April 3, 2018 levy issue

The Raymore-Peculiar School District Board of Education on Jan. 18, 2018, voted unanimously to ask voters for a 75-cent operating levy increase, Proposition R-P, on the April 3, 2018, ballot. At the same time, the debt service tax rate is scheduled to decrease by 30 cents, resulting in a net tax rate increase of 45 cents. A simple majority is required for approval.

Revenue from the levy increase would be used to support key elements in the recently approved Strategic Plan. These include:

  • Incorporating additional real-world, hands-on learning opportunities and promoting soft-skill development
  • Expanding Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) opportunities for all students
  • Expanding mental health supports for students and staff
  • Reducing gaps in achievement through additional interventions and supports
  • Establishing a market-competitive salary and benefit plan
  • Ensuring appropriate class sizes and caseloads
  • Supporting ongoing pursuit of job-related training and advanced degrees
  • Investing additional resources in facility maintenance and upkeep

The last time Ray-Pec voters approved a levy increase was in 2003. Since then, voters have approved no-tax-increase bond issues designated for construction and renovation of facilities.

Board approves placing issue on ballot

At a special meeting on Jan. 18, 2018, the Board approved placing the levy issue, Proposition R-P, on the ballot for the April 3, 2018, election. You can watch the meeting: