2016-2017 Board Meetings

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

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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.

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

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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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.