2016-2017 Board Meetings

Board honored by MSBA

During its June 22 meeting, the School Board was recognized for receiving two prestigious state-level awards from the Missouri School Boards' Association. The Board was one of only 16 boards statewide selected as an Outstanding Board of Education for 2017 and was one of 24 boards to receive the 2017 Governance Award. The Board was one of only six Boards statewide to receive both awards this year.

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From left: Ruth Johnson, Paul Coffman, Vice President Kim York, Susan Edmondson, Maria Davies, President Kim Bailey, and Ryan Wescoat.

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In addition, Board Member Ryan Wescoat was recognized for completing two higher levels of certification through the Board Member Certification Program of the Missouri School Boards' Association. Over the past year, Wescoat achieved both the Advanced and Master levels of certification. Each June, MSBA recognizes board members for continuing their learning beyond the state-required CBM Essential Training for new board members. Earlier this year, Board Member Ruth Johnson was recognized for achieving the Distinguished certification. Johnson and Wescoat are both shown with their award plaques.

All-State track and field athletes honored

The Board recognized Ray-Pec track and field athletes for earning All-State medals at the state track and field meet May 26 and 27 at Jefferson City High School. Board President Kim Bailey, at right, is pictured with four of the six honorees.


Not pictured: Tyler Musgrave, who placed sixth in the 3,200-meter race and Makenzie Stucker, who participated in the 4x800 meter relay.

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From left: Chris McKinzy, state champion in the 110 meter hurdles and seventh place in the triple jump; Marissa Dick, fourth place in the 4x800 meter relay; Laurana Mitchell, fourth place in the 4x800 meter relay; and Miranda Dick, fourth place in the 4x800 meter relay, fourth place in the 3,200-meter race, and sixth place in the 1600 meter race. 

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Top choir students honored

The Board recognized choir students who earned an exemplary ("1") rating at the Missouri State high School Solo and Ensemble Contest. Board Member Paul Coffman congratulates Sam Reicher, who received a "1" rating for a vocal solo. Also recognized, but unable to attend the meeting:

  • Tayler Bates, Vocal Solo
  • Malone Blaich, Vocal Solo
  • Katie Clewell, Vocal Solo
  • Kylie Hansen, Vocal Solo
  • Talmage Kelley, Vocal Solo
  • Sarah Scott, Vocal Solo
  • Valiante Waltz, Vocal Solo
  • Song Waltz, Chely Stratton, and Sarah Scott – Junior Girls Trio

Review of June 22, 2017, Board meeting


The meeting included a construction update, Activities/Athletics report, & approval of the 2017-2018 budget. Read a recap of the meeting: Board update

2017-2018 Budget
Athletics/Activities Program Update
Board meeting dates
Board committee assignments
Alarm monitoring bid
Laptop/Chromebook cart bid

Construction update
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Red Nose Day


The Ray-Pec School Board celebrated Red Nose Day during its May 25 meeting. Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign dedicated
to ending child poverty in the U.S. and around the world. The School Board decided to participate in the project at the request of 2017 graduate Caleb Jones, who had also encouraged participation at Ray-Pec High School.

Pictured from left: School Board Member Susan Edmondson, Board President Kim Bailey, Board Member Paul Coffman, Teacher Joe O’Neal, Board Member Ryan Wescoat, Board Member Ruth Johnson, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, Board Member Maria Davies, Board Secretary Pam Steele.

Board recognizes All-State band students


The School Board on May 25 recognized RPHS band students who earned an Exemplary rating of “1” at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Pictured from left: Noah Dorweiler, mallet solo; Carter Wilhite, mallet solo; Tammy Yang, mallet solo; Cory Attebury, trumpet solo; Cate Wilhite, oboe solo; Cole Graf, baritone solo; and Board Member Ruth Johnson.

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Unable to attend the meeting: Addy Wright, flute solo; Zoe Goodwin, clarinet solo; Zane Brown, trumpet solo; Darren Field, trumpet solo; Morgan Payne, trumpet solo; Luke VanDyne, French horn solo; and Doug Adolphson, trombone solo.

 
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Board recognizes student for state championship in CAD


The School Board on May 25 recognized Matt Argotsinger for placing first in Computer-Aided Design Engineering at the Technology Student Association State Champions Conference. Matt graduated this month from Ray-Pec High School. He is pictured with Board Member Ruth Johnson.

Review of May 25, 2017, Board meeting


The Board approved technology bids, and food and beverage bids during its May 25 meeting. The Board also set lunch prices for 2017-2018 and heard a construction update. Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update

Title I Program Review
Secondary Math Resource Adoption
Panther Pride child care fees

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Board recognizes welding students for winning state and qualifying for nationals


The School Board on April 27 recognized RPHS students Blake Vrem, left, and Nathan Krum, center. The boys also attend classes at Cass Career Center, and are members of a 3-student welding team that earned gold at the Missouri SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference and qualified to compete at the national conference June 20-24 in Louisville, Kentucky. They are pictured with Board Member Maria Davies. The third student on the welding team is Thomas Eglehoff from Belton High School.
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Board honors girls for first place award at KC science fair


The Board recognized seventh graders Kayden Stosberg, left, and Tyler Day, center, for winning first place in Micro-Biology at the Greater KC Science & Engineering Fair for their science project. They are pictured with Board Member Maria Davies. The girls competed against 6th, 7th, and 8th graders across the metro area. There were 825 science projects on display. Their project, titled "Bacteria * Fungi," focused on the importance of washing hands after using the restroom and the bacteria that is on hands from the restroom.

Board recognizes first grader for winning PTA Reflections contest, advancing to nationals


Stonegate Elementary School first grader Adelynn Comegys was recognized at tonight's school board meeting for placing first in the Missouri PTA Reflections contest.

Adelynn placed first in the state in the Film Production category for grades K-2. This year’s theme was “What is Your Story?” Her entry now advances to the national competition. She is pictured with Board Member Susan Edmondson.

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Board recognizes state championship Special Olympics basketball team


The School Board on April 27 honored the Special Olympics State Champion girls 5-on-5 Unified Team. Pictured, from left: Ashley Lindsay, Coach Cara Hornbeck, Carolyn Elkins, Coach Catie Howlett, Emma Gudenkauf (in front), and Board Member Susan Edmondson. (Not pictured are unified partners Kayla Hughes and Savanah Alverado.)

Board recognizes National Merit Scholarship finalists


The School Board on April 27 recognized two Ray-Pec High School seniors – Nick Caskey and Jacob Shriner -- for being named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. Nick is pictured with Board Member Maria Davies. Jacob was unable to attend the meeting.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. About 1.5 million students entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Last fall, 50,000 students were identified as “high scorers” and 16,000 of those were named semi-finalists. As semi-finalists, Nick and Jacob were among the top 1 percent of the Missouri’s senior students.

Continuing through mid-June, the National Merit Scholarship Committee will notify finalists if they are selected to receive a Merit Scholarship.

 
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Construction update at April 27, 2017, Board meeting


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

Review of April 27, 2017, Board meeting


The School Board approved musical instrument bids, construction change orders, and salary increases for employees during its April 27 meeting. 

The Board heard an update on the high school construction project: Construction update.

The Board approved 12 change orders related to the construction project. Some change orders resulted in savings, while others add expense to the project. You can review the Change orders.

The Board approved tuition rates for pre-kindergarten classes to be offered at Shull Early Learning Center beginning in 2017-2018. Parents are able to select either a four-day or five-day early childhood program, and may also choose if they would like their child to attend half-day or full-day. The rates include a sliding scale based on family income. Early Childhood tuition rates 

Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update

You can watch the meeting. (Due to technical difficulties, a small portion of the meeting was not captured in this video. The disruption occurred during the presentation about salary and benefits and the beginning of the Child Nutrition bid.)

Board certifies election results, elects officers at April 18 meeting


During a special reorganization School Board meeting tonight, Kim York, Paul Coffman, and Ruth Johnson took the oath of office to begin new 3-year terms on the Board.

The Board certified the results of the April 4 election, at which the three received the most votes.

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Following the oath of office, the Board elected Kim Bailey to serve as president, Kim York as Vice President, Pam Steele as secretary, and Cynthia Byous as treasurer for the coming year.

 Ruth Johnson was elected as the delegate to the Missouri School Boards' Association. Ryan Wescoat was elected as the alternate delegate.

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Review of March 30, 2017, Special Meeting


The Board on March 30 approved bids related to the high school construction project.

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Board recognizes Cass County spelling champion


The School Board on March 16 recognized 8th grader Joel Miles as the three-time Cass County Spelling Bee champion. He will represent Ray-Pec and Cass County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 28 to June 3 in National Harbor, Maryland. Joel is pictured with School Board President Kim York.

Board recognizes Ruth Johnson


The School Board on Thursday night recognized Board Member Ruth Johnson, at left, for achieving Distinguished Certification in the Missouri School Boards’ Association certified board member program. Johnson is pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond.

The program established by MSBA recognizes school board members who choose to complete additional professional development requirements beyond the 16 hours required by the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993. Read more: MSBA certified board member



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Review of March 16, 2017, Board meeting


The School Board on March 16 approved staffing additions for the 2017-2018 school year and approved bids for wireless access points, computers, televisions and projectors. The board also heard reports about the A+ program and the Career Technical Education program. Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update

2017-2018 Staffing Requests
Transition Staffing Plan
A+ Program Update
Career Technical Education Program Update
Surplus Property
Surplus Property bids


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Review of March 9, 2017, Board work session


The School Board met in a work session to discuss the 2017-2018 budget. The Board will formally adopt a budget later this spring for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The 2017-2018 budget will include expenditures for the changes in grade configurations and some furniture and equipment related to the transition.

Here are documents reviewed during the work session:
Budget Development Calendar
Revenue Projections
FY18 Budget Plan
Transition Staffing Plan
Early Childhood Tuition Model
Staffing Recommendations
Supply-Purchased Service Recommendations
Team Ray-Pec Priority Considerations
Debt Service Payments
Capital Lease Payments
Technology Plan (5-year)
Elementary Supply Allocations
Discretionary Budget Items

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Review of Feb. 23, 2017, Board meeting


The School Board on Feb. 23 approved the refinancing of bonds, schedule changes for 2017-2018 at the high school and middle schools and selected Wolves as the mascot for the South Middle School. The Board also heard a construction update, and a review of the technology and energy management programs. Read a recap of the meeting: Board update.

High School schedule for 2017-2018
Middle School schedule for 2017-2018
Construction Update
Technology Program review
Energy Management review
Summer School planning


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Board recognizes All-State Band students


The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on Feb. 23 recognized three Ray-Pec High School students selected for the All-State bands. Sophomore Tammy Yang (left) was named the best mallet percussion player in the state, earning first chair in the All-State Band. She also was selected to play timpani in the All-State Honorable Mention Band.Sophomore Zane Brown (second from left) was selected for Honorable Mention Band on trumpet, and Senior Zoe Goodwin was selected for Honorable Mention Band on clarinet. They are pictured with Board President Kim York, at right.
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Board recognizes spelling champion


The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on Feb. 23 recognized Eighth Grader Joel Miles for winning the Ray-Pec School District Spelling Bee for the fourth consecutive year. He will represent the District at the Cass County Spelling Bee. He is pictured with Board President Kim York.

Board recognizes schools for statewide PLC honor


The Board recognized Timber Creek Elementary School, Shull Elementary School, and Creekmoor Elementary School for being named Professional Learning Communities Exemplary Schools. The three schools were among 16 schools statewide to be honored this year.

Pictured, from left: Timber Creek Principal Lovie Driskill, Shull Principal Missy Mattingly, Creekmoor Principal Jerrod Fellhauer, and School Board President Kim York.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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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Congratulations


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.
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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.
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Congratulations


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.
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Congratulations


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.

Recognition


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.
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Congratulations!


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.
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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.
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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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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
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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.
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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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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.