2018-2019 Board Meetings

Board approves 2019-2020 budget

The Ray-Pec School District budget for 2019-2020 reflects the priorities of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan and uses new revenues from the Prop RP operating levy increase as promised.

The budget includes an average 5.6 percent increase in certified teacher salaries and an average 6.6 percent increase in support staff salaries. Salary increases also targeted specific support staff areas, including nurses and student support, to make them more competitive with the market.

The budget includes an additional 26.9 full-time equivalent positions to support students and and the District mission. This includes 11 classroom teachers, 4 positions for early childhood expansion, 6 positions for a K-8 therapeutic alternative program, 2.3 certified administrative support positions, and 3.6 classified support positions.

The budget plan includes a capital outlay for facility maintenance and improvements of $2 million.

The School Board approved the budget at its June 27 meeting.

2019-2020 Budget Plan

Budget Presentation at Board Meeting

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School Board approves providing bus transportation for all students

The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on June 27 approved changing District policy to provide bus transportation to all students, regardless of their proximity to school.

Previously, bus service was available for students who lived at least one mile from school. Students who lived less than one mile were generally not eligible for bus transportation.

The state provides some reimbursement to the District for transporting students who live more than one mile from their school. Transporting students who live closer to school will be at the expense of the district. After considering the benefits to families and the impact on the budget, District leaders recommended changing the policy to provide transportation to all students. The School Board discussed the issue during its June 13 retreat.

Following the vote on June 27, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees said it was a good decision for convenience and safety for families.

Information about student transportation will be available after registration.

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Board honors Blue Star award recipients

The School Board on June 27 honored the cast and crew of "The Robber Bridegroom" for receiving 4 Blue Star awards at the Starlight Theatre Blue Star award ceremony for high school musical theatre.

Ray-Pec won awards for: Outstanding Contribution by a Student - Choreography by Abby Ball; Outstanding Hair and Makeup; Outstanding Ensemble; and Outstanding Overall Production.

From left: Theatre Teacher Todd Schnake, Payton Ballinger, Jaycee Robertson, Abby Ball, Devyn Phillips, Jasmyn Berry, and School Board Member Bill Lowe.

Ray-Pec was nominated for awards in 10 categories.

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Board honors all-state track and field athletes

The School Board on June 27 honored athletes who earned all-state honors at the Missouri State Track and Field meet. From left: Kylie Mitchell, Jolie McClellan, Braden Zaner, and Board Member Bill Lowe.

A complete list of Ray-Pec athletes who earned all-state honors:
Miranda Dick, 3rd place, Girls 3200 meters
Lexi Blackmon, Laurana Mitchell, Kylie Mitchell, and Garionna Pearl, 5th place, Girls 4x400
Marissa Dick, Makenzie Stucker, Laurana Mitchell, and Miranda Dick, 7th plae, Girls 4x800
Jolie McClellan, 8th place, Girls Javelin
Hudson Bailey, 4th place, Boys High Jump
Braden Zaner, 5th place, Boys 3200 meters
Byron King, 6th place, Boys shot put
Hudson Bailey, 6th place, Boys 300 hurdles
Hudson Bailey, Luke Grimm, Brandon Rayos, and Jaren Jones, 6th place, Boys 4x400
Hudson Bailey, 7th place, Boys 110 hurdles
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Board honors vocal music students

The School Board on June 27 honored vocal music students who received a gold rating at the state music contest. Board Member Bill Lowe is pictured with Payton Ballinger, Jaycee Robertson, and Gracie Romine.

Unable to attend the meeting were: Tayler Bates, Cooper Carson, Katie Clewell, Chloe Coons, Addison Hansen, Kylie Hansen, Samuel Reicher, Matthew Stewart, Sydney Strauss, Jacob Elliott, Robbie Keays, Mark Moorhead, Claire Eberhart, Kirsten Grier, Olivia Pace, Jaci Stratton, and Carmine Williams.

Review of May 23, 2019, Board meeting

The Board approved purchasing G-Suite online monitoring services from Gaggle at a cost of $36,500. The District's Technology Department monitors, archives, and filters email for an estimated 6,200 students and 800 staff members.

The services from Gaggle will support and enhance the Department's efforts in monitoring online activity. This includes detecting inappropriate words and images in email, email attachments, documents, and drive files; archiving emails as required; preservation of messages in original form; logging search logs; and blocking activity as needed. The service is compliant with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The Board also approved School Resource Officer agreements with three law enforcement agencies for the 2019-2020 school year. The SRO program has been in place with the Peculiar and Raymore police departments. This year, the District is adding a partnership with the Cass County Sheriff's Office to provide one of the three officers. 

The Board heard reviews of the District Employee Wellness Program and the Title I Program. The Board approved bids for new band uniforms, walk-in freezers, a truck and a van, and food items. The Board also approved the meal prices for 2019-2020.

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Board honors TSA students for success at state

The School Board on May 23 recognized students from the Ray-Pec Technology Student Association for their success at the state competition!

From left: Vincent Como, 2nd place, Transportation Modeling; Harrison Jones, 2nd place CAD Engineering and member of team that placed 3rd in Computer Integrated Manufacturing; Matthew Thompson, state champion in Video Game Design; Charlie Foulke, 2nd place, Board Game Design; Cam Gillespie, 3rd place CAD Engineering and member of team that placed 3rd in Computer Integrated Manufacturing; and Board Member Aaron Howlett.

Not pictured: Ryan Jones, 2nd place in Board Game Design; Jacob Boles, 3rd place, Computer Integrated Manufacturing team; and Trent Oberlander, 3rd place, Computer Integrated Manufacturing team.

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Board honors band students for earning gold medals at state

The School Board on May 23 recognized band students who received a gold medal at the State Music Contest!

Front row, from left: Julianna Reaka, percussion quartet; Ashlyn Mohn, percussion quartet; Lilah Manning, flute solo, and McKenna Sloan, flute solo. Second row: Zach Paszkiewicz, trumpet solo; Zaran Jathaul, snare drum solo; Sage Buckley, clarinet solo, Cecilia Brown, clarinet solo, and Tammy Yang, marimba solo and percussion quartet. Back: Devin Tilawen, clarinet solo, and Board Member Aaron Howlett. Not pictured: Megan Strauss, violin solo, and Jayden Bramble, percussion quartet.

Board honors PTA Volunteer of the Year

The School Board on May 23 honored Jodi Price, the Ray-Pec PTA Council Volunteer of the Year! She is pictured with School Board Member Aaron Howlett.


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Board recognizes Special Olympics Teams

The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on May 23 recognized four Ray-Pec Special Olympics basketball teams for their success at the state basketball tournaments. They brought home two gold medals and two silver medals. The Unified Partners on the 3 on 3 teams are volunteers who participate and compete with the athletes. 

Above left: The Panther Team Skills team placed 1st and received a Gold Medal. From left: Coach Emma Howlett, Sabrina Peek, Mallory Anderson, and Alyssa Woodward. They are pictured with Board Member Aaron Howlett. Not pictured: Grant Ewigman, Max Ewigman, Paige Johnson, and Sara Poe.

Above right: The Panther Pride 3-on-3 unified team placed 2nd and received a Silver Medal. From left: Tyler Williams, Zach Anderson (Unified Partner/Volunteer), Shawn Courtney, Board Member Aaron Howlett, and Coach Catie Howlett, Not pictured: Paige Whitney (Unified Partner/Volunteer), Emma Gudenkauf, and Aron Mendosa.

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The Panthers 3on3

Above left: The Panther Cubs placed first and won a Gold Medal. In front is Maddox Martel. In back, from left: Coach Cara Hornbeck, Unified Partner Grant Hornbeck, and School Board Member Aaron Howlett. Not pictured: Dorico Hilliard (Unified Partner/Volunteer), J'Qwan Blackmon, and Armon Davis. 

Above right: The Panthers 3-on-3 unified team won 2nd place and won a Silver Medal. School Board Member Aaron Howlett was the team's volunteer coach. In front, from left: Kayla Hughes (Unified Partner/Volunteer), McKenzie Hughes (Unified Partner/Volunteer), and Jag Davis. Not pictured: Kameron Adams, Adam Doss, and Chenoa Toler.

Compensation plan

The School Board on April 25 approved salary schedules for employees for 2019-2020.

Increasing salaries for all employees is one way the District is continuing efforts to hire and retain High Quality Staff, as outlined in the Strategic Plan. In addition to the salary increases, the Board recently approved a competitive board-paid insurance plan. This year, the district will increase the base certified salary by $1,300. This means the base teacher's salary for a first-year teacher moves to $38,000. In addition, the Board approved an additional $500 to Master's degree steps on the salary schedule based on a market comparison. Teachers and other certified staff will receive increases averaging 5.6 percent. These increases are possible, in part, due to the passage of Prop R-P in 2018.

Support staff employees will receive overall annual pay increases averaging 6.6 percent after the Board increased the hourly rate for each salary grade and reclassified 20 job titles to improve market competitiveness. Salary schedules are posted on the District web site: Salary schedules

Board honors FBLA student

The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on April 25 honored Audrey Huffman for placing first in Impromptu Speaking at the FBLA State Leadership Conference, April 14-16 in Springfield. She qualified for the FBLA National Conference June 29-July 2 in San Antonio, Texas. She is pictured with Board Member Billy King.  

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Board honors journalism students

The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on April 25 recognized Ray-Pec High School journalism students who received All-State awards at the state journalism contest on March 25. The All-State designation was awarded for entries scoring in the top 1 percent statewide. JDAY is sponsored by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association on the campus of the University of Missouri, Columbia.

From left: Byron King, Bela Torres, Jennifer Aguilar, Madeline Young, Kaylee Ohlson, Emma Snider, and Board Member Billy King.

The students and their award categories:

  • Jennifer Aguilar, Photography Sports Reaction
  • Madeline Young, Photography Sports Action
  • Kaylee Ohlson, Photography Sports Action
  • Byron King, Newspaper/News Magazine Page Design
  • Bela Torres and Emma Snider, Online Feature Package

Board recognizes DECA success

The School Board on April 25 recognized Maddie Welty for placing 4th in Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling at the Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference March 24-26 in Kansas City. She qualified to compete at the International DECA competition, April 27-30 in Orlando, Fla. She is pictured with Board Member Billy King.

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Oath of office and reorganization meeting on April 15, 2019

Aaron Howlett and Bill Lowe were sworn into office during a special School Board reorganization meeting on April 15, 2019. Board Secretary Pam Steele administered the oath of office after the Board certified the results of the April 2 election. Howlett and Lowe were elected to 3-year terms.

The Board elected Ruth Johnson to continue as President, Paul Coffman to continue serving as Vice President, Pam Steele to continue as Secretary, and Cynthia Byous to continue as Treasurer.

The Board also elected Billy King to serve as Missouri School Boards Association Delegate and Ruth Johnson as the Alternate Delegate.

Official election results:
  • Bill Lowe, 623 votes
  • Aaron Howlett, 567 votes
  • Joyce Noah, 564 votes
  • Susan Edmonsond, 555 votes
  • Write-in, 6 votes

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Review of March 25, 2019, Board Meeting

The Board on March 25 approved bids for track resurfacing and turf replacement at Panther Stadium. The Board approved a bid to purchase a new scoreboard for the stadium. The Ray-Pec Athletic Booster Club is soliciting donors to cover the cost of the scoreboard. The Board approved a bid for playground equipment at Stonegate Elementary School and a bid for trash services. The Board also approved the February ridership report, which includes pupil transportation data.

The Board approved employee health insurance and benefits for 2019-2020, staffing requests for 2019-2020, and early childhood tuition rates.

The Board heard reviews of the A+ program and the Career and Technical Education program. 

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Board honors top speller

The School Board on March 25 recognized 8th grader Miles Sellami, the Cass County Spelling Bee champion. Miles will represent Ray-Pec and Cass County in May at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Miles is pictured with School Board Member Bill Lowe.

Miles Sellami at March 25 2019 BOE meeting

Review of Feb. 28, 2019, Board meeting

The Board on Feb. 28 approved a bid for asphalt and concrete work at Stonegate Elementary School and bids for roofing repairs at Peculiar Elementary School.

The Board heard a review of the Technology Program, a review of the District's Energy Management Program, and an update on Summer School 2019. Kevin Wood spoke to the Board about the Cass Community Health Foundation.

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Thanks to our School Board

The School Board was thanked and celebrated during its Feb. 28, 2019, meeting. Thanks to our Board members for their service! Front row, from left: President Ruth Johnson, Ashley Jones, Susan Edmonsond, and Kim York. Back row: Vice President Paul Coffman, Bill Lowe, and Billy King. School Board Recognition Week was observed Feb. 10-16 throughout the state of Missouri.

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Board honors All-State wrestlers

The School Board on Feb. 28 honored All-State wrestlers Clint Herrick, left, and Kanen Huff. They are pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Clint placed 3rd place in the 182-lb weight class and Kanen placed 4th in the 138-pound weight class at the Class 4 state wrestling tournament Feb. 14-16.

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Board honors RPHS Volleyball Coach

The School Board on Feb. 28 honored Ray-Pec High School Volleyball Coach Aubri (Renshaw) Janes for being selected as one of Thirty Under 30 High School Coaches by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The awards honor top young coaches across all divisions of volleyball. Aubri is pictured with School Board Member Susan Edmonsond. 

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Board honors State Champion Tech Challenge Team

The School Board on Thursday night honored the Missouri Grand Champion Technical Challenge Team from Ray-Pec High School. Pictured, from left: Riley Linn, Becca Bessette, Zach Scott, Devyn Phillips, Nick Hime, and Board Member Susan Edmonsond. A school can enter one team in the Tech Challenge. The competition includes 5 events from a list of skills used in technical theatre.

  • Riley Linn placed first in lighting hang and focus
  • Becca Bessette placed 2nd in threading a sewing machine
  • Zach Scott and Devyn Phillips placed 3rd in props setup
  • Nick HIme, Riley Linn, Becca Bessette, and Zach Scott placed 3rd in drop folding
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The Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education. In front: Susan Edmonsond, President Ruth Johnson, and Kim York. In back: Billy King, Bill Lowe, Vice President Paul Coffman, and Ashley Jones.

Missouri School Board Recognition Week

Communities across the state honored the service of boards of education during Missouri School Board Recognition Week, Feb. 10-16, 2019. The goal was to build awareness and understanding of the important function an elected board of education fills in communities and schools. These public servants are elected by local constituents and do not receive compensation for their efforts.

All Missouri citizens were asked to recognize the contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the vital role they play in the education of our children. Thanks to our Raymore-Peculiar School Board members:

School Board Recognition Week is sponsored by the Missouri School Boards' Association.

Review of Feb. 14, 2019, work session

During a work session on Feb. 14, the Board received a report about the Annual Performance Report, heard an update on the Assessment Plan, and reviewed the Strategic Plan.

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Review of Jan. 24, 2019, Board meeting

The Board on Jan. 24 approved the District calendar for 2019-2020. The Board approvesd a lease refunding and staff requests for 2019-2020. The Board also heard reports about the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation and the Student Interventions Program.

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Board honors Spelling Bee champion

The School Board on Jan. 24 honored Miles Sellami, the District Spelling Bee Champion. Miles, an 8th grader at Ray-Pec East Middle School, will represent Ray-Pec on March 13 at the Cass County Spelling Bee. He is pictured with Board Member Ashley Jones.

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Board honors All-State volleyball player

The School Board on Jan. 24 honored RPHS Senior Janae Thurston for being named to the All-State Volleyball team. JShe has committed to play volleyball next year for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is pictured with Board Member Ashley Jones.

Review of Jan. 10, 2019, Work Session

The Board on Jan. 10 heard an update about capital projects planned for fiscal year 2020 and beyond. The Board also heard about plans to delay the addition of world language instruction in grades 2-5 for at least one year. In addition, Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, presented a draft outline for an Adopt-A-School program. Watch the meeting:


Ray-Pec to expand online learning opportunities

The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on Dec. 20 took a big step to increase online course offerings for Ray-Pec High School students.

LAUNCH-transparent-smallThe Board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Springfield School District to provide an increased number of high-quality courses through a program called Launch. Used by school districts across the state, Launch is an online academy with more than 100 classes designed, developed, and delivered by Missouri educators. The Ray-Pec School District will pay the course fee if enrollment qualifications are met.

Online courses provide benefits for students in a variety of ways: increased options for electives and accelerated courses, flexibility for home-bound and at-risk students, long-term suspension solutions, credit recovery programs, and alternatives for scheduling conflicts.

Additional information will be shared as students prepare to select courses and enroll for 2019-2020.

View the presentation from the Board meeting: Launch information

Ray-Pec expands mental health supports for students

Under a new partnership between the Raymore-Peculiar School District and Compass Health Network, two licensed therapists will provide therapy services at school to Medicaid-eligible students who qualify.  The School Board approved the partnership at its Dec. 20 meeting.

Ray-Pec's mental health professionals will oversee the referral process, which includes parental approval. The services may include screenings/evaluations, brief interventions, therapy and consultation services for mental health treatment. The District will provide space for the therapy sessions. 

Expanding mental health supports for students is an important action step in the District's Strategic Plan. Compass Health Network includes  Pathways Community Health ,  Crider Health Center  and  Royal Oaks Hospital.

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Board honors cross country runners

The School Board on Dec. 20 recognized the girls Cross Country Team for placing third in the state in Class 4, and also recognized four runners for earning All-State honors for performances at the Class 4 state meet on Nov. 3, 2018, in Jefferson City.

From left to right: Braden Zaner, Raelyn Kirchhoff, Makenzie Stucker, Miranda Dick, Marissa Dick, and Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Not pictured: Laurana Mitchell, Anna Patterson, and Gracyn Kloth.

  • Junior Braden Zaner placed 21st in the boys race to earn All-State honors for the first time.
  • Junior Marissa Dick placed 5th place in the girls race to earn All-State honors for the second time.
  • Senior Miranda Dick, placed 6th, to earn All-State honors for the third time.
  • Senior Makenzie Stucker, placed 23rd to earn All-State honors for the third time. Miranda and Makenzie are the only runners in Ray-Pec school history to earn All-State honors in cross country three times.

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The School Board on Dec. 20 recognized students selected for the All-State Band. From left to right: Senior Tammy Yang, first chair, percussion; Sophomore Sage Buckley, 5th chair, clarinet; Sophomore Lilah Manning, 20th chair, flute, Honorable Mention Band; and Board Member Susan Edmonsond.

The students will perform with the All-State Band in January at Tan-Tar-A Resort. They auditioned on Dec. 1 at Columbia Hickman High School for the honor.
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Board recognizes All-State Choir students

The School Board on Dec. 20 recognized students selected for the All-State Choir. From left to right: Becca Bessette, Soprano; Chloe Coons, Soprano Alternate; Tayler Bates, Soprano Alternate; Gabby Sharp, Tenor; and Board Member Susan Edmonsond.

Not pictured: Kylie Hansen, Soprano; Katie Clewell, Alto; Samuel Reicher, Tenor Alternate; and Matthew Stewart, Bass.

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Board recognizes All-State Football Players

The School Board on Dec. 20 recognized two students who were selected by the Missouri Football Coaches Association to the Class 6 All-State Second Team.

At left is Senior Chase Hutchison, offensive line. At right is Junior Luke Grimm, wide receiver. They are pictured with Board Member Paul Coffman. 

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Board thanks Victor Carr

The School Board on Dec. 20 thanked Victor Carr, a resident of Peculiar, for his volunteer photography. You may have seen him on the sidelines at different Ray-Pec sporting events. He takes hundreds of photos and freely shares them with the community. He is pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond.

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Review of Dec. 20, 2018, Board meeting

The Board approved expanding mental health supports for students, expanding online learning opportunities, and head a report on school culture and climate.

Under a new partnership with Compass Health Network, two licensed therapists will provide therapy services at school to Medicaid-eligible students who qualify. The School Board approved the partnership at the Dec. 20 meeting.

Ray-Pec's mental health professionals will oversee the referral process, which includes parental approval. The services may include screenings/evaluations, brief interventions, therapy, and consultation services for mental health treatment. The District will provide space for the therapy sessions. Expanding mental health supports for students is an important action step in the District's

School Culture and Climate presentation

Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update

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2019 School Board Candidate filing information

The Raymore-Peculiar R-II School District encourages qualified persons interested in running for a position on the School Board to file to be a candidate in the April 2, 2019 election. Interested persons may file at the administration offices located at 21005 S. School Rd., Peculiar, MO 64078.

Filing will begin at 8 a.m. Dec. 11, 2018, and will continue during the district's regular business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Filing will not occur on days that the school district's offices are closed due to inclement weather. Filing will not occur on the following holidays when the school district's offices are closed: Dec. 24 and 25, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019. Filing will end at 5 p.m. Jan. 15, 2019.

There are two (2) positions available with three-year terms. Board members whose terms expire in 2019 are Susan Edmonsond and Bill Lowe.

Placement on the Ballot

Order of filing will determine the placement on the ballot. This is in accordance with Board Policy 0320 – School Board Elections

Please contact School Board Secretary Pam Steele at 816-892-1311 or at pam.steele@raypec.org with any questions.

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The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on Nov. 15, 2018, honored the District's Finance Department for receiving the Meritorious Budget Award for the 4th consecutive year. From left: Finance Specialist Pam Hecker, Bookkeeper Cheryl Tipton, Chief Financial Officer Cynthia Byous, and Board Member Kim York.

Ray-Pec School District receives Meritorious Budget Award for 4th year

For the fourth consecutive year, the Ray-Pec School District has received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International. The award recognizes the District for its 2018-2019 submission. 

The MBA promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation. The award is conferred only on school districts that meet or exceed the program's stringent criteria. During the 2017-2018 school year, only eight Missouri school districts, including Ray-Pec, received the award.

To qualify for the award, the finished product must present financial information, statistical data, and performance data in a clear, easy-to-read way that illustrates the District's short- and long-term strategies and provides transparency in the budgeting process.

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The School Board tonight honored the softball team for a great season and placing 3rd in the state Class 4 tournament! Front row L - R: Brooke Law, McKenna Wilson, Kaitlyn Kurtz, Payton Maier, Breanne Blankenship, Montana Cummings, and Kate Lewis. 2nd row L - R: Hayley Smuder, Lexi Blackmon, Aubrey Brown, Kerstyn Finch, Camryn Stickel, and Board Member Kim York. Back row: Coach Jim Brown

Review of Nov. 15, 2018, Board meeting

The Board on Nov. 15 approved hiring a strings teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. The Board heard a review of the District's Early Learning/Parents as Teachers programs. The Board also approved a bid for a visitor management system. 

New system will check school visitor I.D.

As part of our continuing effort to increase safety and security, the Raymore-Peculiar School District plans to implement a new visitor management system after the winter break. 

With the new system, each visitor will be asked to provide a photo I.D., which will be inserted into a device and instantly screened against the registered sex offender databases in all 50 states. The system also prints a temporary badge indicating the purpose of the visit and keeps an electronic record for school officials.

The District will begin to implement the system at the seven elementary schools and Shull Early Learning Center. The School Board approved a bid from Raptor Technologies to provide the system. Ten companies submitted proposals, and three finalists were interviewed by the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services, the Director of Technology, the Director of Facilities, and three school attendance secretaries.  The unanimous choice was Raptor.

Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update

2019-2020 staffing requests

Early Learning Program Review

October Ridership Report

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Review of Nov. 8, 2018, special meeting

New School Board Member Bill Lowe took the oath of office during the Nov. 8 special meeting of the Board. 

He was selected to fill a vacancy due to the resignation of Kim Bailey, who was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education. At the time of her resignation, Bailey was serving as Board President. Since her departure, Vice President Paul Coffman had been serving as Interim President.

Oath of office for Bill Lowe

After Lowe was sworn in, the Board reorganized and elected Ruth Johnson to serve as president; and Paul Coffman as vice president. Pam Steele continues as secretary; and Cynthia Byous continues as treasurer. Lowe was appointed to serve until the next School Board election in April 2019.

School Board members also discussed possible program expansions and additions. These include Project Lead the Way, elementary modern language, strings/orchestra, mental health supports, and community partnerships. Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update

Elementary Modern Language and Collaboration

Strings Program Implementation

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Bill Lowe selected to be new Ray-Pec School Board member

During a special meeting on Oct. 30, the Raymore-Peculiar School Board selected Bill Lowe of Raymore to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Education.

The vote came after the Board interviewed three finalists for the open seat. In addition to Lowe, the Board also interviewed Maria Davies and Joyce Noah.

The oath of office will be administered to Lowe at a special meeting on Nov. 8. Lowe is being appointed to serve until the April 2019 School Board election.

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The vacancy was due to the resignation of Kim Bailey, who was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education. After Bailey's resignation, the District publicized the opening and invited community members to submit letters of interest. During a special meeting on Oct. 9, the Board reviewed letters from seven persons interested in filling the vacant seat. At that meeting, the Board selected three candidates to interview.

At the time of her resignation, Bailey was serving as Board President. Since her departure, Vice President Paul Coffman has been serving as Interim President. Once Lowe is sworn into office, the Board will re-organize to determine who will serve as president and vice president until April.

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Board recognizes St. Paul's United Methodist Church

Thanks to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for all you do! The School Board on Oct. 18 recognized St. Paul’s for its support of Timber Creek Elementary School.

Church members have donated school supplies, clothing, shoes, and headphones for students. They donated popsicles for field day and paid off overdue student lunch accounts. They also adopted students during the holidays. Church members also volunteer to mentor and read to and with students.

Interim School Board President Paul Coffman is pictured with three of the volunteer readers (from left): Ed Hruska, Peggy Yoakum, and Gayle Creason.

Review of Oct. 18, Board Meeting

The School Board on Oct. 18 approved the audit of the District's finances for the year ended June 30, 2018. 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.

The Board also heard a review of the Child Nutrition Program, a recap of Summer School, and approved an early resignation notification incentive. Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update

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Review of Oct. 11, 2018, work session

The Board on Oct. 11, 2018, heard updates on three areas: student achievement, mental health, and school safety. Board members also discussed sessions they attended at the recent Missouri School Boards' Association annual conference.

Student achievement

In the area of student achievement, the Board heard about NWEA test results that measure growth in math and reading, International Baccalaureate scores, Advanced Placement scores, and WorkKeys scores. Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services; Dr. Kristel Barr, Director of Secondary Education; and Dr. Michelle Hofmann, Director of Elementary Education; explained the assessments and results.

Mental Health

In the area of mental health, the Board learned more about recent efforts to incorporate social and emotional learning. The Board also heard about efforts to increase mental health supports for students.

Safety update

Dr. Bryan Pettengill, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, provided an update on school safety. The newly formed Safety and Security Advisory Committee had its second meeting on Aug. 24. Numerous areas of current and future school safety and security layers were reviewed. Highlights included Parents on Patrol, CrisisGo/Crisis Plan, and Access Control. All buildings have improved access control at the entrances. The committee is interested in implementing visitor management software to assist with access control. The district is seeking proposals from vendors for a visitor management program.

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School Board selects finalists to fill Board vacancy

In a special meeting on Oct. 9, 2018, the Board reviewed letters from seven persons interested in filling the vacant seat. After some discussion, the Board selected these three finalists to interview: 

  • Maria Davies
  • Bill Lowe
  • Joyce Noah

The other four people who had expressed interest were: Kyle Gillespie, Aaron Howlett, Kimberly Mallinson, and Shannon Weichel.

The Board has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, to interview the three finalists. The Board will vote to appointment a replacement to fill the seat until the April 2019 election.

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District to fill School Board vacancy

(Sept. 17, 2018)  There is a vacancy on the School Board as a result of the resignation of Kim Bailey, who has been appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education. 

The Ray-Pec School Board will vote to appoint a replacement to serve until the next Board election in April 2019. 

Candidates interested in filling the vacant seat should submit a letter of interest by Oct. 4. The Board has scheduled a special meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 to review the list of applicants and select candidates to interview. A special meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 30 to conduct finalist interviews.

Candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens
  • Missouri residents for at least one year before the appointment
  • 24 years old or older
  • Current with state, local, and property taxes

Read more about Candidate Qualifications

Submit a letter of interest

Candidates interested in filling the vacant school board seat should submit a letter of interest by Oct. 4. The letter should include:

  • Current or previous involvement in the Ray-Pec School District
  • Experience in relevant leadership and governance positions
  • Attributes the candidate believes will make him/her an effective School Board member
  • Reasons for interest in serving on the Board

Send the letter to Board Secretary Pam Steele at pam.steele@raypec.org or Raymore-Peculiar School District, Administrative Services Center, P.O. Box 789, Peculiar, MO 64078. You may also drop off your letter at the Administrative Services Center, 21005 S. School Rd., Peculiar.

Bailey was the School Board President. Board Vice President Paul Coffman is now serving as interim Board President.

Review of Sept. 20, 2018, Board meeting

In its regular monthly business meeting, the Board on Sept. 20, 2018, heard a report on the District's Public Relations program. The Board also approved dates for special meetings to select and interview candidates to fill a Board vacancy, and approved pilot participation in a new Education Court program. 

Read a recap of the meeting: Board update

Public Relations update

Education Court

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Kim Bailey swearing in

Kim Bailey takes oath of office for State Board

Congratulations to Kim Bailey, who is now officially a member of the Missouri State Board of Education. She is pictured with Board President Charlie Shields, who administered the oath of office to Bailey on Sept. 18. Bailey most recently served as President of the Raymore-Peculiar School Board.  Read more

Review of Sept. 13, 2018, Board Work Session

The School Board on Sept. 13 met in a work session for a Strategic Plan update. Also on the agenda was discussion about Board committees, Board member engagement, and the process to fill a Board vacancy. Watch the meeting:


Kim Bailey appointed to Missouri State Board of Education

(Aug. 30, 2018) Kim Bailey has been appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education by Governor Mike Parson.

Bailey, who has been serving as School Board President, was elected to the Board in 2016. She served as Board Vice President for one year, and has served as Board President since April 2017. Her term was to expire in April 2019.

Kim Bailey web

She notified Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, Board Secretary Pam Steele, and fellow Board Members in an email letter. "I have absolutely loved serving with all of you," she wrote. "You are an amazing team."

Dr. Monsees praised Bailey's service to the District and her contributions on the Board. "Kim has been a tremendous member of our Board of Education," he said. "We will miss her leadership in Ray-Pec, but look forward to her guidance on a statewide level."

The Board will discuss filling the vacancy at an upcoming meeting.

Aug. 23, 2018, Board meeting

The School Board on Aug. 23 approved the 2018-2019 Assessment Plan and heard an update on the Long Range Facility Plan. 

Students in PreK through high school participate in a wide range of assessments as part of the instructional process. The Ray-Pec School Board on Aug. 23 approved the 2018-2019 plan, which includes federal- and state-mandated assessments, as well as locally-developed assessments.

Here are some of the most widely administered assessments:

State assessments:

  • The state requires the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) in language arts and math for grades 3-8, and science in grades 5 and 8.
  • End-of-Course (EOC) exams are required when students complete English II, Algebra I, Geometry (student choice), Algebra II, Biology, and American Government (field test only). MAP and EOC results are reflected in building and district Annual Performance Reports.

Early Childhood: Speed Dial-4 is a developmental screening for children ages 2-5.

Elementary:

  • Pre-Kindergarten Screening is used to gather information about incoming students and their beginning skills.
  • Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) identifies reading and mathematics levels. It is given to students in grades K-5, three times each year.
  • AIMSweb offers brief assessments for students in K-8 who are receiving intervention or special education services.
  • Fountas & Pinnell is used to measure reading levels for students K-5.

Secondary:

  • NWEA identifies skills in reading and mathematics.
  • The Reading Inventory measures comprehension reading level in students grades 9-12.
  • Advanced Placement exams for students who complete AP classes.
  • International Baccalaureate assessments for students who complete IB courses.

Voluntary high school assessments include:

  • ACT, the national college admissions exam
  • ACT WorkKeys, which measures workplace readiness in three key areas
  • ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)
  • Accuplacer, an assessment to evaluate skills in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. The scores are used by the Metropolitan Community Colleges to determine a student's placement for English and math coursework.
  • Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)

The District also administers assessments to determine eligibility into the District gifted program. A range of assessments are used in the Special Education Department for identification and support of students.

District Assessment Plan

Long Range Facility Plan Update

Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update

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District sets total tax levy at $5.3622

The School Board on Aug. 23, 2018, approved the 2018 tax levy rate at $5.3622. The 2018 rate includes an operating levy of $4.4265 and a debt service levy of $0.9357. The approval followed a public hearing.

The rate reflects a net increase of 45 cents over the 2017 rate due to voter approval of Prop R-P in April 2018. The increase is helping fund key elements in the Strategic Plan, including additional hands-on learning opportunities for students, expanding Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math opportunities for students, expanding mental health supports, reducing gaps in achievement, competitive salaries and benefits, and facility maintenance and upkeep.

The 2017 rate of $4.9122 was a decrease from the rate of $5.0397 that had been in place since 2004. The rate is calculated based on the assessed valuation of real estate and personal property in the District. The rate decreased in 2017 to offset increases in property values due to reassessment.

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Recap of July 26, 2018, Board meeting

The School Board on July 26 heard an update on summer facility projects, approved construction change orders, and approved bids for desktop computer bids.

The Board recognized 2018 graduates who earned the International Baccalaureate diploma and recognized four middle school students who performed well at the National Speech and Debate Tournament. Watch the meeting here:

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Speech and Debate students honored at July 2018 Board meeting

Board honors students for success at national tournament

The School Board on July 26 honored four students for their success at the middle school National Speech and Debate Tournament.

From left: Blake Oser and Aidan Martel placed 6th in duo interpretation, Paige Showen placed second in humorous interpretation, and Madison Busby won the national championship in storytelling. They are pictured with Board Member Ruth Johnson.

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Board honors IB Diploma graduates

The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on July 26, 2018, recognized Class of 2018 graduates who completed all requirements to earn an International Baccalaureate diploma.

Pictured, from left: Trevor Diepenbrock, Abril Fasani, Aaron Fuller, Amber Heath, Molly Johnson, and Board Member Ruth Johnson. Not pictured: Josh Figge, Jordan Mayberry, Sarah Poisner, Abby Steggerda, and Tiffany Wylde.