BR- Staff Update

March 18, 2016

Board of Education Update

The Board met in a work session on March 10, 2016, to discuss the 2016-2017 budget and to hear an update about the April 5 bond issue. You can watch the Board work session:

The School Board is scheduled to meet at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 17, for its regular monthly business meeting at the Administrative Services Center, 21005 S. School Rd. You can preview the agenda at The meeting is open to the public.

Bond Presentation

Here's another way to learn more about the $27 million bond issue District voters will see on the April 5th ballot - by viewing a presentation narrated by Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees. The presentation includes information about the $27 million no-tax-rate-increase bond issue and how the funds will be used to address space needs throughout the District. The plan includes constructing an addition onto the south high school to accommodate all students in grades 9-12 in one school. Presentation:

Candidate Forum

The City of Raymore and Raymore Chamber of Commerce will co-host a public candidate forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Raymore City Hall. All official candidates for the officers of Raymore City Council and Raymore-Peculiar School Board have been invited to attend and participate in the forum. In addition to being televised live on the City's government access channel, the candidate forum will be rebroadcast daily at 10 a.m. until Election Day on April 5. The forum will also be available for on-demand viewing on the City's website

Third Quarter Update

The third quarter ended on Friday, March 11th. Progress reports will be made available via parent portal on March 18th.

School Board approves 2016-2017 calendar

The School Board on Jan. 28 approved the calendar for the 2016-2017 school year. The first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 17th, with Preview Day for 5th, 7th and 9th graders on Aug. 15th. For winter break, students will be dismissed early on Dec. 20th. Classes are not in session Dec. 21st through Jan. 3rd. School resumes on Jan. 4th, 2017. Spring break is scheduled from March 20-24, 2017. There are two possible make-up days for inclement weather: Feb. 21st and April 17th. The last day of school is an early release on May 23rd. Any additional make-up days will be added to the end of the school year.

View and print the calendar:

Preliminary plans show additions and renovations to RPHS

The School Board recently reviewed plans for additions and renovations to the south high school. The plan, which includes new construction of about 100,000 square feet, would allow the District to accommodate all students in grades 9-12 in one school. The preliminary building plan includes a two-story addition at the north end of the building. The plan includes a dedicated area for freshman core classes, a new library media center, additional space for fine arts and performing arts classes, and relocation of some classrooms and offices. The latest plans also include construction of a storm-resistant concrete dome structure on the east side of the building. The dome would include an auxiliary gym, restrooms, and locker rooms and would also serve as a shelter for students and staff in the event of severe weather. See preliminary floor plans:

For three months, a team has been meeting to create a building addition and renovation plan for the south high school. The goal is to have a design ready to implement as soon as possible, pending voter approval of the no-tax-rate-increase bond issue on the April 5th ballot.

Spring Break

Enjoy a week of relaxation!! I'll see you back on Monday, March 28th for PD:).

Staff Development

There will be no school for students on Monday, March 28th. Staff members will participate in district-wide staff development.

Trivia Night

Are you a trivia master? Are you looking for a great evening with friends? Please support our Intermediate school music programs by attending the 5th annual trivia night. This is a fun filled evening featuring all areas of trivia from movies to pop culture to history and more! Form your team now and join us APRIL 1st (NO FOOLING!) at EAGLE GLEN. To register your team or for more information please see Miss Kurdle!

Employee Awards Banquet

The finalists will be honored and the winner announced at a dinner event sponsored by the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. The event is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 6th, at Ray-Pec High School. You are invited to attend the event. The cost is $25 per person. Please RSVP by March 31st by contacting Pam Steele at the Administrative Services Center at 892-1311 or by email at You may also order banquet tickets online:

Cass County Job Fair and Business Expo

The Raymore Chamber of Commerce and the Belton Chamber of Commerce are partnering to present the first ever Cass County Job Fair & Business Expo. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9th, at the Belton Middle School/Freshman Center, 107 W. Pirate Parkway, Belton. The Ray-Pec School District plans to have a booth at the event.

Job and career seekers may meet local businesses, learn about career opportunities, apply for a job, and obtain information about community services. Private classrooms will be available for on-site interviews, and computers will be available for online applications. Potential new business owners are also invited to attend to learn more about the community.

Admission is free, and concessions will be available.

For more information, contact Cherie Turney at the Raymore Chamber of Commerce at 816-322-0599 or

Raymore Day at the K is April 24th

You may now order tickets for the 9th annual Raymore Day at the K. Make plans to see the Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Kauffman Stadium.

The Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen sixth grade choirs are scheduled to perform the National Anthem. Members of the South Metro Fire Protection District will present the honor guard.

Tickets are $27 in the Outfield Plaza section or $16 in the Hy-Vee View section. Parking passes are available for $10. Ticket orders must be received by March 23. Flyer:

Summer School

The tentative dates for Summer School 2016 are June 6 to June 30. For grades K-8, Summer School will be four days per week (Monday-Thursday). Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math topics will be integrated into the courses. Students may choose to attend one session of two weeks, or two sessions to total four weeks. Transportation will be available to students in grades K-8. Students in grades 9-12 will have options for remediation or for enrichment. Students may attend 19 days of Summer School to earn one-half credit in a core class for credit recovery. Students may also enroll to earn one-half credit in health, physical education, or personal finance. Some elective credits are planned, and the District is exploring offering an option for driver's education. The dates of attendance will vary based on the course offering. More information about Summer School sites, class times, and course offerings will be shared soon.