April 6, 2021, bond issue
The Board of Education on Jan. 21 approved placing a $72 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue on the ballot for April 6, 2021. The bond issue would support priorities identified in the recently-adopted long-range facility plan.
There are three primary reasons for the bond issue:
- Student enrollment
- Student opportunities
- Stewardship and maintenance of existing facilities
Meeting the need of increasing enrollment
If approved, the bond issue would allow the District to take the first step toward a second high school - with construction of a freshman center that can be expanded in the future. (The picture above is a conceptual drawing of the freshman center.)
The freshman center will be designed to meet the needs of Ray-Pec's 9th grade classes and is planned for district-owned property adjacent to Ray-Pec East Middle School. This is the first step to transform that campus to a full middle school-high school combination site. Future building projects will expand the freshman center into Ray-Pec's second high school over the next five to 10 years, depending on enrollment and future bond elections.
The design of the freshman center facility will also include space for the Virtual Instruction Program of Ray-Pec (VIPR). In addition, to meet the needs of co-curricular and extracurricular activities, there would be stadium changes, tennis courts, and additional practice fields.
Preparing for increased student opportunities
During its Feb. 25 meeting, the Raymore-Peculiar School Board approved purchasing the building at M-58 Highway and Foxridge Drive. The facility, which has been vacant for several years, formerly housed the Orscheln Farm and Home store.
The District plans to use the facility, which has about 41,000 square feet, to provide additional opportunities for students in the area of career oriented education and real world education experiences.
Career education is an important component of Proposition S, which is the $72 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue on the April 6 ballot for Ray-Pec voters. If approved, the proceeds from the bond issue will help pay for the purchase of this facility and implementation of career education programs (such as HVAC, electrical, and others), as well as the expansion of Real World Learning opportunities.
Performing Arts Center
Community feedback identified the desire for a new performing arts center. (The image at right shows placement of a new performance arts center at Ray-Pec High School.)
The current theatre at the high school was built in 1992 with a seating capacity of 422. There is limited space available for choir, band, orchestra, and theatrical performances. A new PAC with increased seating capacity and technology would allow for district-wide performances and potential community use.
Stewardship: Taking care of existing facilities
The bond issue plan also includes maintenance work at every school. The Ray-Pec School District includes more than 1.2 million square feet of facility space. A sustained building re-investment and facility upkeep programs is needed to continued to provide safe and efficient learning opportunities for students.
The proposal includes these projects:
- Replace HVAC rooftop units at Eagle Glen, Peculiar, Raymore, Shull, Creekmoor, Bridle Ridge, South Middle School, Academy, and the High School
- Update playgrounds at Peculiar, Creekmoor, and Raymore elementary schools
- Replace windows and storefront at Timber Creek, Stonegate, Peculiar, Raymore, and Shull
- Renovate or replace roof sections at Eagle Glen, Shull, Stonegate, Timber Creek, South Middle School, Academy, and the High School
- Parking lots renovations at Bridle Ridge, Creekmoor, Shull, Timber Creek, East Middle School, South Middle School, Academy, Panther Stadium, and the Administrative Services Center
Long-Range Facility Plan
The bond issue projects were identified in the Long-Range Facility Plan, which was adopted in November 2020. Work on the plan began in mid-2019. A committee including teachers, principals, city officials, demographic experts, board of education members, and district staff helped develop the new long range facility plan. Information about the long-range facility plan priorities was shared at more than 25 public presentations, in three public surveys, and through numerous communication updates.
The bond issue will be on the ballot on April 6, 2021. It requires a 4/7 majority to pass.
The last day to register to vote in the April 6 election is March 10. Voter registration information