Cass County News

Pleasant Hill superintendent hands baton to successor

Steven Meyers
Steven Meyers Submitted photo

The Pleasant Hill School District will begin the 2018-19 school year with a new superintendent, who was given a significant head start through a transition plan conceived 18 months ago.

He is Steven Meyers, who was hired from the Hickman Mills School District last year to serve as deputy superintendent for a year. The intention all along was for Meyers to take over as superintendent this summer with the retirement of longtime Superintendent Wesley Townsend. Meanwhile, Meyers could prepare for the top job while his predecessor was still around.

Before joining Pleasant Hill, Meyers had been the executive director of operations in Hickman Mills for four years. He had 17 years of administrative experience in addition to four years’ experience as a business teacher.

Cass County Kids First will be back next year

Cass County Kids First — a coalition of school board members and administrators from all school districts in the county — plans to reconvene next year for a fifth year of sharing concerns and priorities with Missouri lawmakers.

On June 8, coalition members met with state Sen. Ed Emery and Reps. Jack Bondon and Donna Pfautsch for breakfast at the Archie School District. The lawmakers discussed the recently concluded 2018 legislative session and then answered questions. Topics included school funding, school calendars, reading and assessment.

Archie Superintendent Jeff Kramer welcomed the group, and Belton school board member Jerry Miller moderated.

Cass County Kids First organizes its legislative priorities in four categories: funding, local control, accountability and student transfers. Learn about the group at or at

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At a June 8 breakfast, Missouri state Sen. Ed Emery discussed the recent legislative session with members of Cass County Kids First. Submitted photo

New Harrisonville teachers learn by doing

The Harrisonville School District welcomed new teachers and administrators at a social on June 13.

One feature was the Amazing Race-Wildcat Style, which included stops at each school, where teams completed tasks such as singing the fight song while doing CPR, putting together a Wildcat jigsaw puzzle, building a marshmallow shooter and completing a relay race while wearing costumes.

As part of the Amazing Race-Wildcat Style, new staff members in the Harrisonville School District were tasked with putting on costumes representing various programs within the district — theater, band, sports and fire science — and completing a football-passing challenge. Submitted photo

The event included more traditional activities as well: dinner, ice breakers and briefings from administrators.

High tech camp at Ray-Pec

The Technology Student Association chapter at Raymore-Peculiar High School has organized an engineering camp July 9-13 for students who have competed the third through eighth grades.

Campers will learn about 3-D drawing with the current AutoDESK programs and use a 3-D printer and a laser etcher to produce a project that they will take home. They will also learn to build and operate a Vex Robot.

Counselors will be TSA students under the direction of Ivan Robison, TSA sponsor and Project Lead the Way instructor. Snacks will be provided. The cost is $125.

Find a flyer and enrollment form at Email with questions.

Liberty Kids Store supports veterans

Each spring, second-graders host the Liberty Kids Store at Harrisonville Elementary School to raise money for Heartland Honor Flight, an organization that takes veterans to visit the war memorials in Washington, D.C.

The store — which stocked patriotic products like pencils, dog tags and temporary tattoos — was open to students and guests during the school’s annual art fair and ice cream social. The children set up the store, conducted the sales transactions and answered questions from customers.

Over the past three years, Leslie Culpepper’s and Tina Perne’s students have raised nearly $5,300 for the organization. This year’s proceeds exceeded $2,000. On June 11, the teachers and class representatives attended an event that Heartland Honor Flight hosted at the Kauffman Foundation.

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Attending a recent event at the Kauffman Foundation were (from left) John Doole with the Heartland Honor Flight, Harrisonville Elementary School students Maddox Elgen and Mason Ryberg, teacher Leslie Culpepper, students London Wooten and Chloe Wooten, and teacher Tina Perne. Submitted photo

State group honors Ray-Pec school board

For the fourth straight year, the Raymore-Peculiar school board has received two state-level awards from the Missouri School Boards’ Association. The association honored the board with a 2018 Governance Award, given for commitment to professional development of board members, regional and statewide leadership and legislative advocacy for public schools..

In addition, Ray-Pec earned the Outstanding Board of Education Award, which comes in six categories. Ray-Pec won in the category of Governance, Leadership, and Accountability.