Board of Education



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Recap of June 20, 2018, Board Meeting

The School Board on June 20 approved the budget for 2018-2019 and curriculum for counseling and modern languages. The Board also heard reports on athletics and activities, and school safety and emergency planning. Watch the meeting here:

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Board Members on June 20 with the 2018 Governance Award, from left: Board Members Billy King, Susan Edmonsond, Kim York, Ruth Johnson, and Board Vice President Paul Coffman.

Board recognized for state-level awards

The June 20 School Board meeting included recognition for the Board itself. For the fourth consecutive year, the Ray-Pec School Board has received two prestigious state-level awards from the Missouri School Boards' Association.

The picture above, taken at the Board meeting, shows Board members with the 2018 Governance Award.

The picture below, taken at the 2018 Missouri School Boards' Association Leadership Summit on June 2, shows Board members with the 2018 Outstanding Board of Education Award.

The Governance Award is based on a school boards' commitment to professional development, regional and statewide leadership, and legislative advocacy for public schools.

The Outstanding Boards of Education awards were aligned to six specific categories of the Missouri Public Education Vision Project. Ray-Pec received the award in the category of Governance, Leadership, and Accountability.

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With the 2018 Outstanding Board of Education Award, from left: Board Vice President Paul Coffman, MSBA Executive Director Melissa Randol, Board President Kim Bailey, Board Members Susan Edmonsond, Ruth Johnson, Billy King, and Ashley Jones, and Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees.

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Board recognizes All-State track and field athletes

The School Board on June 20 recognized student athletes who earned All-State honors by finishing in 8th place or higher at the Missouri Class 5 State Track and Field meet May 25-26 in Jefferson City. Pictured, from left: Braden Zaner, Zach Hill, Nolan Dick, Marissa Dick, Board Member Paul Coffman (in back), Laurana Mitchell, Miranda Dick, and Kylie Mitchell.

Ray-Pec students had All-State finishes in eight events and set five new school records.

Due to scheduling conflicts, some of the students were unable to attend the board meeting. Here is the complete list of state medalists:

  • Boys 4x800, 7th place, Zach Hill, Nolan Dick, Marlon Williams, and Jaren Jones.
  • Girls 4x800, 4th place, Marissa Dick, Makenzie Stucker, Laurana Mitchell, and Miranda Dick.
  • Girls 4x100, 6th place, Kylie Mitchell, Jaylynn Tucker, Aliyah Green, and Garionna Pearl.
  • Girls 4x200, 6th place, Kylie Mitchell, Jaylynn Tucker, Aliyah Green, and Garionna Pearl.
  • Girls Javelin, 5th place, Janae Thurston.
  • Girls 1600m, 6th place, Miranda Dick.
  • Girls 3200m, 6th place, Miranda Dick.
  • Boys 3200, 5th place, Braden Zaner.
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Board plans for 2018-2019 during June 13 retreat

The School Board discussed a variety of topics during its June 13 retreat:

  • Committee assignments
  • Board travel and conferences
  • Transition to new policy service provider on July 1, 2018
  • Review a draft of the Strategic Plan goals and scorecard
  • Review Superintendent's goals
  • Middle School grading and reporting
  • NWEA Assessment update
  • Mental health supports
  • Counseling and Modern Languages curriculum
  • New program considerations
  • Exit survey information
  • Preliminary salary information
  • 2018-2019 budget
  • Safety and security update
  • Summer projects update
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Cass County Kids First has final meeting for 2018

Members of Cass County Kids First met with legislators for breakfast on June 8 at the Archie School District

Legislators shared brief comments about the 2018 session, and then answered questions from those in attendance. Discussion included the topics of school funding, school calendars, reading, and assessment.

These legislators attended the event: Rep. Jack Bondon, R-56; Rep. Donna Pfautsch, R-33, and Sen. Ed Emery, R-31. Archie School Superintendent Jeff Kramer welcomed the group, and Jerry Miller, Belton School Board Member, moderated the event.

Ray-Pec School Board Members in attendance were Ruth Johnson, Susan Edmonsond, and Billy King.

Cass County Kids First includes Board of Education members and administrators from all of the county’s public school districts.

This was the fourth year for the school districts to come together as “Cass County Kids First” to share concerns and endorse a list of legislative priorities. The legislative priorities are organized in four categories of funding, local control, accountability, and student transfers. The group plans to reconvene next year.

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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, 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.

Unofficial Election Results

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


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


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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