Budget

2016-2017 Budget: High performance and community support


Fiscal responsibility has allowed the Raymore-Peculiar School District to achieve at very high levels, while spending near the lowest per pupil among area schools.

Ray-Pec operating expenditures per student were $8,881 in 2015. The statewide average was $10,486. With a tax levy rate that has not increased for more than 13 years, the District continues to make gains in student achievement and graduation rates, and also has an ACT composite score above the state average. The total property tax levy of $5.0397 is expected to remain unchanged this year.

The Ray-Pec Board of Education on June 23 approved a budget for 2016-2017 that supports the second year of implementation of the International Baccalaureate program, introduces the Project Lead the Way program at the middle and high schools in the ear of engineering and computer science, expands the availability of technology devices for students, includes more than $25 million in capital improvement projects, including those supported by the 2016 Bond Issue, and provides salary and benefit enhancements for employees.

Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees praised the budget plan, saying that “By focusing on very specific goals and initiatives, the District has performed well, thanks to the support of our community.”

The budget plan follows a comprehensive, yet user-friendly, format implemented by the District a year ago. The Association of School Business Officials International awarded the District with its Meritorious Budget Award for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. The award is presented to school districts demonstrating excellence in budget preparation and presentation.

The District anticipates total revenue of $66,486,212 and total expenditures of $89,739,464, which includes over $23 million in 2016 Bond Issue expenditures. This comprises all District funds, including the general fund, teachers fund, the capital projects fund, and the debt service fund. A fund is a self-balancing set of accounts that is categorized for a specific purpose.

Operating balances are projected to decline by $921,272, as the District makes targeted investments in key areas while maintaining fund balances at the strategic plan goal of 23 percent, plus or minus 3 percent. The District anticipates ending 2016-2017 with $14 million in operating reserves, which represents approximately three months of operating expenditures.

 

Student Success remains the top priority of the District. In this area, the budget includes staffing plans to maintain current class sizes and to add resources in certain intervention areas. The budget also funds the purchase of resources to support the English Language Arts curriculum.

Safety improvements for the coming year include the addition of a third School Resource Officer and additional staff training on responses to safety threats. The District also plans the use of a new crisis plan mobile application tool.

 

The District implemented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) pilot project in 2013-2014, which was expanded to more than 150 classrooms the past two years. For 2016-2017, grades three through six and grade nine will be supported with one-to-one devices for students, with BYOD classrooms added at several other grade levels.

 

The 2016-2017 budget includes more than $25 million for capital improvement projects.  The list of projects includes:

  • South high school addition and renovation program (2016 Bond Issue)
  • Asphalt and concrete improvements at Peculiar Elementary, Ray-Pec High School stadium parking lot, North High School greenhouse, and various locations District-wide.
  • Replacement of aging heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment at Timber Creek Elementary and in the network server room.
  • Traffic control improvements (lighting and turn lane) at Ray-Pec East Middle School.
  • Roof maintenance District-wide.
  • Athletic equipment and miscellaneous improvements at Ray-Pec High School.
  • Equipment upgrades for the Buildings and Ground Department and in District kitchens.
  • Lease payments.

 

The new school year officially begins July 1. Chief Financial Officer Kendra Hutsell provided an overview of the budget at the Board’s June 23 meeting.  Board members were complimentary of the budget and of the preparation work completed by Hutsell and her staff.

 

You may review Hutsell’s presentation: 2016-2017 Budget presentation

Review the Budget: 2016-2017 Budget Plan

Review a fact sheet: Financial Facts


District receives prestigious budget award
Congratulations!
First-time honors
For the first time, the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) has awarded the Ray-Pec School District its Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation. The award recognizes the District for its 2015-2016 budget submission.

School districts across the United States and Canada are eligible for the award, but few meet the stringent criteria. Professional auditors conduct a rigorous review of each submission in determining the award recipients. During the 2014-2015 school year, only eight school districts in Missouri received the award.

Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees commended Chief Financial Officer Kendra Hutsell and her staff for their work to prepare the budget and complete the additional requirements necessary for the award application.

School finance is complex, and a school district budget document can be confusing. The Ray-Pec budget for 2015-2016 includes a wealth of information in graphic and narrative form to tell the story of the District. The document is user-friendly, with lots of data presented in different ways to meet the needs of many patrons.

You can review: the entire Budget Document, which includes an Executive Summary, or a one-page Financial Facts document.

Preparing the budget in a manner to qualify for the Meritorious Budget Award is a more comprehensive process than a normal budget. The finished product includes financial information, statistical data and performance data on the District, as well as academic performance.

“Receiving the award in our first year of submission is an honor and is a reflection of our commitment to meet high standards in school district budgeting and reporting,” said Dr. Monsees.

In a letter notifying the District of the award, ASBO Director Vee Boehringer said, “This award is a true reflection of the District’s commitment to fiscal integrity.”

Participating in the Meritorious Budget Award program is another way to enhance communication with the public. The process enhances school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school district budget.  It also connects with the District’s Strategic Plan, which includes a focus area about Fiscal Responsibility.

“This award is evidence of the District’s ongoing efforts to use sound financial management practices and to allocate resources strategically to support our students,” Dr. Monsees said. “It makes us accountable for the details behind the numbers.”

The MBA Criteria checklist provides a foundation for developing a reader-friendly budget document that:

  • Presents clear budget guidelines.
  • Promotes communication between departments and the community.
  • Encourages short- and long-range budget goals.
  • Supports effective use of educational resources.

2015-2016 Budget: Higher achievement at a lower cost

When we spend our money, we look for value. When we invest, we look for the best return on investment.

 

Residents in our community can find that good value in the Raymore-Peculiar School District, where average per-pupil spending is lower than the state average and neighboring districts, and student achievement is higher.

 

Ray-Pec operating expenditures per student were $8,385 in 2014. The statewide average was $10,005. With a tax levy rate that has not increased for more than 12 years, the District continues to make gains in student achievement and graduation rates, and also has an ACT composite score well above the state average. The total property tax levy of $5.0397 is expected to remain unchanged this year.

 

The Ray-Pec Board of Education on June 25 approved a budget for 2015-2016 that supports the implementation of the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, expands the availability of technology devices for students, includes more than $1 million in capital improvement projects, and provides salary and benefit enhancements for employees.

 

Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees praised the budget plan, saying that it “reflects the priorities of the District’s Strategic Plan.” In reviewing the District’s success in student achievement, he added that “It indicates how well we use the resources the community provides.”

 

The District anticipates total revenue of $64,697,394 and total expenditures of $65,142,090. This comprises all District funds, including the general fund, teachers fund, the capital projects fund, and the debt service fund. A fund is a self-balancing set of accounts that is categorized for a specific purpose.

Total balances in all funds are budgeted to decline by $444,696, as the District makes targeted investments in key areas while maintaining fund balances at the strategic plan goal of 23 percent, plus or minus 3 percent.

 

The District anticipates ending 2015-2016 with $14.4 million in operating reserves, which represents approximately three months of operating expenditures.

 

Student Success remains the top priority of the District. In this area, the budget includes staffing plans to maintain current class sizes and to add resources in certain intervention areas. The budget also funds the purchase of resources to support the recently updated ELA curriculum.

Safety improvements for the coming year include the addition of a second School Resource Officer and additional staff training on responses to safety threats. The District also plans the use of a new crisis plan mobile application tool.

 

The District implemented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) pilot project in 2013-2014, which was expanded to more than 100 classrooms this past year. For 2015-2016, grades three through five will be supported with one-to-one devices for students, with BYOD classrooms added at several other grade levels. In addition, the District provides supplemental devices in BYOD classrooms for students without a device of their own.

 

The 2015-2016 budget includes more than $1 million for capital improvement projects.  The list of projects includes:

  • Asphalt and concrete improvements at Timber Creek Elementary, Ray-Pec High School south building, and various locations District-wide.
  • Video surveillance upgrades.
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements in the Shull gym.
  • Roof repairs and/or replacements at Shull Elementary.
  • Replacement of the aging lighting control board in the auditorium at the south high school.
  • Equipment upgrades for the Buildings and Ground Department and in District kitchens.

 

The new school year officially begins July 1. Chief Financial Officer Kendra Hutsell provided an overview of the budget at the Board’s June 25 meeting.  Board members were complimentary of the budget and of the preparation work completed by Hutsell and her staff.

 

You may review Hutsell’s presentation: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/DocumentCenter/View/8548

Review the Budget: 2015-2016 Budget Plan
Review a fact sheet: Financial Facts