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Review of Jan. 28, 2016, Board meeting
The Board on Jan. 28 approved the 2016-2017 calendar. The first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, with Preview Day for 5th, 7th and 9th graders on Monday, Aug. 15. For winter break, students will be dismissed early on Dec. 20. Classes are not in session Dec. 21 through Jan. 3. School resumes on Jan. 4, 2017.

Spring break is scheduled from March 20-24, 2017.The calendar includes two possible make-up days for inclement weather: Feb. 21 and April 17. The last day of school is an early release on May 23. If additional make-up days are required, they will be added to the end of the school year. Approval of the calendar followed a public hearing, which is required by law if the start of school is 10 days or more before Labor Day. View and print: Calendar

Jodie Huston, Executive Director of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation, presented a report on the Foundation’s activities. The Board approved three bids for technology capital improvements. The Board authorized the District to obtain bids for three capital improvement projects: East Middle School traffic control improvements; HVAC replacement at Timber Creek Elementary; and asphalt and concrete patch and repair work District-wide. The Board approved the District’s submission of an application for a vocational enhancement grant through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). 

Read a recap of the entire Board meeting: Board Update

Watch video: Jan. 28, 2016, Board meeting

Board recognizes football players
Congratulations!
Congratulations!
The Board on Jan. 28 recognized three Ray-Pec High School football players who were selected for All-State Teams. The Missouri Football Coaches Association and the Missouri Media rankings selected Anthony Payne, defensive lineman, and James Sappington, kicker, for its First Team All-State. John Lucero, offensive lineman, was selected for the Second Team All-State. Pictured, from left: John Lucero, James Sappington, Anthony Payne, and School Board Member Ryan Wescoat.

School Board Recognition Week is Jan. 24 to 30
Thank you!
Ray-Pec School Board
Missourians benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 3,600 men and women in every community across the state. These public servants are elected by local constituents and do not receive compensation for their tireless efforts. These men and women are the local school board members of Missouri.

During the week of Jan. 24 to 30, communities across the state will honor the dedicated service of local boards of education during School Board Recognition Week, as proclaimed by Gov. Jay Nixon. The goal is to build awareness and understanding of the important function an elected board of education plays in communities and schools. All Missouri citizens are asked to recognize the important contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the vital role these public officials play in the education of Missouri's children.

Thanks to our Raymore-Peculiar School Board members:

School Board Recognition Week is sponsored by the Missouri School Boards' Association. MSBA is a private, not-for-profit organization that exists to help school boards succeed.

Six candidates vie for two seats on School Board
Six candidates are vying for two seats on the Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education. Voters on April 5 will elect two people to serve three-year terms on the Board. 

The candidates are:

  • Leo Anderson (incumbent)
  • Lane T. Lucas
  • Susan Edmonsond
  • Joe Anthuis (incumbent)
  • Kim Bailey
  • Patrick S. Clark

All six candidates reside in Raymore. March 9 is the last day to register to vote in the April 5 election.


Jan. 14, 2016, work session: Board discusses high school addition
The Board of Education on Jan. 14 took its first look at preliminary plans for an addition to the south high school building. During a work session largely devoted to the topic, Board members also reviewed plans for renovation within the school, and a site plan for the campus.

The preliminary design shows changes to traffic flow around the high school to create separate areas for bus, parent pick-up, and student traffic. The preliminary building plan includes new construction of about 100,000 square feet, including a two-story addition at the north of the current building and an auxiliary gym. The plan, which is still under development, would nearly double the number of instructional spaces in the building. It includes a dedicated area for freshman core classes, a new library media center, additional space for fine arts classes, and relocation of some classrooms and offices.

For the past eight weeks, a team has been meeting to create a building addition and renovation plan for the south high school. The goal is to have a design ready to implement as soon as possible, pending voter approval of the no-tax-rate-increase bond issue on the April 5 ballot. This project is the necessary first step among the projects outlined in the Long Range Facility Plan and provides the quickest possible solution to the current two-building high school.

Once a consensus is established on the general floor plan, more meetings will be scheduled to refine details within the various spaces, and a full set of schematic designs will be developed with greater detail. Final cost estimates and phasing schedules will also be developed to ensure the project meets budget and timeline requirements.

Read more: April 5, 2016, Bond Issue

Watch video:  Jan. 14, 2016, work session


Five candidates have filed
On Jan. 14, a fifth candidate filed for the School Board election on April 5. Kim Bailey of Raymore entered the race. There are two positions available with three-year terms. Also vying for the two positions are: Leo Anderson of Raymore, Lane Lucas of Raymore, Susan Edmonsond of Raymore, and Joe Anthuis of Raymore. Anderson and Athuis are the current officeholders. The filing period will end at 5 p.m. Jan. 19, 2016.

Four candidates file as of Dec. 22
Four candidates have filed for the Raymore-Peculiar School Board election on April 5, 2016. There are two positions available with three-year terms. Vying for the two positions are: Leo Anderson of Raymore, Lane Lucas of Raymore, Susan Edmonsond of Raymore, and Joe Anthuis of Raymore. Anderson and Athuis are the current officeholders. The filing period will end at 5 p.m. Jan. 19, 2016. 

Videotaping School Board meetings
Now available
Now available
In an effort to make Board meetings accessible to more patrons, the District is now videotaping and broadcasting the meetings. You can view the December Board meeting here: December meeting.

The necessary equipment was installed over the past two months. This includes cameras, microphones, enhanced sound equipment, and a control panel. There is also the capability to show the documents that are projected on screens in the meeting room.

Review of Dec. 17, 2015, Board meeting
The Board on Dec. 17, 2015, voted to place a bond issue on the ballot. Ray-Pec voters on April 5, 2016, will consider a $27 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue to address space needs throughout the District. The plan includes constructing an addition onto the south high school to accommodate all students in grades 9-12 in one school.

The Board on Dec. 17 unanimously approved placing the bond issue on the ballot. The general obligation bond issue is necessary to fund the improvements outlined in the District's Long Range Facility Plan. In introducing the measure, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees emphasized that the bond issue will not require an increase in the tax levy. 

In addition to the high school expansion, other elements of the plan include:

  • North high school building becomes second middle school
  • Modifications to Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen to serve grades K-5
  • Convert Shull Elementary into an Early Childhood Center
  • Maintenance projects throughout the District 

The plan includes the most aggressive timeline possible to resolve the two-building high school situation. Read more: Bond Issue

The Board heard an update on grading and reporting at Ray-Pec High School from Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services.

The Board also heard a review of the Special Education program and authorized the District to obtain bids for technology infrastructure improvements.

Read a recap of the entire meeting: Board Update

Special Education program review
Declare surplus property
Surplus property bids

Board recognizes girls Cross Country team
Congratulations!
Second at state meet
The Board recognized the Ray-Pec High School girls cross country team for placing second at the state meet. Girls who ran at the state meet were: Kiley Deain, Kami Tabor, Jamie Wharton, Miranda Dick, Breanna Birkett, Makenzie Stucker, and Ali Gillespie. The Board also recognized Jay Johnson, head coach of the girls cross country team, for being named 2015 Cross Country Coach of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Cross Country Coaches Association.


Board recognizes All-State Cross Country runners
Congratulations!
Congratulations!
The The Board recognized four cross country runners for receiving All State honors. From the girls race: Kiley Deain, ninth place; Kami Tabor, 13th place; and Jamie Wharton, 24th place. Tyler Musgrave placed 21st in the boys race.  

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 5, 2016, 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 Dec. 15, 2015, 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: December 24 and 25, 2015, January 1 and January 18, 2016. Filing will end on January 19, 2016, at 5 p.m.

There are two (2) positions available with three-year terms. Board members whose terms expire in 2016 are Leo Anderson and Joe Anthuis.

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.

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


All-State Swimmer
Congratulations!
Congratulations!
The School Board recognized Chase Schaeffer for earning All-State Honorable Mention honors by finishing ninth place in the 100 breaststroke at the state swim meet. Board President Leo Anderson congratulates Chase.

Review of Nov. 19, 2015, Board meeting
The Board on Nov. 19 selected an architectural firm to provide design services. The action brings the District closer to addressing its space needs over the next eight to 10 years.

The Board on Nov. 19 approved incite Design Studio to provide design services for projects identified in the Long Range Facility Plan. The District's Architectural Services Selection Committee, which included employees and patrons, reviewed proposals from 11 companies and interviewed four firms before recommending incite Design Studio.

The Long Range Facility Plan includes constructing an addition onto the south high school to accommodate all students in grades 9-12. Construction and reconfiguration will provide additional space for grades K-8 and the Early Childhood Program.

Completing the outlined improvements will require a $27 million general obligation bond issue in April 2016, but will not require an increase in the tax levy. Hiring an architectural firm now allows the District to begin the design work needed for the planned projects.

Read more: http://www.raypec.k12.mo.us/index.aspx?NID=981

Also during the Nov. 19 meeting, the Board approved George K. Baum as the District's Municipal Advisor for three years. A municipal advisor monitors the proper time to call, refinance, or refund outstanding bonds and to advise the District for any new issue bonds.

The Board also heard about the Annual Performance Report, heard a review of the Child Nutrition Program, learned more about Project Lead The Way, approved legislative priorities for 2016 and approved surplus property bids. Read a recap of the entire meeting: Board Update

Annual Performance Report
Child Nutrition Program Review
Legislative Priorities
Surplus property
Surplus property bids



Board receives training during work session
The Board of Education on Nov. 12 met in a work session to participate in a board development workshop sponsored by the Missouri School Boards' Association. The workshop emphasize the results of Board member responses to the Board Self-Evaluation (BSE) instrument. The BSE measures Board practices and attitudes correlated by research to high student achievement.

Phyllis Barks, Associate Executive Director of Leadership Development for MSBA, facilitated the session.

Board members earlier responded to questions on the Board Self-Evaluation. Barks reviewed the responses, which were divided into these categories:
  • The Board clarifies the District purpose
  • The Board connects with the community
  • The Board delegates authority
  • The Board employs a superintendent
  • The Board monitors performance
  • The Board takes responsibility for itself

The workshop stressed the importance of setting high expectations and providing support for continuous improvement related to student achievement, high quality staff, involving the community in the educational process, and other topics related to effective Board governance.


Board recognizes teacher
Congratulations!
Congratulations!
The School Board on Oct. 15 recognized Chris Roller for being selected the 2015 Elementary Physical Educator of the Year by the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Board Member Ruth Johnson congratulates Roller during the meeting. Roller is the physical education teacher at Peculiar Elementary School. He will be officially recognized for his state award at a state conference in November.

Board recognizes Finance Department
Congratulations!
Congratulations!
The School Board on Oct. 15 recognized Chief Financial Officer Kendra Hutsell, right, and Bookkeeper Cheryl Tipton, left, for their work to prepare the District’s 2015-2016 budget. For the first time, the Association of School Business Officials has awarded the Ray-Pec School District its Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation. Board Member Ruth Johnson congratulates Tipton and Hutsell at the meeting.

Review of Oct. 15, 2015, Board meeting

Review of Oct. 8, 2015, work session
The Board of Education on Oct. 8 met in a work session to review and discuss student achievement levels and assessments. The Board saw how Ray-Pec achievement compares to state averages and other school districts.

District leaders also shared information about assessments, data review, literacy and grading.

MAP EOC Achievement Level Report 2015
Achievement Rankings (Cass) 2014-2015
Achievement Level Report (RP Border Districts)
MAP Ray-Pec Proficiency Level vs. State
MPI Trends 2011-2015

SRI Report Spring 2014-2015

2015 Graduate ACT Results
2016 Graduates ACT Results

BYOD Data Collection Template

Review of Sept. 24, 2015, School Board meeting
Long Range Facility Plan
Planning for the future
The Board of Education on Sept. 24 unanimously approved a Long Range Facility Plan to address the majority of space needs anticipated by the District over the next eight to 10 years.

The plan includes constructing an addition onto the south high school to accommodate all students in grades 9-12. Construction and reconfiguration will provide additional space for grades K-8 and the Early Childhood Program.

Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees explained that the improvements will require a $27 million general obligation bond issue in April 2016, but will not require an increase in the tax levy. Savings from the recent bond refinancing helped maximize the improvements identified with the plan.

The plan was developed with the input of more than 470 patrons over the past year. The Board of Education and the Long Range Facility Planning Team have worked diligently to finalize the details in the plan.

Read more:
Long Range Facility Plan Executive Summary
Long Range Facility Plan

The Board also heard a report about the District's Buildings and Grounds Department and the Public Relations program. In addition, the Board approved bids on surplus property. Read a recap of the entire Board meeting here: Board update

Public Relations update
Facilities and Grounds Program Review
Surplus property bids

Review of Sept. 10, 2015, Board work session
The Board met in a work session on Sept. 10 to review the Long Range Facility Plan. The plan was developed after a more than year-long process to determine needs and establish future plans for facility development.

Board members were supportive of the plan, and asked questions about the timeline and specific projects. Overall, Board members favored taking steps to accelerate the process, if possible.

After reviewing feedback from more than 470 people, representing 24 different focus groups, the Long Range Facility Planning Team formed these recommendations:

  • Construct an addition on the south high school to increase capacity up to 2,200 students in grades 9-12, and convert the north high school building into a second middle school.  
  • Repurpose Shull Elementary as the primary Early Childhood Center.
  • Maintain the alternative education program at the Ray-Pec Academy building. The building can also provide space for other unique secondary programs.
  • Change from the current grade configuration to K-5, 6-8, 9-12. The grade configuration change is contingent upon the approval of funds to finance the high school addition.
    • Creekmoor, Peculiar, Raymore, Stonegate and Timber Creek elementary schools will change from grades K-4 to grades K-5.
    • Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen will be converted from grades 5-6 to grades K-5.
    • East Middle School will change from grades 7-8 to grades 6-8
    • The north high school building will become a second 6-8 middle school.

The recommended improvements will require the issuance and financing of $27 million in General Obligation Bonds. This will fund a high school addition, modifications to Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen, and facility maintenance projects throughout the District to the extent funds allow.

Based on current assessed values and modest one percent growth assumptions, the recommended bond issue would require no change in the current debt service levy of $1.3457 per $100 of assessed value.  

The plan also includes a proposed timeline of activities to implement the plan. This includes architect selection, placing a bond issue on the ballot, scheduling of construction, and changing school boundaries.

The Board will consider the plan for final approval at its Sept. 24 meeting.

Long Range Facility Plan presentation
Long Range Facility Plan document

Observation tower
Carter Wilhite
Thank you!
The School Board on Aug. 27 thanked Ray-Pec High School student Carter Wilhite for designing, planning and helping construct an observation tower as his Eagle Scout project. Panther Pride Marching Band directors use the tower, located behind the north high school, to have a better view of drills during practice. Thanks to everyone who donated time, materials and funds to make this project a reality. Carter is pictured with School Board Member Maria Davies.

Review of Aug. 27, 2015, Board meeting
Taxpayers in the Raymore-Peculiar School District will save more than $2.75 million in interest costs thanks to a bond refinancing approved on Aug. 27 by the School Board. The Board approved refinancing more than $20 million of outstanding 2008 bonds, and issuing new bonds at a lower interest rate to realize the savings. These funds can only be used for the retirement of debt on facilities. The savings will enhance the District's future ability to implement its Long Range Facility Plan and to finance facility improvements.

The Board set the 2015-2016 tax levy at $5.0397, the same rate since the 2003-2004 school year. That total includes an operating levy of $3.6940 and a debt service levy of $1.3457. 

The Board approved the district’s Assessment Plan for 2015-2016. Board members reviewed a document that includes an overview of assessments and the grade levels.

The Board also approved a base bid of $39,298, with a 5 percent contingency, from Progressive Electronics for an audio/visual streaming system for the Board room. The system will provide an additional way for the District to communicate with staff and patrons through broadcasts of School Board meetings. Read the entire Board meeting recap: Board meeting recap

Assessment plan
Surplus property bids

Board honors Karen Giudici
Karen Giudici
Thank you!
The School Board on July 16 honored Patron Karen Giudici for her years of service on the District's Policy Review Committee.

Board honors achievements at national tournament
Congratulations!
Congratulations!
The School Board recognized Ray-Pec achievements at the National Speech and Debate Tournament. School Board member Kim York is pictured with Ryanne Linn, Ella Schnake, and Teacher Todd Schnake. Ryanne Linn, an incoming senior, placed 10th in the nation in Humorous Interpretation. In the middle school portion of the tournament, Ella Schnake, an incoming eighth grader, won the national championship in Storytelling and second in the nation in Humorous Interpretation. Ryanne Linn displays the trophy that Ray-Pec High School received for placing in the top 20 as a team. Not pictured is Andrea Ambam, a 2015 graduate, who placed fourth in the nation in Original Oratory.

Review of July 16, 2015, Board meeting
The Board on July 16 took steps to refinance more than $20 million of outstanding 2008 bonds and potentially save the taxpayers more than $2 million in interest. The District will issue new bonds at a lower interest rate to realize the savings. These funds can only be used for the retirement of debt on facilities. The savings will enhance the District's future ability to finance facility improvements.

The Board authorized George K. Baum, municipal advisor, and Bryan Cave LLP, bond counsel, to prepare the necessary documents for the bond refinancing. The winning bids for the bonds are expected to be presented for the Board's approval in August. Read more: Bond refinancing

The Board approved its annual agreement with the City of Peculiar for a School Resource Officer, and is working on a similar agreement with the City of Raymore to provide a School Resource Officer. This will allow for a second School Resource Officer to serve the District. Funding for the additional position was included in the budget. 

The Board also heard a review of the District Health Services program, approved bids for surplus property, and set the tax levy hearing. Read a recap of the entire Board meeting: Board Update

Health Services program review
Surplus property bids

Past board meeting news
Board meeting recaps:
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2013-2014
2012-2013
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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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8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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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Peculiar, MO 64078
Ph: (816) 892-1300
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