Board of Education

School Board filing period

The Raymore-Peculiar School District encourages qualified persons interested in running for a position on the School Board to file to be a candidate in the April 7, 2020, election. Interested persons may file at the administration offices located at 21005 S. School Rd., Peculiar. 

Filing will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, and will continue during the district's regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Filing will not occur on days that the school district's offices are closed due to inclement weather. Filing will not occur on the following holidays when the school district's offices are closed: Dec. 24; Dec. 25; Jan. 1, 2020, and Jan. 20, 2020. Filing will end at 5 p.m. on Jan. 21.

There are three (3) positions available with three-year terms.  Board members whose terms expire in 2020 are Paul Coffman, Ruth Johnson and Kim York.

Placement on the Ballot

Order of filing will determine the placement on the ballot.  This is in accordance with board policy 0320 – School Board Elections.

Please contact School Board Secretary Pam Steele at 816-892-1311 or at with any questions.

Board meeting dates

Board announces new superintendent

The Raymore-Peculiar School District Board of Education has selected Dr. Mike Slagle to serve as superintendent of the district, effective July 1, 2020. He will replace Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

In a special meeting on Saturday, Nov. 23, the Board officially approved hiring Dr. Slagle to serve as the next superintendent. Slagle is currently the deputy superintendent for the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kan.
The Blue Valley School District has an enrollment of about 22,400 students.
School board members were pleased with the large pool of candidates who applied for the superintendent position, and selected eight candidates to interview.

Ray-Pec school board members said they were impressed with Slagle's experience, leadership skills, financial expertise, experience working with a growing district, experience in strategic planning, and knowledge of initiatives currently under way in the district. He also has been involved in successful bond and levy campaigns.

Board President Ruth Johnson said, "The Board is excited to bring on Dr. Slagle. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will benefit our District in the years to come." Read more

Mike Slagle 2019

Board President honored

Ruth Johnson, president of the Ray-Pec Board of Education, is the recipient of the 2019 Carter D. Ward Excellence in Advocacy Award presented by FutureBuilders, the education foundation of the Missouri School Boards' Association. She was recognized on Sept. 28 during the 2019 MSBA Annual Conference at Lake of the Ozarks. The award is designed to honor an individual school board member who exemplifies leadership skills in the area of public education advocacy. Read more

Ruth Johnson Award
Ray-Pec School Board May 2019

The Raymore-Peculiar School Board

Front row, from left: Kim York, Ashley Jones, and President Ruth Johnson. Back row: Aaron Howlett, Billy King, Vice President Paul Coffman, and Bill Lowe.

Oath 2

Oath of office and reorganization meeting on April 15, 2019

Aaron Howlett and Bill Lowe were sworn into office during a special School Board reorganization meeting on April 15. Board Secretary Pam Steele administered the oath of office after the Board certified the results of the April 2 election. Howlett and Lowe were elected to 3-year terms.

The Board elected Ruth Johnson to continue as President, Paul Coffman to continue serving as Vice President, Pam Steele to continue as Secretary, and Cynthia Byous to continue as Treasurer.

The Board also elected Billy King to serve as Missouri School Boards Association Delegate and Ruth Johnson as the Alternate Delegate.

Official election results:
  • Bill Lowe, 623 votes
  • Aaron Howlett, 567 votes
  • Joyce Noah, 564 votes
  • Susan Edmonsond, 555 votes
  • Write-in, 6 votes

Watch the meeting:

Voters elect Lowe and Howlett

Raymore-Peculiar School District votes on April 2 elected Bill Lowe, at right, and Aaron Howlett, at far right, to three-year terms on the Ray-Pec School Board. Unofficial results from the Cass County Clerk's office show Lowe with 623 votes and Howlett with 567 votes.

Bill Lowe 3
Aaron Howlett 3

The other candidates, and their vote totals: Joyce Noah with 564 votes and Susan Edmonsond with 555 votes. 


Pam Steele, Secretary to the Board of Education

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

Ph: (816) 892-1311
Fx: (816) 892-1380


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

The seven-member Board of Education is elected by District patrons. Members are elected to serve three-year terms without pay. View all Board Members


  • 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month
  • Administrative Services Center, 21005 S. School Rd., Peculiar, MO 64078