Board of Education

Review of July 27, 2017, Board meeting

Lots of finishing details are taking place to complete the construction and renovation projects and prepare for the opening of school. This was the message that Patrick Smith of incite Design Studio shared with the Board during a construction update on July 27.

The Board also heard a review of health services, approved School Resource Officer agreements with the cities of Peculiar and Raymore, and approved the revised 2017-2018 budget. 

The budget for 2017-2018 continues to reflect the District's primary focus of Student Success. The budget includes the expansion of the Project Lead the Way program and early childhood education, as well as the purchase of math curriculum resources. The budget includes the use of remaining 2016 Bond Funds and additional District reserves to complete the facility improvements outlined in the Long Range Facility Plan.

Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update

2017-2018 Budget

Budget Preview (one-page fast facts)

Construction update

Health Services Program Review

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Board recognizes IB Diploma graduates

The School Board on July 27 recognized students who graduated in May 2017 with an International Baccalaureate Diploma. This was the first year for Ray-Pec High School to have student graduate with an IB Diploma.

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Pictured, from left: Connor Woodward, Malone Blaich, Lilly Carroll, Zachary Newman, Benjamin Osborne, Dalton Gilmore, Austin Moulder, Jacob Shriner, and Board Member Maria Davies. Not pictured: Grant Bosley, Jordan Doss, Samantha Heggem, Jesse Turos, and Audrey Warters.

Board recognizes Readers Theatre state champions

The Board on July 27 honored Ray-Pec Theatre students for winning the state championship in Readers Theatre for the performance of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" at the 2017 Missouri State High School Activities Association speech, debate, and theatre tournament earlier this year.

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Pictured, from left: Macee Blair, Tevin Chavez, Erica Theiling, Austin Moulder, Ian Haston, Kelley Shanahan, Riley Linn, Valiante Waltz, and Board Member Maria Davies.

Not pictured: Isabelle Burton, Trevor Diepenbrock, Peter Dyreng, Courtney Farr, Parker Hauptmann, India Kittrell, Noah Lampson, Cameron Perry, Dalton Russell, Allison Trageser, and Song Waltz.

Board recognizes Dan Garrison for selection as Regional Teacher of the Year

The Board on July 27 recognized Teacher Dan Garrison for being selected as a Regional Teacher of the Year. He is among 32 Regional Teachers of the Year competing for the statewide award.

Garrison has been teaching 18 years in the Ray-Pec School District. For the 2017-2018 school year, he will teach 8th grade social studies at Ray-Pec South Middle School.

He is pictured with Board Member Maria Davies.

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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.

June 22, 2017, Board meeting


The meeting included a construction update, Activities/Athletics report, & approval of the 2017-2018 budget. Read a recap of the meeting: Board update

2017-2018 Budget
Athletics/Activities Program Update
Board meeting dates
Board committee assignments
Alarm monitoring bid
Laptop/Chromebook cart bid

Construction update
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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.
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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.

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. 

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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. 

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.

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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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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.

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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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 pam.steele@raypec.org with any questions.

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.

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.

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, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
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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 including the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the re-authorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, the federal law about 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.
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Contact
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

Hours


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

Meetings


  • 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month
  • Administrative Services Center, 21005 S. School Rd., Peculiar, MO 64078