Board of Education

Board approves audit of District finances

The Board of Education on Oct. 19 approved the audit of the District's finances for the year ended June 30, 2017. Brad Steele, CPA and partner from Westbrook & Co., P.C., presented a summary report. The District had a clean opinion on its financial statements, compliance with laws and regulations, and internal control over financial reporting.

Steele complimented District staff on preparation for the audit and cooperativeness, as well as willingness to implement suggestions for improvement made during the audit. He recognized the Board's commitment to strong financial planning and management.

Read more: Audit report

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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 honors Teacher Patrick Hemmingsen

High School Science Teacher Patrick Hemmingsen was recognized at the Sept. 28 School Board meeting as one of 38 public educators selected to receive the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. He is pictured here with Board Member Ruth Johnson.

Hemmingsen was given a $650 check and commemorative certificate during a high school faculty meeting on Sept. 19 from California Casualty Field Marketing Manager Rebecca Stumpf.
Hemmingsen will also be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 9, 2018.

Review of Sept. 28, 2017, Board meeting

The Ray-Pec School Board heard a review of the Buildings and Grounds Department and an update about Public Relations during the regular business meeting on Sept. 28. The Board also recognized Teacher Patrick Hemmingsen (see above). The Board approved a grant application by Ray-Pec High School to seek $4,000 from the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association for the school’s ProStart program. Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update

ProStart grant application

Facilities and Grounds Program Review

Public Relations Update

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Review of Sept. 14, 2017, Board work session

The School Board met in a work session on Sept. 14 to hear updates about strategic planning and early childhood education, to review a Board self-evaluation, and to discuss hardship waiver requests. 

Strategic Planning Process

Early Childhood Program Update

Board Self-Evaluation survey results

Policy JECA - Admission of Students

Determining Residency (Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)

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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. 

Ray-Pec Governance Team Award web
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
Ray-Pec OBOE Award web
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.

MSBA Board of Directors
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. 

New double pic Johnson Wescoat web

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. 

Board certifies election results, elects officers at April 18 meeting

During a special reorganization School Board meeting tonight, Kim York, Paul Coffman, and Ruth Johnson took the oath of office to begin new 3-year terms on the Board.

The Board certified the results of the April 4 election, at which the three received the most votes.

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Following the oath of office, the Board elected Kim Bailey to serve as president, Kim York as Vice President, Pam Steele as secretary, and Cynthia Byous as treasurer for the coming year.

 Ruth Johnson was elected as the delegate to the Missouri School Boards' Association. Ryan Wescoat was elected as the alternate delegate.

Watch the meeting:

Voters elect Coffman, York, and Johnson to Board

District voters on April 4 elected Paul Coffman, Kim York, and Ruth Johnson to serve three-year terms on the School Board. 

A meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, to accept the official election results, administer the oath of office and for the Board to elect officers. 
Unofficial election results from Cass County:
  • Paul Coffman, 1,515 votes
  • Kim York, 1,475 votes
  • Ruth Johnson, 1,361 votes
  • Bill Lowe, 1,081 votes
  • Patrick Clark, 1,022 votes
  • Donna Nuccio, 766 votes
  • Collin Stosberg, 740 votes
  • Chris Bruton, 478 votes

Eight candidates seek election to School Board

Eight candidates are vying for three seats on the Ray-Pec Board of Education. The filing period closed on Jan. 17, 2017. Voters on April 4 will elect three people to serve three-year terms on the Board.

The candidates, listed in order of filing, are: Ruth Johnson of Raymore (incumbent), Kim York of Raymore (incumbent), 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.

Board members whose terms expire in 2017 are Ruth Johnson, Kim York, and Barbara Boucher. 

MSBA Legislative Forum

Ray-Pec Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees and Board Members Ruth Johnson and Barbara Boucher attended the Missouri School Boards’ Association Legislative Forum on Feb. 14, 2017, in Jefferson City. The annual event provides school board members and District leaders an opportunity to learn more about education issues likely to impact schools. MSBA’s lobbyists as well as guest speakers from the General Assembly and the educational community discuss the latest education issues and the bills to watch during the legislative session.

At right, School Board Member Ruth Johnson meets with Rep. Jack Bondon, R-56, during the Legislative Forum.

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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.
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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.
During the week of Jan. 22-28, 2017, 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. Pictured in the front row: Susan Edmonsond, Maria Davies, Barbara Boucher, Ruth Johnson, and President Kim York. In back: Ryan Wescoat and Vice President Kim Bailey.

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.

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, 2016, 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.



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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
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