2021-2022 Board Meetings
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.
At the current time, face masks are optional at all grade levels.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
East Middle School
South Middle School
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.
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.
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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.
- Personnel Report
- Assessment Plan
- Strategic Plan Consultant
- HS-TC-SELC roofing improvement bid sheet with Tremco Material
- Timber Creek floorplan AUG 2021
- RPHS floorplan AUG 2021
- SELC floorplan AUG 2021
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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.
Board honors speech students
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.