Finance Department

Chief Financial Officer earns SFO certification

Ray-Pec Chief Financial Officer Cynthia Byous was recently awarded the Certified Administration of School Finance and Operations (SFO) certification by the Association for School Business Officials International (ASBO International). This is her fourth year as CFO for the school district.

The SFO designation is granted to highly qualified school business professionals who fulfill multiple requirements, including demonstrating certification eligibility (through work experience and education); passing a comprehensive exam about school business management; and adhering to the ASBO International Certification Code of Conduct. School business officials who have earned the SFO certification commit to ongoing professional development and re-certification every three years.


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

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Meritorious Budget Award at Board Meeting 111518

The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on Nov. 15, 2018, honored the District's Finance Department for receiving the Meritorious Budget Award for the 4th consecutive year. From left: Finance Specialist Pam Hecker, Bookkeeper Cheryl Tipton, Chief Financial Officer Cynthia Byous, and Board Member Kim York.

District receives prestigious Meritorious Budget Award for fourth year in a row

November 2018 - For the fourth consecutive year, the Raymore-Peculiar School District has received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International. The award recognizes the District for its 2018-2019 submission.
The MBA promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation. After a rigorous review by professional auditors, the award is conferred only on school districts that meet or exceed the program's stringent criteria. During the 2017-2018 school year, only eight Missouri school districts, including Raymore-Peculiar, received the award.

Preparing the budget in a manner to qualify for the Meritorious Budget Award is a more comprehensive process than a normal budget. The finished product must present financial information, statistical data, and performance data in a clear, easy-to-read way that illustrates the District's short- and long-term strategies and provides transparency in the budgeting process. 
Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees said the award "is evidence of the District's efforts to share important financial and operational information with patrons, as we continue to focus on developing success ready students."
You can review: the entire Budget Document, which includes an Executive Summary.


The Finance Department includes:
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Finance
  • Budgeting
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Cyndee Byous, Chief Financial Officer

21005 S. School Rd.
P.O. Box 789
Peculiar, MO  64078

Ph: (816) 892-1326
Fx: (816) 892-1380


Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.