Representatives from public school districts in Cass County met Friday morning, Feb. 9, with Rep. Rick Brattin, R-55, and Rep. Donna Pfautsch, R-33; to learn more about issues expected to be discussed and considered during the 2018 legislative session. The Belton School District hosted the legislative breakfast.
This is the fourth year for the school districts to join forces under the banner “Cass County Kids First” to develop and endorse a list of legislative priorities.
Due to illness and schedule conflicts, Sen. Ed Emery, R-31, Rep. Jack Bondon, R-56; Rep. Wanda Brown, R-57; and Rep. Jack Runions, D-37 did not attend. The legislators have attended past events sponsored by Cass County Kids First.
Reps. Brattin and Pfautsch briefly addressed the group and answered questions for about an hour.
Representing the Raymore-Peculiar School District at the meeting were: School Board President Kim Bailey, School Board member Ruth Johnson, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, and Board/Superintendent Secretary Pam Steele.
Topics of discussion at the Feb. 9 breakfast included possible legislation related to charter schools and school choice, career and technical education, Tax Increment Financing, a possible increase in the number of hours retired teachers may work for schools, professional development for teachers, and the Missouri Assessment Program. Discussion also focused on some topics not directly related to education, including the collection of sales tax on online purchases and funding for transportation.
As has been the theme since the Cass County Kids First group formed, school officials advocated for local control and proper funding whenever possible.
Cass County Kids First includes the 10 public school districts in Cass County: Archie R-V School District, Belton #124 School District, Drexel R-IV School District, East Lynne 40 School District, Harrisonville School District, Midway R-I School District, Pleasant Hill School District, Raymore-Peculiar School District, Sherwood Cass School District, and Strasburg C-3 School District.
You can find more about the group on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/casscountykidsfirst, or by following the group on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CassKidsFirst.