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Quincy Public Schools K-5 staffing plan heading to teachers – Herald |

Quincy Public Schools K-5 staffing plan heading to teachers – Herald

QUINCY — A Quincy Public Schools K-5 staffing plan for the 2018-19 year is headed to teachers.

Principals for the five K-5 learning communities will be contacting staff members by email Thursday and welcoming them to their new buildings.

A week later, on July 6, the entire staff will be emailed so “they will know who’s going to be in their school,” Director of Student Services Carol Frericks said Wednesday night. “They will have an opportunity to meet and greet in the fall, and in the following semester, they will have time to plan for that transition with those staff members.”

The plan — developed by the principals and central office staff — placed 244 staff members into positions in what will be the five new K-5 schools. The team factored in teacher choice, balancing experienced/inexperienced staff between buildings and ensuring staff had proper licenses for the assigned position.

“I think the great majority of staff will be happy with their assignments,” Superintendent Roy Webb said. “The majority got first choice in assignment, building or both.”

The Quincy Federation of Teachers and Educational Support Staff reviewed and approved the plan.

“As a union, we’re glad that our members will have some idea of where they will be. That uncertainty is gone, so they can focus more on the tasks at hand than the future,” QF Co-President Kate Schumacher said. “To start building those relationships will be very beneficial for those teams and help make a smooth transition.”

Work on a larger transition plan for the 2018-19 year, when QPS will shift from nine schools to seven, will begin under Frericks’ direction.

Frericks and a team will look at issues including busing, what the talented and gifted program will look like and what the music program will look like.

Webb said a draft of the plan should be completed by Oct. 1 and be ready to present to the School Board at its October meeting.

In other action Wednesday, the Quincy School Board:

º Boosted lunch prices from $2.30 to $2.40 for pre-K-5 students and from $2.55 to $2.65 for students in grades 7-12 for the 2017-18 year. The increase was needed to meet requirements of the national school lunch program.

º Set board meeting dates through June 2018. All meetings will be on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m., except for the March meeting which will be the third Wednesday.

º Adopted student handbooks for 2017-18. New this year, the Quincy High School handbook will be available online and will be emailed to parents and students, with paper copies available upon request.

º Approved Building Committee recommendations to remove and replace the dumpster and fencing at Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School at an estimated cost of $27,500, replace tile with all carpet in classrooms and music rooms in the four schools still to be built at an estimated cost of $32,000 and buying motorized tilt skillets for the kitchens at an estimated $12,000 cost.

º Heard updates on the North 12th, 48th, Baldwin and Harrison school construction sites along with work still remaining to be finished at Quincy High School.

º Approved amended 2016-17 budgets for the school district, the West Central Region and the Special Education Association and 2017-18 budgets for Quincy Area Vocational Technical Center and WCR.

º Adopted a policy change giving the superintendent, or designee, authority to approve field trips of more than 200 miles and overnight trips. District policy previous called for such trips to have board approval.

º Agreed to adopt the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Science Dimensions materials for K-5. The district’s science leadership team favored the curriculum because it encourages critical thinking.

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