The Raymore-Peculiar School Board on Nov. 17 recognized Teacher Sarah Hanf. Sarah teaches Elementary English Learners in the Ray-Pec School District. The program is located at Creekmoor Elementary School. Earlier this fall, Hanf planned and organized the first World Fest at Creekmoor Elementary School. Families of students and staff members set up booths to represent their home countries and cultures. The event was a way for the school community to learn about and appreciate the different cultures represented at the school. She is pictured with School Board Member Kim York.
2022-2023 Board Meetings
Nov. 17, 2022 - Board Meeting
Nov. 17, 2022 - Board hears review of Career and Technical Education program
Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, presented a review of the District's Career and Technical Education program. This includes Family and Consumer Science (FACS), Marketing, Business Education, Industrial Education, Project Lead The Way (PLTW), and LEAD Center programming. There are 60 courses offered among the Business and FACS departments. The high school also have five PLTW teachers, who offer 10 courses in the areas of engineering, biomedical and computer science; and four industrial education teachers who offer 22 courses.
Students can access additional courses through the programs offered at the LEAD Center, Summit Technology Academy (STA), Cass Career Center (CCC), and Southland CAPS. Students must apply for these programs. They can earn credit and/or industry certifications for the coursework they complete at these programs.
High School students are also able to participate in up to four vocational organizations:
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)
Skills USA (at Cass Career Center)
During the 2022-2023 school year, the District started the Electrical Studies program at the LEAD Center. There are plans to expand the drone program during the regular school year.
Goals for the program:
By the end of the 2023-2024 school year, the percentage of students who graduate with a Market Value Assete (MVA) will be 90 percent.
By the end of the 2023-2024 school year, the number of students who participate in an internship will increase to 150.
Opportunities for improvement include: increase enrollment in career oriented courses, increase career oriented course officers, allow more students to access off-campus programs, and research other off-site programs.
Nov. 17, 2022 - Board action and reports
The Board approved:
Guaranteed Maximum Price of $1,716,942 for the Ninth Grade Center Roundabout
Ninth Grade Center Commissioning through Henderson Building Solutions
Cost sharing the cost of installing a sidewalk next to Eagle Glen Elementary School
Guaranteed Maximum Price of $8,890,708 for the Performing Arts Center.
2023 Legislative Priorities for Cass County Kids First, an organization that represents the 10 public school districts in Cass County
Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle reported on several topics:
Veterans Day: Each school had activities and lessons to honor veterans.
Landfill issue: The school district will remain engaged with the City of Raymore as it works to learn more about a possible proposed landfill to be located north of the city.
Ray-Pec Connect Podcast: The District introduced the podcast as a new way to share information with the community.
American Education Week: A message from Board President Ruth Johnson expressed appreciation for all staff who work for the district. Cakes were delivered to each building.
Paul Lichtenauer: Teacher Paul Lichtenauer died on Oct. 29. He was a teacher at Ray-Pec Academy and the LEAD Center. Dr. Slagle thanked everyone for supporting the students and staff grieving his passing.
Nov. 17, 2022 - Board honors Girls Cross Country Team
The School Board on Nov. 17 recognized the Ray-Pec High School Girls Cross Country Team, which placed 2nd at the state championship meet. The Board recognized the seven girls who ran in the state race, including four girls who received All-State honors. The Board also recognized three additional varsity runners who were available at state should a substitute be needed.
From left: Ashlyn Smith (3-time All-State), Maya York, Brooke Stephenson (All-State), Tiffany Chatfield, Avery Raymond (All-State), Marlie Surls, Kaylee Hill, Alexis Borum (2-time All-State), Isabel Chatfield, Ellie Barker, and Board Member Kim York.
Oct. 27, 2022 - District receives clean audit
The Raymore-Peculiar School 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, 2022.
Brian Eckhoff, CPA from Westbrook & Co., P.C., presented the audit results on October 27 to the Board of Education. The Board’s Audit/Finance Committee participated in a comprehensive discussion of the audit with Mr. Eckhoff at its September 20 meeting.
Board President Ruth Johnson was pleased with the audit report. "The audit shows that our staff continues to follow best practices in financial policies and procedures," she said.
Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle agreed. "The clean audit reflects on the hard work of Chief Financial Officer Cyndee Byous, Director of Finance Tiffany Banks, and their staff in ensuring the District continues to be the best stewards of taxpayer funds."
Oct. 27, 2022 - Other Board meeting reports
Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, provided a recap of Summer School 2022.
Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle, reported on several topics:
There were open houses for the public to tour the LEAD Center on Oct. 6, 12, and 17. The events were well-attended.
The LEAD Center Dedication Ceremony was Sept. 27. He thanked the Board for believing in the vision for the LEAD Center.
A meeting is schedules for Nov. 19 for people interested in running for the Board of Education in the April 2023 election.
Cass County school districts are working on a draft version of the Cass County Kids First legislative positions. This document is planned to be presented to the Board for approval in November.
All projects from the Prop S Bond Issue are under way, or complete. The LEAD Center is complete and open. The Ninth Grade Center is under construction, and is scheduled to open in August 2023. The design phase for the Performing Arts Center has been completed. Nearly $9 million of Prop S funds have been invested in existing facilities over the past two summer, and $1 million is planned to help with remodel projects at Raymore Elementary School during the summer of 2023.
Oct. 27, 2022 - Board Honors Cass Career Center’s Senior Young Professional of the Month
The School Board on Oct. 27 honored Senior Breanna Layton for being selected as Cass Career Center’s Senior Young Professional of the Month for September. Bre is enrolled in the Criminal Justice/Crime Scene Investigation program at CCC. She is pictured with Board Member Kim York.
Oct. 27, 2022 - Board honors 2022 graduates for senior project
The School Board on Oct. 27 honored four 2022 Ray-Pec graduates for a project they participated in during their senior year.
Kayden Albertson is pictured here with School Board Member Kim York. The other three students were unable to attend: Savannah Dennis, Shelyse Fields, and Rylan Archambeau.
As part of their English 4 Senior Project, they assisted with the design and planning for the renovation of the Board of Education meeting room and Innovation Center at the Ray-Pec Innovation Academy.
During the process, they met with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bryan Pettengill, Facilities Director Scott Dobson, and othere to recommend how to set up the room for a variety of student use and Board of Education purposes. This included consideration of furniture, lighting, noise, and technology to provide improved student space for a Ray-Pec Academy presentation room, Success Academy meeting space, enhanced teacher/staff collaboration space, and easy transition to a Board meeting area.
Sept. 22, 2022 - Board meeting
Sept. 22, 2022 - Board honors organizers of You Matter SOS Concert
The School Board recognized students and teachers who led the planning for the free You Matter Sources of Strength Concert and event on Sept. 10. Pictured from left: Teacher Laura Columbatto, Teacher Haleigh Thompson, Student Delaney Gipple, and Board Member Paul Coffman. Student Bailey Roe was unable to attend. Ms. Columbatto is the lead sponsor for Sources of Strength.
The event included performances by four local bands and testimonies from several young people. Many other people were involved, but the four people recognized by the Board did a large portion of the work. The project included planning, scheduling, reserving facilities, adjusting to changes in the music lineup, and promoting the event in person and on social media to students at the high school and both middle schools.
Sept. 22, 2022 - Board recognizes Kristi Schumacher for flag display
The Board also recognized a large group of people who placed flags throughout the community in honor of Patriot Day. Patron and Parent Kristi Schumacher represented more than 20 families who participated in the project this year. The effort is not associated with a particular group or organization, but is a grass-roots effort. It started in 2017 with 3 families placing a few hundred flags around 3 schools. This year, 20+ families, placed more than 1,500 flags at 13 school buildings, 3 fire stations, and Raymore City Hall. Schumacher is pictured with Board Member Paul Coffman.
Aug. 25, 2022 - Board sets tax levy at same rate as previous year
There is no increase this year to the tax levy rate for the Ray-Pec School District. The 2022 tax levy rate is $5.0302 - the same rate as 2021.
The School Board on Aug. 25 approved formally setting the tax rate for 2022 with an operating levy of $3.9981 and a debt service levy of $1.0321, for the total levy of $5.0302. The approval followed a public hearing. View the Tax Levy Presentation from the Board meeting.
Board approves assessment plan
The Board approved the assessment plan for 2022-2023. The assessment plan includes all federal- and state-mandated assessments, in addition to locally developed assessments. Other assessments are used to identify students in need so that interventions can be put into place. The plan includes assessments for students of all ages. Assessment plan
Board approves addition of Introduction to Construction program
The Board approved offering Introduction to Construction for high school students beginning in the 2023-2024 school year in the LEAD Center. Eventually, this will become a two-year program. Students will earn industry certifications and engage in internships as part of the program. Introduction to Construction supporting document
In other action, the Board:
Heard an update on projects funded by the Prop S bond issue approved by voters in April 2021. Prop S Update
Heard an update on the Strategic Plan. Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle told about Move This World, a high school advisory resource that aligns with the five core competencies for social-emotional learning defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. Move This World's digital library contains easy-to-follow videos with grade-specific exercises. Students and teachers follow along with the videos together to help develop deeper relationships and stronger classroom communities. The Student Success Team, led by School Psychologist Catherine Kerr, will work with high school administration to walk high school teachers through the videos this year to use them in advisory lessons with students during the 2023-2024 school year.
Heard an update from Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle on these topics:
First week of school went smoothly.
More than 80 new teachers to the district participated in new teacher orientation and induction training. Feedback has been positive. He commended the Academic Services Department, and especially Karmin Ricker, for the event.
LEAD Center Dedication Ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Missouri School Boards' Association (MSBA) conference is scheduled for Nov. 4-5 in Kansas City.
Aug. 25, 2022 - Board honors Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle
The School Board recognized Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle for an award he received from the National School Public Relations Association. Dr. Slagle was one of 19 superintendents nationwide to be selected for the “2021 Superintendent to Watch” award. The honorees were announced last December, but the official recognition came during the association’s annual conference in July.
The annual award recognizes leaders who have fewer than 5 years of experience as a superintendent and who demonstrate dynamic leadership with strong communication at its core. He is pictured with Board President Ruth Johnson.
July 28, 2022 - Board meeting
July 28, 2022 - Board hears report on safety and security
Dr. Bryan Pettengill, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, presented a review of school safety. He said that all staff are responsible for safety throughout the district, and emphasized the importance of awareness and reporting unusual activity.
Staff with specific assignments related to safety and security include:
School Resource Officers: Peculiar Police Officer Ryan Leonard, Peculiar Police Officer Blake Chalmers, Cass County Deputy Cole Briscoe, Cass County Deputy Mary King, and Raymore Police Officer Rebekah Burns.
Campus Supervisors: Brad Gaines, Bill Johnson, Seth Wansing, and Steven Stutzman.
Safety measures in Ray-Pec facilities include: controlled access with exterior doors locked or supervised, single visitor entrance at each building, panic/emergency notification, intercom systems, camera systems, locked classrooms, and secondary locking systems. Dr. Pettengill also described safety measures in the area of technology, training, and planning.
See the presentation: School Safety Review
July 28, 2022 - Board meeting recap
Also on July 28, 2022, the Board:
Approved a bid of $57,500 from Gencon Services Inc. for training stations for the Electrical Studies program. Electrical Studies will be a new program offered at the LEAD Center starting in the 2022-2023 school year. The first course in the program will be Introduction to Electrical. The curriculum allows students hands-on opportunities to apply their knowledge. Students will work in training stations, or booths, throughout the year as they increase their skills. The stations will also be used in the second course of the program, Advanced Electrical Studies, starting in the 2023-2024 school year.
Approved a bid of $55,507.40 from Border States Electric Supply for 10 sets of hand tools for the Electrical Studies program.
Reviewed the Fall 2022 COVID-19 protocols for the return to school.
Scheduled a public hearing about the proposed tax levy. The hearing is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Aug. 25, just before the next Board meeting.
Approved changes to Policy 2230 - Admission of Students.
Heard a proposal to modify Policy 4330 - Holidays and Vacations by adding Juneteenth to the list of holidays.
Heard about the new website and app.
Learned that nearly $1,000 was raised to apply to student meal account debts. The money came from 79 families of graduating seniors. The families opted to have their positive balances applied to the fund that could help pay the debts in other student accounts.
July 28, 2022 - Board Honors Pam Hecker
The School Board recognized Pam Hecker, left, for being selected the 2022 Olive T. Ritchie Educational Office Professional of the Year. She received the award at the National Association of Educational Office Professionals Conference on July 19, 2022, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Pam is a Human Resources Specialist in the Ray-Pec Human Resources Department. She is pictured with Board Member Billy King.