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Bill Lowe sworn in; Ruth Johnson elected president

New School Board Member Bill Lowe took the oath of office during the Nov. 8 special meeting of the Board. 

He was selected to fill a vacancy due to the resignation of Kim Bailey, who was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education. At the time of her resignation, Bailey was serving as Board President. Since her departure, Vice President Paul Coffman had been serving as Interim President.

Oath of office for Bill Lowe

After Lowe was sworn in, the Board reorganized and elected Ruth Johnson to serve as president; and Paul Coffman as vice president. Pam Steele continues as secretary; and Cynthia Byous continues as treasurer. Lowe was appointed to serve until the next School Board election in April 2019.

Bill Lowe selected to be new Ray-Pec School Board member

During a special meeting on Oct. 30, the Raymore-Peculiar School Board selected Bill Lowe of Raymore to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Education.

The vote came after the Board interviewed three finalists for the open seat. In addition to Lowe, the Board also interviewed Maria Davies and Joyce Noah.

The oath of office will be administered to Lowe at a special meeting on Nov. 8. Lowe is being appointed to serve until the April 2019 School Board election.

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The vacancy was due to the resignation of Kim Bailey, who was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education. After Bailey's resignation, the District publicized the opening and invited community members to submit letters of interest. During a special meeting on Oct. 9, the Board reviewed letters from seven persons interested in filling the vacant seat. At that meeting, the Board selected three candidates to interview.

At the time of her resignation, Bailey was serving as Board President. Since her departure, Vice President Paul Coffman has been serving as Interim President. Once Lowe is sworn into office, the Board will re-organize to determine who will serve as president and vice president until April.

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Board recognizes St. Paul's United Methodist Church

Thanks to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for all you do! The School Board on Oct. 18 recognized St. Paul’s for its support of Timber Creek Elementary School.

Church members have donated school supplies, clothing, shoes, and headphones for students. They donated popsicles for field day and paid off overdue student lunch accounts. They also adopted students during the holidays. Church members also volunteer to mentor and read to and with students.

Interim School Board President Paul Coffman is pictured with three of the volunteer readers (from left): Ed Hruska, Peggy Yoakum, and Gayle Creason.

Review of Oct. 18, Board Meeting

The School Board on Oct. 18 approved the audit of the District's finances for the year ended June 30, 2018. 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.


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Review of Oct. 11, 2018, work session

The Board on Oct. 11, 2018, heard updates on three areas: student achievement, mental health, and school safety. Board members also discussed sessions they attended at the recent Missouri School Boards' Association annual conference.

Student achievement

In the area of student achievement, the Board heard about NWEA test results that measure growth in math and reading, International Baccalaureate scores, Advanced Placement scores, and WorkKeys scores. Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services; Dr. Kristel Barr, Director of Secondary Education; and Dr. Michelle Hofmann, Director of Elementary Education; explained the assessments and results.

Mental Health

In the area of mental health, the Board learned more about recent efforts to incorporate social and emotional learning. The Board also heard about efforts to increase mental health supports for students.

Safety update

Dr. Bryan Pettengill, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, provided an update on school safety. The newly formed Safety and Security Advisory Committee had its second meeting on Aug. 24. Numerous areas of current and future school safety and security layers were reviewed. Highlights included Parents on Patrol, CrisisGo/Crisis Plan, and Access Control. All buildings have improved access control at the entrances. The committee is interested in implementing visitor management software to assist with access control. The district is seeking proposals from vendors for a visitor management program.

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School Board selects finalists to fill Board vacancy

In a special meeting on Oct. 9, 2018, the Board reviewed letters from seven persons interested in filling the vacant seat. After some discussion, the Board selected these three finalists to interview: 

  • Maria Davies
  • Bill Lowe
  • Joyce Noah

The other four people who had expressed interest were: Kyle Gillespie, Aaron Howlett, Kimberly Mallinson, and Shannon Weichel.

The Board has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, to interview the three finalists. The Board will vote to appointment a replacement to fill the seat until the April 2019 election.

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District to fill School Board vacancy

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

The Ray-Pec School Board will vote to appoint a replacement to serve until the next Board election in April 2019. 

Candidates interested in filling the vacant seat should submit a letter of interest by Oct. 4. The Board has scheduled a special meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 to review the list of applicants and select candidates to interview. A special meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 30 to conduct finalist interviews.

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 pam.steele@raypec.org 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.

Bailey was the School Board President. Board Vice President Paul Coffman is now serving as interim Board President.

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 participation in a new Education Court as a pilot program at Eagle Glen Elementary. Read a recap of the meeting: Board update

Public Relations program update

Education Court

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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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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
1,296
*Billy King
1,210
Paul Bertolone
1,115
Joyce Noah
1,100
Will Manda
791
Patricia Linhardt
628
Write-in
45

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