2017-2018 Board Meetings
Board approves audit of District finances
The Board of Education on Oct. 19 approved the audit of the District's finances for the year ended June 30, 2017. Brad Steele, CPA and partner from Westbrook & Co., P.C., presented a summary report. The District had a clean opinion on its financial statements, compliance with laws and regulations, and internal control over financial reporting.
Steele complimented District staff on preparation for the audit and cooperativeness, as well as willingness to implement suggestions for improvement made during the audit. He recognized the Board's commitment to strong financial planning and management.
Read more: Audit report
The Board also heard a report about the guidance and counseling program and a recap of Summer School 2017.
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Board honors Teacher Patrick Hemmingsen
High School Science Teacher Patrick Hemmingsen was recognized at the Sept. 28 School Board meeting as one of 38 public educators selected to receive the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. He is pictured here with Board Member Ruth Johnson.
Hemmingsen was given a $650 check and commemorative certificate during a high school faculty meeting on Sept. 19 from California Casualty Field Marketing Manager Rebecca Stumpf.
Hemmingsen will also be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 9, 2018.
Review of Sept. 28, 2017, Board meeting
The Ray-Pec School Board heard a review of the Buildings and Grounds Department and an update about Public Relations during the regular business meeting on Sept. 28. The Board also recognized Teacher Patrick Hemmingsen (see above). The Board approved a grant application by Ray-Pec High School to seek $4,000 from the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association for the school’s ProStart program. Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update
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Review of Sept. 14, 2017, Board work session
The School Board met in a work session on Sept. 14 to hear updates about strategic planning and early childhood education, to review a Board self-evaluation, and to discuss hardship waiver requests.
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Review of Aug. 24, 2017, Board meeting
The School Board on Aug. 24 approved the 2017 tax levy rate at $4.9122, a decrease from the rate of $5.0397 that had been in place since 2004.
The 2017 rate includes an operating levy of $3.5739 and a debt service levy of $1.3383 per $100 of assessed value. The approval followed a public hearing.
The rate is calculated based on the assessed valuation of real estate and personal property in the District. The rate decreased to offset increases in property values due to reassessment.
The Board also approved the 2017-2018 Assessment Plan and heard a report about the District wellness program. Read a recap of the meeting: Board update
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Board thanks KCP&L
The School Board on Aug. 25 thanked KCP&L for its work at Shull Early Learning Center. KCP&L worked with the District as it upgraded equipment and buried electrical lines near the school's playground. Board Vice President Kim York is pictured with Carter Morrison, field construction supervisor, who works out of the KCP&L Belton office.
Review of July 27, 2017, Board meeting
Lots of finishing details are taking place to complete the construction and renovation projects and prepare for the opening of school. This was the message that Patrick Smith of incite Design Studio shared with the Board during a construction update on July 27.
The Board also heard a review of health services, approved School Resource Officer agreements with the cities of Peculiar and Raymore, and approved the revised 2017-2018 budget.
Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update
Budget Preview (one-page fast facts)
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Board recognizes IB Diploma graduates
The School Board on July 27 recognized students who graduated in May 2017 with an International Baccalaureate Diploma. This was the first year for Ray-Pec High School to have student graduate with an IB Diploma.
Pictured, from left: Connor Woodward, Malone Blaich, Lilly Carroll, Zachary Newman, Benjamin Osborne, Dalton Gilmore, Austin Moulder, Jacob Shriner, and Board Member Maria Davies. Not pictured: Grant Bosley, Jordan Doss, Samantha Heggem, Jesse Turos, and Audrey Warters.
Board recognizes Readers Theatre state champions
The Board on July 27 honored Ray-Pec Theatre students for winning the state championship in Readers Theatre for the performance of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" at the 2017 Missouri State High School Activities Association speech, debate, and theatre tournament earlier this year.
Pictured, from left: Macee Blair, Tevin Chavez, Erica Theiling, Austin Moulder, Ian Haston, Kelley Shanahan, Riley Linn, Valiante Waltz, and Board Member Maria Davies.
Not pictured: Isabelle Burton, Trevor Diepenbrock, Peter Dyreng, Courtney Farr, Parker Hauptmann, India Kittrell, Noah Lampson, Cameron Perry, Dalton Russell, Allison Trageser, and Song Waltz.
Board recognizes Dan Garrison for selection as Regional Teacher of the Year
The Board on July 27 recognized Teacher Dan Garrison for being selected as a Regional Teacher of the Year. He is among 32 Regional Teachers of the Year competing for the statewide award.
Garrison has been teaching 18 years in the Ray-Pec School District. For the 2017-2018 school year, he will teach 8th grade social studies at Ray-Pec South Middle School.
He is pictured with Board Member Maria Davies.
Board continues planning during July 18 retreat
The School Board discussed a variety of topics during its second daylong retreat of the summer. After running out of time on June 14 to cover the desired topics, the Board reconvened on July 18 to:
- Review a board self-evaluation and discuss effective governance practices.
- Examine an informational binder that includes essential information for Board members.
- Discuss results of the parent/patron and staff spring surveys.
- Compare data from Ray-Pec with other KC metro school districts. The data included tax rates, test scores, and salaries.
- Discuss the process to update the District's Strategic Plan, which is nearing the end of its five-year cycle.
- Share suggestions to increase community engagement between the District and various stakeholder groups. Board members are interested in playing an active role in this engagement process.
- Discuss grading and reporting for grades 7-12.
- Review the District's 5-year Technology Plan.
- Discuss advocacy.
The Board approved a contract with Sunbelt Staffing to provide occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, or other assistance for the 2017-2018 school year. The Board also approved an adjustment to the Fiscal Year 2017 budget.
School Board President Kim Bailey, standing second from right, thanks employees of the Buildings and Grounds Department for all of their work - especially this summer with extra construction, renovation, and moving work taking place. During a daylong School Board retreat on July 18, Board members ate lunch with the Buildings and Grounds Department.
Standing, from left: Board Member Paul Coffman, Board Member Maria Davies, Board Member Ryan Wescoat, Board Member Susan Edmonsond, Board Member Ruth Johnson, Board Vice President Kim York, Bailey, and Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees.