Board of Education

School Board recognition week to be observed Jan. 22-28, 2017

Missourians benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 3,600 men and women in every community across the state. These public servants are elected by local constituents and do not receive compensation for their efforts. These men and women are the local school board members of Missouri.

During the week of Jan. 22-28, communities across the state will honor the dedicated service of local boards of education during School Board Recognition Week, as proclaimed by Gov. Jay Nixon. 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 important contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the vital role these public officials play in the education of Missouri's children.

Thanks to our Raymore-Peculiar School Board members:
  • President Kim York
  • Vice President Kim Bailey
  • Barbara Boucher
  • Maria Davies
  • Susan Edmonsond
  • Ruth Johnson
  • Ryan Wescoat
School Board Recognition Week is sponsored by the Missouri School Boards' Association. MSBA is a private, not-for-profit organization that exists to help school boards succeed.

Candidate filings
As of Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, eight candidates have filed to run in the April 4, 2017, Ray-Pec School Board election. They are: Incumbent Ruth Johnson of Raymore, Incumbent Kim York of Raymore, Patrick S. Clark of Raymore, Paul Coffman of Peculiar, Collin Stosberg of Raymore, Chris Bruton of Peculiar, Donna Nuccio of Lee's Summit, and Bill Lowe of Raymore. Filing will continue through Jan. 17. There are three positions available with three-year terms. Board members whose terms expire in 2017 are Ruth Johnson, Kim York, and Barbara Boucher.
Review of Dec. 13, 2016, Board Meeting
The Board on Dec. 13 approved new attendance boundaries for grades K-8. The boundaries will take effect for the 2017-2018 school year as the District moves to a different grade configuration as part of the Long Range Facility Plan.

In fall 2017, there will be seven elementary schools for grades K-5, two middle schools for grades 6-8, and one high school building for students in grades 9-12.

The Board approved refinancing of bonds. The Board also heard construction update and a report about school culture and climate. Read a recap of the meeting: Board update

Construction update
School Culture/Climate report
Surplus Property
Surplus Property bids

You can watch the meeting:

Art contest winner

The School Board tonight recognized Sophomore Adeline Aube for winning the grand prize in a statewide art contest sponsored by ACT Missouri. This year’s theme, Your Actions Matter, was incorporated in each artist’s submission. Winners at each grade level received $50 and will have their artwork appear in the 2017 Year in Prevention Calendar. Adeline won the grand prize of a Fire HD tablet. Her artwork will also be included in the calendar.

ACT Missouri is a private not-for-profit corporation established in 1991 to promote drug and alcohol awareness throughout Missouri. 

Board recognizes Aube web

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 4, 2017, election. Interested persons interested may file at the administration offices located at 21005 S. School Road, Peculiar, MO 64078. 

Filing will begin at 8 a.m. on Dec. 13, 2016, 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: December 23 and 26, 2016, January 2 and January 16, 2017. Filing will end on January 17, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

There are three (3) positions available with three-year terms.  Board members whose terms expire in 2017 are Barbara Boucher, Ruth Johnson and Kim York.

Placement on the Ballot

Order of filing will determine the placement on the ballot.  This is in accordance with board policy BBB-1 – School Board Elections.

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

Board members share Ray-Pec successes

Ray-Pec School Board members attended the Missouri School Boards' Association annual conference Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 at Osage Beach. At the conference, three Board members presented sessions.

Board Member Ruth Johnson presented with Belton School Board Member Jerry Miller on the topic: "Small Districts, Large Legislative Power." They described how the public school districts in Cass County came together under the umbrella of Cass County Kids First to support legislative action that enhances the quality of education in the county. Collectively, Cass County Kids First represents more than 18,000 students.

Board President Kim York and Board Member Ryan Wescoat were part of a panel presentation about the Outstanding Board of Education award. Ray-Pec received the award in the area of School Finance Resources.

The conference included hundreds of attendees, nationally known speakers, more than 100 breakout sessions, a trade show and awards banquet.

School board members advocate for schools in Washington, D.C.

Ray-Pec School Board members Ruth Johnson and Ryan Wescoat were among a dozen Missouri school board members who participated in the Missouri School Boards’ Association’s Federal Relations Capitol Visit July 5-7 in Washington, D.C.
BOE DC trip Hartzler rotate web
During the event school board members met with Missouri’s congressional delegation and staff members to discuss federal education issues that have an impact on local school districts throughout Missouri. Board members discussed a variety of issues with lawmakers including the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the federal law that sets policy and establishes funding for vocational training programs at middle and high schools. 

In this picture, some board members meet with Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who represents Missouri's 4th District.

The Missouri School Boards’ Association sponsors the annual trip to Washington, D.C. to provide Missouri school board members the opportunity to take an active role in advocating for issues important to Missouri’s public schools. 


View School Board meetings on the District's YouTube channel.

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 Raymore-Peculiar School District's seven-member Board of Education is elected by the patrons of the school district. Members are elected to serve three-year terms without pay.
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    21005 S. School Rd.
    Peculiar, MO 64078