Raymore principal receives state recognition

Special to the Democrat MissourianJanuary 31, 2014 

One of only 13 principals in the state of Missouri selected as a “Distinguished Principal” for the current school year, Michelle Hofmann, principal of Raymore Elementary, received additional recognition at the Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education meeting Jan. 23.

Honored by the board for her selection as the Kansas City Suburban Elementary Principal Association honoree of the 2013-2014 Distinguished Principal designation, Hofmann will be among a group of Distinguished Principals – one chosen from each of 13 districts of the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals – recognized at the organization’s leadership and learning conference held March 8-11 at Tan-Tar-A Resort. One winner will be named the Missouri National Distinguished Principal at a banquet on March 10.

Hofmann expressed her gratitude to the board and Superintendent Kari Monsees for the special recognition.

“It is truly an honor every day to go to work with such a great team, and I am so thankful to be a member of the Ray-Pec learning community,” she said.

Next, Monsees extended a special thank you to the board in honor of School Board Recognition Week, Jan. 27-31, and presented each member with a certificate.

“Our board members provide countless hours of time with no salary to lead this district," he said.

“I appreciate their focus and dedication. They are always supportive of all that we do.”

Following the recognitions, the board heard a program review of the Health Services Department from Nurse Supervisor Jennifer Johnson and Assistant Superintendent Jay Harris. One statistic that surprised many board members was the high volume this department deals with on a daily basis.

The number of students seen, on average, per day is: elementary, 40; intermediate, 50; middle school, 85; and high school, 90.

In addition to going over performance and future goals of the department, Johnson noted the importance and significance of having licensed nurses in all of the buildings.

The board unanimously approved the 2014-15 school calendar. Next, board members voted to approve Incite Design Studio to provide design services identified in the Raymore-Peculiar Capital Improvement Plan for the next three years for maintenance projects estimated at $1.5 million and below based on the recommendation of Harris, who said he will present a formal contract for board approval at next month’s meeting.

Finally, the board voted to declare three district vehicles as surplus property, which means these items will be put up on GovDeals.com, an online bidding site that allows government agencies to sell surplus items via the Internet.

In other business introduced in closed session, the board accepted the resignation of Kevin Daniel, assistant superintendent for academic services, who is leaving the school district effective June 30 to accept a position with the Lee’s Summit School District.

“I have sincerely enjoyed my 12 years at Ray-Pec, and I want to thank the many who have shaped me into the professional I am today,” said Daniel, a resident of Lee’s Summit. “I have learned much from our students, staff and the leaders that I have worked with and for over the years. While I am excited about a new leadership challenge and this opportunity for the Daniel family; I will always be a supporter of the students, staff, Board of Education and Raymore-Peculiar professional learning community.”

Sharing the news with school board members at the meeting, Monsees expressed his gratitude to Daniel for his outstanding work and service to the school district.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Dr. Daniel and his family, but he will be sorely missed here in Ray-Pec,” he said. “I can't say enough about the contributions Dr. Daniel has provided this district and the level of support he has given me this year.”

The district will begin a process immediately to select a replacement for Daniel, who was responsible for curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, special education, summer school and at-risk and student interventions.

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