Dr. Kari Monsees named ’Business Official of the Year’

The Missouri Association of School Business Officials (MoASBO) announced Ray-Pec School District Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees as the 2020 Business Official of the Year. 

Dr. Monsees has been a member of MoASBO for the past 17 years. He has served on the association’s board of directors and as the chair of their legislative committee. He conducts workshops on budget development and is considered a trusted expert on public school finance in the state of Missouri. 

Dr. Monsees is retiring as Ray-Pec Superintendent at the end of the 2019-2020 school year and will become the new deputy commissioner of the Division of Financial and Administrative Services for the Department Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  Read more


Dr. Monsees announces retirement

Ray-Pec School District Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees announced that he will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. He made the news public at the Aug. 7 all-staff Convocation. This annual meeting of District employees is the kick-off to the school year and is the one time each year all staff gather together.

"The past six-plus years have been the most rewarding years of my educational career," Dr. Monsees said. "I have truly been blessed to be a part of the Raymore-Peculiar School District, and I intend to transition from my current role in a manner that sets the next leader up for success. I am not certain about my plans in retirement, but I anticipate staying involved in public education in some supportive manner. Laura and I intend to make Ray-Pec our retirement community, so I will not be far away." 

Dr. Monsees had already notified the School Board and members of the administrative leadership. The Board is expected to discuss the superintendent search process at its next meeting. Read more

Dr. Kari Monsees
Dr. Kari Monsees


Dr. Kari Monsees

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

Ph: (816) 892-1300
Fx: (816) 892-1380

Dr. Kari Monsees is superintendent of the Ray-Pec School District. He serves on the legislative committee for the Missouri Association of School Administrators and was selected as the Kansas City region’s new superintendent of the year in 2014-15. He is also on the board of directors and chair of the legislative committee for the Missouri Association of School Business Officials, along with being a regular presenter at their annual conference.

Dr. Monsees came to Ray-Pec in 2013 from the Wentzville (Mo) School District, located in western St. Charles County near St. Louis. He had been the Chief Financial Officer for Wentzville for five years. Before joining Wentzville, he served as assistant superintendent for five years in the Warrensburg School District. He was the high school principal for one year and assistant principal for three years in the Moniteau County R-I School District.  Prior to that time he was a math and computer science teacher and athletic director in the Smithton R-VI School District for three years.

Dr. Monsees is a graduate of Smithton High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in secondary math education and secondary physical education from Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri), and completed his student teaching in Lee’s Summit School District.  He also earned his master’s degree in secondary school administration and an educational specialist degree in school district administration from UCM. He received his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Dr. Monsees and his wife, Laura, live in Raymore.