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School Board seeks input for superintendent search

The Board of Education is seeking patron and staff input in selecting the next superintendent for the Raymore-Peculiar School District.  
An online survey which lists leadership qualities of a superintendent is provided. Community members and staff can indicate the most desired leadership qualities they perceive the new superintendent should have for our district. 

The survey results will be used by the Board and Missouri School Boards Association consultants in seeking and screening applicants, as well as for the development of the interview content. The survey is available through Oct. 21, 2019. Survey link

Board President honored

Ruth Johnson, president of the Ray-Pec Board of Education, is the recipient of the 2019 Carter D. Ward Excellence in Advocacy Award presented by FutureBuilders, the education foundation of the Missouri School Boards' Association. She was recognized on Sept. 28 during the 2019 MSBA Annual Conference at Lake of the Ozarks. The award is designed to honor an individual school board member who exemplifies leadership skills in the area of public education advocacy. Read more

Ruth Johnson Award
Ray-Pec School Board May 2019

The Raymore-Peculiar School Board

Front row, from left: Kim York, Ashley Jones, and President Ruth Johnson. Back row: Aaron Howlett, Billy King, Vice President Paul Coffman, and Bill Lowe.

Oath 2

Oath of office and reorganization meeting on April 15, 2019

Aaron Howlett and Bill Lowe were sworn into office during a special School Board reorganization meeting on April 15. Board Secretary Pam Steele administered the oath of office after the Board certified the results of the April 2 election. Howlett and Lowe were elected to 3-year terms.

The Board elected Ruth Johnson to continue as President, Paul Coffman to continue serving as Vice President, Pam Steele to continue as Secretary, and Cynthia Byous to continue as Treasurer.

The Board also elected Billy King to serve as Missouri School Boards Association Delegate and Ruth Johnson as the Alternate Delegate.

Official election results:
  • Bill Lowe, 623 votes
  • Aaron Howlett, 567 votes
  • Joyce Noah, 564 votes
  • Susan Edmonsond, 555 votes
  • Write-in, 6 votes

Watch the meeting:

Voters elect Lowe and Howlett

Raymore-Peculiar School District votes on April 2 elected Bill Lowe, at right, and Aaron Howlett, at far right, to three-year terms on the Ray-Pec School Board. Unofficial results from the Cass County Clerk's office show Lowe with 623 votes and Howlett with 567 votes.

Bill Lowe 3
Aaron Howlett 3

The other candidates, and their vote totals: Joyce Noah with 564 votes and Susan Edmonsond with 555 votes. 

Annual Performance Report score: 98.7 percent

The Raymore-Peculiar School District has achieved a 98.7 percent score on its Annual Performance Report (APR) from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The 2018 report includes student achievement data, graduation rates, attendance rates, and college and career readiness indicators. The report measures how well the District serves students under specific state guidelines and is used to determine a school district's accreditation.

The District received 118.4 out of 120 total points possible on the APR.

"We are proud the accomplishments of our students are recognized on the APR," said Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees. "Our teachers, administrators and support staff work hard every day to ensure our students are success ready. We have plenty of measures of success locally, but it is good to receive confirmation from the state that we are doing well as a district."


Pam Steele, Secretary to the Board of Education

21005 S. School Rd., P.O. Box 789, Peculiar, MO  64078

Ph: (816) 892-1311
Fx: (816) 892-1380


Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The seven-member Board of Education is elected by District patrons. Members are elected to serve three-year terms without pay. View all Board Members


  • 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month
  • Administrative Services Center, 21005 S. School Rd., Peculiar, MO 64078