Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle welcomes guests to the LEAD Center Dedication ceremony

On Sept. 27, the Raymore-Peculiar School District had a dedication ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Ray-Pec LEAD Center.

During the event, four students, representing each of the program areas now offered at the facility, spoke about what the LEAD Center experience means to them.

The LEAD Center is located at M-58 and Foxridge Drive in Raymore. LEAD stands for Learning, Experiences, And Discovery.

The school district purchased the building (formerly an Orscheln Farm & Home store) in February 2021 to provide additional opportunities for students in the area of career oriented education and real world learning experience. The facility, which has about 41,000 square feet, had been vacant for several years. Renovation of the facility was made possible through voter approval of the Prop S bond issue in April 2021.

The LEAD Center includes: a computer-integrated machining program, the Enterprise & Design program, electrical studies, a teacher academy program, a space for special needs students, and co-location with a business. Other programs being considered for the LEAD Center include construction/carpentry, heating and cooling (HVAC), plumbing, and automation and robotics.

A group of students in the Ray-Pec Enterprise & Design program helped to plan and implement the dedication ceremony.