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School Board candidates
These people have filed to be candidates for the April 2, 2019, School Board election:
- Susan Edmonsond
- Joyce Noah
- Bill Lowe
- Aaron Howlett
2019 School Board Candidate filing information
The Raymore-Peculiar R-II School District encourages qualified persons interested in running for a position on the School Board to file to be a candidate in the April 2, 2019 election. Interested persons may file at the administration offices located at 21005 S. School Rd., Peculiar, MO 64078.
Filing will begin at 8 a.m. Dec. 11, 2018, and will continue during the district's regular business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Filing will not occur on days that the school district's offices are closed due to inclement weather. Filing will not occur on the following holidays when the school district's offices are closed: Dec. 24 and 25, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019. Filing will end at 5 p.m. Jan. 15, 2019.
There are two (2) positions available with three-year terms. Board members whose terms expire in 2019 are Susan Edmonsond and Bill Lowe.
Placement on the Ballot
Order of filing will determine the placement on the ballot. This is in accordance with Board Policy 0320 – School Board Elections.
Please contact School Board Secretary Pam Steele at 816-892-1311 or at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Ray-Pec to expand online learning opportunities
The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on Dec. 20 took a big step to increase online course offerings for Ray-Pec High School students.
The Board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Springfield School District to provide an increased number of high-quality courses through a program called Launch. Used by school districts across the state, Launch is an online academy with more than 100 classes designed, developed, and delivered by Missouri educators. The Ray-Pec School District will pay the course fee if enrollment qualifications are met.
Online courses provide benefits for students in a variety of ways: increased options for electives and accelerated courses, flexibility for home-bound and at-risk students, long-term suspension solutions, credit recovery programs, and alternatives for scheduling conflicts.
Additional information will be shared as students prepare to select courses and enroll for 2019-2020.
View the presentation from the Board meeting: Launch information
Ray-Pec expands mental health supports for students
Under a new partnership between the Raymore-Peculiar School District and Compass Health Network, two licensed therapists will provide therapy services at school to Medicaid-eligible students who qualify. The School Board approved the partnership at its Dec. 20 meeting.
Ray-Pec's mental health professionals will oversee the referral process, which includes parental approval. The services may include screenings/evaluations, brief interventions, therapy and consultation services for mental health treatment. The District will provide space for the therapy sessions.
Expanding mental health supports for students is an important action step in the District's Strategic Plan. Compass Health Network includes Pathways Community Health , Crider Health Center and Royal Oaks Hospital.
Board honors cross country runners
The School Board on Dec. 20 recognized the girls Cross Country Team for placing third in the state in Class 4, and also recognized four runners for earning All-State honors for performances at the Class 4 state meet on Nov. 3, 2018, in Jefferson City.
From left to right: Braden Zaner, Raelyn Kirchhoff, Makenzie Stucker, Miranda Dick, Marissa Dick, and Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Not pictured: Laurana Mitchell, Anna Patterson, and Gracyn Kloth.
- Junior Braden Zaner placed 21st in the boys race to earn All-State honors for the first time.
- Junior Marissa Dick placed 5th place in the girls race to earn All-State honors for the second time.
- Senior Miranda Dick, placed 6th, to earn All-State honors for the third time.
- Senior Makenzie Stucker, placed 23rd to earn All-State honors for the third time. Miranda and Makenzie are the only runners in Ray-Pec school history to earn All-State honors in cross country three times.
Board recognizes All-State Band students
Board recognizes All-State Choir students
The School Board on Dec. 20 recognized students selected for the All-State Choir. From left to right: Becca Bessette, Soprano; Chloe Coons, Soprano Alternate; Tayler Bates, Soprano Alternate; Gabby Sharp, Tenor; and Board Member Susan Edmonsond.
Not pictured: Kylie Hansen, Soprano; Katie Clewell, Alto; Samuel Reicher, Tenor Alternate; and Matthew Stewart, Bass.
Board recognizes All-State Football Players
The School Board on Dec. 20 recognized two students who were selected by the Missouri Football Coaches Association to the Class 6 All-State Second Team.
At left is Senior Chase Hutchison, offensive line. At right is Junior Luke Grimm, wide receiver. They are pictured with Board Member Paul Coffman.
Board thanks Victor Carr
The School Board on Dec. 20 thanked Victor Carr, a resident of Peculiar, for his volunteer photography. You may have seen him on the sidelines at different Ray-Pec sporting events. He takes hundreds of photos and freely shares them with the community. He is pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond.
Review of Dec. 20, 2018, Board meeting
The Board approved expanding mental health supports for students, expanding online learning opportunities, and head a report on school culture and climate.
Under a new partnership with Compass Health Network, two licensed therapists will provide therapy services at school to Medicaid-eligible students who qualify. The School Board approved the partnership at the Dec. 20 meeting.
Ray-Pec's mental health professionals will oversee the referral process, which includes parental approval. The services may include screenings/evaluations, brief interventions, therapy, and consultation services for mental health treatment. The District will provide space for the therapy sessions. Expanding mental health supports for students is an important action step in the District's
Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update
You can watch the Dec. 20, 2018, Board meeting:
The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on Nov. 15, 2018, honored the District's Finance Department for receiving the Meritorious Budget Award for the 4th consecutive year. From left: Finance Specialist Pam Hecker, Bookkeeper Cheryl Tipton, Chief Financial Officer Cynthia Byous, and Board Member Kim York.
Ray-Pec School District receives Meritorious Budget Award for 4th year
For the fourth consecutive year, the Ray-Pec School District has received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International. The award recognizes the District for its 2018-2019 submission.
The MBA promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation. The award is conferred only on school districts that meet or exceed the program's stringent criteria. During the 2017-2018 school year, only eight Missouri school districts, including Ray-Pec, received the award.
To qualify for the award, the finished product must present financial information, statistical data, and performance data in a clear, easy-to-read way that illustrates the District's short- and long-term strategies and provides transparency in the budgeting process.
The School Board tonight honored the softball team for a great season and placing 3rd in the state Class 4 tournament! Front row L - R: Brooke Law, McKenna Wilson, Kaitlyn Kurtz, Payton Maier, Breanne Blankenship, Montana Cummings, and Kate Lewis. 2nd row L - R: Hayley Smuder, Lexi Blackmon, Aubrey Brown, Kerstyn Finch, Camryn Stickel, and Board Member Kim York. Back row: Coach Jim Brown
Review of Nov. 15, 2018, Board meeting
The Board on Nov. 15 approved hiring a strings teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. The Board heard a review of the District's Early Learning/Parents as Teachers programs. The Board also approved a bid for a visitor management system.
New system will check school visitor I.D.
As part of our continuing effort to increase safety and security, the Raymore-Peculiar School District plans to implement a new visitor management system after the winter break.
With the new system, each visitor will be asked to provide a photo I.D., which will be inserted into a device and instantly screened against the registered sex offender databases in all 50 states. The system also prints a temporary badge indicating the purpose of the visit and keeps an electronic record for school officials.
The District will begin to implement the system at the seven elementary schools and Shull Early Learning Center. The School Board on Nov. 15 approved a bid from Raptor Technologies to provide the system. Ten companies submitted proposals, and three finalists were interviewed by the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services, the Director of Technology, the Director of Facilities, and three school attendance secretaries. The unanimous choice was Raptor.
Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update
Watch the meeting:
Review of Nov. 8, 2018, special meeting
New School Board Member Bill Lowe took the oath of office during the Nov. 8 special meeting of the Board.
He was selected to fill a vacancy due to the resignation of Kim Bailey, who was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education. At the time of her resignation, Bailey was serving as Board President. Since her departure, Vice President Paul Coffman had been serving as Interim President.
After Lowe was sworn in, the Board reorganized and elected Ruth Johnson to serve as president; and Paul Coffman as vice president. Pam Steele continues as secretary; and Cynthia Byous continues as treasurer. Lowe was appointed to serve until the next School Board election in April 2019.
School Board members also discussed possible program expansions and additions. These include Project Lead the Way, elementary modern language, strings/orchestra, mental health supports, and community partnerships. Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update
- Elementary PLTW Expansion with Launch
- Secondary PLTW Expansion
- RPHS PLTW Programming
- Engineering Design and Development Course Outline
- Medical Interventions Course Outline
- Cybersecurity Course Outline
Watch the meeting:
Bill Lowe selected to be new Ray-Pec School Board member
During a special meeting on Oct. 30, the School Board selected Bill Lowe of Raymore to fill a vacant seat on the Board.
The vote came after the Board interviewed three finalists for the open seat. In addition to Lowe, the Board also interviewed Maria Davies and Joyce Noah.
The oath of office will be administered to Lowe at a special meeting on Nov. 8. Lowe is being appointed to serve until the April 2019 School Board election.
The vacancy was due to the resignation of Kim Bailey, who was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education. After Bailey's resignation, the District publicized the opening and invited community members to submit letters of interest. During a special meeting on Oct. 9, the Board reviewed letters from seven persons interested in filling the vacant seat. The Board selected three candidates to interview.
At the time of her resignation, Bailey was Board President. After her departure, Vice President Paul Coffman served as Interim President. Once Lowe is sworn into office, the Board will re-organize to determine who will serve as president and vice president until April.
Here are the Raymore-Peculiar School Board members. In back, from left to right: Paul Coffman, Kim Bailey, Billy King, and Ashley Jones. In front: Kim York, Susan Edmonsond, and Ruth Johnson. During its April 16 reorganization meeting, the Board elected Bailey to serve as president; Coffman to serve as vice president; Pam Steele as secretary; and Cynthia Byous as treasurer. Johnson was elected as the delegate to the Missouri School Boards' Association. Edmonsond was elected as the alternate delegate.
Oath of office
Ashley Jones and Billy King take the oath of office during the April 16, 2018, special reorganization meeting of the School Board.
The two were elected on April 3 to serve three-year terms. They replace Ryan Wescoat and Maria Davies, who did not seek re-election.
Watch the April 16, 2018, reorganization meeting:
Voters elect Jones and King to School Board
Voters on April 3, 2018, elected Ashley Jones and Billy King to serve three-year terms on the Ray-Pec School Board. They will replace current board members Maria Davies and Ryan Wescoat, whose terms expire in 2018.
Election results from the Cass County Clerk's office are shown in the table.
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