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School board candidate filing information
The Raymore-Peculiar R-II School District will accept declarations of candidacy from any person interested in running for a position on the School Board in the April 8, 2014, election. Persons interested may file at the superintendent's offices located at 21005 S. School Road, Peculiar, MO, 64078.
Filing will begin at 8 a.m. Dec. 17, 2013, 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 and 25, 2013, and Jan. 1 and Jan. 20, 2014. Filing will end at 5 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2014.
There are three (3) positions available with three-year terms. Board members whose terms expire in 2014 are Kyle Gillespie, Ruth Johnson and Kim York.
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.
Review of Nov. 21, 2013, School Board meeting
The board of education on Nov. 21 approved the audit of the district’s finances for
the year ending June 30, 2013. Brad Steele, a certified public
accountant and firm partner from Westbrook & Co., P.C., Richmond,
Mo., presented a summary report.
Steele said the district had a clean audit with no state or federal findings. In audit
terms, a “finding” is an area of weakness or deficiency that needs
modification or correction. A finding may occur for a variety of
reasons. For example, the auditors may note missing documents,
improvements needed in travel procedures or record keeping, or make
suggestions to improve cash handling or internal audit procedures.
audit included fund balances as of June 30, 2013. The district’s
financial status, as reflected in total net assets, increased by $1,456,585. He reported on the district’s outstanding long-term debt.
Outstanding debt decreased to $58,022,595 from $61,664,184 in 2012.
said the district’s reserves were at 30.65 percent on June 30, 2013, down slightly from 31.28 percent the year prior. He said the balance indicates that
the board and administration have been proactive and said the auditing
firm likes to see “healthy” reserve balances at 20 percent and higher.
The audit report stated that “The Raymore-Peculiar School District
continues to be in good financial health and is committed to strong
financial management. The district is limiting spending by budgeting
conservatively and planning for future projects.”
board of education on Thursday also approved designation of hazardous transportation zones, bids for Chromebooks, a budget transfer and a purchasing agreement. In addition, the board heard
reviews of the Transportation, Parents as Teachers, Early Childhood, and
Special Education programs.
Review of Oct. 24, 2013, School Board meeting
The board of education on Oct. 24 recognized three high school students who are semi-finalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship program. The board recognized Christopher "Kit" Leonard and Elizabeth Daugherty. Also recognized, but not present, was Laura Wiseman, who had a conflict with a college course.
The board approved bus routes for 2013-2014. The board also heard reviews of the district's library media center program and the safety and security program. To read a recap of the board meeting, go here: Board Update
To see the safety and security presentation, go here: Safety and Security Program Review
Review of Sept. 26, 2013, School Board meeting
The board of education on Sept. 26 recognized 15 students who achieved top scores on the 2013 standardized tests. The board announced the names of six high school students who earned perfect scores on end-of-course exams, and nine students who earned the highest scores on Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests.
The board took action to handle the disposal of surplus property in a new way. The board approved a memorandum of understanding with GovDeals to handle the sale of surplus property through an online auction service similar to Ebay.
The board also heard reviews of the public relations and buildings and grounds programs. To read a recap of the board meeting, go here: Board Update
Review of Aug. 22, 2013, School Board meeting
The board of education on Aug. 22 set the 2013-2014 tax rate at $5.0397, the same rate since the 2003-2004 school year. That total includes $1.2897 for debt service and $3.75 for the general fund. The district's total assessed valuation for the 2013 tax year is $464,386,168.
The approval followed a public hearing at which no members of the public spoke.
Notice of tax rate hearing
Tax rate history
To read the staff wellness program review, go here: Staff Wellness
To read a recap of the entire board meeting, go here: Board Update
Review of July 18, 2013, School Board meeting
During the Ray-Pec School Board meeting on July 18, 2013, Board President Kim York
introduced new Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees
and welcomed him to his first school board meeting as the district's leader.
Monsees, who officially began work on July 1, thanked York for the welcome, and said he has spent the first few weeks meeting with year-round employees, including those at the Administrative Services Center. He has attended chamber of commerce meetings in Peculiar and Raymore, and is beginning to meet people in the community. He also has been spending time meeting with the Cabinet and preparing for the start of the new school year. He noted that an Administrative Retreat was scheduled for July 26 and a School Board Retreat for Aug. 1. Both retreats will include discussion of major district initiatives, including the strategic plan.
New Associate Principal
The board approved hiring Kristina Martin
as the new Associate Principal at Ray-Pec High School, pending her release from her current contract. Martin was the assistant principal at the Ray-Pec Freshman Center before leaving Ray-Pec in 2009 to accept a position as head principal at Archie High School. She is returning to Ray-Pec from the Park Hill School District, where she was Coordinator of Educational Programs during the 2012-2013 school year. Martin will replace Ryan Gooding
, who is the new Technology Director for the district.
Tax levy hearing
The board scheduled the annual tax levy public hearing for 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. The hearing will immediately precede the regular monthly meeting.
Child Nutrition Program Review
The board also heard a review of the district's Child Nutrition program:
Child Nutrition Program Review
To read the entire board meeting review, go here: Board update
Past board meeting news
Board meeting recaps:
Secretary to the Board of Education
21005 S. School Rd.
P.O. Box 789
Ph: (816) 892-1311
Fx: (816) 892-1380
Monday - Friday
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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