Board of Education

School Board Recognition Week is Feb. 9 to 15, 2020

Communities across the state are honoring the service of boards of education Feb. 9 to 15, 2020, for School Board Recognition Week. Ray-Pec School Board members volunteer their time and energy to help shape the future of the district. We appreciate their hard work and dedication! Thanks to our Raymore-Peculiar School Board members:

  • President Ruth Johnson
  • Vice President Paul Coffman
  • Aaron Howlett
  • Ashley Jones
  • Billy King
  • Bill Lowe
  • Kim York

School Board Recognition Week is sponsored by the Missouri School Boards’ Association.

Ray-Pec School Board May 2019

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.

School Board candidates

NOTE: The April 7, 2020, election has been re-scheduled for June 2, 2020, by State Executive Order.

These people have filed to be candidates in the April 7, 2020 School Board election:

  • Ruth Johnson of Raymore
  • Kim York of Raymore
  • Paul Coffman of Peculiar
  • Precious Ali of Raymore
  • Shauna Stephanchick of Lee’s Summit
  • Susan Edmonsond of Raymore
  • Thomas Walsh of Raymore

There are three positions available with three-year terms. The filing period ended Jan. 21. Board members whose terms expire in 2020 are Paul Coffman, Ruth Johnson and Kim York.

2020 School Board Candidates

Ruth JohnsonKim York July 2014Paul Coffman-1Precious Ali
Ruth Johnson, incumbent
Kim York, incumbent
Paul Coffman, incumbent
Precious Ali
pictures of me and girls (1)Susan EdmonsondThomas Walsh
Shuana Stephanchick
Susan Edmonsond
Thomas Walsh

Candidate name 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
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