2021-2022 Board Meetings

Board honors girls cross country team

The School Board tonight recognized the Ray-Pec High School Girls Cross Country Team for placing 5th at the Class 5 state meet last month in Columbia. Sophomore Ashlyn Smith placed 20th and Junior Alexis Borum placed 21st. Both were named to the First Team All-State. From left: Caitlin Figge, Ellie Barker, Tiffany Chatfield, Isabel Chatfield, Avery Raymond, Alexis Borum, Ashlyn Smith, and Board Member Bill Lowe.

BOE recognizes girls xc team

Board honors boys cross country team

The School Board on Dec. 16, 2021, recognized the Ray-Pec High School Boys Cross Country Team for placing 8th at the Class 5 state meet last month in Columbia. In addition, Senior Luke Voelker finished in 5th place and was named to the All-State Team. From left: Chris Obersteadt, Rydan Deckard, Patrick Jacobs, Black Borum, Derek Nissen, Luke Voelker, and Board Member Bill Lowe. Not pictured is Chance Embry.

BOE recognizes boys xc team
BOE recognizes Zach Reque

Board honors All-State Band student

The School Board on Dec. 16, 2021, recognized Freshman Jonathan Reque for being selected 4th chair percussion in the All-State Band. He is the only freshman to make the percussion section and is now considered the 4th best percussionist in the state of Missouri. He is pictured with Board Member Bill Lowe.

Nov. 18, 2021 - Board meeting

The School Board on Nov. 17 approved changes to the calendar for second semester. In an effort to provide more planning and collaboration time for staff, three school days will now be teacher/staff work days.

 The change comes in response to the need expressed by staff for additional item to accomplish many tasks, including:

  • Grade level, department, and multi-grade collaboration
  • Lesson plans to meet the diverse needs of students
  • Support plans for students with increased academic and emotional needs
  • Virtual platform enhancements for students who are learning remotely

Students will not attend school (in-person or virtual) on these three dates:

  • Friday, Jan. 28, 2022
  • Friday, March 11, 2022
  • Friday, May 6, 2022

Child care opportunities will be available for those who may need them. More information about this will be available in January.

Revised 2021-2022 Calendar

The Board approved the proposed guaranteed maximum price in the amount of $1,686,587 for concrete, steel, elevator, and certain mechanical equipment, along with associated fees, at the LEAD Center. The Board approved the proposal from All Systems Designed Solutions Inc. in the amount of $503,546 for intercom upgrades at Peculiar Elementary, Stonegate Elementary, Timber Creek Elementary, and East Middle School. The Board approved approved a bid from Lennox for rooftop unit equipment for an upcoming project at Peculiar Elementary. The Board also approved a proposal from ATG-Ram Industries, Inc., in the amount of $1,748,000 to upgrade the stadium on the Ray-Pec East campus.

Read the November Personnel Report.

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Board honors All-State Choir Students

Board honors Missouri All-State Choir students

The School Board on Nov. 18 honored students who were selected for the Missouri All-State Choir. It is the highest honor a high school singer can receive in Missouri.
From left: Ronald Graves - second alternate bass; Jacob Delgao-Carpio, first alternate bass; Nate Kiger, bass; Nathan Eckert, bass; Xander Blackmon, tenor; Meghan Larsen, alto; Kennedy Kinnick, alto; and Board Member Aaron Howlett. Not pictured is 
Addison Hansen, first alternate soprano. This is the second year for Kennedy and Addison to be selected for the All-State Choir.

Board honors Shauna Stephenson
Board honors Stephen Rew

Board honors Distinguished Alumni

The School Board tonight recognized two individuals who were honored by the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation as the Distinguished Alumni award recipients for 2021. Shauna Stephenson is a 1998 Ray-Pec High School graduate, and Stephen Rew is a 1999 Ray-Pec graduate. They are each pictured with Board Member Aaron Howlett.

Read more about the Distinguished Alumni: https://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/1606/Distinguished-Alumni-2021

School Board honors Todd Schnake

Board Honors Todd Schnake

The School Board on Nov. 18 honored Ray-Pec High School Teacher Todd Schnake. Mr. Schnake, who teaches speech and theatre at Ray-Pec High School, is the Ray-Pec School District 2021 Teacher of the Year.

He is pictured with Board Member Aaron Howlett.

At the meeting, Mr. Schnake was presented with a Teacher of the Year ring and a State Senate resolution.

Mr. Schnake advanced for consideration in the State Teacher of the Year program. He was named a Regional Teacher of the Year and then was one of 17 semifinalists statewide.

This is his 31st year of teaching - all in the Ray-Pec School District. The first two years, he taught at the middle school. This is his 29th year teaching at the high school.

Mr. Schnake was also a finalist for Ray-Pec Teacher of the Year in 2005, 2011, and 2017. He was named Missouri State Thespian Teacher of the Year in 2006, and received the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri's Outstanding Theatre Teacher award in the 2006-2007 school year. He was the National Federation of High Schools Missouri State Teacher of the Year for Speech, Debate, and Theatre during the 2014-2015 school year.

District receives clean audit

The District received a clean audit opinion on its financial statements, compliance with laws and regulations, and internal control over financial reporting for the year ended June 30, 2021.

Brian Eckhoff, CPA from Westbrook & Co., P.C., presented the audit results on Nov. 18 to the Board of Education.

Board President Ruth Johnson was pleased with the audit report. "The audit shows that our staff is following best practices in financial policies and procedures," she said.

Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle agreed. "The impact of the pandemic and the passage of the Proposition S bond issue were two important events during the 2020-2021 school year," he said. "This included changes and challenges in the area of school finance. The clean audit reflects on the hard work of Chief Financial Officer Cyndee Byous and her staff to make adjustments while ensuring the District continues to be the best stewards of taxpayer funds." 

Nov. 11, 2021 - Work session recap

The Board on Nov. 11, 2021, heard an update on the Strategic Planning process, heard a presentation about the first semester, and participated in a discussion about Evidenced Based Behavior.

Board honors Turner Construction

The School Board on Oct. 21, 2021, recognized Turner Construction Co. Turner Construction is one of the businesses partnering with Ray-Pec Enterprise & Design to provide client-connected projects for students to learn through project-based learning. Multiple courses are integrated into the projects so they earn credits in English, history, science, and/or business.
Turner employees Nick Findley and Ryan Tingey worked for an entire month with the Ray-Pec Enterprise & Design program.
They worked with students on a mini project before students were assigned their official projects for the semester.
Nick is pictured here with School Board Member Kim York. Nick is a Project Executive. He graduated from Ray-Pec High School in 1996, and has two children who attend Ray-Pec schools: a son who is a junior and a daughter in 8th grade at East Middle School.
Ryan, who was unable to attend the meeting, is a Lean Manager for Turner.
Board honors Turner Construction

Oct. 21, 2021 - Board Meeting recap

The Board on Oct. 21, 2021, heard a review of the District's Counseling Program. View the presentation.

The Board heard a report on the 2021 Summer School program. Review the Summer School enrollment history and the Finance Recap for 2021. The Board reviewed a list of policies that will be presented at a future meeting for approval.

Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle provided a Schools/COVID-19 update. He described the new Test to Stay option, which will allow students who have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case at school to test and wear masks to remain in school rather than quarantining at home.

The Board recognized two Ray-Pec High School sophomores, Avery Monnig and Becky Phillips, who are participating in Student Voice, which is a program created from a partnership between Startland and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Student Voice program asks the question: How might we leverage student voice to create a culture of Real World Learning in education?

Through the program, students and teachers work in teams to create solutions informed by real-world learning for their school districts. On Sept. 23rd, teams presented early versions of their solutions to a student panel. Several pitches were selected as finalists. One of the final pitches was presented by Ray-Pec students Avery Monnig and Becky Philips, who advocated for a class period to explore career pathways. They emphasized the importance of empowering students to find their dream job. They suggested removing the advisory period three days a week and replacing it with time for students to go to classes to learn about careers.

The Board approved measures to obtain furniture, fixtures, and equipment for the LEAD Center and Ninth Grade Center. The Board also authorized Dr. Slagle to enter into agreements for shop drawings to be completed for the LEAD Center.

Read the October Personnel Report.

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Oct. 14, 2021 - Work session recap

The Board on Oct. 14, received information about Developing Assessment Capable Learners (DACL), NWEA and assessment results. The Board also heard an update on Proposition S projects.

Developing Assessment Capable Learners (DACL), NWEA, and assessment results

"Assessment Capable Learners" are students who feel accountable for their progress. It does not focus on how well students perform on tests. Instead, it means that students are able to gauge their own learning. It means that students understand if they have met a learning target and in what areas they need extra help. When DACL is implemented well, students experience increased effectiveness in learning growth.

Achieve 3000 is an intervention tool used for Tier 3 students at the middle school and high school level in the area of English Language Arts. IXL is an intervention tool used for all state students at the middle school and specific courses at the high school. IXL tracks when students meet proficiency and mastery. Fastbridge Reading Progress Monitoring is a tool being used for grades K-8 in the areas of math and English Language Arts.

In a review of District assessment results, the Board learned that Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) results are a snapshot, while NWEA results are going and adaptive. The District will look at results from this point going forward. While quality Tier I instruction is important, combining that with intervention efforts will be key to student success.


Sept. 23, 2021 - Board meeting recap

The Board on Sept. 23, 2021, voted to continue the current practice of making face masks optional at all grade levels. However, within that directive were provisions that could make face masks required if certain measures are exceeded. 

  1. At the current time, face masks are optional at all grade levels.

  2. Face masks at all grade levels will be required when the district-wide percentage of students and staff who are in isolation or quarantine at the end of a given week exceeds the 4% tracing rate for two consecutive weeks. 

  3. Face masks will return to being highly recommended when the district-wide percentage of students and staff who are in isolation or quarantine at the end of a given week is less than the 2% tracing rate for two consecutive weeks. 

  4. The tracing rate will be measured by the total number of students and staff in isolation or quarantine divided by the number of students and staff in-person. It is a measure the district has reported weekly since August 2020.

  5. The tracing rate will be determined at the end of the business day each Friday and posted to the district website. Any changes to the masking protocol will become effective the following Monday.  

The Board also approved a contract with Apptegy to provide website design and hosting services. The new website is scheduled to go live on July 1, 2022. View the presentation.

The Board heard a review of the Buildings and Grounds Department by Facilities Director Scott Dobson. View the presentation.

Read the September Personnel Report.

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Sept. 16, 2021 - Board Work Session recap

The Board met in a work session on Sept. 16, 2021. Topics for discussion included: middle school boundary study, strategic plan timeline, a child nutrition update, curriculum design process update, and a schools/COVID-19 update. All topics are informational, and no action was taken. The meeting was not live streamed or recorded.

Middle School boundaries

The Board discussed the current enrollments of both of our middle schools and its potential impact on middle school boundaries. Dr. Bryan Pettengill, Assistant Superintendent for Operations, share current enrollment numbers and effective capacity:


2021-22 enrollment

Effective capacity

Utilization percentage

East Middle School



87.2 percent

South Middle School



69.8 percent

The majority of growth in the next 10 years is projected to occur in the current East Middle School boundary. As a result, the District plans to study the current boundaries and consider changing the boundaries for the two middle schools. Because of its location, the Raymore Elementary School attendance area will be considered to be part of a boundary change between East Middle School and South Middle School. A Middle School Boundary Committee will include Board members, district leaders, an elementary school principal, middle school administrators, parents of students in both middle school boundaries, parents of students in the Raymore Elementary School boundary, and teachers. Over the course of several meetings this school year, the committee will identify priorities and discuss potential solutions. Ultimately, the committee will make a recommendation to the district administration and School Board. Presentation 

Strategic Planning update

The District's current Strategic Plan was developed for 2016 to 2021. With student success as the primary focus, the plan is organized into three focus areas: Success Ready Students, High Quality Staff, and Financial Responsibility.

The District is now preparing to update the Strategic Plan for 2022 to 2027. In August, the Board approved entering a partnership with Education, Leadership, and Government Association (EGL). The consultants with EGL will assist the District in updating the plan.  

Dr. Bryan Pettengill, Assistant Superintendent for Operations, said that a Strategic Planning Committee will include Board members, building leaders, members of the Citizens Advisory Committee, district leaders, students, support staff, and teachers. Participants will be invited at the end of the month, and the first meeting is tentatively planned for Oct. 7. The committee will review the current Strategic Plan, as well as achievement data, the assessment plan, the long range facility plan, patron interviews, and patron surveys.

During the process, parents, staff, and the public will be able to provide input through electronic and in-person opportunities.

Ultimately, a revised plan is expected to be recommended to the School Board in May 2022.

Child Nutrition update

Sarah Chellberg, Director of Child Nutrition, informed the board about issues with food distribution, resulting in slower food deliveries. Some area school districts have been dropped by broadline distributors. Chellberg said the situation is requiring some districts to change menus, pare down menu options, source products directly from manufacturers, and ask some families to provide breakfast at home or send lunch with students. 

Ray-Pec has not yet had to implement those measures, but please know that some last-minute changes may occur to our regular menus, based on availability. At this time, Ray-Pec continues to partner with U.S. Foodservice as its distributor, and is implementing a longer lead team for forecasting and ordering. Chellberg is also working with other districts in securing product. 


Curriculum design process

Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, informed the board about the District's curriculum development and review process. The process is guided by specific Board policies, and the Board approved curriculum adoption.

When a specific area of curriculum is under review, a group of teachers, administrators, and instructional coaches meet to review and refine the power standards and learning targets. The process includes grade-level teams at the elementary schools, department-level teams at the secondary schools, and multi-grade level reviews by Vertical Teams. Each year, a different content area is reviewed. During the 2021-2022 school year, the areas of fine arts and practical arts are under review. The process includes a time for patrons to review and comment on the review document. Curriculum Development Process

Sept. 9, 2021 - Special Meeting update

The Board on Sept. 9, 2021, voted 4-1 to retain the face covering requirement for students and staff. Board Vice President Paul Coffman voted in opposition to the measure. Board Members Bill Lowe and Billy King were absent.

Due to an uncertainty about the applicability of a recent change in state law, the Board required five votes to continue a mask mandate. As a result, there is no longer a face covering requirement for students to attend school. Face coverings on school buses are still required per a federal requirement.

Watch the meeting here:

Valerie Adams Volunteer of the Year

Board honors Volunteer of the Year

The Ray-Pec School Board on Aug 26 honored Valerie Adams, the district’s Volunteer of the Year! Each year, the PTA Council accepts nominations for the award. Valerie served at both Eagle Glen Elementary and East Middle School during the 2020-21 school year. Valerie is pictured with Board Vice President Paul Coffman. 

Aug. 26, 2021 - Board meeting update

The Board on Aug. 26 approved the District Assessment Plan for 2021-2022. The assessment plan outlines what tests or assessments are conducted at what grade level. Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, reviewed the plan. In response to a question from the Board, he confirmed that the District pays the fee for each junior to take the ACT or another assessment to prepare for post-graduation plans.

The Board also approved a partnership with Education, Leadership, and Government Association (ELG) to assist Ray-Pec in updating the district's strategic plan for an amount not to exceed $15,000. As part of work on several roofing projects, the Board voted to use Temco/WTI for the purchase of materials needed to restore roof sections of Ray-Pec High School, Shull Early Learning Center, and Timber Creek Elementary School.

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Aug. 26, 2021 - Tax levy hearing

The Board approved formally setting the tax rate for 2021 with an operating levy of $3.9981 and a debt service levy of $1.0321, for a total tax levy of $5.0302. The approval followed a public hearing, during which no members of the public commented.

Aug. 20, 2021 - Special meeting 

The Board on Aug. 20 approved starting the 2021-2022 school year by requiring face coverings in all indoor settings when physical distancing cannot be achieved. The vote was 6-0-1. Board Member Billy King abstained. Watch the meeting here:

Aug. 10, 2021 - Special Meeting recap

The Board on Aug. 10 had a special meeting to receive a pandemic update, consider COVID-related leave for staff, and hear updates on projects from the Prop S bond issue.

Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle presented a COVID Protocol Review for the 21-22 School Year.

On the topic of face coverings, the Board voted 5-2 that face coverings will be highly recommended, but not required, for all persons in all indoor environments when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Previously, the district had highly recommended face coverings for all unvaccinated persons in indoor settings. Voting against the measure were Bill Lowe and Aaron Howlett.

The Board unanimously approved providing 10 days of paid leave to any district employee who is instructed to isolate due to the positive tests of the employee. The leave is available through the fall semester 2021. More details

Dr. Bryan Pettengill, Assistant Superintendent for Operations, provided updates on projects funded through Proposition S, the $72 million no-tax-rate increase bond issue approved by voters in April 2021. Prop S Update

Watch the meeting here: https://youtu.be/E-Iz-_yuvTs

Board honors I.B. Diploma graduates

The Board on July 22, 2021, honored Brendan Fuller, left, and Kerstin Randolph, right, for completing the requirements to earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

They are pictured with Board Vice President Paul Coffman.

Two other students also earned the I.B. Diploma, but were unable to attend the meeting: Emily Clark and Olivia Espino.

The I.B. program offers classes that students can take during their junior and senior years in high school. The classes offer greater academic challenges, further preparation for college-level work, and the potential to earn college credit. Students can take individual I.B. classes, or work toward the I.B. diploma.

I.B. Diploma grads at BOE meeting

Board honors speech students

The Board of Education on July 22, 2021, honored Samantha Williams, left, and Kayla Williams, right, on placing 12th in the nation in Duo Interpretation at the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament!
They are pictured with Board Vice President Paul Coffman.
Samantha and Kayla are 2021 graduates of Ray-Pec High School. They both plan to attend Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.
Williams twins at July BOE

July 22, 2021 - Board meeting update

The Board on July 22 approved scheduling a public hearing on the tax levy rate for 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Administrative Services Center. The hearing will take place just before the regular business meeting at 7 p.m.

The Board reviewed the plan for the August opening of school. The safety protocols include a recommendation that all unvaccinated individuals wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible. The Board also heard an update on Prop S projects.