Board of Education

2020-2021 Meetings

Month Board Meeting Joint Cities Meetings*
July July 23, 2020  
August Aug. 27, 2020 Aug. 19, 2020 (Hosted by the City of Raymore
September Sept. 10, 2020 (Work Session)  
  Sept. 24, 2020   
October Oct. 8, 2020 (Work Session)  
  Oct. 22, 2020  
November Nov. 12, 2020 (Work Session) Nov. 18, 2020 (Hosted by the Ray-Pec School District)
  Nov. 19, 2020 (Third Thursday)  
December Dec. 17, 2020 (Third Thursday)  
January Jan. 14, 2020 (Work Session)  
  Jan. 28, 2020  
February Feb. 11, 2020 (Work Session) Feb. 17, 2020 (Hosted by the City of Peculiar)
  Feb. 25, 2020  
March March 11, 2020 (Work Session)  
  March 25, 2020  
April April 19, 2020 (Reorganization)  
  April 22, 2020  
May May 27, 2020 May 19, 2020 (Hosted by Cass County)
June June 10, 2020 (Retreat)  
  June 24, 2020  

* The Joint Cities meeting is a quarterly meeting that includes staff and elected officials from the Ray-Pec School District, the City of Peculiar, the City of Raymore, and Cass County. The meeting is open to the public. 


From left: Ruth Johnson, Paul Coffman, and Kim York were sworn into office during a special School Board reorganization meeting on Thursday, June 11.

Coffman, Johnson, and York take oath of office

Paul Coffman, Ruth Johnson, and Kim York were sworn into office during a Board reorganization meeting on June 11. All three were re-elected to 3-year terms. 

Board Secretary Pam Steele administered the oath of office after the Board certified the results of the June 2 election. (See table below.) 

The Board elected Ruth Johnson to continue as President, and Paul Coffman to continue serving as Vice President. 

Pam Steele was re-appointed to continue as Secretary, and Cynthia Byous to continue as Treasurer. The Board also elected Ruth Johnson to serve as Missouri School Boards Association Delegate and Billy King as the Alternate Delegate.

The next regular meeting of the School Board is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the Administrative Services Center, 21005 S. School Rd.

official election results June 2 election

School Board election

The winners in the June 2, 2020, School Board election were Paul Coffman, Ruth Johnson, and Kim York. All three incumbents were re-elected to serve another three years. 

The unofficial results from the Cass County Clerk’s office show these vote totals:

  • Paul Coffman, 1,995 votes
  • Ruth Johnson, 1,916 votes
  • Kim York, 1,855 votes
  • Thomas Walsh, 1,109 votes
  • Susan Edmonsond, 1,037 votes
  • Shauna Stephanchick, 846 votes
  • Precious Ali, 480 votes
  • Write-in, 36 votes

The Board will certify the election results at a special meeting at 6:45 p.m. June 11. Board Secretary Pam Steele will administer the oath of office to the re-elected Board members, and the Board will take action to re-organize by electing a president and vice president. Currently, Ruth Johnson is Board President, and Paul Coffman is Vice President.

School Board Recognition Week is Feb. 9 to 15, 2020

Communities across the state are honoring the service of boards of education Feb. 9 to 15, 2020, for School Board Recognition Week. Ray-Pec School Board members volunteer their time and energy to help shape the future of the district. We appreciate their hard work and dedication! Thanks to our Raymore-Peculiar School Board members:

  • President Ruth Johnson
  • Vice President Paul Coffman
  • Aaron Howlett
  • Ashley Jones
  • Billy King
  • Bill Lowe
  • Kim York

School Board Recognition Week is sponsored by the Missouri School Boards’ Association.

Ray-Pec School Board May 2019

Front row, from left: Kim York, Ashley Jones, and President Ruth Johnson. Back row: Aaron Howlett, Billy King, Vice President Paul Coffman, and Bill Lowe.

Board announces new superintendent

The Raymore-Peculiar School District Board of Education has selected Dr. Mike Slagle to serve as superintendent of the district, effective July 1, 2020. He will replace Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

In a special meeting on Saturday, Nov. 23, the Board officially approved hiring Dr. Slagle to serve as the next superintendent. Slagle is currently the deputy superintendent for the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kan.
The Blue Valley School District has an enrollment of about 22,400 students.
School board members were pleased with the large pool of candidates who applied for the superintendent position, and selected eight candidates to interview.

Ray-Pec school board members said they were impressed with Slagle's experience, leadership skills, financial expertise, experience working with a growing district, experience in strategic planning, and knowledge of initiatives currently under way in the district. He also has been involved in successful bond and levy campaigns.

Board President Ruth Johnson said, "The Board is excited to bring on Dr. Slagle. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will benefit our District in the years to come." Read more

Mike Slagle 2019

Board President honored

Ruth Johnson, president of the Ray-Pec Board of Education, is the recipient of the 2019 Carter D. Ward Excellence in Advocacy Award presented by FutureBuilders, the education foundation of the Missouri School Boards' Association. She was recognized on Sept. 28 during the 2019 MSBA Annual Conference at Lake of the Ozarks. The award is designed to honor an individual school board member who exemplifies leadership skills in the area of public education advocacy. Read more

Ruth Johnson Award


Pam Steele, Secretary to the Board of Education

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

Ph: (816) 892-1311
Fx: (816) 892-1380


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

The seven-member Board of Education is elected by District patrons. Members are elected to serve three-year terms without pay. View all Board Members


  • 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month
  • Administrative Services Center, 21005 S. School Rd., Peculiar, MO 64078