Long Range Facility Planning
School Board Member Bill Lowe considers some feedback during a December meeting of the Long Range Facility Planning Committee. The group considered pros and cons of various options to address future growth in the District.
Enrollment projected to grow by 800 in next 10 years
The Board met on Nov. 14, 2019, to discuss Long Range Facility Planning and to hear an update about planned capital improvements.
Enrollment in the Ray-Pec School District is projected to reach nearly 6,800 students (grades K-12) by 2023-24 and nearly 7,100 students by the 2029-2030 school year.
Those projections were shared by Rob Schwartz with RSP Associates, an educational planning firm, during a presentation on Nov. 14 to the Board of Education. The report provided detailed enrollment, demographic, and development information.
The enrollment analysis is part of a process under way to develop a 10-year facility master plan, based on current and anticipated future needs. A group of Ray-Pec Board members, educators and city planners have been meeting with architects and the demographer to determine options to handle the expected growth.
As the District moves forward, several issues must again be considered, including timelines for possible construction of new facilities, additions to current facilities, and facilities for specific programs. Public feedback opportunities on options under consideration will be presented next semester as part of the planning process.
2019-2020 Planning Update
October 2019: A group of Ray-Pec educators and city planners have begun meeting with architects and demographers to determine options to handle expected growth in the Raymore-Peculiar School District.
The purpose of the current committee is to develop a 10-year facility master plan, based on current and anticipated future needs, with input from a wide range of community stakeholders. The previous master planning process, in 2015, resulted in a reconfiguration of the district allowing for a dedicated Early Learning Center, seven k-5 elementary schools, two 6-8 middle schools, and a large comprehensive high school in one building.
The Long-Range Facility Planning Committee is meeting the first Tuesday of each month throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Once feasible options are determined, input from all patrons will be sought to determine the best plan of action.