Cass County Democrat Missourian

Bill Lowe replaces Kim Bailey on the Ray-Pec Board of Ed

Sixth-graders Emily Jeffries, Natalie Klinkenberg and Joslyne Trout put floss to paper.
Sixth-graders Emily Jeffries, Natalie Klinkenberg and Joslyne Trout put floss to paper. Photo provided

Ray-Pec fills school board vacancy

Raymore resident Bill Lowe is replacing Kim Bailey on the Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education.

After interviewing three finalists for the vacant seat on Oct. 30, the school board settled on Lowe. He was to be sworn in on Nov. 8. The other finalists were Maria Davies and Joyce Noah.

Bailey left the Ray-Pec board after being appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education. Lowe will serve until the April 2019 election.

At the time of her resignation, Bailey was serving as board president. Since her departure, Vice-President Paul Coffman has been interim president.

Lowe ran unsuccessfully for the school board in April 2017.

HHS student makes all-state choir — twice

For the second year in a row, Harrisonville High School student Peyton Holden has been selected to the Missouri All-State Choir.

Holden, a senior, was chosen for the 2018 choir after Oct. 13 auditions at Oak Grove High School.

The All-State Choir will perform in January at the Missouri Music Educators’ Association Conference in Osage Beach.

Civic club donates almost $9,000 to Belton

The Fraternal Order of Eagles has presented a check for just under $9,000 to the Belton Special Education Department, which plans to use the money for career exploration for students with autism and other developmental disabilities.

The Eagles chapter, which hosts an annual fund-raiser, said it plans to continue to support Belton special education students in the future.

Harrisonville ‘community conversation’ on Nov. 13

As part of its efforts to gather input from staff, parents and the community, the Harrisonville School District will begin hosting “community conversations” twice a year.

The first one will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the cafeteria of Harrisonville High School, 1504 E. Elm St.

The event will include an overview of the district from Superintendent Paul Mensching and then small group conversations about student achievement and culture.

The gathering is open to all. RSVP to Jill Filer at 816-380-2727, ext. 1224 or jill.filer@harrisonvilleschools.org for planning purposes.

Future sessions will focus on topics such as facilities, school safety and strategic planning.

The science of spiders

What better time than the Halloween season to learn about spiders and the different kinds of webs they spin?

That’s what sixth-graders did in Christy Gurney’s science class at Sherwood Middle School.

After observing and learning about the topic, the students faced the task of creating webs from dental floss and black construction paper in a given amount of time. Some made a three-dimensional web, and others found that the wax on the floss was sticky enough to secure their web without tape.

Ray-Pec STEAM expo

The Raymore-Peculiar School District invites the public to the second annual STEAM Expo from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Raymore-Peculiar High School dome gym.

The expo will showcase student achievement in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.

The high school is at 20801 S. School Road.

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