Board of Education

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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.

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Watch the April 16, 2018, reorganization meeting:

Voters elect Jones and King to School Board

Voters on April 3 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.

Jones and King will take the oath of office during a special reorganization meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the Administrative Services Center, 21005 S. School Rd. The meeting is open to the public.

Unofficial election results from the Cass County Clerk's office are shown in the table.

Unofficial Election Results

Candidate Votes
*Ashley Jones
*Billy King
Paul Bertolone
Joyce Noah
Will Manda
Patricia Linhardt

Candidates for April 3, 2018, election

These people have filed to be candidates in the April 3, 2018, School Board election. Each candidate was invited to participate in a candidate forum sponsored by the Ray-Pec PTA Council. Candidates were invited to answer a list of questions from PTA. Click on the candidate's name to read the information submitted by the candidate.

Review of March 22, 2018, Board Meeting

The School Board on March 22 approved staffing changes for 2018-2019, the February 2018 ridership report, and bids for site improvements. The Board also heard reports about the A+ program, the Transportation program, and middle school grading and reporting. Watch the meeting here:

All-State Wrestler

The School Board on March 22 recognized Garrett LaBelle for placing 6th at the State Wrestling meet. Garrett competed in the 132-pound weight class in Class 4. His finish qualified him as an All-State Wrestler. He is pictured with Board Member Ryan Wescoat.

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Tech Theatre students

The School Board recognized four Ray-Pec High School students for their achievements at the 2018 Missouri State Thespian Festival. This group placed fourth in the Missouri Tech Challenge, a competition in technical theatre skills. From left: Becca Bessette, Nick Hime, Peter Dyreng, and Riley Linn are pictured with Board Member Maria Davies. In addition to the Tech Challenge, Nick placed third in sound; Riley placed first in lighting; and Peter received one of three technical theatre scholarships awarded at the festival.

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Technology Student Association presents plaques to Board

Industrial Technology students presented School Board members on March 22 with laser-etched black granite plaques to honor their service.

Back row: Board Member Paul Coffman, Teacher Ivan Robison, Zach Kerfoot, Board President Kim Bailey, Board Member Ryan Wescoat, and Jacob Boles. Front row: Board Member Susan Edmonsond, Board Member Ruth Johnson, Board Vice President Kim York, Board Member Maria Davies, and Amanda Vega.

Review of March 8, 2018, work session

During its budget work session last night, the School Board discussed spending priorities for the 2018-2019 school year. Watch the meeting:

Review of Feb. 22, 2018, Board meeting

The Board on Feb. 22 heard about plans for Summer School, which is scheduled from June 4 to 28. The Board heard reports about the District's gifted program, the energy management program, and the Foundation. The Board also approved applications for vocational enhancement grants. Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update.

Watch the meeting:

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Board recognizes Todd Schnake for directing 100th show

The School Board on Thursday night recognized Ray-Pec High School Theatre Teacher Todd Schnake for his milestone achievement of directing 100 theatrical productions for the Raymore-Peculiar School District. He is pictured with School Board President Kim Bailey.

Board thanks Real Life Church

The School Board thanked Real Life Church for work by its members to remodel and organize the Panther Closet to support Ray-Pec students. Church members also provided child care services at the Good Neighbors, Strong Community conference earlier this month and participated in the Ray-Pec Foundation 5K last year. Lead Pastor Sean Petrie, center, and his wife, Diane Petrie, accepted the recognition certificate at the Feb. 22 Board meeting. They are pictured with School Board President Kim Bailey, at left.

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Board recognizes Stonegate as PLC Exemplary School

The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on Feb. 22 recognized Stonegate Elementary School for being named a Professional Learning Communities Exemplary School.

This year, 16 schools statewide were honored. Missouri PLC is a school improvement initiative sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Pictured, from left: School Board President Kim Bailey, Stonegate Principal Doug Becker, Stonegate Secretary Stephanie Como, and Teacher Deanna Dawson. 

Board recognizes Peculiar Elementary as PLC Exemplary School

The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on Feb. 22 recognized Peculiar Elementary School for being named a Professional Learning Communities Exemplary School.

This year, 16 schools statewide were honored. Missouri PLC is a school improvement initiative sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Pictured: School Board President Kim Bailey and Principal Rob Weida.

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(Front row: Kim York and Maria Davies. Back row: Kim Bailey, Paul Coffman, Ryan Wescoat, Susan Edmonsond, and Ruth Johnson.)

School Board Recognition Week is Jan. 21-27, 2018

School Board Recognition Week is Jan. 21-27. The goal is to build awareness and understanding of the important function an elected board of education plays in communities and schools.

All Missouri citizens are asked to recognize the contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the vital role they play in the education of our children. School Board members are elected by local constituents and do not receive compensation for their efforts.

Thanks to our Raymore-Peculiar School Board members:

  • President Kim Bailey
  • Vice President Kim York
  • Paul Coffman
  • Maria Davies
  • Susan Edmonsond
  • Ruth Johnson
  • Ryan Wescoat

School Board candidate filing information

The Raymore-Peculiar R-II School District invites qualified persons interested in running for a position on the School Board to file to be a candidate in the April 3, 2018, election. Interested persons may file at the administration offices located at 21005 S. School Road, Peculiar, MO  64078. 

Filing will begin at 8 a.m. Dec. 12, 2017, and will continue during the district's regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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. 25, 2017, Jan. 1 and Jan. 15, 2018. Filing will end at 5 p.m. Jan. 16, 2018.

There are two positions available with three-year terms. Board members whose terms expire in 2018 are Maria Davies and Ryan Wescoat.

Order of filing will determine the placement on the ballot.  This is in accordance with board policy BBB - School Board Elections.

Please contact School Board Secretary Pam Steele at 816-892-1311 or at with any questions.

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School Board attends annual conference

All seven members of the Ray-Pec Board of Education attended the recent Missouri School Boards' Association annual conference in Lake Osage, Mo.

The conference, which is the largest gathering of education leaders in the state, provided the opportunity to meet and network with hundreds of attendees, hear nationally recognized speakers, choose from over 100 breakout sessions, visit a trade show and attend awards banquet. The fall delegate assembly convened to adopt legislative resolutions.

Three Board members presented a session related to the District's Outstanding Board of Education award. Board Member Ruth Johnson, Board Member Ryan Wescoat, and Board Vice President Kim York (pictured here) represented Ray-Pec by presenting on excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.

In another breakout session, Board President Kim Bailey, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, and Attorney Jessica Bernard with Guin Mundorf LLC discussed effective methods to address and diffuse difficult situations that can be presented by district parents and employees.

The day before the MSBA conference, Board Secretary Pam Steele attended the Board Secretaries Workshop and participated in a panel discussion for new and nearly-new school board secretaries.

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Board continues planning during July 18 retreat

The School Board discussed a variety of topics during its second daylong retreat of the summer. After running out of time on June 14 to cover the desired topics, the Board reconvened on July 18 to:

  • Review a board self-evaluation and discuss effective governance practices.
  • Examine an informational binder that includes essential information for Board members.
  • Discuss results of the parent/patron and staff spring surveys.
  • Compare data from Ray-Pec with other KC metro school districts. The data included tax rates, test scores, and salaries.
  • Discuss the process to update the District's Strategic Plan, which is nearing the end of its five-year cycle.
  • Share suggestions to increase community engagement between the District and various stakeholder groups. Board members are interested in playing an active role in this engagement process.
  • Discuss grading and reporting for grades 7-12.
  • Review the District's 5-year Technology Plan.
  • Discuss advocacy.

The Board approved a contract with Sunbelt Staffing to provide occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, or other assistance for the 2017-2018 school year. The Board also approved an adjustment to the Fiscal Year 2017 budget.

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Thank you!

School Board President Kim Bailey, standing second from right, thanks employees of the Buildings and Grounds Department for all of their work - especially this summer with extra construction, renovation, and moving work taking place. During a daylong School Board retreat on July 18, Board members ate lunch with the Buildings and Grounds Department.

Standing, from left: Board Member Paul Coffman, Board Member Maria Davies, Board Member Ryan Wescoat, Board Member Susan Edmonsond, Board Member Ruth Johnson, Board Vice President Kim York, Bailey, and Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees.

Retreat focuses on transition, future planning

School Board members toured the high school on June 14, 2017, and were pleased and impressed with the construction progress. Work is progressing on schedule for the new addition and renovation taking place to prepare the school to open in August for all students in grades 9-12.
The tour was part of a daylong Board retreat which included updates on the transitions taking place as the District prepares to change grade level configurations this year.

The transition includes construction at several schools, changes in school names and grade levels, changes in boundaries for grades K-8, and changes in teacher and staff assignments across the District.

Strategic Planning was another major topic at the Retreat. The District's current Plan was created for 2013-2017, and Board members discussed with District leadership the process to develop a revised Plan. Considerations include how best to involve staff, parents and other stakeholders, whether to hire a consultant to assist in the process, and preparation of a timeline

There was much discussion about Board members' desire to interact more with students and staff. To assist the Board, District leaders plan to facilitate opportunities for Board members to visit schools, tour specific classes and programs, participate in events, and recognize and thank employees.

The Board also reviewed information about the 2017-2018 budget, which is expected to be presented for approval at its June 22 meeting. No formal action was taken during the retreat.

Ray-Pec Board receives two awards

The Raymore-Peculiar School Board received two prestigious state-level awards from the Missouri School Boards’ Association. The Ray-Pec Board was one of only 16 boards statewide selected as Outstanding Boards of Education for 2017, and was one of 24 boards to receive the 2017 Governance Award.

In addition, the Ray-Pec Board was one of only six Boards statewide to receive both awards for 2017. The others were Bayless, Park Hill, Reeds Spring, Mehlville, and Nixa.

The awards were announced at the 2017 MSBA Leadership Summit at the Lake of the Ozarks on June 3. 

Governance Team Award

The Governance Team Award is based on a boards’ outstanding commitment to ongoing professional development in areas such as student achievement, school law and finance, board operations and current issues in education. 

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The award also recognizes commitment to regional and statewide leadership and to active participation in legislative advocacy for public schools and the students they serve.
Pictured from left: MSBA Executive Director Melissa Randol, Ray-Pec School Board President Kim Bailey, Board Member Paul Coffman, Board Vice President Kim York, Board Member Susan Edmondson, Board Member Ruth Johnson, Board Member Ryan Wescoat, and Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees. (Not pictured is Board Member Maria Davies.)

To qualify for the award, the board met the following criteria:

  • All seven school board members completed the Essential certification from MSBA.
  • The district is accredited.
  • At least two board members attained the Advanced level of certification from MSBA.
  • At least one board member attained the Master’s level of certification.
  • At least a quorum of the board and the superintendent attended the 2016 MSBA Annual Conference and a regional meeting during the past year.
  • A representative attended the 2017 MSBA Legislative Forum.
  • The district had representative participation in MSBA’s Delegate Assembly.

Outstanding Board of Education

The Outstanding Boards of Education awards were aligned to six specific categories of the Missouri Public Education Vision Project. Winners in the respective category were selected by a committee made up of school board members from districts throughout the state.
Ray-Pec received the award in the category of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. To see a list of all recipients: MSBA Outstanding Boards of Education
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Ray-Pec received the Outstanding Board of Education award during a recognition banquet on June 3. Pictured from left: MSBA Executive Director Melissa Randol, School Board President Kim Bailey, Baord Member Paul Coffman, Board Vice President Kim York, Board Member Ryan Wescoat, Board Member Ruth Johnson, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, and Board Member Susan Edmondson. (Not pictured is Board Member Maria Davies.)

MSBA honors two Ray-Pec School Board members

Ray-Pec Board members were recognized at the annual MSBA Leadership Summit.

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Board Member Ruth Johnson was elected to the Missouri School Boards' Association Board of Directors. She represents Region 4, which includes Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties. 

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MSBA is governed by a Board of Directors made up of school board members from districts throughout the state. The board includes a representative from each of MSBA's 17 regions. 

Board certification
Board Members Ruth Johnson and Ryan Wescoat were honored during the MSBA Awards Luncheon for completing higher levels of certification through the Board Member Certification program. 

The programs established by MSBA helps local school board members develop the knowledge and skills they need to function as effective educational leaders in their communities.

Johnson achieved the Distinguished certification, which is the highest level of certification offered. Wescoat achieved both the Advanced and Master levels of certification.

In order to achieve the Distinguished certification, a board member must have earned 60 credits, read a book on a topic related to school board service, attended two board meetings in other districts, attended two MSBA core meetings, and participated in a variety of leadership, advocacy, and presentation activities.  

All newly elected school board members must complete a basic 16-hour Essential Training program required by state law. Those members achieving Advanced Certification must complete an additional 12 hours of training, read two books related to school board service, attend periodic MSBA meetings, and write a brief reflection paper relating their study to their board service. Those achieving Master Certification must meet additional requirements of at least 12 more hours of Certified Board Member credit, read two additional books related to school board service, attend at least two MSBA meetings within the year, and write another reflection paper that connects the subjects they have studied to the governance practices of the school district they serve.

Each June, MSBA recognizes board members for continuing their learning beyond the state-required CBM Essential Training for new board members. 



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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