Raymore-Peculiar School District News

Nov. 16, 2018
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The School Board on Nov. 15 honored the District's Finance Department for receiving the Meritorious Budget award for a 4th straight year. From left: Finance Specialist Pam Hecker; Bookkeeper Cheryl Tipton; Chief Financial Officer Cynthia Byous; and Board Member Kim York.
District receives budget award for 4th straight year
Stringent criteria required for award recognition
For the fourth consecutive year, the Raymore-Peculiar School District has received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International. The award recognizes the District for its 2018-2019 submission.

The MBA promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation. After a rigorous review by professional auditors, the award is conferred only on school districts that meet or exceed the program's stringent criteria.  During the 2017-2018 school year, only eight Missouri school districts, including Ray-Pec, received the award.

Preparing the budget in a manner to qualify for the Meritorious Budget Award is a more comprehensive process than a normal budget. The finished product must present financial information, statistical data, and performance data in a clear, easy-to-read way that illustrates the District's short- and long-term strategies and provides transparency in the budgeting process. 
Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees said the award  "is evidence of the District's efforts to share important financial and operational information with patrons, as we continue to focus on developing success ready students."
You can review the  Budget Document, which includes an Executive Summary.
Board approves adding strings teacher for 2019-2020
Addition of orchestra/strings program aligns with Strategic Plan
Strategic Plan summary
The School Board on Nov. 15 approved adding a teaching position for the 2019-2020 school year for the introduction of an orchestra/strings program.

The District plans to hire a certified teacher to begin to implement a strings program at the middle school with the potential to expand the program to the high school.

The Board discussed the plan at its Nov. 8 special meeting. The discussion and approval happened in the fall so that the course offerings may be available when students begin to enroll for 2019-2020. More detail about the program will be shared as it develops.

Implementation of an orchestra/strings program was suggested in community feedback during the Strategic Planning process. The action falls under Strategy 1.2: Expand STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) opportunities for all students. Action Step 1.2.2: Expand STEAM co-curricular opportunities throughout all grade levels. (Suggestions included robotics, orchestra/strings, engineering design, culinary arts, and world languages.)
Mark your calendar
Performances of "The Robber Bridegroom"
Remaining performances of the musical comedy, "The Robber Bridegroom," will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17, and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Ray-Pec High School. Reserve tickets by calling 892-3999 extension 2400. Adults $7 and students $5. The Robber Bridegroom

Good Neighbors, Strong Community event
The  Good Neighbors, Strong Community event is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Ray-Pec High School.  Topics include resilience, suicide and drug abuse prevention, internet safety, mental health, resolving conflict, helping others who are struggling, autism, relationships, and helping children cope with divorce.  Attend specific sessions or come for the entire day!

  Register (not required, but needed if you'd like child care)

Thanksgiving Holiday
Ray-Pec schools will not be in session Nov. 21-23 for Thanksgiving break. Enjoy your holiday!