2019-2020 Board Meetings
Board honors softball team
The School Board on Thursday night recognized the Ray-Pec High School softball team for placing 2nd in the state! Front row, from left: Madison Busby, Elizabeth Pace, Alexis Helzer, Brooke Law, Lexi Blackmon, Haley Smuder, and McKenna Wilson. Middle row: Natalie Bates, Kerstyn Finch, Laney Killpack, Kate Lewis, Katlynn McConville, and Camryn Stickel. Back row: Head Coach Jim Brown and Board Member Billy King. Not pictured: Players Aubrey Brown and Izzy Messer, Coaches Bruce Sharp, Gary Renshaw, and Lauren Way.
Work Session: Nov. 14, 2019
The Board met on Nov. 14 to discuss Long Range Facility Planning and to hear an update about planned capital improvements.
Enrollment in the Ray-Pec School District is projected to reach nearly 6,800 students (grades K-12) by 2023-24 and nearly 7,100 students by the 2029-2030 school year.
Those projections were shared by Rob Schwartz with RSP Associates, an educational planning firm, during a presentation on Nov. 14 to the Board of Education. The report provided detailed enrollment, demographic, and development information.
The enrollment analysis is part of a process under way to develop a 10-year facility master plan, based on current and anticipated future needs. A group of Ray-Pec Board members, educators and city planners have been meeting with architects and the demographer to determine options to handle the expected growth.
As the District moves forward, several issues must again be considered, including timelines for possible construction of new facilities, additions to current facilities, and facilities for specific programs. Public feedback opportunities on options under consideration will be presented next semester as part of the planning process.
Board Meeting: Oct. 17, 2019
The Board approved the 2018-2019 audit and a bid for asphalt/concrete repairs. The Board approved legislative priorities for the 2020 legislative session, and approved eight policies. The Board heard a report on the District's Guidance and Counseling program and a recap of the 2019 Summer School program. In addition, the Board recognized Teacher Karla Penechar as recipient of the 2019 Wayne Brown Outstanding Speech and Theatre Teacher award and Ruth Johnson as the recipient of the 2019 Carter D. Ward Excellence in Advocacy Award. Read a recap of the meeting: Board update
Board honors Teacher Karla Penechar
The School Board on Oct. 17 recognized Ray-Pec High School Teacher Karla Penechar for being named the 2019 Wayne Brown Outstanding Speech and Theatre Teacher for the state of Missouri. The award was presented last month by the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri. She is pictured with Board Vice President Paul Coffman.
Board honors President Ruth Johnson
The School Board on Oct. 17 recognized Board President Ruth Johnson for receiving the Carter D. Ward Excellence in Advocacy Award at the recent Missouri School Boards' Association conference. She is pictured with Board Vice President Paul Coffman.
Work Session: Oct. 10, 2019
The focus of the Oct. 10, 2019, work session was Student Achievement. The Board also heard an update about the Annual Performance Report and the Launch online program.
Annual Performance Report
Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees said that the Annual Performance Report has not yet been published. This year, the format of the report will look different. The state will report on each category, but will not assign a total numeric score to each area. Dr. Monsees said that Ray-Pec did well as a district, and if a numeric score were assigned it would be strongly in the 90th percentile. Without the specific score, the results will be more difficult to share with the community.
Last year, the District began to offer online courses through Launch, an online academy offering quality instruction through the Springfield, Mo., School District. During spring semester 2018-2019, 49 students in middle school, high school, and the Academy, enrolled in 114 courses. In total, 23 of the students dropped or failed one or more classes. During Summer School, 268 students enrolled in 415 courses. This fall, 78 students enrolled in 182 courses. For more information about costs and completion numbers, see the Launch update.
Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, reported on a number of assessments used by the district to measure student achievement:
- Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) 2019
- NWEA Student Growth Summary Report
- NWEA Growth Insight Report –Quadrant Summary 2018-2019
- International Baccalaureate Assessment Results, 2018-2019
- International Baccalaureate – Ray-Pec scores compared to world-wide scores
- Advanced Placement Score Summary
- WorkKeys Achievement 2018-2019
Board meeting: Sept. 19, 2019
The Board heard a report on the District's Public Relations program and a review of the District’s Facilities and Grounds program. The Board approved an early resignation notification incentive and a letter of support to Metropolitan Community College for a grant application partnership.
Communication Director Michele Stidham provided the annual report about the District’s public relations program. Stidham shared results from the spring 2019 stakeholder survey. Stidham shared analytic statistics about the District web site and YouTube channels. She also reported on the distribution and open rates for the weekly newsletter. Ray-Pec has an open rate that is higher than the average for primary and secondary education organizations. The District has 3,454 subscribers for text messaging; 7,945 followers on Facebook; and 4,114 followers on Twitter. Public Relations Update
Scott Dobson, Director of Facilities, presented a review of the District’s Facilities and Grounds program. He reviewed program highlights, and reviewed results from the spring 2019 stakeholder survey. He outlined three goals:
- Increase the number of positive responses on the staff perception survey in regards to quality of work from 75.5 percent to 85 percent.
- Increase the number of positive responses on the staff perception survey in regards to overall appearance of grounds from 84.7 percent to 90 percent.
- Increase the number of positive responses on the staff perception survey in regards to overall grade for the department from 89.6 percent to 95 percent.
Early resignation incentive
The Board approved an early resignation incentive for certified staff (defined as staff paid from the Certified Salary Schedule). Certified staff members who submit their resignation notice by Dec. 20, 2019, will receive an incentive stipend of $750, and those who provide notice by Feb. 3, 2020, will receive an incentive stipend of $500 to be paid on June 25.
MCC Grant Partnership
The Board approved a letter of support to Metropolitan Community College for a National Science Foundation grant application partnership. Staff from the MCC Business and Technology campus are preparing a grant application designed to support the creation of a satellite machining program to be located at a partner high school. The program would offer dual credit, as well as industry recognized credentials, through a year-long half-day course. The course would include interactive technology, with an instructor at MCC providing primary instruction with support of an on-site staff members to assist and supervise students. The letter of support indicates that Ray-Pec would be a partner district with MCC, if selected and the grant is approved. MCC Executive Summary MCC Grant Letter
Read a recap of the entire meeting: Sept. 19, 2019, Board Meeting
Work session: Sept. 12, 2019
Board begins search for new superintendent
The School Board on Sept. 12, 2019, met with consultants from the Missouri School Boards' Association about the District's search for a new superintendent.
Current Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees has announced his retirement at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
MSBA Consultants Dr. Paul James and Dr. Robert Watkins will work with the Ray-Pec School Board during the search process, which begins on Sept. 16 with a formal announcement of the vacancy. The consultants will advertise the opening through a variety of methods.
During the time period that applications are being accepted, the consultants will interview the Ray-Pec Board members about the characteristics and qualities they want in the next superintendent. The consultants may also interview staff members and community members, as directed by the School Board. An online survey will be made available for community members to provide input. Information from these interviews and survey results will be compiled to help the MSBA consultants identify candidates who will be the "best fit" for the district.
Under a tentative timeline established with the consultants, the Board plans to meet the first week of November to review applications and select finalists. Interviews would begin in mid-November, with a second round of interviews and site visit scheduled later in November, if necessary. The Board hopes to announce the name of the successful candidate in December.
The Board also heard a presentation about the 2019-202 Strategic Plan Priorities, which include the focus areas of Success Ready Students, High Quality Staff, and Financial Responsibility. The Board discussed the possibility of having a student representative at the Board meetings, and also discussed the results of the Board Self Evaluation.
Ray-Pec tax levy rate to decrease by 18 cents
The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on Aug. 22, 2019, approved the 2019 tax levy rate at $5.1823, which reflects a decrease of 18 cents from the 2018 rate. The 2019 rate includes an operating levy of $4.1492 and a debt service levy of $1.0331. The approval followed a public hearing.
The tax rate is calculated based on the assessed valuation of real estate and personal property in the District. The rate is decreasing to offset increases in property values due to reassessment. Tax rate history
Board starts search for new superintendent
As one of the first steps in finding a new superintendent for the District, the Ray-Pec School Board on Aug. 22, 2019, voted to approve a proposal from the Missouri School Boards' Association to assist in the search process. Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees is retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
A subcommittee of the Board considered proposals from three search firms and then recommended the proposal from MSBA to the entire Board for approval. One part of the MSBA search procedure is the collection of input from a variety of stakeholders about the characteristics desired in the next superintendent. The District also utilized the search services of MSBA in 2012 when Dr. Monsees was hired.
Long-Range Facility Plan update
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bryan Pettengill provided a Long-Range Facility Plan update to the Board at its Aug. 22, 2019, meeting. Board report The District is beginning the process to update its Long-Range Facility Plan. The District is contracting with a demographer to provide growth projections. A planning committee will soon be established to review data and consider facility options for the future.
The Board also approved the 2019-2020 Assessment Plan and a transfer to complete roof repairs at Peculiar Elementary School. Read a recap of the entire meeting: Aug. 22, 2019, Board meeting recap
Board honors Technology Department
The School Board on Aug. 22, 2019, honored the Ray-Pec Technology Department for winning the first ever MOTechTalk Technology Department Excellence Award.
The award was announced in July at the MOTechTalk conference in Osage Beach, Mo. The conference for school technology personnel covered topics including networking, servers, security, and best practices.
Board Member Kim York, at left, is pictured with Department Director Ryan Gooding and Network Administrator Norma Mann.
The Technology Department also includes Jason Smither, network administrator; Jarod Kientz, database administrator; Shelley Presley, technician/help desk; Jennifer Landis, technician; Dan Fisher, technician; and Jonathan Stacy, technician.
Board honors Ella Schnake
The Board on Aug. 22, 2019, honored Senior Ella Schnake for winning the national championship in Program Oral Interpretation at the National Speech and Debate tournament. Her piece was titled "Debate Like a Girl." She is pictured with Board Member Kim York.
Board meeting: July 25, 2019
The Board hired a company to conduct a demographic study. The Board also set Aug. 22 as the date for a public hearing on the tax levy. Read a recap of the meeting: Board update
Board honors Katelynn Jungling
The Board recognized 2019 RPHS graduate Katelynn Jungling. Katelynn won the gold medal in firefighting at the Missouri SkillsUSA competition. She was the first female student to ever win the state title in that event. She qualified for the national SkillsUSA competition, where she received a $1,000 scholarship. She is pictured at right with Board Member Ashley Jones.
Board honors Audrey Huffman
The Board of Education on July 25, 2019, recognized Audrey Huffman for placing third in the nation in Impromptu Speaking at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2.
Huffman competed against approximately 200 finalists in her event. She will be a sophomore this fall at Ray-Pec High School. She is pictured with Board Member Ashley Jones.