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Review of April 16, 2015, School Board meeting
The Board on April 16 approved the District's English Language Arts curriculum, which went through a formal review and revision process. The Board also approved salary schedules for certified employees, support staff employees, administrative and support professional employees, and extra duty assignments. 

The Board approved some staffing additions for the 2015-2016 school year, and approved bids for Timber Creek parking lot improvements, HVAC work at Shull Elementary, and wireless network equipment. The Board also heard reviews of the A+ program and the District's wellness program. 

Read a recap of the entire Board meeting: Board meeting recap

English Language Arts curriculum
English Language Arts curriculum review
2015-2016 Staffing Requests
A+ Program Review
Wellness Scorecard
Surplus Property Bids

Kindest School award
The Board on April 16 recognized Peculiar Elementary for being selected to receive the Rita Blitt Kindest School award. The award is part of Synergy's 25th annual Kindest Kansas Citian awards celebration. School Board Vice President Ruth Johnson, at right, is pictured with Teacher Tammy Novak, Counselor Latasha Robinson, and Principal Rob Weida.

Peculiar Elementary was selected as the 2015 recipient because of the school's programs and efforts that create an environment that promotes kindness, tolerance, respect and learning. This award is given to one school each year in the Kansas City metropolitan area that exemplifies a kind culture, builds strong character and works to improve the community. The school will be recognized at an awards celebration May 8 in Kansas City. Synergy Services provides services to individuals and families in crisis.

Reorganization meeting
School Board
School Board
The Board on April 14, 2015, met to certify the April 7 election results and to re-organize. The Board elected Leo Anderson to serve another year as president and Ruth Johnson to serve as Vice President.

In group picture: Front row: Kim York, Maria Davies, and Board Vice President Ruth Johnson. Back row: Board President Leo Anderson, Ryan Wescoat, Joe Anthuis, and Barbara Boucher.

Oath of office
Oath of office
Taking the oath
During a brief School Board meeting on April 14, 2015, Maria Davies and Ryan Wescoat took the oath of office to begin three-year terms on the Board. The Board met to certify the April 7 election results and to re-organize.

Legislative breakfast
Sen. Ed Emery
Sen. Ed Emery addresses the group.
Local control was a repeated theme during an April 10 legislative breakfast hosted by Ray-Pec for the group Cass County Kids First. The group, which includes Board of Education members and administrators from all public school districts in Cass County, formed to share concerns and endorse a list of legislative priorities for the 2015 session.

Board of Education members and legislators discussed a variety of issues, including the state budget, student transfers, voter turnout, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, and bonding capacity. School district representatives in attendance stressed the need for local school districts to have latitude in implementing state requirements.

Five state legislators attended and spoke with the group. In attendance were: Sen. Ed Emery, R-31; Rep. Donna Pfautsch, R-33; Rep. Jack Runions, D-37; Rep. Rick Brattin, R-55; and Rep. Jack Bondon, R-56. Rep. Wanda Brown, R-57, was unable to attend.

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.

Election results
Voters on April 7 elected Ryan Wescoat and Maria Davies to three-year terms on the Ray-Pec School Board.

The Board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, to certify the election results and re-organize by electing Board officers for the coming year. The meeting will take place in the Board meeting room on the upper level of the Administrative Services Center and is open to the public.

Vote totals provided by the Cass County Clerk’s office showed that 3,457 votes were cast in the Ray-Pec election. The breakdown, by candidate:
  • Maria Davies, 702; 
  • Dana Hille, 590; 
  • Ryan Wescoat, 918; 
  • Tonya Long, 368; 
  • Michael Schwartzman, 189; 
  • Melinda Houdyshell, 683; and 
  • write-in votes, 8. 

Wescoat is a former School Board member. Davies is an incumbent who was seeking re-election. The other incumbent was Hille.
See election results for all municipal elections here: http://casscounty.com/2228/Election-Results

Review of March 24, 2015, School Board meeting
The Board on March 24 heard updates on the International Baccalaureate program and development of the 2015-2016 budget. The Board approved bids on a new vehicle, fiber optic cable, and for roof improvements at Shull Elementary. The Board also heard a report about the high school Career and Technical Education Program. Read a recap of the entire Board meeting: Board update

International Baccalaureate update
Vocational Program Review
Surplus property bids
Municipal Advisor
Employee benefits

Board honors spelling champion
Qualifies for national Bee
The Board on March 24 recognized Sixth Grader Joel Miles for winning the Cass County Spelling Bee for the second consecutive year. Joel will represent Ray-Pec and Cass County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C. Joel is pictured with School Board Member Joe Anthuis.

Board recognizes dancers for state wins
Solo winners
The Board on March 24 recognized two Ray-Pec Prowlers. Keni White, left, placed first in the state in the new solo dance competition for juniors and seniors. Taylor Holbrook, center, placed second in the state. They competed Feb. 28 at the Missouri Dance Team Championships, where the Ray-Pec Prowlers placed fourth in their division. The girls are pictured with Board Member Joe Anthuis.

All-State Wrestlers
The Board on March 24 recognized two All-State wrestlers. Board Member Joe Anthuis, at right, is pictured with Miles Robinson, left, who placed 6th at state in the 113-pound weight class, and Dakota Cornelius, who placed 4th at state in the 220-pound weight class.

Review of Feb. 19, 2015, School Board meeting
The Board on Feb. 19 learned from Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees that Ray-Pec High School has officially been authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School. Board members and attendees applauded the news, which is the culmination of years of research and preparation. With the formal certification now attained, Ray-Pec High School plans to offer its first I.B. classes during the 2015-2016 school year for juniors.

The School Board heard about plans for Summer School 2015, with tentative dates of June 1-25. Official details about Summer School are expected to be announced in early March.

Van McLain, Energy Manager, provided an update on the district’s energy management program. Since its inception in 2006, the program has exceeded $3.5 million in energy savings and cost avoidance. The program began in 2006.

Ryan Gooding, Director of Technology, provided a review of the District’s Technology program. Jodie Huston, Executive Director of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation, presented an update on the Foundation’s programs and activities.

The Board approved extending an agreement with Belton Regional Medical Center to provide athletic trainer services. The Board approved endorsing Vice President Ruth Johnson as a candidate for the Missouri School Boards Association Regional Executive Committee Chair for Region 4.

To read a recap of the entire Board meeting, go here: Board meeting update

Summer School information
Energy Management report
Technology Program review
Athletic Trainer services agreement
Surplus property items
Surplus property bid memo

LEGO Champion
The Ray-Pec School Board on Feb. 19 recognized Freshman Alex Moon, who won first place in the 12-15 year age group of the All Star LEGO Building Challenge at Crown Center in Kansas City. Alex, 15, is pictured with Board Member Maria Davies. As a result of winning the Feb. 7 competition, Alex is now a member of the 2015 Junior Construction Panel at LEGOLAND Kansas City. He also receives an apprenticeship with LEGOLAND Kansas City's Master Builder, Jeremiah Boehr. Alex is also a member of the Ray-Pec High School Robotics Team.

Legislative breakfast
CCKF Legislative Breakfast
Ruth Johnson addresses group
Representatives from the 10 public school districts in Cass County met Jan. 30 with five state legislators in a first-of-its-kind event for Cass County. Coming together under the banner “Cass County Kids First,” the school districts have joined forces to develop and endorse a list of legislative priorities for the 2015 session. This is the first time all of the public school districts in the county have collaborated in such an effort.

The legislative priorities are organized in four categories of funding, local control, accountability, and student transfers. After developing and endorsing the list of legislative priorities, the group invited legislators who represent the districts to attend the first of several planned events.

At a legislative breakfast on Jan. 30, five state representatives attended and spoke with the group. In attendance were: Rep. Jack Bondon, R-56; Rep. Rick Brattin, R-55; Rep. Wanda Brown, R-57; Rep. Donna Pfautsch, R-33; and Rep. Jack Runions, D-37. Sen. Ed Emery, R-31, was unable to attend and sent his regrets.

Ray-Pec School Board Vice President Ruth Johnson was instrumental in the creation of Cass County Kids First.

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Review of Jan. 22, 2015, Board meeting
The Board on Jan. 22 approved the school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. The first day of school will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, with Preview Day for 5th, 7th and 9th graders on Monday, Aug. 17. For winter break, students will be dismissed early on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Classes are not in session Dec. 23 through Jan. 4. School resumes on Jan. 5, 2016. 

Spring break is scheduled from March 21-25, which is the week before Easter. In addition, school is not in session on Monday, March 28, to allow staff to participate in professional development activities.
The calendar includes three possible make-up days for inclement weather: Feb. 16, March 4, and March 28. The last day of school is an early release on Friday, May 20. If additional make-up days are required, they would be added to the end of the school year.

The Board approved allowing the district to proceed with obtaining bids for a number of high priority capital improvement projects estimated to exceed $25,000. The District will not proceed with the projects until the board considers final bids in conjunction with other Budget considerations. 

The Board also approved bids on surplus property and heard reports about the District's Title I/Federal Program and the Cass Community Health Foundation.

Read a recap of the entire Board meeting: Board meeting recap

2015-2016 calendar

Authorization to Bid list
Cass Community Health Foundation presentation
Title I/Federal Programs program review
Surplus property bids

School Board Recognition Week
School Board
Thank you!
Thanks to our School Board members for their service! Gov. Jay Nixon has proclaimed the week of Jan. 25-31 as School Board Recognition Week. At the Jan. 22 Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees presented each Board Member with a certificate. In addition, the room was decorated with poster-sized cards from each school. Pictured, from left: Board President Leo Anderson, Member Barbara Boucher, Member Maria Davies, Member Dana Hille, and Vice President Ruth Johnson. (Not pictured are Board Members Joe Anthuis and Kim York.)

Board recognizes All-State Band students
All-State Band students
The School Board on Jan. 22 recognized students selected for All-State Band and Honorable Mention All-State Band. From left: Tommy Renfro, sixth chair trumpet, Honorable Mention All-State Band; Katie Hatfield, fifth chair trombone, Honorable Mention All-State Band; School Board President Leo Anderson; Taylor Byrnes, second chair alto sax, Honorable Mention All-State Band; Mara Beedle, second chair clarinet, Honorable Mention All-State Band; and Sawyer Bletscher, first chair tenor sax, All-State Band. Also recognized for selection to All-State Band, but not present at the meeting: Will Dickerson, second chair tuba, and Rebecca Scott, 13th chair, second alternate, trumpet.

Six candidates have filed
Six candidates have filed for the April 7 School Board election. There are two positions available with three-year terms. Candidates are Maria Davies, Dana Hille, Ryan Wescoat, Tonya Long, Michael Bruce Schwartzman, and Melinda Houdyshell. Davies and Hille are the current officeholders. The filing period ended Jan. 20.

Review of Jan. 8, 2015, work session
The Ray-Pec School Board met in a work session on Jan. 8 to discuss Long Range Facility Planning, review a preliminary list of capital improvement projects, and receive an update on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. The Board also briefly discussed Policy IGDF-Student Fundraising. The regular business meeting of the Board is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Administrative Services Center, 21005 S. School Rd., Peculiar. The meeting is open to the public. To read a recap of the entire meeting, go here: Board meeting recap

Ray-Pec enrollment history
Ray-Pec 2014 enrollment by grade level
Long Range FacilityPlanning Update

Capital Improvement Planning 2015-2016
Capital Improvements Plan 2010-2016

BYOD Update 

Districts set legislative priorities
Cass County Kids First
Cass County Kids First
The Ray-Pec School District, in collaboration with other public school districts in Cass County, has developed and approved a list of legislative priorities for 2015. Operating under the name "Cass County Kids First," the group has organized the priorities into four categories of funding, local control, accountability, and student transfers.

Other participating school districts are: 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, Sherwood Cass School District, and Strasburg C-3 School District.

Read more: Cass County Kids First legislative priorities
Like the group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/casscountykidsfirst
Follow the group on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CassKidsFirst

Five candidates have filed
Five candidates have filed for the School Board election on April 7, 2015. There are two positions available with three-year terms. Vying for the two positions are Maria Davies, Dana Hille, Ryan Wescoat, Tonya Long, and Michael Bruce Schwartzman. Davies and Hille are the current officeholders. The filing period will end at 5 p.m. Jan. 20, 2015. 

Review of Dec. 18, 2014, School Board meeting
The School Board on Dec. 18 approved a list of legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The priorities are listed in four broad categories: Funding, Local Control, Accountability, and Students Transfers.

The list was developed in collaboration with other Cass County school districts, operating under the name "Cass County Kids First." The local School Boards are banding together in a collective effort to support public education in Cass County. On Dec. 18, Ray-Pec became the sixth School Board in the county to approve the list of priorities. Other districts that have approved the list include: Archie, Belton, Harrisonville, Pleasant Hill, and Sherwood.

Legislative priorities

The Board recognized students who were named to All-State teams for fall sports. The Board also declared a list of items as surplus and approved bids on a number of surplus items. In addition, the Board heard a report about School Culture and Climate. The report included a review of characteristics of a positive school culture, and District efforts on bullying-prevention and suicide prevention.

School Culture and Climate Program Review
Surplus property bids

To read a recap of the entire Board meeting, go here: Board meeting update

All-State athlete
The School Board on Dec. 18 recognized Kiley Deain, who placed 19th at the state cross country meet and was named to the All-State Cross Country Team. She is pictured with School Board Member Dana Hille, at left.

All-State football players
The School Board on Dec. 18 honored six Ray-Pec High School students who were named to the Class 6 All-State football teams by the Missouri Football Coaches Association and the Associated Press. Pictured, from left: Ben Sinclair, Dallas Hille, C.J. Donaldson, Ben Harris, Baylee Custer, and School Board Member Dana Hille. Not pictured is Isaiah Truss.

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 7, 2015 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 Tuesday, Dec. 16, 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: Dec. 24, 25, 2014, Jan. 1 and Jan. 19, 2015. Filing will end at 5 p.m. Jan. 20, 2015.

There are two (2) positions available with three-year terms. Board members whose terms expire in 2015 are Maria Davies and Dana Hille.

Placement on the Ballot

Order of filing will determine the placement on the ballot.  This is in accordance with board policy BBB – School Board Elections. (provide link to board policy BBB)

Please contact School Board Secretary Pam Steele at 816-892-1311 or at with any questions.

Review of Nov. 20, 2014, School Board meeting
The School Board on Nov. 20, 2014, approved goal revisions to the District's Strategic Plan. The plan includes goals, strategies and action steps in eight focus areas.

The Board originally approved the Strategic Plan in February. At that time, it was noted that some of the goal statements would require revision as baseline data was collected related to various goal statements. The revised goal statements were reviewed by the Strategic Plan Executive Committee and discussed at the Nov. 6 work session of the School Board. The goal statements will continue to evolve as new data points are identified.

The Board approved the transportation ridership report, which includes information about pupil transportation, including the number of students regularly transported on each route. The Board approved a proposal from Strategos to provide additional Active Shooter and Intruder Response Training for district employees.

The Board also heard reviews of the Parents as Teachers and Early Childhood programs.

Strategic Plan Goal Revisions
Balanced Scorecard draft
Transportation ridership report
Surplus property bids

To read a recap of the entire Board meeting, go here: Board meeting update

Review of Nov. 6, 2014, work session
The School Board met for a work session on Nov. 6 to discuss the district’s Strategic Plan, Standards Referenced Reporting, and data security. Information that was shared with the Board can be seen atwww.raypec.k12.mo.us/boarddocs.

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
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.

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
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.

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

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:

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