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The April Board meeting was held at the Early Childhood and Family Center.   The Board recognized QJHS Wrestling Coach Ryan Clair and team members Jesiah Bradshaw, Thomas Culp and Gavin Wendling who qualified for the IESA State Tournament.  Coach Clair said this is the first year for a true 6th through 8th grade team and they have done well.  The Rifle Team and Coach Jim Holtman were also recognized for another state championship for the team.  Team members are:  Caleb Roll, Kaleb Gille, Alexis Giffin, Mikayla Kennedy, Nathan Herman, Philip Haverstock, Evan Berry , and Sean Turnbull.

School Naming Committee members Iris Nelson, Chris Keller and Mike Stephens presented 15 names for the Board to consider for the five new K-5 elementary schools.  There were 30 community members on the committee including historians, librarian, community leaders, concerned citizens, staff and Board Members Nichols and Whitfield.  Input was gathered from the community and parents. Criteria included representing diversity in gender and race, significance to Quincy area and local history, theme considerations, and impact to education in Quincy.  Over 150 names were submitted.  The names were narrowed down based on history and geography.The final list includes eight historical figures and seven other names.  Historical names:  Abolitionist Dr. Richard Eels, Broadcasting pioneer Parker Gates, Friends in Council founder Sarah Atwater Denman, Illinois' first woman physician Dr. Abbey Fox Rooney,  Businessman and first African American School Board president Herb Jackson, Military aviator Paul Tibbets, Jr., Lawyer and School Board President Cora Agnes Benneson, and Lincoln-Douglas in honor of the 1858 Senate debate.   Non-person names: Bluffs, Mill Creek, Prairie Ridge, Hillside, Harvest Meadow, Cedar Creek and Bayview.  The naming of the schools is the decision of the Board of Education.

 An after-school child care program was approved for the Monroe School site for 2017-2018.  The pilot program will be available to current Monroe School students from 3:05 to 6:00 p.m. on days when school is in session.  Wednesdays after school will be from 2:35 to 6:00 p.m.  A variety of activities will be available including arts and crafts, board games, puzzles, homework assistance, quiet corner, reading time, and gym time.  Students will be provided a snack at no extra charge.  A yearly fee of $25 per family will be required to enroll.  The rates, pending adequate enrollment, will be $3.50/hour per child (QPS Employee) or $4.00/hour per child for a non-QPS Employee as space allows.  There will be no cost to the school district as the program will be self-funded.  A QJHS tennis program  for the 2017-2018 school year was also approved.  The program is made possible through grant funding.

 The Board held a special organizational meeting following the regular meeting as required by the April 4 election.  Board Members Sayeed Ali, Sheldon Bailey and Richard McNay ran unopposed and will continue for another four-year term.  Member Ali will continue as President and Member Troup as vice-president.