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.

  • 5-9 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2024. Board Advance planning meeting.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2024. Monthly business meeting.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2024. Monthly business meeting.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 2024. Monthly business meeting.

  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2024. Work session.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2024. Monthly business meeting.

  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2024. Work session.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2024. Monthly business meeting.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2024. Monthly business meeting. Note: This is the third Thursday of the month.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2024. Monthly business meeting. Note: This is the third Thursday of the month.

  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 2025. Work session.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2025. Monthly business meeting.

  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2025. Work session.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2025. Monthly business meeting.

  • 6 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2025. Work session.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2025. Monthly business meeting. Note: This is the third Thursday of the month.

  • Monday, April 14, 2025. Reorganization meeting.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2025. Monthly business meeting.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2025. Monthly business meeting.

  • Thursday, June 12, 2025. Board Advance planning meeting.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2025. Monthly business meeting.

Board Members Take Oath Of Office

Patty Phillips, Deanna Olson, and Janet Jones took the oath of office on April 15 during a brief reorganization meeting of the Ray-Pec School Board.

School Board Secretary Pam Steele administered the oath of office.

Phillips will serve a two-year term. Olson and Jones will serve three-year terms.

Under provisions of Missouri Statute Section 115.124, there was no election for school board directors because the number of candidates who filed was the same as the number of positions to be filled.

The Board re-elected Ruth Johnson to serve as Board President, and re-elected Deanna Olson to serve as Vice President. The Board approved Steele to continue as Board Secretary, and Chief Financial Officer Tiffany Banks to continue as Board Treasurer. The Board also approved Carol Barnes to serve as the delegate to the Missouri School Boards Association Assembly. Paul Coffman was selected to serve as the alternate delegate to the MSBA Assembly.

Three Board members take oath of office

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.

  • She was re-elected Board President during a reorganization meeting on April 15, 2024.

Deanna Olson

Deanna Olson, Board Vice President

deanna.olson@raypec.org

Deanna Olson of Raymore was elected to the Board in April 2021 and re-elected in April 2024. Her term expires in April 2027.

  • 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.

  • She was re-elected Board Vice President during a reorganization meeting on April 15, 2024.

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

Janet Jones, Board Member

janet.jones@raypec.org

Janet Jones was elected to the Board in April 2024. Her term expires in April 2027.

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 elected in April 2024 to serve a two-year term that expires in April 2026.