Raytown High School music students recently competed at the District level. Those who received I’s will advance to compete at the state level.
Mosha Clyma, Grace Givens, Caleb McCarroll, and Alex Sons all received ones on their solos.
In the Madrigal category, Tristen Caudle, Emma Drace, Zach Kujath, Julianna McCarroll, Melody Olvera, Alejandro Reliford, Alex Sons, and Hannah Treat received I ratings.The trio of Emma Drace, Julianna McCarroll and Hannah Treat also received a 1.
Vocal Soloists who received a “2” rating were as follows: Madilyn Baker, Leigh Ann Beam, Tristen Caudle, Emma Drace, Raheem Fielder-Bay, Raynesha Green, Demetrius Hampton, Mikiah Hulme, Zach Kujath Julianna McCarroll, Melody Olvera, Eva Perez, and Hannah Treat.
A sextet of Madilyn Baker,Leigh Ann Beam, Stephenie Borja, Caleb McCarroll, Clint Wallace, and Gi Gi Willett, and a Miscellaneous Ensemble consisting of Jordan Atkins, Shirley Betancourt, Machelle Carman, Raheem FIelder-Bey, Elana Harris, DaeSean Jones, and DeAngela Warren received a 2 rating.
Other 2 ratings were the Double Quartetof Jonathan Castillo, Tristen Caudle, Jonathan Castillo, Richard Jones, Kujath, Isaiah Mayfield, Alejandro Reliford, and Alex Sons; the Double Quartet of Dillon Gercone, Raynesha Green, Demetrius Hampton, Mikiah Hulme, Dominic Marchese, Kaylnn Murray Jordyn Poynter, and Chris Sadler; and the Sextet of Maria Beam, Raynesha Green, Mikiah Hulme, Kaylnn Murray, Eva Perez, and Jordyn Poynter. The vocal musicians are taught by Alex Kolster.
Orchestra students who earned a I rating are as follows: Hannah Steele, piano solo; Viviana Olvera Sydney Middleton, and Skylar Thompson, violin solos; Melody Olvera and Ashton Yoder, cello solos; Brianda Taylor, string bass solo; and Anisah Marshall and Sydney Middleton, violin duet.
The following students received a 2-Outstanding rating at the district festival this weekend: Sophie Miles, Asha Berry and Sage McKenna, violin trio; and Hannah Steele, Samantha Carroll, Antiana Richardson, and Demetrius Hampton, string quartet. Orchestra students are taught by Amy Sadler.
The following instrumental music students received a 1 rating and are eligible to attend State Solo and Ensemble in May: Emma Drace and Hannah Treat, horn solos; Jarrell Lee, baritone sax solo; Jon Marple, oboe solo; Matthew Maynard and Nathan Verhulst, trumpet solos; Rachel Miller, flute solo; Rachel Miller, Madeline McCready, and Katie Rock, flute trio; Adriana Albor, Nathan Verhulst, Matthew Maynard, trumpet trio; Alex Bearden, Shannan Lewis, Spencer Beaman, Jordan Patrick, and Joe Straws, marimba solos; and Evalynn Lomax and Spencer Beaman, snare solos.
Those who received a 2 rating were: Adriana Albor, Fred Farrand, and Kelly Miller, trumpet solos; Emma Schoolcraft, Katie Rock, and Madeline McCready, flute solos; Kevin Johnson, tenor sax solo; Raheem Fielder-Bey, baritone solo; Simone Jones, clarinet solo; Raheem Fielder-Bey, Trent Lindley, Kelly Miller, baritone trio; Nathan Verhulst, Jon Marple, Trent Lindley, Isabella Liggett, Raheem Fielder-Bey, andTroy Oberholtz, brass sextet; Truman Steehn, Alexis Andonie, and True McKenna, trombone trio; Jon Hernandez and Dante Woods, snare solos; Earl Bradshaw and Evalynn Lomax, marimba solos; and Madison Barrett, piano solo.
Instrumental music students are under the direction of Joseph Hill.
Students from Raytown South High School attended the annual Missouri Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference, March 22- March 24, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia. The delegates from across the state represented the more than 11,500 members of Missouri FCCLA.
This year’s student-developed conference theme was “Camp Leadership” The conference featured speakers and workshops on topics such as preparing for college and careers, leadership skills, anti-bullying programs, and technology’s impact in education, careers, and on the family. In addition to leadership training, honors and recognition, more than 700 students participated in 30 competitive events, including early childhood education, entrepreneurship, culinary arts, fashion design, career investigation, chapter service learning projects and sports nutrition.
Janelle Dempsey earned a Gold Ranking, State Champion, and a berth to the National Leadership Conference in July in Fashion Design. Helene Slinker, Alyssa Jones, and Vinka Martinez earned a Gold Ranking, State Champions, and a berth to the National Leadership Conference in July in Life Event Planning.
Helene Slinker, Alyssa Jones, and Vinka Martinez
Taelor Ingram and Jasmine Pope competed in Illustrate Talk and earned a Silver ranking. Maia Lewis, Krystal Mayberry, and Zaria Akins competed in Chapter Service Project Porfolio and earned a Silver ranking. The group’s sponsor is Jenna Adkins.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for young men and women enrolled in family and consumer sciences education courses. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and social issues. The Missouri association ranks fifth in the nation in membership with more than 11,500 members. There are more than 350 FCCLA chapters across the state.
The Raytown Police Department will be hosting free CERT training, beginning June 5, 2015. The training provides an excellent opportunity to learn about preparing yourself and your family for a variety of emergencies and disasters that could affect our community. Training includes basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. The program culminates with a mock disaster exercise where the participants put CERT skills to use. For more information about CERT, please visit http://www.ready.gov/citizen-corps.
Classes will be held on:
Friday, June 5, 2015: 6:00 pm to 10 pm-Raytown PD Station-10000 E. 59 St.
Saturday, June 6, 2015, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm-Raytown EMS-10020 E. 66 Tr.
Friday, June 12, 2015, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm-Raytown PD Station-10000 E. 59 St.
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm-Raytown FD Station 1-6020 Raytown Trafficway
Participants must be 17 years old, or older and will be required to complete an enrollment form and a background check.
For an enrollment form, or more information, contact Melanie Lanigan at 816-737-6022, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Raytown High School Theatre department will perform Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo on April 16, 17 and 18 at the high school.
Set in Buffalo, New York in the 1950s, Moon Over Buffalo is a high energy comedy. The plot involves a family of actors trying to put on a play for a big movie director, Frank Capra. Throughout the show, identities are confused, actors are misplaced, and bringing Murphy’s Law to life, anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
“As the director of this wild show, I have really enjoyed watching these actors grow and use their comedic talents to tell such a fun story,” Director Katie Kolster said.
Performances begin at 7:00 at the Robert B. Atkins Performing Arts Center, 6109 Blue Ridge Blvd. Tickets are $5 for students. Adult tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door. Due to the limited number of seats available, advance ticket purchase is suggested. Those interested in attending may call the high school at 268-7300 or email email@example.com to RSVP.
Raytown South Middle School students are mimicking the moves of local gardeners, as they once again break ground in their school garden.
Initially started with funding from a Raytown Educational Foundation Grant in 2011, by sponsors Heather Reardon and Kevin Easley, the garden is now in ints 4th year and several hundred students have been involved with planting, weeding, watering and harvesting throughout the years.
The school has partnered with Kansas City Community Gardens since 2011. The first year KCCG came out and students helped build 4 raised beds. Teachers Nancy Booth, Kristie Hudson, Kelcey McCauley and Natalie Kane all have students from their Advisory classes helping this year.
“The farm-to-table movement has been ?really big the past several years in the food industry. I saw the school garden as a way for kids to learn about where their food comes from-that to grow a potato you plant a potato and to grow peas you plant a pea,” Reardon said.
“I also wanted our kids to have the opportunity to try new foods they may never have had before. I have found kids are a lot more interested in trying new things when they have been involved in the process from the beginning-planting the seed, watering, weeding, etc. They have a lot of pride and become protective of what they grow.”
Reardon takes students out a few times a week to do maintenance, and they use some of the harvested items for cooking in her Family and Consumer Science classes. This year they have planted spinach, broccoli, carrots, Swiss Chard, rainbow chard, mustard greens, green onions, radishes, arugula, sugar snap peas, and purple potatoes, all of which should be ready for harvest by the end of the school year.
Items not used in the cooking classes are for the students to take home and enjoy, and when there has been a surplus, the gardeners have donated the fresh produce to Raytown Emergency Assistance Program.
“The garden has not been without problems,” Reardon said. “The first year, we had geese eating the produce and students were outraged!”
Some years the group has planted over the summer-tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers, but maintaining the garden becomes a struggle when school is out, according to Reardon.
“I would love to make it more of a community garden and have parents come and help on a rotation over the summer, and then they would keep what they grow.”
Several basketball players in the Raytown School District have recently earned post-season honors.
Raytown High girls basketball players Kyessence Collins and Dajanae Wilson were named to the All-District First Team. Collins and Wilson were also named to the All-conference 1st team. Camryn Kuehl was named Academic All-State. The Lady Jays are coached by Jan Handley.
Raytown High boys basketball players Jailen Gill, Brandon Sublett, and Derrick Walker were named to the All-District First Team. Gill was also named the Conference Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Walker, Sublett and Will Nelson were named All-Conference 2nd team, and John Burton was named All-Conference Honorable Mention. The Bluejays are coached by Cody Buford.
Raytown South girls basketball players Bre Carter and Virja Lewis were named to the All-District First Team. Carter and Lewis were also name to the All-Conference 2nd team, and Diamond White was named to the All-Conference Honorable Mention team. The Lady Cardinals are coached by Aaron Ihm.
Raytown South boys basketball players Tyrone Gibbs, Bryan Trimle and Elijah Childs were named to the All-District First Team. Gibbs was also named All-Conference First Team. Childs and Trimble were named All-Conference Second Team. Cardinal coach Brad Oestreich was named Conference Coach of the Year.
The Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Marlene DeVilbiss as the Director of Human Resources. Devilbiss will begin her duties July 1, and replaces Dr. Steve Shelton, who has been named Associate Superintendent of Operations.
DeVilbiss has most served since 2012 as Principal at Eastwood Hills Elementary in Raytown. She has also been the Director of Federal Programs and Extended Learning, an Instructional Coach and a reading teacher in the district.
“Although I will miss working with the staff and families at Eastwood Hills, I am excited to take on this new challenge. I look forward to serving the Raytown School District in a different capacity,” DeVilbiss said.
DeVilbiss was the 2014 Distinguished New Principal award winner from the Kansas City Elementary Suburban Principal Association. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, her Masters in Reading Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, her Specialist in Elementary Administration from the University of Central Missouri, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri- Kansas City.
While his opponents service to the Raytown Police Department since the 1970’s is laudable, it does not come close to Ertz’s experience as an Aldermen and as a manager in both the private and the public sector.
Ertz has shown 8 years of steady political leadership for Raytown and we need that experience at the helm.
His polite and friendly nature is an added bonus, but in truth his opponent also shares those qualities.
This is the worst of the last three charters presented to the voters of Raytown. The previous charter was flawed with conflict and inconsistencies within it. The Charter before that attempted too many changes and was probably rejected by voters unwilling to make that great a leap into the unknown.
The proposed Charter would take us from a weak Mayor to a ceremonial Mayor. The Mayors power would be to Chair the Board meeting and cut ribbons.
It would transfer power from the Parks Board into the hands of the Alderman and it would set the qualification requirements for Police Chief to vague standards that very well could result in litigation between candidates over whether those standards are met. All decisions could be reviewed by the Board of Aldermen if just 3 Aldermen agree. Hiring and salary of the Parks Director us a decision made by the Aldermen
The Parks and Recreation Director may be removed from office by a majority vote of the Board of Aldermen and shall serve at their pleasure.
We would have a Parks Director with two masters, but one that can fire him. Part of the reasoning for having an independant Parks Board with money we voted to have them use for the Parks alone, was to separate it from politics. If the Aldermen can hire, fire and set the salary of the Parks Director, then there is no separation from politics.
Here is a small sample of from the section on Chief of Police that runs from page 12 to page 16.
Candidates for the Chief of Police shall also possess:
1) considerable knowledge of the principles of modern police administration and police methods;
2) considerable knowledge of the principles and accepted good practices and procedures as applied to patrol, traffic control, criminal investigation, and crime prevention;
What constitutes considerable knowledge and who determines if a candidate possesses that knowledge? Do they get to take a test? Does a Police Chief actually have to be able to wear every hat in the department, to oversee the department? Is there someone in the Police Department that meets these qualifications and are these qualifications tailored to insure he runs unopposed?
While the City Administrator must live in the City, the Municipal Judge is not required to live in Raytown and can actually serve as a Judge for other communities.
c) Qualifications for Office; Outside Employment. The Municipal Judge shall possess and maintain the following qualifications before and after taking office:
i. Must be a licensed attorney, qualified to practice law within the State of Missouri, and shall have been engaged in active practice of law in the State of Missouri for at least three (3) years immediately preceding election.
ii. Need not reside within the City.
iii. Must be a resident of the State of Missouri and have resided in the State for one (1) year immediately preceding election.
iv. May serve as Municipal Judge for any other municipality.
Click Below to download a complete copy of the Proposed City Charter
The opposition to the Charter group has filed with the Jackson County Election Board under the name Committee for Professional Government. The named treasurer is Shirley Wittman. Under itemized expenditures is $891.68 for yard signs. Contributions names one donor giving $500 and $799 in donations of under $100. The total comes to $1299.00.
Click HERE to download a PDF of the filed document.
The Charter is getting support in the form of Signs and post cards from a group called “Raytown Community Alliance.” Inquires to the Jackson County Election Board resulted in a referral to the Missouri Ethics Commission. The Commission website did yield some information.
Address 10014 E 63rd St. Raytown, Mo. 64133 Phone (816) 225-xxxx (the address is also the address of former Mayor Sue Franks insurance company and the phone number that I did not fully list is Ms. Frank’s cell phone)
The only other information on the Ethics Commission’s web site is a single non-committee expenditure report that shows $972.00 for yard signs and $1226.18 for a mailer. There was nothing about where the money came from. A recent article in the Raytown Eagle seemed to indicate that this group claimed to not be a campaign committee and therefore was not required to file disclosure reports. Well the group did file an expenditure report, they just did not file a contributor report. http://mec.mo.gov/Scanned/PDF/2015/111374.pdf
The bottom line is that it does not matter if a group can legally hide where their money comes from, if they hide it, they are not to be trusted. They are like a politician coming to your door wearing a ski mask.
Congressman Cleaver was present for the ribbon cutting and open house for two new homes in Raytown. The land previously contained two lots that the City had considered blighted. The new homes were constructed by Builders Development Corporation (BDC) and funding was provided through a Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP#) grant the City of Raytown received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. There are no local funds required by the City to participate in the program.
Using the NSP grant funding Builders Development Corporation purchases vacant and foreclosed properties to renovate or reconstruct on the properties and then sells the homes to qualified families. The program is part of the American Recover and Reinvestment Act also known as the Recovery Act was enacted to create jobs and promote invest and consumer spending during the recession. The monies made go back into the program to purchase more properties to further stimulate growth in the City and revitalization of a neighborhood.
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II – Missouri’s Fifth District, said “It is so satisfying to see homes built that will provide this neighborhood a new sense of excitement while also providing needed jobs to make the homes a reality. These homes will breath new life into this neighborhood turning blight into beauty and houses into hope.”
The BDC is also in the process of renovating a home that had been abandoned at 85th & Elm and is currently identifying other properties to acquire/reconstruct in Raytown.
Congressman Cleaver flanked by four members of the Raytown Booard of Aldermen
On Saturday, April 4, the Raytown Main Street Association will present the Annual Egg-Extravaganza in Downtown Raytown. Kicking off the festivities at 10:00 a.m. in front of the green space at 62nd St will be the Vintage Car and Truck show. At 11:00 a.m. children and adults alike will want to look for the Easter Bunny as the Raytown Community Parade sets off from City Hall, 10000 East 59 St. This year the parade promises some egg-xtra special entrants, including Clydesdale horses, and the chance to enter a raffle for the goodies inside our giant Easter Egg! Everyone in the community is encouraged not only to attend but also to participate! Online registrations for Parade entries and Vendor booths will be available on March 3. Check the Main Street Association website (www.raytownmainstreet.org) or Facebook page for the links or to print off a form. Parade entry forms will also be available at Clark’s Appliances, 9715 E. 63 St, or you may register at 10am at City Hall the day of the Parade. Parade entries are $20.00 and Vendor booths are $35/ $50 for booths with electricity. All vendor fees are tax-deductible as allowed by law since Main Street Association is a 501c3.
Once the parade reaches the green space, children are invited to enjoy story time with the Mayor inside the Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. There will be games, face painting, and other interests for the older kids to enjoy until the Free Community Egg Hunt begins at 1pm. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to preside over the great hunt, which is a favorite of children and parents alike every year. Make sure to take some time to shop the vendor booths, grab some lunch, and watch the Dachshund Dash and Dog Costume Contest too; right before or after the Egg Hunt is a great time to do so.
As if all of this wasn’t enough, the Beautiful Baby Contest will kick off at the Egg-Extravaganza; it is slated to run through May 9 at the Farmer’s Market. To enter, proud parents and grandparents need a current 5×7 photo of the baby with baby’s name and parents name printed on back of photo. Contest is open to babies 1-24 months. There is a $20.00 Registration Fee for each entry. 1st place winner will receive a gift basket plus $100. 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive gift baskets. A “vote” is .25 cents.
For more information about Egg-Extravaganza, to order a child’s limited edition Egg-Extravaganza 2015 T-shirt, to download entry forms, or to register a parade entry or vendor booth online, please visit our website at www.raytownmainstreet.org. To donate unopened bags of individually wrapped candy for the Egg Hunt, visit local businesses including Advanced EyeCare and Westlake Hardware. For information on candy collection sites at local churches, call Pam at 816-356-0505.
This article originally ran in the Raytown Times and is reprinted here with their permission
The proposed City Charter has several policy issues that could become problematic for the city. particularly in the working relationships between the Mayor, Board of Aldermen and the City Administrator, Gary Markenson, former executive director of the Missouri Municipal League and now a consultant to cities. said yesterday (Tuesday, March 3 1).
At the Charter Commission’s request, Markenson met with the commissioners early on as they sought advice on charter preparation. After the draft was printed, Commission Chairman Sieve Guenther provided Markenson a copy of the charter and asked him to review it and provide an endorsement. Markenson said he could not endorse it and pointed out to Guenther several key problems.
The Charter has essentially gutted the position of Mayor, stripping the office of all administrative duties and leaving the mayor to handle ceremonial duties, Markenson noted. It also presents a wall between the Mayor and the City Administrator, placing more power with the Board of Aldermen.
The Charter states: ‘The Mayor shall be recognized as head of the City government for all legal and ceremonial purposes; shall have no administrative duties beyond serving as Board of Aldermen Chairman.”
The Charter also provides for an elected Municipal Judge. but states that the judge, “Need not reside within the City.”
” I don ‘I know of any city in this state that allows an elected official to live outside the city.” Markenson said. ” It seems inconsistent to require the City Administrator to live within the city when an elected judge is not required to.”
Markenson noted that the Charter specifies that “the Park Board may make and adopt such bylaws, rules, and regulations for the guidance and for the operation of the parks. Such rules shall be adopted into the City code or ordinances upon approval by the Board of Aldermen.”
“Does that mean the city has to rule on every little rule and regulation the Park Board comes up with?” he asked rhetorically. “It seems that could cause major conflict between the Park
Board and Aldermen. It paves the way for conflict.”
Markenson pointed out several other faults. but praised the Charter Commissioners for their diligence in preparing the document. “They worked really hard,” he said.
That concludes the Raytown Times article. Below is video of Markenson’s presentation at the second Charter Commission meeting.