Superintendent Communications

  • As Superintendent, I believe in the power of communication. I will strive to connect, engage, and communicate with all district families, staff, and community members. Follow along as I post superintendent communications throughout the school year.

2022 Communications

  • A Note from the Superintendent

    Posted by Raytown Quality Schools on 11/15/2022

    Raytown Quality Schools families,

    As your Superintendent, I am committed to pursuing every opportunity to provide students with state-of-the-art facilities that continue to create more paths to student success and achievement. For that reason, I support moving forward with a no tax increase bond issue on the April 5, 2023 ballot to improve arts and athletics at both high schools.

    Approval of the $35 million no tax increase bond would allow the district to address the immediate needs at Raytown South High School for updated arts and activities spaces for our students. If passed, bond funds would support the district in moving forward with a two-part plan to raze the existing performing arts center and then turning it into an auxiliary gym, and to build a modern performing arts center. These necessary changes would set the RSHS arts and athletics program on par with the school districts in the metropolitan area. 

    Additionally, if passed, the bond would also allow the district the opportunity to build a much needed auxiliary gym at Raytown High School. Auxiliary gyms at both high schools would allow for space to host sports tournaments and provide room for various school groups and activities to meet and have practice. 

    In addition to the bond issue, there will also be a levy on the ballot. While bond funds must be dedicated to construction and renovation of buildings, levies are for all other costs of running our schools.  The proposed zero tax increase levy transfer would authorize the transfer of 18 cents in excess levy from our debt service fund into our school operating fund.  This would allow us to address some important needs and continue to pay our debts on time with zero increase to the total tax rate.

    In the coming months we will hold public bond forums, visit staff meetings and PTA meetings, and attend community meetings to answer any questions you may have. I hope you can join us for the first forum on December 6 at 6 p.m. at the Raytown Schools Wellness Center. You can find more information and stay up to date on the bond at www.raytownschools.org/2023bond.

    For the children,

    Penelope

    Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox

    Superintendent

    Raytown C-2 School District

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  • A Note from the Superintendent

    Posted by Raytown Quality Schools on 9/2/2022

    Greetings RQS Community,

    The first two weeks of the school year are in the books and what a wonderful start to the year it has been. I’ve had the opportunity to walk to school with students, greet and chat with many of them in the hallways, visit classrooms, watch our exceptional teachers and staff in action, watch student activities, and participate in district, department, and school events.

    In addition to meeting with our most prized possessions, our students, it has also been a pleasure meeting many parents and family members of students. I am grateful to each of you for helping to ensure that the transition into the school year was a smooth one.

    A top priority of mine is the safety of our students and staff and I ask for your partnership as we continue to make this school year exceptional.

    With the expansion of the Parent Responsibility Zone, the number of students walking and bicycling to school and from school has increased. I ask you, families and community members, to please keep constant awareness of your surroundings driving slowly with no distractions. This includes when you enter parking lots where staff are working vigilantly to escort walkers, bus riders and car riders to and from school.

    Should you have a question or concern, we want to hear from you. Please refer to this communications protocol to get your questions answered in a timely manner. The document is also available in Spanish.

    In the first two weeks of school, I’ve seen those classroom sparks ignite, with bright young smiles, engagement, and readiness. I am beyond excited about the opportunities and possibilities of the 2022-23 school year. With your partnership, we will only continue to make it a great one.

    For the children,

    Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox

     

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