onto the south high school to accommodate all students in grades 9-12 in one school.

The Board on Dec. 17 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:

  • North high school building becomes second middle school
  • Modifications to Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen to serve grades K-5
  • Convert Shull Elementary into an Early Childhood Center
  • Maintenance projects throughout the District 

The plan includes the most aggressive timeline possible to resolve the two-building high school situation. Read more: Bond Issue

The Board heard an update on grading and reporting at Ray-Pec High School from Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services.

The Board also heard a review of the Special Education program and authorized the District to obtain bids for technology infrastructure improvements.

Read a recap of the entire meeting: Board Update

Special Education program review
Declare surplus property
Surplus property bids

Board recognizes girls Cross Country team


The Board recognized the Ray-Pec High School girls cross country team for placing second at the state meet. Girls who ran at the state meet were: Kiley Deain, Kami Tabor, Jamie Wharton, Miranda Dick, Breanna Birkett, Makenzie Stucker, and Ali Gillespie. The Board also recognized Jay Johnson, head coach of the girls cross country team, for being named 2015 Cross Country Coach of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Cross Country Coaches Association.

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Board recognizes All-State Cross Country runners


The The Board recognized four cross country runners for receiving All State honors. From the girls race: Kiley Deain, ninth place; Kami Tabor, 13th place; and Jamie Wharton, 24th place. Tyler Musgrave placed 21st in the boys race.  

School Board candidate filing information


The Raymore-Peculiar R-II School District encourages qualified persons interested in running for a position on the School Board to file to be a candidate in the April 5, 2016, election. Interested persons interested may file at the administration offices located at 21005 S. School Road, Peculiar, MO 64078. 

Filing will begin at 8 a.m. on Dec. 15, 2015, and will continue during the District's regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Filing will not occur on days that the school District's offices are closed due to inclement weather. Filing will not occur on the following holidays when the school District's offices are closed: December 24 and 25, 2015, January 1 and January 18, 2016. Filing will end on January 19, 2016, at 5 p.m.

There are two (2) positions available with three-year terms. Board members whose terms expire in 2016 are Leo Anderson and Joe Anthuis.

Placement on the Ballot
Order of filing will determine the placement on the ballot.  This is in accordance with board policyBBB – School Board Elections.

Please contact School Board Secretary Pam Steele at 816-892-1311 or at pam.steele@raypec.org with any questions.

All-State Swimmer


The School Board recognized Chase Schaeffer for earning All-State Honorable Mention honors by finishing ninth place in the 100 breaststroke at the state swim meet. Board President Leo Anderson congratulates Chase.

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Review of Nov. 19, 2015, Board meeting


The Board on Nov. 19 selected an architectural firm to provide design services. The action brings the District closer to addressing its space needs over the next eight to 10 years.


The Board on Nov. 19 approved incite Design Studio to provide design services for projects identified in the Long Range Facility Plan. The District's Architectural Services Selection Committee, which included employees and patrons, reviewed proposals from 11 companies and interviewed four firms before recommending incite Design Studio.


The Long Range Facility Plan includes constructing an addition onto the south high school to accommodate all students in grades 9-12. Construction and reconfiguration will provide additional space for grades K-8 and the Early Childhood Program.

Completing the outlined improvements will require a $27 million general obligation bond issue in April 2016, but will not require an increase in the tax levy. Hiring an architectural firm now allows the District to begin the design work needed for the planned projects.


Read more: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/index.aspx?NID=981


Also during the Nov. 19 meeting, the Board approved George K. Baum as the District's Municipal Advisor for three years. A municipal advisor monitors the proper time to call, refinance, or refund outstanding bonds and to advise the District for any new issue bonds.

The Board also heard about the Annual Performance Report, heard a review of the Child Nutrition Program, learned more about Project Lead The Way, approved legislative priorities for 2016 and approved surplus property bids. Read a recap of the entire meeting: Board Update

Annual Performance Report
Child Nutrition Program Review
Legislative Priorities
Surplus property
Surplus property bids


Board receives training during work session


The Board of Education on Nov. 12 met in a work session to participate in a board development workshop sponsored by the Missouri School Boards' Association. The workshop emphasize the results of Board member responses to the Board Self-Evaluation (BSE) instrument. The BSE measures Board practices and attitudes correlated by research to high student achievement.

Phyllis Barks, Associate Executive Director of Leadership Development for MSBA, facilitated the session.

Board members earlier responded to questions on the Board Self-Evaluation. Barks reviewed the responses, which were divided into these categories:
  • The Board clarifies the District purpose
  • The Board connects with the community
  • The Board delegates authority
  • The Board employs a superintendent
  • The Board monitors performance
  • The Board takes responsibility for itself

The workshop stressed the importance of setting high expectations and providing support for continuous improvement related to student achievement, high quality staff, involving the community in the educational process, and other topics related to effective Board governance.

BOE Roller web

Board recognizes teacher


The School Board on Oct. 15 recognized Chris Roller for being selected the 2015 Elementary Physical Educator of the Year by the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Board Member Ruth Johnson congratulates Roller during the meeting. Roller is the physical education teacher at Peculiar Elementary School. He will be officially recognized for his state award at a state conference in November.

Board recognizes
Finance Department


The School Board on Oct. 15 recognized Chief Financial Officer Kendra Hutsell, right, and Bookkeeper Cheryl Tipton, left, for their work to prepare the District’s 2015-2016 budget. For the first time, the Association of School Business Officials has awarded the Ray-Pec School District its Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation. Board Member Ruth Johnson congratulates Tipton and Hutsell at the meeting.
BOE Hutsell web
Review of Oct. 15, 2015, Board meeting
Review of Oct. 8, 2015, work session
The Board of Education on Oct. 8 met in a work session to review and discuss student achievement levels and assessments. The Board saw how Ray-Pec achievement compares to state averages and other school districts.

District leaders also shared information about assessments, data review, literacy and grading.

MAP EOC Achievement Level Report 2015
Achievement Rankings (Cass) 2014-2015
Achievement Level Report (RP Border Districts)
MAP Ray-Pec Proficiency Level vs. State
MPI Trends 2011-2015

SRI Report Spring 2014-2015

2015 Graduate ACT Results
2016 Graduates ACT Results

BYOD Data Collection Template
Review of Sept. 24, 2015, School Board meeting
The Board of Education on Sept. 24 unanimously approved a Long Range Facility Plan to address the majority of space needs anticipated by the District over the next eight to 10 years.
LRFP web
The plan includes constructing an addition onto the south high school to accommodate all students in grades 9-12. Construction and reconfiguration will provide additional space for grades K-8 and the Early Childhood Program.

Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees said the improvements will require a $27 million general obligation bond issue in April 2016, but will not require an increase in the tax levy. Savings from the recent bond refinancing helped maximize the improvements identified with the plan.

The plan was developed with the input of more than 470 patrons over the past year. The Board of Education and the Long Range Facility Planning Team have worked diligently to finalize the details in the plan.

Read more:
Long Range Facility Plan Executive Summary
Long Range Facility Plan

The Board also heard a report about the District's Buildings and Grounds Department and the Public Relations program. In addition, the Board approved bids on surplus property. Read a recap of the entire Board meeting here: Board update

Public Relations update
Facilities and Grounds Program Review
Surplus property bids

Review of Sept. 10, 2015, Board work session
The Board met in a work session on Sept. 10 to review the Long Range Facility Plan. The plan was developed after a more than year-long process to determine needs and establish future plans for facility development.

Board members were supportive of the plan, and asked questions about the timeline and specific projects. Overall, Board members favored taking steps to accelerate the process, if possible.

After reviewing feedback from more than 470 people, representing 24 different focus groups, the Long Range Facility Planning Team formed these recommendations:

  • Construct an addition on the south high school to increase capacity up to 2,200 students in grades 9-12, and convert the north high school building into a second middle school.  
  • Repurpose Shull Elementary as the primary Early Childhood Center.
  • Maintain the alternative education program at the Ray-Pec Academy building. The building can also provide space for other unique secondary programs.
  • Change from the current grade configuration to K-5, 6-8, 9-12. The grade configuration change is contingent upon the approval of funds to finance the high school addition.
    • Creekmoor, Peculiar, Raymore, Stonegate and Timber Creek elementary schools will change from grades K-4 to grades K-5.
    • Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen will be converted from grades 5-6 to grades K-5.
    • East Middle School will change from grades 7-8 to grades 6-8
    • The north high school building will become a second 6-8 middle school.

The recommended improvements will require the issuance and financing of $27 million in General Obligation Bonds. This will fund a high school addition, modifications to Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen, and facility maintenance projects throughout the District to the extent funds allow.

Based on current assessed values and modest one percent growth assumptions, the recommended bond issue would require no change in the current debt service levy of $1.3457 per $100 of assessed value.  

The plan also includes a proposed timeline of activities to implement the plan. This includes architect selection, placing a bond issue on the ballot, scheduling of construction, and changing school boundaries.

The Board will consider the plan for final approval at its Sept. 24 meeting.

Long Range Facility Plan presentation
Long Range Facility Plan document
Review of Aug. 27, 2015, Board meeting
Taxpayers in the Raymore-Peculiar School District will save more than $2.75 million in interest costs thanks to a bond refinancing approved on Aug. 27 by the School Board. The Board approved refinancing more than $20 million of outstanding 2008 bonds, and issuing new bonds at a lower interest rate to realize the savings. These funds can only be used for the retirement of debt on facilities. The savings will enhance the District's future ability to implement its Long Range Facility Plan and to finance facility improvements.

The Board set the 2015-2016 tax levy at $5.0397, the same rate since the 2003-2004 school year. That total includes an operating levy of $3.6940 and a debt service levy of $1.3457. 

The Board approved the district’s Assessment Plan for 2015-2016. Board members reviewed a document that includes an overview of assessments and the grade levels.

The Board also approved a base bid of $39,298, with a 5 percent contingency, from Progressive Electronics for an audio/visual streaming system for the Board room. The system will provide an additional way for the District to communicate with staff and patrons through broadcasts of School Board meetings. Read the entire Board meeting recap: Board meeting recap

Assessment plan
Surplus property bids
Carter Wilhite web
Observation tower
The School Board on Aug. 27 thanked Ray-Pec High School student Carter Wilhite for designing, planning and helping construct an observation tower as his Eagle Scout project. Panther Pride Marching Band directors use the tower, located behind the north high school, to have a better view of drills during practice. Thanks to everyone who donated time, materials and funds to make this project a reality. Carter is pictured with School Board Member Maria Davies.
Review of July 16, 2015, Board meeting
The Board on July 16 took steps to refinance more than $20 million of outstanding 2008 bonds and potentially save the taxpayers more than $2 million in interest. The District will issue new bonds at a lower interest rate to realize the savings. These funds can only be used for the retirement of debt on facilities. The savings will enhance the District's future ability to finance facility improvements.

The Board authorized George K. Baum, municipal advisor, and Bryan Cave LLP, bond counsel, to prepare the necessary documents for the bond refinancing. The winning bids for the bonds are expected to be presented for the Board's approval in August. Read more: Bond refinancing

The Board approved its annual agreement with the City of Peculiar for a School Resource Officer, and is working on a similar agreement with the City of Raymore to provide a School Resource Officer. This will allow for a second School Resource Officer to serve the District. Funding for the additional position was included in the budget.

The Board also heard a review of the District Health Services program, approved bids for surplus property, and set the tax levy hearing. Read a recap of the entire Board meeting:Board Update

Health Services program review
Surplus property bids
Board honors Karen Giudici
The School Board on July 16 honored Patron Karen Giudici for her years of service on the District's Policy Review Committee.
Guidici web
National Theatre web
Board honors achievements at national tournament
The School Board recognized Ray-Pec achievements at the National Speech and Debate Tournament. School Board member Kim York is pictured with Ryanne LinnElla Schnake, and Teacher Todd Schnake. Ryanne Linn, an incoming senior, placed 10th in the nation in Humorous Interpretation. In the middle school portion of the tournament, Ella Schnake, an incoming eighth grader, won the national championship in Storytelling and second in the nation in Humorous Interpretation. Ryanne Linn displays the trophy that Ray-Pec High School received for placing in the top 20 as a team. Not pictured is Andrea Ambam, a 2015 graduate, who placed fourth in the nation in Original Oratory.