2016-2017 Board Meetings

Review of Feb. 9, 2017, work session

The Board on Feb. 9, 2017, indicated support for selecting the Wolves as the mascot for Ray-Pec South Middle School, which will open in fall 2017. Official approval of the mascot and colors will come at a future Board meeting. 

The Board also reviewed schedule changes for the high school and middle schools for 2017-2018 and reviewed a list of capital improvement projects.
Read a recap of the meeting: Board update

Shull renovations
Bridle Ridge renovations
Eagle Glen renovations
Paving at high school and south middle school
Summer 2017 proposed capital improvement projects

Proposed middle school bell schedule for 2017-2018
Proposed high school bell schedule for 2017-2018

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Review of Jan. 26, 2017, Board meeting

TThe Board approved the 2017-2018 calendar with the first day of school on Aug. 23, 2017.

There was special recognition for three All-State football players, Raymore Elementary Principal Jennika Miller, and District Bookkeeper Cheryl Tipton. In addition, it was School Board Recognition Week. 

The Board also heard reports about the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation and the District's Student Interventions Program. Read a recap of the meeting: Board update

2017-2018 calendar
Foundation giving
Ray-Pec Cares programs
Student Interventions program review
Surplus property list
Surplus property bids
Principles of Engineering grant narrative
Principles of Biomedical Studies grant narrative
Prostart grant narrative
Computer programming grant narrative

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All-State Football

The Board on Jan 26 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, to the First Team All-State. Genesis Combs, offensive lineman, and Nick Cook, defensive back, were selected by both organizations for the Second Team All-State.

Pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond, from left: Nick Cook, Genesis Combs, and Anthony Payne.
All-State Football at BOE meeting web
Jennika Miller at BOE web

Exemplary New Principal

The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on Jan. 26 recognized Raymore Elementary School Principal Jennika Miller, at right, for being named Exemplary New Principal by the Kansas City Suburban Elementary Principals Association. Miller is pictured with School Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Each year, the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals honors 12 Exemplary New Principals from around the state. Miller and 11 other new principals will be recognized at the association's Spring Leadership Conference, March 11-14, 2017, in Osage Beach, Mo.

Board recognizes bookkeeper

The School Board recognized Bookkeeper Cheryl Tipton, at right, for her work to help prepare the District’s 2016-2017 budget. For the second year in a row, the Association of School Business Officials has awarded the Ray-Pec School District its Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation. Cheryl is pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond.
Cheryl Tipton at BOE meeting web
School Board at BOE meeting web

School Board Recognition Week

The Board itself was thanked and recognized at the Jan. 26, 2017, meeting, as part of Missouri School Board Recognition Week. Front row: Susan Edmonsond, Maria Davies, Barbara Boucher, Ruth Johnson, and President Kim York. In back: Ryan Wescoat and Vice President Kim Bailey.

Review of Jan. 19, 2017, Board work session

The Board of Education met in a work session Jan. 19, 2017. Agenda topics included a staffing update, Strategic Plan update, and 2017-2018 priority considerations. 

Read a recap of the meeting here: Board update

Preliminary certified staffing plan
2016 Scorecard
Scorecard measurement notes
2016 Peer Group - KC Metro
2016 Peer Group - Statewide
Strategic Plan Executive Summary
2017-2018 Priority Considerations
Draft Early Childhood Tuition Model
Draft Early Learning Center Proposed Staffing
Performance Based Superintendent Evaluation summative report draft

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Review of Dec. 13, 2016, Board Meeting

The Board on Dec. 13 approved new attendance boundaries for grades K-8. The boundaries will take effect for the 2017-2018 school year as the District moves to a different grade configuration as part of the Long Range Facility Plan.

In fall 2017, there will be seven elementary schools for grades K-5, two middle schools for grades 6-8, and one high school building for students in grades 9-12.

The Board approved refinancing of bonds. The Board also heard construction update and a report about school culture and climate. Read a recap of the meeting: Board update

Construction update
School Culture/Climate report
Surplus Property
Surplus Property bids

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Art contest winner

The Board on Dec. 13 recognized Sophomore Adeline Aube for winning the grand prize in a statewide art contest sponsored by ACT Missouri. This year’s theme, Your Actions Matter, was incorporated in each artist’s submission. Winners at each grade level received $50 and will have their artwork appear in the 2017 Year in Prevention Calendar. Adeline won the grand prize of a Fire HD tablet. Her artwork will also be included in the calendar. ACT Missouri is a private not-for-profit corporation established in 1991 to promote drug and alcohol awareness throughout Missouri.

Board recognizes Aube web

Review of Nov. 17, 2016, Board Meeting

The School Board on Nov. 17, 2016,  recognized five All-State student athletes and two staff members, approved the bus ridership report, and heard updates about the Early Learning and Parents as Teachers programs. Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update

Annual Performance Report
Early Learning program review presentation
Parents as Teachers program review presentation
October Ridership Report

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Pam Steele web


The Board of Education on Nov. 17 recognized Pam Steele for being nominated for the Olive T. Ritchie Educational Officer Professional of the Year award. She is the sole nominee from Missouri for this national award. She is pictured with Board Vice President Kim Bailey, left, and Board Member Ruth Johnson, at right.

Athletic Director of the Year

The Board of Education recognized Activities Director Tom Kruse on being selected as the Kansas City Interscholastic Administrators Association Athletic Director of the Year. He is one of eight finalists for the state award. He is pictured with Board Member Ruth Johnson, left, and Board Vice President Kim Bailey, at right.
Tom Kruse BOE web
Miranda Dick rotate web

All-State athlete

The Board on Nov. 17 recognized Miranda Dick for placing 15th in the Class 4 state cross country race and qualifying as an All-State runner. She is pictured with Board Member Ruth Johnson, left, and Board Vice President Kim Bailey, at right.
Makenzie Stucker rotate web


The School Board recognized Makenzie Stucker for placing 18th in the Class 4 state cross country race and qualifying as an All-State runner. She is pictured with Board Member Ruth Johnson, left, and Board Vice President Kim Bailey, at right.
Tyler Musgrave web


The Board recognized Tyler Musgrave for placing 24th in the Class 4 state cross country race and qualifying as an All-State runner. He is pictured with Board Member Ruth Johnson, left, and Board Vice President Kim Bailey, at right.


The Board on Nov. 17 recognized Jace Whitney for being selected as an All-State Cheerleader. He is pictured with Board Member Ruth Johnson, left, and Board Vice President Kim Bailey, at right.
Jace rotate web
Callie 4 rotate web


The Board of Education on Nov. 17, 2016, recognized Senior Callie Martin for being selected as the Class 4 Softball All-State First Team Catcher. She is pictured with Board Member Ruth Johnson, left, and Board Vice President Kim Bailey, at right.

Review of Nov. 10, 2016, Board Work Session

The School Board met in a work session on Nov. 10 to discuss the Annual Performance Report, District assessment results, and an update on the Attendance Boundary process. Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update

Annual Performance Report
Senior ACT analysis highlights 2016
Metro ACT comparison 2016
MAP-EOC achievement report 2016
Metro proficiency comparison 2015-2016
Cass County proficiency comparison 2015-2016
Border district proficiency comparison 2015-2016
NWEA Update Nov. 2106

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Review of Oct. 27, 2016, Board Meeting

The School Board on Oct. 27 approved name changes for four schools for next school year. As Shull Elementary becomes the site for the District’s early childhood programs, it will be re-named Shull Early Learning Center. Shull will be retained as the building's name to continue to honor retired former superintendent Don Shull. The Board approved retaining the names of Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen, while changing "Intermediate" to "Elementary" in the names of those schools. The current North High School will become Raymore-Peculiar South Middle School in fall 2017. The District plans to have students involved in the selection of a mascot.

The Board also approved the 2015-2016 audit, heard an update on construction, and heard a review of the Child Nutrition program. Read a summary of the meeting: Board Update
Auditor report
Child Nutrition program review

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Review of Oct. 13, 2016, Work Session

During a work session on Oct. 13, the Board discussed early childhood programming, a proposed change to the high school schedule, school names, and a boundary committee update. Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update

Early Childhood Education Program Expansion Considerations
RPHS Proposed Bell Schedule 2017-2018

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Review of Sept. 22, 2016, Board meeting

See some students being recognized, hear a review of 2016 Summer School, find out about a Pathways for Teachers grant, and learn more about the District's Public Relations program.
Read a recap of the meeting: Board update

Ray-Pec Pathways for Teachers grant overview
Pathways for Teachers information
Summer School enrollment
Summer School financial report
Public Relations update
Public Relations - additional information
Surplus property
Surplus property bids

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Board honors student for academic achievement

The Board of Education on Thursday night recognized RPHS Senior Breanna Birkett for qualifying as an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction for her coursework in 2015-2016. She is pictured with Board Member Ryan Wescoat.
Breanna Birkett web
National Merit semi-finalists web

Board recognizes National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists

The Board of Education on Sept. 22, 2016, recognized RPHS Seniors Jacob Shriner, left, and Nick Caskey, center, for being named National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists. They are pictured with Board Member Ryan Wescoat.

Review of Sept. 8, 2016, work session

During its Sept. 8 work session, the School Board discussed ways to expand the District's Early Childhood program.

Board members emphasized their desire to increase instructional time and the number of students served. Board members learned about Missouri Preschool Project grant funds and also discussed options for fee-based programs. The District’s administration will prepare some recommendations to present to the Board at a future meeting.

Changes to the Early Childhood program are part of the District’s Long Range Facility Plan. The plan identified the need to find a more permanent home for the Early Childhood program, while also allowing the program to grow. As part of the plan, Shull Elementary School will be repurposed as the primary Early Childhood education site for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Board also discussed the possibility of reinstating a strings program. The District offered a limited strings program several years ago, with plans to expand the program to additional grade levels. The program was discontinued. In considering adding strings to the course offerings, Board members discussed the benefits of such programs and potential timelines for program consideration. A survey may be one of the first steps to gauge interest in such a program.

The Board also discussed the logistics and cost of providing free activity passes to high school students who paid an activity fee to participate in activities.

In addition, the Board reviewed a self-evaluation, which was based on a self-reflective survey. Focus areas of the self-evaluation included:

  • 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

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Student places third in KC SuperStar singing competition

The Board of Education on Sept. 22, 2016, recognized RPHS Senior Valiante Waltz for placing third in the KC SuperStar singing competition. He received a $2,500 scholarship. Valiante is pictured with Board Member Ryan Wescoat.
Valiante Waltz web
Cass Co Health Dept at BOE web

Thank you!

The School Board on Aug. 25, 2016, thanked the Cass County Health Department for providing immunizations one day during Back-to-School registration. Board Member Maria Davies is pictured with Health Department Director Tiffany Klassen and Office Manager Kelsie Stafford.

Review of Aug. 25 meeting

Aaron Harte, architect with incite Design Studio, presented a construction update on Aug. 25, 2016, to the Board of Education.Construction Update

The Board also
 approved bids related to the high school construction project, and approved the 2016-2017 assessment plan.

Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update
Assessment Plan
Surplus Property
Surplus Property bids
Construction update picture 082516 web
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Tax rate unchanged for 13th year

The Board of Education on Aug. 25 set the 2015 property tax levy at $5.0397, the same rate since 2004. That total includes an operating levy $3.7014 and a debt service levy of $1.3383. The approval followed a public hearing. The rate is calculated based on the assessed valuation of real estate and personal property in the District.
Tax levy hearing

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Review of July 28, 2016, Board meeting

The Board of Education on July 28, 2016, approved agreements with the cities of Peculiar and Raymore for School Resource Officer (SRO) services. This year, the District will have three School Resource Officers.

The officers from the Peculiar Police Department will be based on the main campus -- at the north and south High School buildings. They will be available to assist at any school. Officer Phil Grabmiller is returning to the role. Joining him is Master Police Officer Rick Clausing, who has worked more than five years with the Peculiar Police Department. He previously worked for the Grandview Police Department. Clausing and his wife and children reside in Peculiar.

Raymore Police Officer Lance Goddard will support all Raymore schools and Ray-Pec East Middle School.

Mutual aid agreements between the Peculiar and Raymore police departments will allow the officers to assist each other, if needed. 

The Board also set the tax levy public hearing for Aug. 25, approved a revised teacher evaluation handbook, approved a farm lease agreement, and approved a list of surplus property, Read a recap of the entire meeting: Board update

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Hemmingsen at BOE meeting web
The Board on July 28, 2016, recognized Patrick Hemmingsen for being selected as a Regional Teacher of the Year. He is one of 32 finalists for Missouri Teacher of the Year. He is pictured with Board Member Ruth Johnson.