The School Board on June 23, 2022, recognized Sophomore Ashlyn Smith, who placed 8th in the 3200-meter race at the State Track & Field Track Meet. She earned All-State with her time of 11:22.15. She is pictured with Board Member Carol Barnes.
2021-2022 Board Meetings
June 23, 2022 - Board hears report showing connection between activities and academic success
At the June 23 School Board meeting, Incoming Activities Director Dr. Kristina Martin gave a report on the Athletic/Activities Program in the district. Here are a few of the facts that she shared:
964 students were involved in one or more MSHSAA sponsored activities during the 2021-22 school year.
Students who participate in MSHSAA activities have higher grade point averages than students who do not participate.
Seven teams/activities qualified for the MSHSAA Outstanding Academic Achievement Award (team GPA of 3.5 to 4.0), and 16 teams qualified for the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award (team GPA of 3.0 to 3.49).
Student clubs raised over $20,000 for scholarships and Special Olympics.
State champions: Cheerleading and Storytelling.
All-State athletes in eight different sports.
Tied the school record number of All-State Choir participants
Speech and debate: multiple top-five state awards, one state champion, and national qualifiers in numerous events.
Girls golf competed as a team at state for the first time.
Services provided by Ray-Pec athletic trainers saved families nearly $151,000 in treatment value, if sought elsewhere.
You can view the entire report: Extra-curricular activities
June 23, 2022 - Board meeting recap
Also on June 23, 2022, the Board:
Reviewed Board meeting dates for the 2022-2023 school year.
Reviewed Board member committee assignments.
Approved an updated Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan.
Approved a bid from Barkley Asphalt Co., in the amount of $177,626.68, for concrete and asphalt repair and replacement at Bridle Ridge Elementary, East Middle School, Eagle Glen Elementary, and the Administrative Services Center.
Approved a bid from Blue Cedar Landscaping, LLC, in the amount of $45,770, for landscaping at the Ray-Pec LEAD Center.
Approved a bid from Gordian, using the Sourcewell Cooperative bid process, in the amount of $48,577, for renovation for a calming room at Peculiar Elementary School.
Approved a COVID leave resolution for staff.
Approved Board Policy 2770.
June 23, 2022 - Board honors All-State Track athlete
June 23, 2022 - Board honors students from State Speech and Debate
The Board on June 23, 2022, honored students who won awards at the state Speech and Debate Tournament in April.
Maddy Busby, a 2022 graduate, won the state championship in storytelling.
Andrew Burton, placed second in dramatic interpretation
Paige Showen, placed fourth in humorous interpretation
Chase Cunningham received the Best Actor Award for one-act play
Ray-Pec High School placed third in for its One-Act Play
Ray-Pec placed third in the overall speech sweepstakes
Ray-Pec placed second for Readers Theatre
From left: Chase Cunningham, Paige Showen, Andrew Burton, Maddy Busby, and Board Member Carol Barnes.
June 23, 2022 - Board honors students from National Speech and Debate
The School Board tonight honored students for performances at the National Speech and Debate Tournament last week in Louisville, Kentucky.
Jessie Philips, finished 26th in the nation in Program Oral Interpretation. Bailey Martin and Nathan Eckert placed 36th in Duo Interpretation.
From left: Bailey Martin, Jessie Philips, and Board Member Carol Barnes.
June 23, 2022 - Board honors Cappies award winners
The School Board also recognized theatre students who received awards from The KC Cappies, The Cappies (Critics and Awards Program).
Ray-Pec received two awards for the musical “Footloose:”
Ensemble in a Musical: Ariel's Friends (Brooklyn Burk, Addison Hansen, Paige Showen, and Riley Spiller)
Comic Actor in a Musical: Aidan Martel
Ray-Pec received many awards for the play “The Play That Goes Wrong:”
• Props: Emily Feagins, Meghan Larson, Kennedy Varner
• Choreography: MaKiya Leslie-Hardison
• Stage Management: Nathan Eckert, Madison Priest
• Stage Crew: Savannah Jordan, Avery Monnig, Owen Phillips
• Ensemble in a Play: The Stage Crew (Madison Busby and Corbin Williams)
• Comic Actress in a Play: Madison Busby
• Comic Actor in a Play: Aidan Martel
• Supporting Actor in a Play: Andrew Burton
• Lead Actress in a Play: Paige Showen
• Lead Actor in a Play: Nigel Norvell
• Best Play: Ray-Pec High School
The students are pictured with Board Member Carol Barnes.
June 23, 2022 - Board honors Blue Star award winners
The School Board also recognized students who received awards in the Blue Star Awards at Starlight Theatre. The Blue Star awards are for musicals only, and the awards program includes 50 schools from Missouri and Kansas.
This year, Ray-Pec received two Blue Star awards:
• MaKiya Leslie-Hardison for Outstanding Artistic Contribution by a Student for “Footloose” Choreography.
• Outstanding Costume Design and Construction Tier 1 for “Footloose.” Audrey Huffman and Kennedy Varner were the students in charge of this crew.
MaKiya Leslie-Hardison is pictured with Board Member Carol Barnes.
May 26, 2022 - Board meeting
May 26, 2022 - Board approves Strategic Plan
The School Board on May 26, 2022, approved the District's Strategic Plan for 2022-2027.
At the May 26 meeting, Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle spoke about the importance of the document in guiding the work in the district over the next five years.
He outlined this vision for 2027 for the Ray-Pec School District if it is able to fully implement the aspirations within this document:
Student academic growth during the school year will be at rates never seen before for the total student population and every measured subgroup.
All students will be in an educational environment where they have a true sense of dignity and belonging.
There will be many new opportunities for student learning, led mainly by student choice between a variety of learning styles.
Students in all grades K-12 will have completed a Project-Based Learning unit, a Client-Connected Project, or a Real-World Learning Experience as part of their school experience
Every student will graduate with a market value asset, meaning they will have at least one of the following:
9 or more hours of college credit;
Work experience through an internship of at least 120 hours;
Work experience through a client project;
Industry Recognized Credentials.
Staff will be competitively compensated and predominantly satisfied with their role in the school district.
The district will support its staff with relevant professional learning, mental health support, and wellness initiatives.
A program will be expanded to prepare students and staff for future employment as teachers in the district.
The district will focus on the mental health needs of students by using a screener to assess risk factors and putting plans in place to reduce those risks. In addition, the district will use a social-emotional learning curriculum and a program to emphasize belonging.
The LEAD Center will be open. This facility, one of the first of its kind in the country, will have space for career and technical students, professional-based education students doing client connected projects, a place for students with special needs, and a business incubator.
The ninth-grade center will be open, and planning will be underway to transition it into a secondary school that could be devoted to competency-based learning.
The Performing Arts Center will be open, with additional space for fine arts programs throughout the district.
Long-range facility planning will be focused on meeting the needs of future growth
Businesses and organizations will work in partnership with the district in the active learning process for students.
Students, staff, and families will feel more connected through communication from and with the District.
May 26, 2022 - Board meeting recap
The Board on May 26, 2022:
Approved a bid, through the Sourcewell Cooperative bid process, in the amount of $123,166 from The Wilson Group for the construction and remodel of a large meeting room space at the Innovation Center.
Approved a bid in the amount of $97,126.65 from Freedom Interiors, using the TIPS Cooperative bid process, for furniture for the Innovation Center large meeting room space.
Approved a bid of $61,826.08 from The Wilson Group, through the Sourcewell Cooperative bid process, for the remodel of an additional classroom at Shull Early Learning Center.
Approved Henderson Building Solutions to provide commissioning services for Peculiar Elementary School.
Approved the payment of the permit fees for the construction of the Ninth Grade Center at an estimated cost of $45,000.
Approved change order #1 for the East Campus Stadium in the amount of $53,215.
Approved the purchase of equipment for the electrical studies program in the amount of $102,018.30.
Approved the purchase of networking equipment from Converge One, using the E-rate process, in the amount of $56,032.06.
Recognized two students for their success at the FBLA State Leadership Conference. Audrey Huffman placed second in Human Resource Management. Michael Viermann placed fifth in Impromptu Speaking.
May 26, 2022 - Board honors I.B. Diploma candidates
The School Board on May 26, 2022, recognized 2022 graduates who completed the requirements to earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Back row, from left: Angelica Zagar, Alden Trageser, Gabriel Cerda Galeassi, Caitlin Figge, and Board Member Paul Coffman.
Front row: Jessica Philips, Leilany Zarco-Aguirre, Mackenzie Hughes, and Intan Putri. Not pictured: Virginia Pietschmann and Madison Priest.
May 26, 2022 - Board honors Volunteer of the Year Amber Bult
The School Board on May 26 recognized PTA Council’s 2022 Volunteer of the Year - Amber Bult. She is pictured with Board Member Paul Coffman.
Amber is a safety/risk management officer for Amino Brothers Co. Inc. She has two children - Caroline is a junior and Kaleb is an 8th grader at East Middle School. She started volunteering in Ray-Pec school PTAs in 2012.
She was president of the Creekmoor Elementary School PTA for 5 years. When school boundaries changed, she was a member of the Eagle Glen PTA in 2017, 2018, and 2019. She has been a member of the East Middle School PTA for several years and has been a member of the Ray-Pec Council of PTAs since 2012
April 21, 2022 - Board meeting recap
Watch the meeting here: April 21, 2022, Board Meeting
The Board on April 21, 2022, heard a review of the Library Media Program. The Board heard an update on the Strategic Planning process with draft strategies in the areas of Academic Services, High-Quality Staff, and Operational Excellence. The Board also learned that Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6.
The Board approved:
The Summer School application.
The purchase of up to 109 interactive flat-panel displays with installation, professional development, and a five-year onsite warranty from KCAV in the amount of $346,962.
A bid of $101,972.76 from KCAV for an audio-visual/streaming system for the Board meeting room.
The purchase of up to 500 desktop computers for $413,500 from Y&S Technology.
The proposal for 100 power outlets for classrooms from Ragsdale Electronics in the amount of $28,150.
The bid for produce for the 2022-2023 school year from C&C, with an option to renew for a second or third year.
The bid for carry-in pizza delivery service for the 2022-2023 school year from Flynn Restaurant Group for East Middle School and Pizza Management Co. for Ray-Pec Academy, South Middle School, and Ray-Pec High School, with an option to renew for a second or third year.
The bid for dairy products for the 2022-2023 school year from Anderson Erickson, with an option to renew for a second or third year.
U.S. Foodservice as the prime vendor for the 2022-2023 school year, with an option to renew for four additional years.
A bid in the amount of $45,385 from Index Restaurant Supply for replacement mechanical parts for the walk-in coolers at Stonegate and Eagle Glen elementary schools and Shull Early Learning Center.
A bid in the amount of $39,938 from Index Restaurant Supply for a cold food table and glass shelf table for Ray-Pec Academy.
Commissioning services for the LEAD Center from Henderson Building Solutions in the amount of $45,900.
The purchase of white copy paper in the amount of $76,939.20 from Office Depot through the Greater Sub-KC Joint Purchasing Cooperative.
The purchase and installation of the east storefront at Timber Creek Elementary School from IOS Kansas City in the amount of $38,190.
The bid in the amount of $31,992.08 from The Wilson Group, through the Sourcewell Cooperative bid process, for exterior painting at Shull Early Learning Center.
The purchase in the amount of $35,974 from Office Essentials, through the Interlocal Purchasing System, for 187 student desks and 217 chairs for Ray-Pec High School.
April 21, 2022 - Board recognizes Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year
The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on April 21 recognized Teacher of the Year Shaniece Wise and Support Staff Employee of the Year Sam Myers.
Teacher of the Year Shaniece Wise, left, is pictured with Board President Ruth Johnson.
Support Staff Employee of the Year Sam Myers, is pictured with Board President Ruth Johnson.
April 21, 2022 - Board recognizes Special Olympics teams
The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on April 21 recognized members of the Ray-Pec Special Olympics basketball teams who won medals at the State tournament last month in St. Charles. They are pictured with Board President Ruth Johnson.
From left: Coach Cara Hornbeck, Athlete Dustin Haning, Unified Partner Grant Hornbeck, Coach Aaron Howlett, Unified Partner Aidan Churchwell, Coach Catie Howlett, Athlete Trey Gethers, and Board President Ruth Johnson. Front row: Unified Partner Kendyll Gethers, Coach Emma Howlett, Unified Partner Aven Haning, Athlete Owen Vaughan, and Athlete Kendalynn Torrance.
Grant Hornbeck and Dustin Haning were on the Panthers team, which won 3rd place.
Aiden Churchwell was a Unified Partner on the Panther Pride team, which won 2nd place. He is pictured with Board President Ruth Johnson.
The Panther Cubs team won 2nd place at the State Tournament.
April 21, 2022 - Board recognizes band students
The School Board on April 21, 2022, recognized band students who achieved at a high level at the MSHSAA State Large Group Festival in Pleasant Hill. The Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony both receive Exemplary ratings - the top ratings possible. The groups include more than 100 students, so a small group of students attended the meeting to represent the two bands.
From left: Julie Reaka, Alden Trageser, Ella Oldham, Austin Story, Britney Deal, Shelyse Fields, and Board President Ruth Johnson.
April 21, 2022 - Board recognizes choir students
The School Board on April 21, 2022, recognized choir students who achieved at a high level at the MSHSAA State Large Group Festival last month in Pleasant Hill. All five Ray-Pec ensembles sang well and every single judge awarded them an Exemplary rating, which is the highest possible.
The five ensembles are: The Black and Gold, Treble Chamber Choir, Panther Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Treble Choir.
The students pictured attended the Board meeting to represent the five ensembles. Back row, from left: Mason Rew, Brooklyn Morehead, Miles Sellami, Emma Stanley, Dalton Ballinger, and Board President Ruth Johnson. Front row, from left: Reagan Sheedy, Hannah Moroney, Jaxon Inmon, Caitlin Gregory, Jillian Collom, and Tallie Scott.
April 18, 2022 - Reorganization Meeting
Carol Barnes and Bill Lowe took the oath of office during a special reorganization meeting on April 18. Board Secretary Pam Steele administered the oath after the Board certified the results of the April 5 election. Barnes and Lowe were elected to 3-year terms.
The Board elected Ruth Johnson to continue as President, Deanna Olson as Vice President, Pam Steele as Secretary, and Cynthia Byous as Treasurer.
Honoring the School Board
As part of the monthlong celebration of our School Board, the Board meeting on March 17 included special recognition of Ray-Pec Board of Education members. Front row, from left: Aaron Howlett, Deanna Olson, Board President Ruth Johnson, and Kim York. Back row: Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle, Board Vice President Paul Coffman, Bill Lowe, and Billy King.
The Board Members are holding certificates of recognition from the Missouri School Boards' Association. Each Board member also received a card and gift from one of the district's elementary schools.
The Ray-Pec School Board on March 17, 2022, recognized High School Senior Kanen Huff for placing 3rd at the Missouri Class 4 State Wrestling Tournament for the 160-lb weight class. Kanen is pictured with Board Member Deanna Olson.
Kanen is a four-time state qualifier! He placed 4th in the state his freshman year and 3rd this year. His overall record over four years was 159-32 with 114 pins. This is either 4th or 5th in school wrestling history. Twice he has received the Academic All-State award. He was named First Team All-Conference and Conference Tournament Champion. After graduation, Kanen plans to attend Missouri State University to study Finance.
Board honors students in UMKC music program
The Ray-Pec School Board on March 17 recognized two South Middle School students for their exceptional vocal music talent. Chennedy Johnson, at left, is an 8th grader, and Amari Russell, center, is a 7th grader. They are pictured with Board Member Deanna Olson.
Amari was recently accepted into the Conservatory Bridges Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Chennedy was accepted into the program last summer. The program provides young performing arts students with intensive, one-on-one instruction and performance experience. The students may remain in the program through high school, if they continue to meet program requirements.
Board honors You Matter Ray Pec
The Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education on March 17 recognized You Matter Ray-Pec, a community organization that has implemented many activities to support our youth and our staff. Representing You Matter Ray-Pec at the Board meeting was Kristi Schumacher - a parent, community volunteer, and board member for the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation. Kristi has been involved in You Matter Ray-Pec since its inception. She is pictured with Board Member Deanna Olson.
Since its inception, the organization has grown in numbers and in scope. The activities include everything from positive online messages, hand-written yard signs, concerts, t-shirts, chalking the walk, and gifts for staff. You Matter Ray-Pec also organizes the MAD Dash event. MAD stands for Make A Difference.
Board recognizes cheerleaders
The School Board on Jan. 27, 2022, recognized the Ray-Pec High School cheerleading program. Both the Ray-Pec Varsity AND Junior Varsity cheer squads placed first at the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association state championships on Dec. 11 and 12.
Three cheerleaders received individual All-State Honors: Boston Dobrin, back; Olivia Friend, base; and Elizabeth Greble, base.
Because of the number of participants on both squads, the seniors and JV team captains attended to represent the champion squads. Certificates were prepared for all members of the varsity and junior varsity squads. They are pictured with Board Member Aaron Howlett.
Junior Varsity Captains:
Board honors All-State football players
The School Board on Jan. 27, 2022, recognized three football players who were selected for All-State honors by the Missouri Football Coaches Association. The three players were named to the Class 6 All-State Second Team. From left to right: Senior Seontra McIntosh, linebacker; Senior Jack Ardito, defensive back; and Board Member Aaron Howlett. Not pictured is Junior Jaidyn Doss, who was selected for the position of “athlete.” This is a designation for a player skilled in more than one area.
Jan. 27, 2022 - Board Meeting recap
Watch the meeting here: Jan. 27, 2022, Board Meeting
The Board on Jan. 27 approved several technology purchases:
The purchase of up to 250 MacBook Air computers with three years of Apple Care from Apple Computer Company for $167,485, with an expected reimbursement of $86,000. The reimbursement is possible through Emergency Connectivity Funding. MacBooks are the mobile devices used by teachers across the district.
The purchase of up to 900 iPads with three years of Apple Care from Apple Computer Company for $430,155, with an expected reimbursement of $396,000. Emergency Connectivity Funding gives the district the ability to purchase each device at a 92 percent discount. These iPads will be used as 1:1 devices in kindergarten and first grade classrooms across the district.
The purchase of up to 3,500 Chromebooks with four years of Accidental Device Protection for $1,516,690, with an expected reimbursement of $1.4 million. Emergency Connectivity Funding gives the district the ability to purchase each device at a 92 percent discount. Chromebooks are the 1:1 devices used by students in grades 2-12 across the district.
The Board approved several construction and equipment bids:
The Board approved utilizing Tremco/WTI for the purchase of materials for the Ninth Grade Center. Tremco/WTI was recommended to supply the materials for the work being performed on all sites in the amount of $497,121.87.
Approved a bid of $41,370 from Worldwide Steel to build a facility to house a pump and all related equipment to meet fire suppression code requirements at the East Middle School campus.
Approved a bid of $129,719 from Federal Protection Company for surveillance camera replacements at Peculiar Elementary and the high school exterior for the student parking lots.
Approved a bid of $72,202 from U.S. Fence Company for fencing work at Creekmoor Elementary, Peculiar Elementary, and Success Academy.
Approved a bid of $41,636.17 from Pur-O-Zone for many pieces of custodial equipment to prepare for the opening of the LEAD Center.
Approved a bid of $1,178,773 from the Wilson Group to be the general contractor overseeing remodel projects at Peculiar Elementary School.
Approved a bid of $185,112 from Control Service Company to install and service Automated Logic automation controls at Peculiar Elementary.
Approved a bid of $34,983 from AG-Power for the purchase of a John Deere Gator with snow plow and salt spreader.
The Board also authorized release of shop drawings for steel and precast at the Ninth Grade Center for an amount not to exceed $225,000. This will allow vetted vendors to begin procurement of resources in advance of approval of the Maximum Guaranteed Price at the February 2022 Board meeting.
Dr. Bryan Pettengill, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, presented a review of the transportation program. The Ray-Pec School District has contracted with Apple Bus Company for student transportation since 2004. Apple Bus has 105 employees and maintains a bus terminal within the district boundaries. Apple is the 9th largest bus company in the United States, serving 72 school districts in Missouri and 89 across the United States. Dr. Pettengill told about the company's management structure, and outlined the number of bus routes. You can view the presentation here.
Jodie Huston, Executive Director of the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation, presented an update on the Foundation's activities and upcoming events.
The Board also approved early graduate applicants: Jaila Hunt, Matthew Ribordy, Aidan Thomas-Kruse, Noah McGannon, Brayden Raleigh, and Brisa Astorga.
Board honors girls cross country team
The School Board on Dec. 16, 2021, recognized the Ray-Pec High School Girls Cross Country Team for placing 5th at the Class 5 state meet last month in Columbia. Sophomore Ashlyn Smith placed 20th and Junior Alexis Borum placed 21st. Both were named to the First Team All-State. From left: Caitlin Figge, Ellie Barker, Tiffany Chatfield, Isabel Chatfield, Avery Raymond, Alexis Borum, Ashlyn Smith, and Board Member Bill Lowe.
Board honors boys cross country team
The School Board on Dec. 16, 2021, recognized the Ray-Pec High School Boys Cross Country Team for placing 8th at the Class 5 state meet last month in Columbia. In addition, Senior Luke Voelker finished in 5th place and was named to the All-State Team. From left: Chris Obersteadt, Rydan Deckard, Patrick Jacobs, Black Borum, Derek Nissen, Luke Voelker, and Board Member Bill Lowe. Not pictured is Chance Embry.
Board honors All-State Band student
The School Board on Dec. 16, 2021, recognized Freshman Jonathan Reque for being selected 4th chair percussion in the All-State Band. He is the only freshman to make the percussion section and is now considered the 4th best percussionist in the state of Missouri. He is pictured with Board Member Bill Lowe.
Dec. 16, 2021 - Board meeting
Nov. 18, 2021 - Board meeting
Watch the meeting here: Nov. 18, 2021, Board Meeting
The School Board on Nov. 17 approved changes to the calendar for second semester. In an effort to provide more planning and collaboration time for staff, three school days will now be teacher/staff work days.
The change comes in response to the need expressed by staff for additional item to accomplish many tasks, including:
Grade level, department, and multi-grade collaboration
Lesson plans to meet the diverse needs of students
Support plans for students with increased academic and emotional needs
Virtual platform enhancements for students who are learning remotely
Students will not attend school (in-person or virtual) on these three dates:
Friday, Jan. 28, 2022
Friday, March 11, 2022
Friday, May 6, 2022
Child care opportunities will be available for those who may need them. More information about this will be available in January.
The Board approved the proposed guaranteed maximum price in the amount of $1,686,587 for concrete, steel, elevator, and certain mechanical equipment, along with associated fees, at the LEAD Center. The Board approved the proposal from All Systems Designed Solutions Inc. in the amount of $503,546 for intercom upgrades at Peculiar Elementary, Stonegate Elementary, Timber Creek Elementary, and East Middle School. The Board approved approved a bid from Lennox for rooftop unit equipment for an upcoming project at Peculiar Elementary. The Board also approved a proposal from ATG-Ram Industries, Inc., in the amount of $1,748,000 to upgrade the stadium on the Ray-Pec East campus.
Read the November Personnel Report.
Board honors Missouri All-State Choir students
The School Board on Nov. 18 honored students who were selected for the Missouri All-State Choir. It is the highest honor a high school singer can receive in Missouri.
From left: Ronald Graves - second alternate bass; Jacob Delgao-Carpio, first alternate bass; Nate Kiger, bass; Nathan Eckert, bass; Xander Blackmon, tenor; Meghan Larsen, alto; Kennedy Kinnick, alto; and Board Member Aaron Howlett. Not pictured is
Addison Hansen, first alternate soprano. This is the second year for Kennedy and Addison to be selected for the All-State Choir.
Board honors Distinguished Alumni
The School Board recognized two individuals who were honored by the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation as the Distinguished Alumni award recipients for 2021. Shauna Stephenson is a 1998 Ray-Pec High School graduate, and Stephen Rew is a 1999 Ray-Pec graduate. They are each pictured with Board Member Aaron Howlett.
Read more about the Distinguished Alumni.
Board Honors Todd Schnake
The School Board on Nov. 18 honored Ray-Pec High School Teacher Todd Schnake. Mr. Schnake, who teaches speech and theatre at Ray-Pec High School, is the Ray-Pec School District 2021 Teacher of the Year.
He is pictured with Board Member Aaron Howlett.
At the meeting, Mr. Schnake was presented with a Teacher of the Year ring and a State Senate resolution.
Mr. Schnake advanced for consideration in the State Teacher of the Year program. He was named a Regional Teacher of the Year and then was one of 17 semifinalists statewide.
This is his 31st year of teaching - all in the Ray-Pec School District. The first two years, he taught at the middle school. This is his 29th year teaching at the high school.
Mr. Schnake was also a finalist for Ray-Pec Teacher of the Year in 2005, 2011, and 2017. He was named Missouri State Thespian Teacher of the Year in 2006, and received the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri's Outstanding Theatre Teacher award in the 2006-2007 school year. He was the National Federation of High Schools Missouri State Teacher of the Year for Speech, Debate, and Theatre during the 2014-2015 school year.
District receives clean audit
The District received a clean audit opinion on its financial statements, compliance with laws and regulations, and internal control over financial reporting for the year ended June 30, 2021.
Brian Eckhoff, CPA from Westbrook & Co., P.C., presented the audit results on Nov. 18 to the Board of Education.
Board President Ruth Johnson was pleased with the audit report. "The audit shows that our staff is following best practices in financial policies and procedures," she said.
Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle agreed. "The impact of the pandemic and the passage of the Proposition S bond issue were two important events during the 2020-2021 school year," he said. "This included changes and challenges in the area of school finance. The clean audit reflects on the hard work of Chief Financial Officer Cyndee Byous and her staff to make adjustments while ensuring the District continues to be the best stewards of taxpayer funds."
Nov. 11, 2021 - Work session recap
The Board on Nov. 11, 2021, heard an update on the Strategic Planning process, heard a presentation about the first semester, and participated in a discussion about Evidenced Based Behavior.
Board honors Turner Construction
The School Board on Oct. 21, 2021, recognized Turner Construction Co. Turner Construction is one of the businesses partnering with Ray-Pec Enterprise & Design to provide client-connected projects for students to learn through project-based learning. Multiple courses are integrated into the projects so they earn credits in English, history, science, and/or business.
Turner employees Nick Findley and Ryan Tingey worked for an entire month with the Ray-Pec Enterprise & Design program.
They worked with students on a mini project before students were assigned their official projects for the semester.
Nick is pictured here with School Board Member Kim York. Nick is a Project Executive. He graduated from Ray-Pec High School in 1996, and has two children who attend Ray-Pec schools: a son who is a junior and a daughter in 8th grade at East Middle School.
Ryan, who was unable to attend the meeting, is a Lean Manager for Turner.
Oct. 21, 2021 - Board Meeting recap
Watch the meeting here: Oct. 21, 2021, Board Meeting
The Board on Oct. 21, 2021, heard a review of the District's Counseling Program. View the presentation.
The Board heard a report on the 2021 Summer School program. Review the Summer School enrollment history and the Finance Recap for 2021. The Board reviewed a list of policies that will be presented at a future meeting for approval.
Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle provided a Schools/COVID-19 update. He described the new Test to Stay option, which will allow students who have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case at school to test and wear masks to remain in school rather than quarantining at home.
The Board recognized two Ray-Pec High School sophomores, Avery Monnig and Becky Phillips, who are participating in Student Voice, which is a program created from a partnership between Startland and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Student Voice program asks the question: How might we leverage student voice to create a culture of Real World Learning in education?
Through the program, students and teachers work in teams to create solutions informed by real-world learning for their school districts. On Sept. 23rd, teams presented early versions of their solutions to a student panel. Several pitches were selected as finalists. One of the final pitches was presented by Ray-Pec students Avery Monnig and Becky Philips, who advocated for a class period to explore career pathways. They emphasized the importance of empowering students to find their dream job. They suggested removing the advisory period three days a week and replacing it with time for students to go to classes to learn about careers.
The Board approved measures to obtain furniture, fixtures, and equipment for the LEAD Center and Ninth Grade Center. The Board also authorized Dr. Slagle to enter into agreements for shop drawings to be completed for the LEAD Center.
Read the October Personnel Report.
Oct. 14, 2021 - Work session recap
The Board on Oct. 14, received information about Developing Assessment Capable Learners (DACL), NWEA and assessment results. The Board also heard an update on Proposition S projects.
Developing Assessment Capable Learners (DACL), NWEA, and assessment results
"Assessment Capable Learners" are students who feel accountable for their progress. It does not focus on how well students perform on tests. Instead, it means that students are able to gauge their own learning. It means that students understand if they have met a learning target and in what areas they need extra help. When DACL is implemented well, students experience increased effectiveness in learning growth.
Achieve 3000 is an intervention tool used for Tier 3 students at the middle school and high school level in the area of English Language Arts. IXL is an intervention tool used for all state students at the middle school and specific courses at the high school. IXL tracks when students meet proficiency and mastery. Fastbridge Reading Progress Monitoring is a tool being used for grades K-8 in the areas of math and English Language Arts.
In a review of District assessment results, the Board learned that Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) results are a snapshot, while NWEA results are going and adaptive. The District will look at results from this point going forward. While quality Tier I instruction is important, combining that with intervention efforts will be key to student success.
Sept. 23, 2021 - Board meeting recap
Watch the meeting here: Sept. 23, 2021, Board Meeting
The Board on Sept. 23, 2021, voted to continue the current practice of making face masks optional at all grade levels. However, within that directive were provisions that could make face masks required if certain measures are exceeded.
At the current time, face masks are optional at all grade levels.
Face masks at all grade levels will be required when the district-wide percentage of students and staff who are in isolation or quarantine at the end of a given week exceeds the 4% tracing rate for two consecutive weeks.
Face masks will return to being highly recommended when the district-wide percentage of students and staff who are in isolation or quarantine at the end of a given week is less than the 2% tracing rate for two consecutive weeks.
The tracing rate will be measured by the total number of students and staff in isolation or quarantine divided by the number of students and staff in-person. It is a measure the district has reported weekly since August 2020.
The tracing rate will be determined at the end of the business day each Friday and posted to the district website. Any changes to the masking protocol will become effective the following Monday.
The Board also approved a contract with Apptegy to provide website design and hosting services. The new website is scheduled to go live on July 1, 2022. View the presentation.
The Board heard a review of the Buildings and Grounds Department by Facilities Director Scott Dobson. View the presentation.
Read the September Personnel Report.
Sept. 16, 2021 - Board Work Session recap
The Board met in a work session on Sept. 16, 2021. Topics for discussion included: middle school boundary study, strategic plan timeline, a child nutrition update, curriculum design process update, and a schools/COVID-19 update. All topics are informational, and no action was taken. The meeting was not live streamed or recorded.
Middle School boundaries
The Board discussed the current enrollments of both of our middle schools and its potential impact on middle school boundaries. Dr. Bryan Pettengill, Assistant Superintendent for Operations, share current enrollment numbers and effective capacity:
East Middle School
South Middle School
The majority of growth in the next 10 years is projected to occur in the current East Middle School boundary. As a result, the District plans to study the current boundaries and consider changing the boundaries for the two middle schools. Because of its location, the Raymore Elementary School attendance area will be considered to be part of a boundary change between East Middle School and South Middle School. A Middle School Boundary Committee will include Board members, district leaders, an elementary school principal, middle school administrators, parents of students in both middle school boundaries, parents of students in the Raymore Elementary School boundary, and teachers. Over the course of several meetings this school year, the committee will identify priorities and discuss potential solutions. Ultimately, the committee will make a recommendation to the district administration and School Board. Presentation
Strategic Planning update
The District's current Strategic Plan was developed for 2016 to 2021. With student success as the primary focus, the plan is organized into three focus areas: Success Ready Students, High Quality Staff, and Financial Responsibility.
The District is now preparing to update the Strategic Plan for 2022 to 2027. In August, the Board approved entering a partnership with Education, Leadership, and Government Association (EGL). The consultants with EGL will assist the District in updating the plan.
Dr. Bryan Pettengill, Assistant Superintendent for Operations, said that a Strategic Planning Committee will include Board members, building leaders, members of the Citizens Advisory Committee, district leaders, students, support staff, and teachers. Participants will be invited at the end of the month, and the first meeting is tentatively planned for Oct. 7. The committee will review the current Strategic Plan, as well as achievement data, the assessment plan, the long range facility plan, patron interviews, and patron surveys.
During the process, parents, staff, and the public will be able to provide input through electronic and in-person opportunities.
Ultimately, a revised plan is expected to be recommended to the School Board in May 2022.
Child Nutrition update
Sarah Chellberg, Director of Child Nutrition, informed the board about issues with food distribution, resulting in slower food deliveries. Some area school districts have been dropped by broadline distributors. Chellberg said the situation is requiring some districts to change menus, pare down menu options, source products directly from manufacturers, and ask some families to provide breakfast at home or send lunch with students.
Ray-Pec has not yet had to implement those measures, but please know that some last-minute changes may occur to our regular menus, based on availability. At this time, Ray-Pec continues to partner with U.S. Foodservice as its distributor, and is implementing a longer lead team for forecasting and ordering. Chellberg is also working with other districts in securing product.
Curriculum design process
Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, informed the board about the District's curriculum development and review process. The process is guided by specific Board policies, and the Board approved curriculum adoption.
When a specific area of curriculum is under review, a group of teachers, administrators, and instructional coaches meet to review and refine the power standards and learning targets. The process includes grade-level teams at the elementary schools, department-level teams at the secondary schools, and multi-grade level reviews by Vertical Teams. Each year, a different content area is reviewed. During the 2021-2022 school year, the areas of fine arts and practical arts are under review. The process includes a time for patrons to review and comment on the review document. Curriculum Development Process
Sept. 9, 2021 - Special Meeting update
The Board on Sept. 9, 2021, voted 4-1 to retain the face covering requirement for students and staff. Board Vice President Paul Coffman voted in opposition to the measure. Board Members Bill Lowe and Billy King were absent.
Due to an uncertainty about the applicability of a recent change in state law, the Board required five votes to continue a mask mandate. As a result, there is no longer a face covering requirement for students to attend school. Face coverings on school buses are still required per a federal requirement.
Watch the meeting here: Sept. 9, 2021, Work Session
Board honors Volunteer of the Year
The Ray-Pec School Board on Aug 26 honored Valerie Adams, the district’s Volunteer of the Year! Each year, the PTA Council accepts nominations for the award. Valerie served at both Eagle Glen Elementary and East Middle School during the 2020-21 school year. Valerie is pictured with Board Vice President Paul Coffman.
Aug. 26, 2021 - Board meeting update
Watch the meeting here: Aug. 26, 2021, Board Meeting
The Board on Aug. 26 approved the District Assessment Plan for 2021-2022. The assessment plan outlines what tests or assessments are conducted at what grade level. Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, reviewed the plan. In response to a question from the Board, he confirmed that the District pays the fee for each junior to take the ACT or another assessment to prepare for post-graduation plans.
The Board also approved a partnership with Education, Leadership, and Government Association (ELG) to assist Ray-Pec in updating the district's strategic plan for an amount not to exceed $15,000. As part of work on several roofing projects, the Board voted to use Temco/WTI for the purchase of materials needed to restore roof sections of Ray-Pec High School, Shull Early Learning Center, and Timber Creek Elementary School.
Aug. 26, 2021 - Tax levy hearing
Watch the meeting here: Aug. 26, 2021, Tax Levy Hearing
The Board approved formally setting the tax rate for 2021 with an operating levy of $3.9981 and a debt service levy of $1.0321, for a total tax levy of $5.0302. The approval followed a public hearing, during which no members of the public commented.
Aug. 20, 2021 - Special meeting
The Board on Aug. 20 approved starting the 2021-2022 school year by requiring face coverings in all indoor settings when physical distancing cannot be achieved. The vote was 6-0-1. Board Member Billy King abstained. Watch the meeting here:
Aug. 10, 2021 - Special Meeting recap
Watch video of meeting here: Aug. 10, 2021, Special Meeting
The Board on Aug. 10 had a special meeting to receive a pandemic update, consider COVID-related leave for staff, and hear updates on projects from the Prop S bond issue.
Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle presented a COVID Protocol Review for the 21-22 School Year.
On the topic of face coverings, the Board voted 5-2 that face coverings will be highly recommended, but not required, for all persons in all indoor environments when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Previously, the district had highly recommended face coverings for all unvaccinated persons in indoor settings. Voting against the measure were Bill Lowe and Aaron Howlett.
The Board unanimously approved providing 10 days of paid leave to any district employee who is instructed to isolate due to the positive tests of the employee. The leave is available through the fall semester 2021. More details
Dr. Bryan Pettengill, Assistant Superintendent for Operations, provided updates on projects funded through Proposition S, the $72 million no-tax-rate increase bond issue approved by voters in April 2021. Prop S Update
Board honors I.B. Diploma graduates
The Board on July 22, 2021, honored Brendan Fuller, left, and Kerstin Randolph, right, for completing the requirements to earn the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
They are pictured with Board Vice President Paul Coffman.
Two other students also earned the I.B. Diploma, but were unable to attend the meeting: Emily Clark and Olivia Espino.
The I.B. program offers classes that students can take during their junior and senior years in high school. The classes offer greater academic challenges, further preparation for college-level work, and the potential to earn college credit. Students can take individual I.B. classes, or work toward the I.B. diploma.
Board honors speech students
The Board of Education on July 22, 2021, honored Samantha Williams, left, and Kayla Williams, right, on placing 12th in the nation in Duo Interpretation at the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament!
They are pictured with Board Vice President Paul Coffman.
Samantha and Kayla are 2021 graduates of Ray-Pec High School. They both plan to attend Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.
July 22, 2021 - Board meeting update
The Board on July 22 approved scheduling a public hearing on the tax levy rate for 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Administrative Services Center. The hearing will take place just before the regular business meeting at 7 p.m.
The Board reviewed the plan for the August opening of school. The safety protocols include a recommendation that all unvaccinated individuals wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible. The Board also heard an update on Prop S projects.