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Review of Oct. 23, 2014, School Board meeting
The School Board on Oct. 23, 2014, approved the audit of the district's finances for the year ended June 30, 2014. Brad Steele, a certified public accountant with firm partner from Westbook & Co., P.C., Richmond, Mo., presented a summary report. Steele said the district had a clean audit with no state or federal findings.

The audit included fund balances as of June 30, 2014. The district’s financial status, as reflected in total net assets, increased by $1,999,103. He reported on the district’s outstanding long-term debt. Outstanding debt decreased to $53,285,109 from $58,022,595 in 2013. 

Steele said the district’s reserves were at 31.02 percent on June 30, 2014, up slightly from 30.65 percent the year prior. He said the balances show a “healthy district – not a wealthy district, but a healthy district” and said the auditing firm likes to see reserve balances at 20 percent and higher. Steele said that the district is in good financial health and he was complimentary of the district’s staff and their cooperation during the audit. See a link to the audit reports below.

The Board also heard a report on Summer School 2014, approved bids on surplus items, approved the 2014-2015 bus routes, and designated some items as surplus. To read a recap of the entire meeting, go here: Board meeting update

Audit reports
Policy Notes
Surplus bid tab

Perfect scores
Perfect scores
Congratulations!
The School Board on Oct. 23 recognized students who achieved a perfect score on the English Language Arts portion of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test during 2013-2014. 

Some of the students attended the Board meeting and are pictured with Board Member Barb Boucher, at left. In the front row, from left: Hailey Croskey, Madison Busby, Sadie Moore, and Elliana Wagner. In the back row: Anna Brokaw, Jaycee Robertson, Ella Schnake, and Caden Maxwell.

Honorees:
5th grade: Audre Huffman, Bridle Ridge; Elliana Wagner, Eagle Glen; Hailey Croskey, Eagle Glen; Chase Cunningham, Eagle Glen; and Madison Busby, Eagle Glen.
6th grade: Sadie Moore, Eagle Glen; Anna Brokaw, Bridle Ridge; and Jaycee Robertson, Bridle Ridge.
7th grade: Ellan Schnake and Caden Maxwell.
8th grade: Anna Spalding.


High achievement
Congratulations
Perfect scores
The School Board on Oct. 23 recognized Ray-Pec High School students who achieved a perfect score on the 2014 Missouri End of Course Exams. Some of the students attended the School Board meeting.

Pictured, from left: School Board Member Barb Boucher, Paige Lehman, Meghan Maher, Ian Fleming, Nicholas Caskey, and Kiley Deian.

  • Algebra II: Toni Martin, Cody Roper, and Meghan Maher.
  • Geometry: Ian Fleming, Nicholas Caskey, Grant Bosley, Brooke Birkett, and Benjamin Osborne.
  • Government: Paige Lehman and Justin Mooney.
  • English I: Brenton Reeser.
  • English 2: Kiley Deian and Natalie VanHorn.

Congratulations
Congratulations
Educator award
The School Board on Oct. 23 recognized Ray-Pec High School Theatre Todd Schnake for being the Missouri State High School Activities Association nominee for 2014-2015 Outstanding Speech/Debate/Theatre Educator Award presented by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Todd is pictured with Board Member Ruth Johnson, left, and Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees.

Review of Sept. 18, 2014, School Board meeting
The Board of Education on Sept. 18 approved a resolution opposing Amendment 3 on the November ballot. The board heard a review of the district's Annual Performance Report. The board also declared some items as surplus property, and heard a report about the district's public relations program. The board recognized sixth grader Aliyah Green for her accomplishments at the AAU National Junior Olympics competition. To read the entire board meeting recap, go here: Board Update

Annual Performance Report
Public Relations update
Resolution

Review of Sept. 11, 2014, work session
The Board of Education met in a work session Sept. 11 to review the district’s Annual Performance Report, data teams, the Scholastic Reading Inventory, the ACT, Special Education, and International Baccalaureate. Information that was shared with the Board can be seen at www.raypec.k12.mo.us/boarddocs.

Review of Aug. 28, 2014, School Board meeting
The Board of Education on Aug. 28 set the 2014-2015 tax levy at $5.0397, the same rate since the 2003-2004 school year. That total includes an operating levy of $3.75 and a debt service levy of $1.2897. The approval followed a public hearing at which no members of the public spoke.

Tax rate hearing notice

The Board, with a vote of 5-1, approved the district’s Assessment Plan for 2014-2015. Board members reviewed a document that includes an overview of assessments and the grade levels. The plan told about the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP), Interim Benchmark Assessments developed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and End-of-Course assessments for high school courses. Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, also told that the district will no longer be using the Acuity Assessment. He also said that the district would continue to administer all optional End-of-Course exams, except American History.


Dr. Voelker noted that all students in 11th grade will take the ACT in spring 2015 at no cost to the student or district as part of the state assessment plan.


Board Member Barbara Boucher cast the dissenting vote.

Assessment plan

The Board recognized Senior Andrea Ambam for winning the national championship in Original Oratory at the National Forensics League national tournament in June in Overland Park, Kan. Before Andrea was introduced at the meeting, the School Board and audience viewed a video her her 10-minute performance piece from the tournament.

The Board also declared certain property as surplus, approved bids for surplus property, approved a bid of $21,700 from Resilite Sports Products for wrestling mats, and approved revisions to Board policies.


Read a review of the entire meeting: Board Update



Review of July 24, 2014, School Board meeting
The Board of Education on July 24 approved a new Teacher Evaluation handbook, the purchase of 360 Chromebooks, and a new reading intervention program for Grades 7-8. The board also tabled consideration of the Math and English Language Arts curriculum. The board reviewed the curriculum at its June 17 Board Retreat, but wanted additional time for a newly appointed Curriculum Committee to have a chance to review the curriculum before formal board approval. To read the entire board meeting recap, go here: Board Update

Teacher Evaluation Handbook
Teacher Evaluation Handbook presentation

Past board meeting news
Board meeting recaps:
2013-2014
2012-2013
2011-2012

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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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The Raymore-Peculiar School District's seven-member Board of Education is elected by the patrons of the school district. Members are elected to serve three-year terms without pay.
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Raymore-Peculiar School District
21005 S School Rd.
Peculiar, MO 64078
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