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Oath of office and reorganization
- Bill Lowe, 623 votes
- Aaron Howlett, 567 votes
- Joyce Noah, 564 votes
- Susan Edmonsond, 555 votes
- Write-in, 6 votes
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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.
They will take the oath of office during a special reorganization meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 15.
The other candidates, and their vote totals: Joyce Noah with 564 votes and Susan Edmonsond with 555 votes. Lowe is currently filling an unexpired term vacated by Kim Bailey when she was appointed to the State Board of Education. Howlett will replace Board Member Edmonsond, whose term expires this month.
Board honors top speller
The School Board on March 25 recognized 8th grader Miles Sellami, the Cass County Spelling Bee champion. Miles will represent Ray-Pec and Cass County in May at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Miles is pictured with School Board Member Bill Lowe.
Review of March 14, 2019, Board work session
The Board met in a work session to discuss budget planning for the 2019-2020 school year.
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Here are the documents the Board reviewed:
- Budget cover page
- FY 19-20 Budget Development Calendar
- Revenue Summary FY 19-20
- FY20 Draft Budget Plan
- New Expenditure Allocations
- FY20 Budget Staffing Recommendations
- FY20 Budget Supply Recommendations
- Team Ray-Pec Priority Collaboration - March Scenario
- FY20 Supply Allocations
- Technology Plan
- Debt Service Payments Schedule 3.6.19
- Capital Lease Payments
- Scorecards for Budget Work Session
- RPSD Scorecard 2018 Final
Review of Feb. 28, 2019, Board meeting
The Board on Feb. 28 approved a bid for asphalt and concrete work at Stonegate Elementary School and bids for roofing repairs at Peculiar Elementary School.
The Board heard a review of the Technology Program, a review of the District's Energy Management Program, and an update on Summer School 2019. Kevin Wood spoke to the Board about the Cass Community Health Foundation.
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Thanks to our School Board
The School Board was thanked and celebrated during its Feb. 28, 2019, meeting. Thanks to our Board members for their service! Front row, from left: President Ruth Johnson, Ashley Jones, Susan Edmonsond, and Kim York. Back row: Vice President Paul Coffman, Bill Lowe, and Billy King. School Board Recognition Week was observed Feb. 10-16 throughout the state of Missouri.
Board honors All-State wrestlers
The School Board on Feb. 28 honored All-State wrestlers Clint Herrick, left, and Kanen Huff. They are pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Clint placed 3rd place in the 182-lb weight class and Kanen placed 4th in the 138-pound weight class at the Class 4 state wrestling tournament Feb. 14-16.
Board honors RPHS Volleyball Coach
The School Board on Feb. 28 honored Ray-Pec High School Volleyball Coach Aubri (Renshaw) Janes for being selected as one of Thirty Under 30 High School Coaches by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The awards honor top young coaches across all divisions of volleyball. Aubri is pictured with School Board Member Susan Edmonsond.
Board honors State Champion Tech Challenge Team
The School Board on Thursday night honored the Missouri Grand Champion Technical Challenge Team from Ray-Pec High School. Pictured, from left: Riley Linn, Becca Bessette, Zach Scott, Devyn Phillips, Nick Hime, and Board Member Susan Edmonsond. A school can enter one team in the Tech Challenge. The competition includes 5 events from a list of skills used in technical theatre.
- Riley Linn placed first in lighting hang and focus
- Becca Bessette placed 2nd in threading a sewing machine
- Zach Scott and Devyn Phillips placed 3rd in props setup
- Nick HIme, Riley Linn, Becca Bessette, and Zach Scott placed 3rd in drop folding
The Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education. In front: Susan Edmonsond, President Ruth Johnson, and Kim York. In back: Billy King, Bill Lowe, Vice President Paul Coffman, and Ashley Jones.
Missouri School Board Recognition Week
Communities across the state honored the service of boards of education during Missouri School Board Recognition Week, Feb. 10-16, 2019. The goal was to build awareness and understanding of the important function an elected board of education fills in communities and schools. These public servants are elected by local constituents and do not receive compensation for their efforts.
All Missouri citizens were asked to recognize the contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the vital role they play in the education of our children. Thanks to our Raymore-Peculiar School Board members:
- President Ruth Johnson
- Vice President Paul Coffman
- Susan Edmonsond
- Ashley Jones
- Billy King
- Bill Lowe
- Kim York
School Board Recognition Week is sponsored by the Missouri School Boards' Association.
Annual Performance Report score: 98.7 percent
The Raymore-Peculiar School District has achieved a 98.7 percent score on its Annual Performance Report (APR) from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
The 2018 report includes student achievement data, graduation rates, attendance rates, and college and career readiness indicators. The report measures how well the District serves students under specific state guidelines and is used to determine a school district's accreditation.
The District received 118.4 out of 120 total points possible on the APR.
"We are proud the accomplishments of our students are recognized on the APR," said Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees. "Our teachers, administrators and support staff work hard every day to ensure our students are success ready. We have plenty of measures of success locally, but it is good to receive confirmation from the state that we are doing well as a district."
2019 School Board Candidate filing information
The Raymore-Peculiar R-II School District encourages qualified persons interested in running for a position on the School Board to file to be a candidate in the April 2, 2019 election. Interested persons may file at the administration offices located at 21005 S. School Rd., Peculiar, MO 64078.
Filing will begin at 8 a.m. Dec. 11, 2018, and will continue during the district's regular business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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 and 25, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019. Filing will end at 5 p.m. Jan. 15, 2019.
There are two (2) positions available with three-year terms. Board members whose terms expire in 2019 are Susan Edmonsond and Bill Lowe.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Review of Feb. 14, 2019, work session
During a work session on Feb. 14, the Board received a report about the Annual Performance Report, heard an update on the Assessment Plan, and reviewed the Strategic Plan.
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Review of Jan. 24, 2019, Board meeting
The Board on Jan. 24 approved the District calendar for 2019-2020. The Board approvesd a lease refunding and staff requests for 2019-2020. The Board also heard reports about the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation and the Student Interventions Program.
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Board honors Spelling Bee champion
The School Board on Jan. 24 honored Miles Sellami, the District Spelling Bee Champion. Miles, an 8th grader at Ray-Pec East Middle School, will represent Ray-Pec on March 13 at the Cass County Spelling Bee. He is pictured with Board Member Ashley Jones.
Board honors All-State volleyball player
The School Board on Jan. 24 honored RPHS Senior Janae Thurston for being named to the All-State Volleyball team. JShe has committed to play volleyball next year for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is pictured with Board Member Ashley Jones.
Review of Jan. 10, 2019, Work Session
The Board on Jan. 10 heard an update about capital projects planned for fiscal year 2020 and beyond. The Board also heard about plans to delay the addition of world language instruction in grades 2-5 for at least one year. In addition, Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, presented a draft outline for an Adopt-A-School program. Watch the meeting:
Ray-Pec to expand online learning opportunities
The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on Dec. 20 took a big step to increase online course offerings for Ray-Pec High School students.
The Board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Springfield School District to provide an increased number of high-quality courses through a program called Launch. Used by school districts across the state, Launch is an online academy with more than 100 classes designed, developed, and delivered by Missouri educators. The Ray-Pec School District will pay the course fee if enrollment qualifications are met.
Online courses provide benefits for students in a variety of ways: increased options for electives and accelerated courses, flexibility for home-bound and at-risk students, long-term suspension solutions, credit recovery programs, and alternatives for scheduling conflicts.
Additional information will be shared as students prepare to select courses and enroll for 2019-2020.
View the presentation from the Board meeting: Launch information
Ray-Pec expands mental health supports for students
Under a new partnership between the Raymore-Peculiar School District and Compass Health Network, two licensed therapists will provide therapy services at school to Medicaid-eligible students who qualify. The School Board approved the partnership at its Dec. 20 meeting.
Ray-Pec's mental health professionals will oversee the referral process, which includes parental approval. The services may include screenings/evaluations, brief interventions, therapy and consultation services for mental health treatment. The District will provide space for the therapy sessions.
Expanding mental health supports for students is an important action step in the District's Strategic Plan. Compass Health Network includes Pathways Community Health , Crider Health Center and Royal Oaks Hospital.
Board honors cross country runners
The School Board on Dec. 20 recognized the girls Cross Country Team for placing third in the state in Class 4, and also recognized four runners for earning All-State honors for performances at the Class 4 state meet on Nov. 3, 2018, in Jefferson City.
From left to right: Braden Zaner, Raelyn Kirchhoff, Makenzie Stucker, Miranda Dick, Marissa Dick, and Board Member Susan Edmonsond. Not pictured: Laurana Mitchell, Anna Patterson, and Gracyn Kloth.
- Junior Braden Zaner placed 21st in the boys race to earn All-State honors for the first time.
- Junior Marissa Dick placed 5th place in the girls race to earn All-State honors for the second time.
- Senior Miranda Dick, placed 6th, to earn All-State honors for the third time.
- Senior Makenzie Stucker, placed 23rd to earn All-State honors for the third time. Miranda and Makenzie are the only runners in Ray-Pec school history to earn All-State honors in cross country three times.
Board recognizes All-State Band students
Board recognizes All-State Choir students
The School Board on Dec. 20 recognized students selected for the All-State Choir. From left to right: Becca Bessette, Soprano; Chloe Coons, Soprano Alternate; Tayler Bates, Soprano Alternate; Gabby Sharp, Tenor; and Board Member Susan Edmonsond.
Not pictured: Kylie Hansen, Soprano; Katie Clewell, Alto; Samuel Reicher, Tenor Alternate; and Matthew Stewart, Bass.
Board recognizes All-State Football Players
The School Board on Dec. 20 recognized two students who were selected by the Missouri Football Coaches Association to the Class 6 All-State Second Team.
At left is Senior Chase Hutchison, offensive line. At right is Junior Luke Grimm, wide receiver. They are pictured with Board Member Paul Coffman.
Board thanks Victor Carr
The School Board on Dec. 20 thanked Victor Carr, a resident of Peculiar, for his volunteer photography. You may have seen him on the sidelines at different Ray-Pec sporting events. He takes hundreds of photos and freely shares them with the community. He is pictured with Board Member Susan Edmonsond.
Review of Dec. 20, 2018, Board meeting
The Board approved expanding mental health supports for students, expanding online learning opportunities, and head a report on school culture and climate.
Under a new partnership with Compass Health Network, two licensed therapists will provide therapy services at school to Medicaid-eligible students who qualify. The School Board approved the partnership at the Dec. 20 meeting.
Ray-Pec's mental health professionals will oversee the referral process, which includes parental approval. The services may include screenings/evaluations, brief interventions, therapy, and consultation services for mental health treatment. The District will provide space for the therapy sessions. Expanding mental health supports for students is an important action step in the District's
Read a recap of the meeting: Board Update
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Bill Lowe selected to be new Ray-Pec School Board member
During a special meeting on Oct. 30, the School Board selected Bill Lowe of Raymore to fill a vacant seat on the Board.
The vote came after the Board interviewed three finalists for the open seat. In addition to Lowe, the Board also interviewed Maria Davies and Joyce Noah.
The oath of office will be administered to Lowe at a special meeting on Nov. 8. Lowe is being appointed to serve until the April 2019 School Board election.
The vacancy was due to the resignation of Kim Bailey, who was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education. After Bailey's resignation, the District publicized the opening and invited community members to submit letters of interest. During a special meeting on Oct. 9, the Board reviewed letters from seven persons interested in filling the vacant seat. The Board selected three candidates to interview.
At the time of her resignation, Bailey was Board President. After her departure, Vice President Paul Coffman served as Interim President. Once Lowe is sworn into office, the Board will re-organize to determine who will serve as president and vice president until April.
Here are the Raymore-Peculiar School Board members. In back, from left to right: Paul Coffman, Kim Bailey, Billy King, and Ashley Jones. In front: Kim York, Susan Edmonsond, and Ruth Johnson. During its April 16 reorganization meeting, the Board elected Bailey to serve as president; Coffman to serve as vice president; Pam Steele as secretary; and Cynthia Byous as treasurer. Johnson was elected as the delegate to the Missouri School Boards' Association. Edmonsond was elected as the alternate delegate.
Oath of office
Ashley Jones and Billy King take the oath of office during the April 16, 2018, special reorganization meeting of the School Board.
The two were elected on April 3 to serve three-year terms. They replace Ryan Wescoat and Maria Davies, who did not seek re-election.
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Voters elect Jones and King to School Board
Voters on April 3, 2018, elected Ashley Jones and Billy King to serve three-year terms on the Ray-Pec School Board. They will replace current board members Maria Davies and Ryan Wescoat, whose terms expire in 2018.
Election results from the Cass County Clerk's office are shown in the table.
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