LEAD Center updates

The LEAD Center is located at M-58 and Foxridge Drive in Raymore. Design development will continue during the summer of 2021, and construction in the facility is expected to begin in November 2021. The Center is planned to open in August 2022.

The district plans to use the LEAD Center to offer real-world learning experiences for students. The location will become home for Ray-Pec Enterprise & Design, the new microschool program offering for juniors and seniors. In fall 2021, Ray-Pec E&D will be housed at the Ray-Pec Academy building. In the future, the program will be relocated at the LEAD Center. Other programs being considered for the LEAD Center include: machining, automation and robotics, electrical, heating and cooling (HVAC), plumbing, culinary arts, and drone training.

The School Board on May 13, 2021, heard an update about the three large projects being funded by the Proposition S bond issue. Here is the timeline for development of the LEAD Center.

(Photo at right is from the May 7, 2021, Steering Committee meeting.)

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On May 7, 2021, the LEAD Center Steering Committee participated in a Space Planning Activity. Committee members discussed where to place certain activities and programs within the overall center. In the photo at left, Architect Brad Kiehl discusses the activity. The photo at right shows, from left: Scott Dobson, Director of Facilities; Ryan Gooding, Director of Technology; and Kim York, School Board member.

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On April 28, 2021, the LEAD Center Steering Committee participated in a Spatial Identity Activity.

LEAD Center planning is under way

A steering committee has begun planning the development and renovation of the Ray-Pec LEAD Center, which is the 41,000-square-foot facility located at M-58 and Foxridge Drive. Design development will continue during the summer of 2021, and construction in the facility is expected to begin in November 2021. The district plans to use the LEAD Center to offer real-world learning experiences for students.

The location will become home for Ray-Pec Enterprise & Design, the new microschool program offering for juniors and seniors. In fall 2021, Ray-Pec E&D will be housed at the Ray-Pec Academy building. In the future, the program will be relocated at the LEAD Center. Other programs being considered for the LEAD Center include: machining, automation and robotics, electrical, heating and cooling (HVAC), plumbing, culinary arts, and drone training.

Members of the LEAD Center Steering Committee

Dr. Mike Slagle, SuperintendentKim York, School Board member
Dr. Bryan Pettengill, Assistant SuperintendentBill Lowe, School Board member
Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant SuperintendentRuth Johnson, School Board president
Dr. Kristel Barr, Director of Secondary EducationBrad Kiehl, architect, HTK Architects
Scott Dobson, Director of FacilitiesScott Hazelitt, HTK Architects
Jake Wingo, Community Partnership CoordinatorLee Moore, JE Dunn Construction
Ryan Gooding, Director of TechnologyJohn Schlick, JE Dunn Construction
Steven Hatfield, RPHS Industrial Technology TeacherHope Phillips, RPHS student
Aerial photo of LEAD Center

The LEAD Center is located in the former Orscheln building at M-58 and Foxridge Drive, north of Walgreens. The building has 41,000 square feet of space.