School Committee Update ~ June 10 Meeting

 Posted by on June 11, 2015
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Peter Thompson2At the June 10  School Committee Meeting, Mr. Peter Thompson was recognized for his generous donation to enhance substance abuse awareness and education in the Quincy Public Schools.  Mr. Thompson and his wife Heather made the donation in memory of their son Ryan and the donation funded appearances by former professional athlete Chris Herren, author Michael Patrick MacDonald, and mentoring programs that extended the message of healthy choices to Grade 8 students across the city.  Mr. Thompson thanked Mayor Thomas Koch, the School Committee, Superintendent DeCristofaro, and Senior Director of Student Support Services Maura Papile for having the vision to address the substance abuse awareness directly with QPS students and families.

Sterling Middle School Building Committee Chair/City Solicitor James Timmins introduced representatives from the Owner’s Project Manager, Joslin Lesser Associates and the Design firm selected last month, Ai3.  Ai3 was the design firm for the Central Middle School project and representatives presented a concept for a new Sterling Middle School building sited behind the existing building.  The Design Phase will “kickoff”in partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) at a meeting scheduled for June 18th.

Executive Director of Career & Technical Education and Information Technology Keith Segalla, CTE Department Chair Rebecca McInnis, and CTE Advisory Board Chair Tara Anderson from Josten’s Printing and Publishing updated on the work of the CTE Advisory Board and the dispersal of Perkins grant funding for FY2015.

The FY2016 Quincy Public Schools Budget was unanimously approved by School Committee, as were end-of-year transfers for the FY2015 Budget.

Mr. Bregoli requested to add High School Student Voter Registration to a Fall School Committee Agenda for referral to Policy Subcommittee.

Dr. DeCristofaro reviewed the Beyond the Bell initiative, which is coming to a conclusion this week.  Hundreds of teachers created enrichment programs that benefitted thousands of Quincy Public Schools students, supported by their Principals and the Superintendent’s Leadership Team.  Highlights are being shared on Channel 22, the Quincy Public Schools website and social media, and will be featured in next week’s Quincy Sun.

Dr. DeCristofaro concluded his Superintendent’s Report by thanking School Committee for their many hours of work, just under fifty regular and subcommittee meetings this year.