Raymore-Peculiar School District News

Aug. 26, 2022

In this issue:

  • 10 steps back to school
  • Help wanted
  • First home game
  • Tax levy rate

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Thanks for a great first week!

The day before classes began, volunteers "chalked the walk" at each school and the Administrative Services Center, providing upbeat, encouraging, and welcoming messages to students and staff. One drawing is shown above. Thanks for a great first week of school!

Help wanted: Paraprofessionals to work with students

The Ray-Pec School District employs about 50 paraprofessionals each year. This year, the district is looking for 4 more individuals to fill these positions!

Q: What do paraprofessionals do?

A: Special education and regular education paraprofessionals help classroom teachers by performing a variety of tasks related to the physical and instructional needs of students. Paraprofessionals help with instructional programs, as well as self-help and behavior skills. 

Q: Why are paraprofessionals important?

A: Paraprofessionals have a key role as team members as they support and assist in the education of a child. Paraprofessionals promote the success of special programming outlined for students with disabilities.

Q: Are paraprofessionals considered full-time?

A: Paraprofessionals qualify as full-time employees and are eligible for medical, life, and dental insurance after 60 days of employment. 

Q: What are the qualifications to become a paraprofessional?

A: There are two ways someone can qualify to become a paraprofessional. The first is to have 60 college hours, which makes an individual eligible for a substitute certification. This link provides information about obtaining a substitute certification.

The second way to qualify for the position is to take the ParaPro Assessment. This can be done after an individual secures a position with the district. This link provides information about the ParaPro Assessment.

If you are interested and meet the above criteria, you can submit an application to become a paraprofessional. If you have questions about becoming a paraprofessional please email Marlena.Walley@raypec.org.

Ray-Pec hosts Rockhurst in first home football game

The first home game for the Ray-Pec High School football team is TONIGHT, Friday, Aug. 26! It's also Senior Night! The theme for the game is "Black Out."

The Panthers host the Rockhurst Hawklets at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5:45 p.m. and admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students with I.D. Fans age 55 and older are admitted free.

Senior football players, cheerleaders, and Prowler dance team members will be recognized before the game. Seniors in the marching band will be recognized at halftime. 

Can’t make it? Watch the game on the Ray-Pec Activities YouTube Channel. The live stream, which is staffed by Ray-Pec High School students, usually begins about 6:30 p.m. Tonight's live stream is planned to begin earlier to include some of the Senior Night recognition.

Reminder: Students in 8th grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Tax levy rate remains the same as last 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.

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