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Raytown School District test scores improve

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released the annual report for schools in Missouri.  Raytown School District has made even more progress over last years stunning comeback.  Last year we saw a jump back from a worry some 9 to a strong 12.  The scoring system has changed, but analysis indicates that the 85% translates to somewhere between a 12 and a 13 if the old rating system was used. 

Click HERE to see the full State of Missouri report

Click HERE to see a guide to the report. 

The following table is a condensed comparison of area school districts from the State of Missouri report. 

Local Education Agency Name  Std 1.1 ELA Pts  Std 1.2 Math Pts  Std 1.3 Sci Pts  Std 1.4 SS Pts  Std 4 Attendance  Std 5 Grad Rate  Percent of Possible Pts Earned 
BLUE SPRINGS R?IV  16 16 16 8 7.5 30 97.9
LEE’S SUMMIT R?VII  16 12 16 8 10 30 96.1
CENTER 58  15 16 9 8 9.5 30 85.4
RAYTOWN C?2  15 16 16 5 9.5 28.5 85
NORTH KANSAS CITY 74  9 9 16 5 7.5 30 78.9
INDEPENDENCE 30  9 9 16 8 6 22.5 73.2
FORT OSAGE R?I  9 9 16 5 7.5 30 72.5
KANSAS CITY 33  0 6 12 6 7.5 22.5 60
HICKMAN MILLS C?1  9 6 6 6 0 24 51.8

 

The following is from the Raytown School Districts Website


 

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released Annual Performance Reports (APR) for all Missouri districts.  This is the first cycle of Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP) 5. The Raytown School District has received an 85% and is a fully accredited district, as the district was in the previous evaluation cycles.

Among the highlights of the APR for Raytown are gains in the ACT composite score, steady graduation and attendance rates, and a significant increase in science testing scores. 

“Our accreditation is evidence of a strong academic program with an emphasis on attendance and progress toward graduation,” Superintendent Dr. Allan Markley said. “Our staff and students are to be commended for the solid, steady performance we have shown.”

DESE monitors five areas to create the annual report: Academic Achievement, Subgroup Achievement, College and Career Readiness, Attendance, and Graduation Rate. 

To determine Academic Achievement points, DESE gives Status points, based on the district’s level of achievement over a three year period; Progress points, based on continuous year to year improvement; and Growth points, based on the district’s ability to move students into higher levels of achievement, which is the measure of individual student growth.  Subgroup Achievement addresses the same areas as Academic Achievement as it relates to state-identified subgroups. 

“While it is difficult to compare MSIP 5 to previous evaluation cycles,” Markley said, “we are pleased with the increases in our ACT scores and the consistency of our Subgroup Achievement.”

Included in College and Career Readiness measures are the percent of graduates scoring at or above the state standard on ACT, SAT, Compass, and Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery tests; the percent of graduates earning qualifying scores on AP, IB or Technical Skills Attainment tests or qualifying grades in AP, IB, early college, or dual (college) enrollment courses; and the percent of graduates who attend post-secondary training, are in the military, or who complete an approved Career Education program and are placed in an occupation related to their training.

“I am proud of our solid academics,” Associate Superintendent Dr. Janie Pyle said.  “We earned our initial scores after extensive curriculum revision, increased those scores, and now have maintained them.”

The full APR can be viewed on the DESE website at dese.mo.gov and was made public on August 23, 2013.  Districts may complete an appeal process if they believe data or scores have been calculated in error.

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The Sunday Funnies (reruns)

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City Administrator’s Report for 8/23/2013

City Administrator’s Report FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

Police
The construction of the tower behind City Hall is complete. The contractor has almost completed the installation of Verizon’s equipment on and around the tower. Motorola is scheduled to be out next week to review and update the timeline for the installation of our radio equipment on the tower.
 
EMS
Community Blood Center is the primary supplier of blood for local hospitals and has been serving Missouri and Kansas hospitals for almost 50 years. Community Blood Center needs to collect 580 pints of blood every day and over 140,000 pints annually to meet the needs of our local hospitals. An individual within the area that Community Blood Center serves needs a blood transfusion every 4 minutes.
You have the opportunity to do your part for local hospital patients at the next Community Blood Center blood drive held at Raytown EMS in the training room, 10020 E. 66th Terrace on Wednesday, August 28th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. To make an appointment online go to www.esavealifenow.org and use sponsor code raytownems. You may also contact Kim at 816-737-6030. Anyone coming to the blood drive to donate blood will be given a chance to win a trip for 4 to Disney World. By registering online, you will be entered a second time for the drawing.
 
Public Works
Google Fiber has 4 utility contractors that continue to work in Raytown installing the new conduit along Blue Ridge Cutoff, 63rd Street, Raytown Trafficway, Raytown Road and 67th Street.
The White Oak West Line A sanitary sewer project along 83rd Street from Raytown Road to Spring Valley Road had a pre-construction meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Work by Linaweaver Construction is planned to begin in early September.
Bids were opened on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 for the annual overlay project. Work for the project is planned for the months of September and October.
Bids were opened on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 for the annual light weight aggregate seal project. Project work is planned for the months of September and October.
 
Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
August 27 – Board of Zoning & Adjustment Meeting – 6:00 p.m.
August 27 – Park Board Governance/Super Splash Committee Meeting – 6:00 p.m.
August 27 – Legislative Committee Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

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User file purged again

The CAPTCHA program did not seem to stop spam robots from registering fake users in mass, unless you believe 100 people from Poland are interested in Raytown Missouri. I have purged the user database again and have installed a new filter program that uses CAPTCHA technology along with a confirmation email to try and keep the spammers out. There sure are a lot of unpleasant people willing to spend a lot of time in unsavory activities on the internet.

 

Rice-Tremonti Home will be open for tours

Rice Tremonti

The Rice-Tremonti Home will be open for tours Saturdays and Sundays from 11-4 from now through October 13th. This Antebellum House was built in 1844, survived the Civil War and still proudly stands right here in Raytown. There is a $3.00 per person donation with children being free. Guided tours will be given with stories of the Rice Family and Aunt Sophie from 1844-until the late 1800’s. This home also served as a chicken dinner restaurant and finally was owned by Dr. and Gloria Tremonti who remodeled it in 1935 and mate it their country home. The Friends of Rice Tremonti currently own the property and are charged with the up keeping of the home and property. Won’t you stop by and let us show this wonderful home to you?

 

Jackson County Combat Violence Prevention Picnic

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Art Show & Sale

The Raytown Artist’s Association is holding the organizations annual art show and sale at St. Paul’s Church of the Nazarene (80th & Blue Ridge Blvd.) this Friday and Saturday  (Aug. 23-24) from 10:30 am to 4 pm. 

Raytown and Raytown South swim teams find a new home

Raytown’s swim team have found a new home at Lee’s Summit Splash.  The facility may be more pleasant than the dilapidated YMCA facility, but there is no spectator area to allow it to be used for swim meets. 

Click HERE to read a KC Star article on this topic. 

Board of Aldermen agenda for 8/20/2013

TENTATIVE AGENDA
RAYTOWN BOARD OF ALDERMEN
AUGUST 20, 2013
REGULAR SESSION NO. 9
RAYTOWN CITY HALL
10000 EAST 59TH STREET
RAYTOWN, MISSOURI 64133
OPENING SESSION
7:00P.M.

 

Invocation
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call
Proclamations
Swearing of Police Officer Ronald Davis Jr.
Public Comments
Communication from the Mayor
Communication from the City Administrator
Committee Reports
 
STUDY SESSION
Economic Development Update Tom Cole, Economic Development Administrator
 
LEGISLATIVE SESSION
 
1. CONSENT AGENDA
 
All matters listed under the Consent Agenda are considered to be routine by the Board of Aldermen and will be enacted by one motion without  separate discussion or debate. The Mayor or a member of the Board of Aldermen may request that any item be removed from the consent agenda. If there is no objection by the remaining members of the board, such item will be removed from the consent agenda and considered separately. If there is an objection, the item may only be removed by a motion and vote of the board.
Approval of the Regular August 6, 2013 Board of Aldermen meeting minutes.
 
R-2612-13: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING THE REAPPOINTMENT OF DEEANN STOCK TO THE PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION. Point of Contact: Teresa Henry, City Clerk.
 
R-2613-13: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING THE REAPPOINTMENT OF MARY PHYL DWIGHT TO THE PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION. Point of Contact: Teresa Henry, City Clerk.
 
R-2614-13: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING THE REAPPOINTMENT OF SANRDA HARTWELL TO THE PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION. Point of Contact: Teresa Henry, City Clerk.
 
R-2615-13: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING THE REAPPOINTMENT OF PAT RIEHLE TO THE BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT. Point of Contact: Teresa Henry, City Clerk.
 
R-2616-13: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING THE APPROINTMENT OF JAMES COOK TO A THE BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT. Point of Contact: Teresa Henry, City Clerk.
 
R-2617-13: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING THE APPOINTMENT OF CHRISTINE WHITE TO THE BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT. Point of Contact: Teresa Henry, City Clerk.
 
REGULAR AGENDA
 
2. SECOND Reading: Bill No. 6339-13, Section III-A-9. AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING SUBMISSION AT THE GENERAL MUNICPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD APRIL 8, 2014 TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE CITY OF RAYTOWN, MISSOURI, THE QUESTION OF WHETHER THE CITY SHALL IMPOSE A SALES TAX IN THE AMOUNT OF ONE-HALF (1/2) CENT FOR THE FUNDING OF TRANSPORTATION PURPOSES AND IMPOSING SUCH TAXES IF APPROVED BY A MAJORITY OF THE QUALIFIED VOTERS VOTING THEREON. Point of Contact: Mark Loughry, Finance Director.
 
3. SECOND Reading: Bill No. 6340-13, Section III-A-9. AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING SUBMISSION AT THE GENERAL MUNICPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD APRIL 8, 2014TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF THE CITY OF RAYTOWN, MISSOURI, THE QUESTION OF WHETHER THE CITY SHALL IMPOSE A SALES TAX IN THE AMOUNT OF THREE-EIGHTHS (3/8) CENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUNDING CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND IMPOSING SUCH TAXES IF APPROVED BY A MAJORITY OF THE QUALIFIED VOTERS VOTING THEREON. Point of Contact: John Benson, Development & Public Affairs Director.
 
4. SECOND Reading: Bill No. 6341-13, Section XII. AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING ARTICLE XIII OF CHAPTER 12 OF THE CITY CODE RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF PAWN SHOPS AND SHORT-TERM LOAN ESTABLSHMENTS WITHIN THE CITY OF RAYTOWN. Point of Contact: John Benson, Development & Public Affairs Director.
 
5. Public Hearing: A public hearing to consider a Conditional Use Permit for property located at 7409 Raytown Road.
 
5a.FIRST Reading: Bill No. 6342-13, Section XIII. AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT SUBJECT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS TO EXPAND AN EXISTING VEHICLE SALES BUSINESS ONTO PROPERTY LOCATED 7409 RAYTOWN ROAD. Point of Contact: John Benson, Development & Public Affairs Director.
 
6. FIRST Reading: Bill No. 6343-13, Section XXI-A. AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF SEWERAGE SYSTEM REFUNDING REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2013 OF THE CITY OF RAYTOWN, FOR THE PURPOSE OF REFUNDING PRIOR BONDS OF THE CITY ISSUED TO EXTEND AND IMPROVE THE CITY’S SEWERAGE SYSTEM; PRESCRIBING THE FORM AND DETAILS OF THE BONDS AND THE AGREEMENTS MADE BY THE CITY TO FACILITATE AND PROTECT THEIR PAYMENT; AUTHORIZING RELATED DOCUMENTS; AND PRESCRIBING OTHER RELATED MATTERS. Point of Contact: Mark Loughry, Finance Director.
 
* Staff is requesting a suspension of the rules. 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Police Blotter for the week ending 8/23/2013

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Student wins Kindle Fire HD by reading

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Leah Pisors was presented with a Kindle Fire HD by Susan Haley, Raytown Branch Manager. Leah was one of six who won from the Mid-Continent Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program drawing.

 

Hardy closed for Water District repairs

Hardy will be closed at 83rd Street until 4 pm to repair water lines. 

 

The Sunday Funnies

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Raytown Police Dept. Joins National Crackdown To Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign Will Target Drunk Drivers

From mid-August through Labor Day, local police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving.   The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Raytown, will run from August 16 through September 2, 2013.

The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving in August and through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

 Raytown, MO Police Dept. Officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk.

Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol.  The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.

In 2011 9,878 people died in crashes involving drunk drivers.  That works out to approximately one drunk driving fatality every 53 minutes.

Holidays such as the Labor Day holiday are particularly dangerous.

During the Labor Day weekend in 2011, a total of 138 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with BACs of .08 g/dL or higher.  Of those fatalities, 83 percent occurred during early evening and overnight, from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.

Drunk driving takes a particularly heavy toll among young drivers.  Among 18- to 34-year-old drivers killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the 2011 Labor Day weekend, 42 percent were alcohol-impaired.

Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Raytown’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period.

We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does drinking impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive.  If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel.  If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested.  No warnings. No excuses.

Being arrested for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life.  Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.’

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at http://www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

RaytownOnline.com is testing format changes

RaytownOnline.com has changed from a 3 column format to a 2 column format. This will allow larger size photos and videos to be displayed on the page without the reader needing to click on the photo or on the full screen mode for the video to see a larger display. The new format will be at least 640 by 480 and sometimes a little larger than that. Clicking on a photo will still expand it to the native 1024 by 768 size and most videos can be viewed in High Definition at 1280 by 720 if the viewer goes to full screen and selects that resolution one the YouTube control bar. 

This will reduce the amount of ads for charity space available, but at present time RaytownOnline.com is not close to filling up the available space. 

Nothing is set in stone and the look of RaytownOnline.com will probably change in the future. The present format is efficient at presenting information, but the style is at least 5 or 10 years out of date. The hard choice is that stylish standards now seem to be bandwidth intensive and slow to load for readers without high speed access.  A faster page load time is preferable to a slick looking page. 

I am open to feedback on this.

Michael N. Downing
Owner, editor, photographer, programmer, and janitor for RaytownOnline.com

Raytown EMS Blood Drive

Community Blood Center blood drive to be held at Raytown EMS in the training room, 10020 E. 66th Terr., on Wednesday, August 28th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. To make an appointment online go to www.savealifenow.org and use Sponsor Code raytownems. You may also contact Kim at (816) 737-6030 with questions or to schedule an appointment. Register to donate and enter to win a Disney World Family Adventure! Take the opportunity to help save lives in your community!

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Historic proposed Charters for the City of Raytown

Raytown has experienced multiple failed charters in the past. As a public service to facilitate discussion on this issue and hopefully learn from the past, the following documents are available on RaytownOnline.com.

Proposed Charter 1962

Proposed Charter 1967

Proposed Charter 1997

Proposed Charter 2005

Police Blotter for the week ending 8/16/2013

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Raytown Celebrates National Night Out

The hot dogs were tasty, the water cold, the sun was hot, the people polite and informative and a good time was had by all.

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Registration base purged

There has been a huge increase in hacking attempts on all WordPress based websites. Lately I have been seeing dozens of new users being registered every day on RaytownOnline.com, and the majority of them have email addresses indicating they are from other countries. Poland seems to be the most common one this week. The registered user database has been purged of almost all names. I have added features to try and stop hacker robot programs from registering on this site. You do not need to register to see all of the content on RaytownOnline.com.  If you would like to re-register, please try to fill out all of the info, this way as I cull fake users in the future,  it is less likely that I will mistake your account as a fake. 

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City Administrator’s Report for 8/9/2013

City Administrator’s Report FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

Administration

Mayor Bower was a member of a five person panel that provided insights on what architects bring to the public sector. The panel was part of the local American Institute of Architects (AIA) chapter meeting on Wednesday, August 7th. The other panelists included Leawood Councilor Carrie Rezac, Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt, Unified Government of Wyandotte County Commissioner Jim Walters, and Prairie Village Mayor Ron Shaffer all of whom are also architects.
 
Development & Public Affairs

Implementation and training began this week in the Development & Public Affairs Department, for the City’s conversion to a new computer software system for code enforcement, permitting and work orders. The new software for these services is the same software being used by the City for sewer billing and business licensing. This will allow for information to be shared between these different City services.

With the City’s recent adoption of updated construction codes, the Development & Public Affairs Department was notified this week that its ISO rating improved from a classification 5 to a classification 4. The ISO rating is one aspect used by various property and casualty insurance companies in establishing insurance rates for private property. This improved rating will help to lower insurance rates for residents and business owners in the City of Raytown.
 
Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

August 14 – Municipal Court 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.