Board of Education



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District to fill School Board vacancy

(Sept. 17, 2018) There is a vacancy on the Board of Education as a result of the resignation of Kim Bailey, who has been appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education. 

Bailey was the School Board President. Board Vice President Paul Coffman is now serving as interim Board President. The Board, by a majority vote, will appoint a replacement to serve until the next Board election in April 2019.

The Board is seeking interested candidates. The Board will screen the applicants and will select candidates to interview. Candidate interviews and the vote to fill the vacancy will occur in open session meetings. 

Candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens
  • Missouri residents for at least one year before the appointment
  • 24 years old or older
  • Current with state, local, and property taxes

Read more about Candidate Qualifications

Submit a letter of interest

Candidates interested in filling the vacant school board seat should submit a letter of interest by Oct. 4. The letter should include:

  • Current or previous involvement in the Ray-Pec School District
  • Experience in relevant leadership and governance positions
  • Attributes the candidate believes will make him/her an effective School Board member
  • Reasons for interest in serving on the Board

Send the letter to Board Secretary Pam Steele at or Raymore-Peculiar School District, Administrative Services Center, P.O. Box 789, Peculiar, MO 64078. You may also drop off your letter at the Administrative Services Center, 21005 S. School Rd., Peculiar.

Review of Sept. 20, 2018, Board meeting

In its regular monthly business meeting, the Board on Sept. 20, 2018, heard a report on the District's Public Relations program. The Board also approved dates for special meetings to select and interview candidates to fill a Board vacancy, and approved pilot participation in a new Education Court program. Watch the meeting:

Kim Bailey swearing in

Kim Bailey takes oath of office for State Board

Congratulations to Kim Bailey, who is now officially a member of the Missouri State Board of Education. She is pictured with Board President Charlie Shields, who administered the oath of office to Bailey on Sept. 18. Bailey most recently served as President of the Raymore-Peculiar School Board.  Read more

Kim Bailey appointed to Missouri State Board of Education

(Aug. 30, 2018) Kim Bailey has been appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education by Governor Mike Parson.

Bailey, who has been serving as School Board President, was elected to the Board in 2016. She served as Board Vice President for one year, and has served as Board President since April 2017. Her term was to expire in April 2019.

Kim Bailey web

She notified Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, Board Secretary Pam Steele, and fellow Board Members in an email letter. "I have absolutely loved serving with all of you," she wrote. "You are an amazing team."

Dr. Monsees praised Bailey's service to the District and her contributions on the Board. "Kim has been a tremendous member of our Board of Education," he said. "We will miss her leadership in Ray-Pec, but look forward to her guidance on a statewide level."

The Board will discuss filling the vacancy at an upcoming meeting.

School Board 041618 image

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.

Oath of office 2 041618 image

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


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


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