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Dr. Mike Slagle

Dr. Mike Slagle, Superintendent
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21005 S. School Rd.
P.O. Box 789
Peculiar, MO  64078

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

Meet Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle

Dr. Mike Slagle has been superintendent of the Ray-Pec School District since July 1, 2020.

In 2022, Dr. Slagle was among eight Missouri Superintendents recognized by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) for outstanding performance as an emerging superintendent! Dr. Slagle was nominated by his colleagues in the Greater Kansas City MASA District. He was honored at the MASA Spring Conference on March 23, 2022. Each year, the award is presented to superintendents who are in their second or third year of employment as superintendent and have made a measurable contribution to the school district they serve. 

In 2021, Dr. Slagle was selected as a 2021 Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). He was among 19 superintendents nationwide who were selected for the award. Honorees are school district leaders who have fewer than five years of experience as a superintendent and who demonstrate dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core.

Dr. Slagle came to Ray-Pec in 2020 from the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kan. He was with the Blue Valley School District for 25 years, with his last five years as deputy superintendent. He was assistant superintendent from 2006 to 2015, and was executive to the superintendent from 2004 to 2006. Earlier, he was Director of School Administration from 2000 to 2004 and Assistant Director for Planning and Transportation from 1994 to 2000.

He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Nebraska Christian College and a bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Wayne State College. He received his master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Iowa and his doctorate in organizational and education leadership from the University of Kansas.

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.

Dr. Slagle and his wife, Jenny, live in Raymore. They have two grown sons: Luke and Micah.

Dr. Al Voelker

Dr. Al Voelker, Chief of Staff

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

Meet Chief of Staff Dr. Al Voelker

Dr. Al Voelker became Chief of Staff for the Ray-Pec School District on July 1, 2023.

He previously had been the Ray-Pec Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services since 2014. Before being named Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Voelker was principal of Bridle Ridge Intermediate School from 2010 to 2014, and Assistant Principal at Ray-Pec Middle School from 2007 to 2010.

Dr. Voelker came to Ray-Pec from the Lexington School District, where he had been principal of Lexington Middle School from 2005 to 2007. From 2004 to 2005, he was assistant principal at Lexington Middle School. Previously, he was a teacher and coach at Warrensburg Middle School and Warrensburg High School.

He received a bachelor's degree in education in 1998 and a master's of education in administration in 2002, both from the University of Central Missouri. He received his education specialist degree in 2005 and a doctorate degree in educational leadership in 2013, both from William Woods University.

Dr. Voelker and his wife, Jamie Voelker, live in Peculiar. They have two sons. Luke is a Ray-Pec graduate attending the University of Missouri. Gabe is a student at Ray-Pec High School. Jamie is a physical education teacher in the Lee's Summit School District.