Student recognitions take center stage at Ray-Pec BOE meeting

Special to the Democrat MissourianDecember 27, 2013 

Two Ray-Pec High School students quickly found themselves in the limelight at the Dec. 19 Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education meeting. Kicking off the meeting with student recognition awards, the board honored Rebekah Mueller and Scott Schaffner for athletic excellence.

Mueller, a catcher and four-year starter, was named second-team All-State for the second consecutive year in softball. Varsity softball coach Jim Brown was on hand to speak about Mueller’s athletic and academic accomplishments, maintaining that her performance helped lead to the resurgence of Ray-Pec softball in recent years. In fact, last year, she enjoyed the highest batting average in Ray-Pec history. After graduation, she plans to play softball at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.

“I don’t know how many game-winning RBIs she had, but she has also been academic all state all four years as well,” said Brown. “She will represent Ray-Pec well at Mo West. We are really proud of her.”

Selected by the Associated Press as second-team All-State Class 6 tight end, Schaffner was a two-year starter and led the football team in receptions. According to Tom Kruse, Ray-Pec activities director and varsity football coach, Scott’s achievements on the football field were equally balanced with his leadership on the team.

“This year we moved him to tight end – he was the guy we were going to throw to,” explained Kruse. “He has a tremendous work ethic, wore the weight room out, and was a great leader for us. He is going to Iowa State on a football scholarship. I wish him nothing but the best – he will be missed.”

Following the student recognitions, board members heard a Guidance Program Review from Kristel Barr, director of student services and secondary education, who followed this report up with a presentation on the Student Support/At-Risk Program.

In action items, the board considered a request from a collegiate summer baseball organization (the MidWest A’s) to use the district’s varsity facility for summer league games from the end of May through July 13.

Assistant Superintendent Jay Harris presented members with a Facility Use Memorandum of Understanding that would establish rules regarding who can use the facilities and outline negotiations/ expectations between both parties in alignment with board policy due to the total time of facility use requested and the unique manner in which the district will collect its fee if approved by the Board of Education.

Harris confirmed that the group would be assessed a fee to use the facilities as well as any custodial, facilities or security costs incurred. Ray-Pec Schools would also split all proceeds from the gate. In addition, he explained that they would have to provide proof of insurance and also offered to donate labor to the facility. The board voted unanimously to approve this proposal.

Board members also voted to approve Joshua Fultz as Raymore-Peculiar's nominee for the John T. Belcher $750 Memorial Scholarship.

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