2017-2018 Board Meetings
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)
Watch the meeting:
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.