Board Meeting Update - May 2017

The first new elementary school has been named.  The new school at the Monroe site is now Lincoln-Douglas Elementary.  The Board approved the new name at the May Board meeting held at Quincy High School.  The name honors Quincy’s most significant historic event, the 1858 debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas.  The name was one of 15 recommended by a superintendent’s committee.  Lincoln-Douglas was the most popular choice from parents, community members, and historians.  The Board will continue the process to name the other four elementary schools over the summer.

Updates were presented on construction work at all the school sites.  A slide show was presented highlighting progress at the 48th Street site. Final work at Lincoln-Douglas Elementary will be completed in two to three weeks and bids for playground equipment were approved.  

A resolution to issue up to $23 million in bonds for the K-5 building program was approved by the Board.

Two light poles at Flinn Stadium were removed last week on an emergency basis due to structural issues.  There are six other poles that also need to be replaced due to corrosion and deterioration.  The Board approved replacing the poles with four LED lights through the National Joint Powers Alliance and Musco Lighting.  The four poles will provide twice the light as the eight poles and should be in place for fall sports.

  The Board addressed continued state funding issues by approving two interfund loans from the Working Cash Fund.  $500,000 was moved to Operations and Maintenance and $2.75 million was moved to the Education Fund. The State of Illinois currently owes the district around $3 million.  Board Member Richard McNay said it is difficult to plan for next year's budget because it is unknown how much money the district will receive.   He added that if the state continues to withhold funding, the district might not be able to make it through the Spring of 2018.

  Quincy Area Vocational Technical Center  and  JWCC have entered into a contractual agreement to provide a one-year Diesel Technology Certificate.  QAVTC will teach the diesel technology portion while JWCC will provide the core, support, and elective courses.

A new QPS website will be launched this summer.  The district contracted with Verocity, a locally owned provider, to redesign our site.  The website will meet standards of accessibility for access from individuals with disabilities, including vision and print disabilities and physical impairments.  Training for staff  who will keep the site updated will be provided this summer.