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School Board Recognition Week
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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
Congratulations!
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
Congratulations!
Congratulations!
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
Congratulations!
Congratulations!
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
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

Board Members
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

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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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Raymore-Peculiar School District
21005 S School Rd.
Peculiar, MO 64078
Ph: (816) 892-1300
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