Finance Department

School District receives clean audit

The 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, 2020. Brad Steele, CPA from Westbrook & Co., P.C., presented the audit results on Oct. 22 to the Board of Education.

Board President Ruth Johnson was pleased with the audit report. "The audit shows that our staff is following best practices in financial policies and procedures."

Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle agreed. "The 2019-2020 school year ended in a way that no one had anticipated," he said. "This included changes and challenges in the area of school finance. The clean audit reflects on the hard work of Chief Financial Officer Cyndee Byous and her staff to make adjustments while ensuring the District continues to be the best stewards of taxpayer funds."  Read the audit report

No increase to Ray-Pec tax rate for 2020-2021

No increase in the tax rate. That's what taxpayers will get after the Ray-Pec School Board approved the 2020 tax levy rate at $5.1823 during its Aug. 27 meeting.

 

The approval followed a public hearing. During the hearing, Cynthia Byous, Ray-Pec Chief Financial Officer, explained that this rate is adequate to support the District's 2020-2021 budget as well as long range plans for future projects.

 

Fiscal responsibility has allowed the District to achieve at high levels, while spending less per pupil and levying a lower tax rate than most area school districts.

 

With a tax levy rate that has increased only once in the past 16 years, Ray-Pec continues to make gains in student achievement and graduation rates, and also has an ACT composite score above the state average. The total property tax levy of $5.1823 includes an operating levy of $4.1502 and a debt service levy of $1.0321.

Property tax rate history

Responsibilities


The Finance Department includes:
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Finance
  • Budgeting
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Contact


Cyndee Byous, Chief Financial Officer

21005 S. School Rd.
P.O. Box 789
Peculiar, MO  64078

Ph: (816) 892-1326
Fx: (816) 892-1380

Hours


Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.