Board of Education

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

Meetings

The Board usually meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month for a monthly business meeting.

View Board agendas and action: BoardDocs

Most regular monthly business meetings are live-streamed on YouTube: Watch Board meetings

(Note: Work sessions are typically not recorded.)

Contact

Pam Steele, Secretary to the Board of Education

pam.steele@raypec.org

21005 S. School Rd., P.O. Box 789, Peculiar, MO  64078
Ph: (816) 892-1311
Fx: (816) 892-1380

Meeting dates

Unless noted otherwise, all meetings take place at the Ray-Pec Innovation Academy, 21001 S. School Rd., Peculiar.

  • Work session: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024. (This is a change from the originally scheduled date.)

  • Work session: Thursday, March 14, 2024.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2024. (Third Thursday)

  • Reorganization: Monday, April 15, 2024.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2024.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2024.

  • Board Advance: Thursday, June 20, 2024.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2024.

2024 School Board Candidates

Three persons have filed to run for a position on the School Board in the April 2, 2024, election.

There are three available positions.

Two (2) positions available for a three-year term. The candidates are:

  • Deanna Olson (incumbent), 515 Winslow Dr., Raymore, MO 64083. Email: olsonndc@gmail.com

  • Janet Jones, 507 Birchwood Ct., Raymore, MO 64083. Email: janetjones4raypec@gmail.com

One (1) position is available for a two-year term. The candidate is:

  • Patty Phillips (incumbent), 327 W. Cottonwood Dr. Raymore, MO 64083. Email: patty.phillips@raypec.org

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Board Members

Ruth Johnson

Ruth Johnson, Board President

ruth.johnson@raypec.org

Ruth resides in Peculiar. She was elected to the board in April 2011 and re-elected in 2014, 2017, 2020, and 2023. Her current term expires in April 2026.

  • She was re-elected Board President during a reorganization meeting on June 12, 2020.

  • She was re-elected Board President during a reorganization meeting on April 19, 2021.

  • She was re-elected Board President during a reorganization meeting on April 18, 2022.

  • She was re-elected Board President during a reorganization meeting on April 17, 2023.

Deanna Olson

Deanna Olson, Board Vice President

deanna.olson@raypec.org

Deanna Olson of Raymore was elected to the Board in April 2021. Her term expires in April 2024.

  • She was elected Board Vice President at the reorganization meeting in April 2022.

  • She was re-elected Board Vice President during a reorganization meeting on April 17, 2023.

Carol Barnes

Carol Barnes, Board Member

carol.barnes@raypec.org

Carol resides in Raymore. She was elected to the Board in 2022. Her term expires in 2025.

Paul Coffman

Paul Coffman, Board Member

paul.coffman@raypec.org

Paul resides in Peculiar. He was elected to the board in April 2017 and re-elected in 2020 and 2023. His term expires April 2026.

Billy King

Billy King, Board Member

billy.king@raypec.org

Billy King of Raymore was first elected in April 2018. He was re-elected in 2021. His current term expires in April 2024. 

Bill Lowe

Bill Lowe, Board Member

bill.lowe@raypec.org

Bill Lowe took the oath of office on Nov. 8, 2018. He was selected to fill an unexpired term when Kim Bailey resigned from the Board and was appointed to the State Board of Education. He was re-elected in April 2019 and again in April 2022. His term expires in 2025.

Patty Phillips

Patty Phillips

patty.phillips@raypec.org

Patty Phillips took the oath of office during a special meeting on June 20, 2023. She was selected to fill an unexpired term that became vacant when Ashley Jones resigned from the Board. Jones announced at the May 25 Board meeting that she is moving out of the District. 

Phillips was appointed to serve until the next Board election in April 2024.