April 3, 2018 levy issue

TC construction June 7 image

Construction

Construction this summer at Timber Creek Elementary School in Raymore includes new playground surface and equipment, extensive asphalt and concrete work, and fencing. The District schedules maintenance and repair projects each year, but the list is more extensive this year with the additional funds available after passage of the Prop R-P levy increase in April. Photo above taken on June 7, 2018. Photo below taken before construction began.

TC before construction image
Citizens for Ray-Pec Schools image

Board thanks Citizens for Ray-Pec Schools

The School Board on April 26 thanked several people who led the Citizens for Ray-Pec Schools Committee. The committee's campaign to support the Prop R-P tax levy issue helped achieve its approval on April 3. Pictured from left: Board Member Paul Coffman, Committee Member Phil VanDeusen, Committee Member Cathy Wansing, Board President Kim Bailey, and Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees.

Not pictured: Committee Chairman Eric Collins and Committee Members Curt and Melinda Houdyshell.

Voters approve Prop R-P

Ray-Pec voters on April 3 approved the Prop R-P operating levy increase with 57.27% approval.  Prop R-P asked voters for a 75-cent operating levy increase. At the same time, the district is scheduled to decrease its debt service tax rate by 30 cents, resulting in a net tax rate increase of 45 cents.

The unofficial election results showed 2,130 yes votes and 1,589 no votes.

Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees expressed appreciation for the results, and said he was excited to work with the Board of Education moving forward to use the extra funds for the benefit of students and staff.

"I am extremely grateful for the community support for Ray-Pec Schools," said Dr. Monsees. "Our patrons clearly value a high-quality school district and want our students and staff to continue to achieve at a high level.

"During the past few months I have spoken to many groups throughout the community. We had good data to share about our current status and our needs moving forward. The feedback has been very positive throughout the process, mostly because we focused on what our community shared as their priorities during our strategic planning effort last fall."

Revenue from the levy increase would be used to support key elements in the recently approved Strategic Plan. These include:

  • Incorporating additional real-world, hands-on learning opportunities and promoting soft-skill development
  • Expanding Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) opportunities for all students
  • Expanding mental health supports for students and staff
  • Reducing gaps in achievement through additional interventions and supports
  • Establishing a market-competitive salary and benefit plan
  • Ensuring appropriate class sizes and caseloads
  • Supporting ongoing pursuit of job-related training and advanced degrees
  • Investing additional resources in facility maintenance and upkeep

The new tax rate is effective for property tax bills due Dec. 31, 2018. The District will receive the funds during the 2018-19 school year.

The April 3 ballot will include Proposition R-P, which asks voters to consider a 75-cent operating levy increase. At the same time, the debt service tax rate is scheduled to decrease by 30 cents, resulting in a net tax rate increase of 45 cents. A simple majority is required for approval.

In a presentation narrated by Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, you can learn more about the proposed levy increase, how the debt service tax will be reduced, and proposed uses for the additional revenue.


Revenue from the levy increase would be used to support key elements in the recently approved Strategic Plan. These include:

  • Incorporating additional real-world, hands-on learning opportunities and promoting soft-skill development
  • Expanding Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) opportunities for all students
  • Expanding mental health supports for students and staff
  • Reducing gaps in achievement through additional interventions and supports
  • Establishing a market-competitive salary and benefit plan
  • Ensuring appropriate class sizes and caseloads
  • Supporting ongoing pursuit of job-related training and advanced degrees
  • Investing additional resources in facility maintenance and upkeep
Dr. Monsees at Rotary image

Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees talked about Prop R-P at the March 7 meeting of the Belton-Raymore Rotary Club.

Prop R-P will be on the April 3 ballot. It will ask voters to consider a 75-cent operating tax levy increase. At the same time, the district’s debt service tax levy is scheduled to decrease by 30 cents, for a net tax increase of 45 cents.

The last time Ray-Pec voters approved a levy increase was in 2003. Since then, voters have approved no-tax-increase bond issues designated for construction and renovation of facilities.

Board approves placing issue on ballot

The Raymore-Peculiar School District Board of Education on Jan. 18, 2018, voted unanimously to ask voters for a 75-cent operating levy increase, Proposition R-P, on the April 3, 2018, ballot. At the same time, the debt service tax rate is scheduled to decrease by 30 cents, resulting in a net tax rate increase of 45 cents. A simple majority is required for approval.

You can watch the meeting: