2018-2019 Board Meetings

Bill Lowe sworn in; Ruth Johnson elected president

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.