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Board thanks Citizens for Ray-Pec Schools
The School Board on April 26 thanked several people who led the Citizens for Ray-Pec Schools Committee. The committee's campaign to support the Prop R-P tax levy issue helped achieve its approval on April 3. Pictured from left: Board Member Paul Coffman, Committee Member Phil VanDeusen, Committee Member Cathy Wansing, Board President Kim Bailey, and Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees.
Not pictured: Committee Chairman Eric Collins and Committee Members Curt and Melinda Houdyshell.
Board recognizes Special Olympics Basketball teams
The School Board on April 26 recognized the success of the District's Special Olympics basketball teams at the state tournament. Due to schedule conflicts, many of the students were unable to attend the Board meeting.
In the photo above left: The 3 on 3 Unified Wolves Team won first place at the state tournament. Pictured from left: Grant Hornbeck (6th grade Unified Partner/Volunteer), Jag Davis (6th grade athlete), and Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Not pictured: Olivia Burton (8th grade Unified Partner/Volunteer), Armon Davis (7th grade athlete), J’Qwan Blackman (6th grade athlete), and Dorico Hilliard (8th grade Unified Partner/Volunteer).
Above right: The 3 on 3 Unified Super Senior Team won first place and gold medals at the state tournament. Pictured from left: Zach Anderson (9th grade Unified Partner/Volunteer), Alyssa Woodward (11th grade Unified Partner/Volunteer), and Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Not pictured: Alex Sutton (graduated athlete), Tristan Holmes-Dye (12th grade athlete), Ethan Ankrom (graduated athlete), Ashley Lindsay (graduated athlete), and Desray Yarger (11th grade Unified Partner/Volunteer).
Above left: Sophomore Emma Gudenkauf was a member of the 2nd place 3 on 3 Unified Panthers Team. She is pictured here with Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Not pictured: Emrie Ianniello (11th grade Unified Partner/Volunteer), Kayla Hughes (11th grade Unified Partner/Volunteer), Josh Hill (8th grade athlete), Tyler Williams (10th grade athlete), and Shawn Courtney (10th grade athlete).
Above right: The 3 on 3 Unified Wolves Team won first place at the state tournament. Pictured from left: Grant Hornbeck (6th grade Unified Partner/Volunteer), Jag Davis (6th grade athlete), and Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Not pictured: Olivia Burton (8th grade Unified Partner/Volunteer), Armon Davis (7th grade athlete), J’Qwan Blackman (6th grade athlete), and Dorico Hilliard (8th grade Unified Partner/Volunteer).
Fresh baked cookies
On April 26, the School Board enjoyed some cookies baked by Kaile-A'na Kirby, a student in the Prostart II Class. The cookies were delivered during the Board meeting.
From left: Board Member Susan Edmonsond, Board Member Ruth Johnson, Board Vice President Paul Coffman, Board President Kim Bailey, Kaile-Ana, Board Member Billy King, Board Member Ashley Jones, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, Board Member Kim York, and Board Secretary Pam Steele.
Board approves salary increases
The School Board on April 26 approved salary schedules and benefits for employees for 2018-2019.
This year, with the passage of the Prop R-P tax levy issue,the district will increase the certified salary schedule base by $1,500. This means the base teacher's salary for a first-year teacher moves to $36,700. Teachers and other certified staff will receive increases averaging 5.3 percent.
Administrative and support professionals will also receive increases averaging 5.3 percent. Support staff employees will receive pay increases averaging 6 percent. Extra-duty pay (for coaches and sponsors) will increase on an index based on the certified salary schedule.
Increasing salaries for all employees is one way the District is continuing efforts to hire and retain high quality staff, as outlined in the Strategic Plan. In addition to the salary increases, the Board approved a board-paid health insurance plan, a board-paid dental insurance plan, as well as life insurance and an Employee Assistant Program.
Salary schedules are posted on the District web site: Salary schedules.
Board approves capital projects
The School Board on April 26 approved more than $750,000 in capital improvement projects to take place around the District.
The District schedules maintenance and repair projects each year, but the list is more extensive this year with the additional funds available after passage of the Prop R-P levy increase.
Approved projects include: asphalt and concrete work at East Middle School and Creekmoor Elementary; crack seal repairs throughout the District; playground surface and equipment at Timber Creek Elementary; roof access ladder and repair at the High School; exterior wall repairs at Shull Early Learning; roof repairs at Bridle Ridge Elementary; new rooftop HVAC units at Peculiar Elementary, Ray-Pec High School, and Ray-Pec Academy; automation software for the new rooftop units; camera and intercom replacement at Raymore Elementary; fire panel replacement at Ray-Pec Academy and the District warehouse; and security access control upgrades District-wide.
In April, the Board approved extensive asphalt and concrete work at Eagle Glen, Raymore, and Timber Creek elementary schools. Additional projects are expected to be presented to the Board in May.
Watch the April 26, 2018, Board meeting:
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 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.
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.
(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 email@example.com with any questions.
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.
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.
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.
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