Raymore-Peculiar School District News

Oct. 12, 2018
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The Raymore Police Department joined Raymore Elementary students and parents on Oct. 10 for Walk/Bike to School Day! Students walked or biked to Raymore Elementary from T.B. Hanna Station after a safety demonstration and donuts.
Three finalists to be considered for vacant Board seat
Board selects Davies, Lowe, and Noah to interview on Oct. 30
In a special meeting on Oct. 9, the Board reviewed letters from seven persons interested in filling the vacant seat. After some discussion, the Board selected these three finalists to interview:
  • Maria Davies
  • Bill Lowe
  • Joyce Noah
The other four people who had expressed interest were: Kyle Gillespie, Aaron Howlett, Kimberly Mallinson, and Shannon Weichel.

The Board has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, to interview the three finalists. The Board will vote to appointment a replacement to fill the seat until the April 2019 election.

To review the candidate letters, go to BoardDocs and review the Oct. 9 meeting.
Board reviews achievement, mental health, & safety
Work session includes updates and reports
The Board on Oct. 11, 2018, heard updates on three areas: student achievement, mental health, and school safety. All three topics are important focus areas in the District's Strategic Plan.

Student achievement
In the area of student achievement, the Board heard about NWEA test results that measure growth in math and reading, International Baccalaureate scores, Advanced Placement scores, and WorkKeys scores.
Mental Health
In the area of mental health, the Board learned more about recent efforts to incorporate social and emotional learning. The Board also heard about efforts to increase mental health supports for students.
Safety update
Dr. Bryan Pettengill, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, provided an update on school safety and the newly formed Safety and Security Advisory Committee. The committee reviewed many areas of current and future school safety and security, including Parents on Patrol, CrisisGo/Crisis Plan, and access control. The District is seeking proposals from vendors for a visitor management software to assist with access control.

Board members also discussed sessions they attended at the recent Missouri School Boards' Association annual conference.
Chamber prepares for annual Pumpkin Auction
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Oct. 23
Enjoy an evening of food, fellowship, and fun fall decor while helping raise funds for scholarships for Ray-Pec High School seniors!

The Raymore Chamber of Commerce annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Auction is scheduled for  Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Holmes Hall at Foxwood Springs, 1500 W. Foxwood Dr.

Registration and networking begins at 5:30 p.m. The 6 p.m. dinner is followed by a live auction of fall items and decorated pumpkins. The event also includes a silent auction of baked goods and fall items. You also can "pick" a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and support South Metro Fire Protection District's safe trick or treat event by donating a bag of candy.

Cost of the dinner is $12 per person, payable the evening of the event. Please RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 18, to 816-322-0599 or raymorechamber@sbcglobal.net.

Proceeds from the auction are awarded as scholarships in the spring. Last year, the Chamber provided $4,000 in scholarships to Ray-Pec seniors. The Chamber is seeking donations for the auction. These can include tickets, gift certificates, or items to include in a themed basket.