Sept. 16, 2015 School Committee Meeting


Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 7:00 pm
Coddington Building

I. Approval of Minutes: Regular Meeting Minutes for June 10, 2015.

II. Open Forum: An opportunity for community input regarding the Quincy Public Schools. After giving his or her name and address, each speaker may make a presentation of no more than four minutes to the School Committee. An individual may not exchange their time or yield to others.

III. Superintendent’s Report:

A. Emily Z’s BOKS~Quincy

B. Inspiring Quincy

C. MSBA Projects Update

D. Summer Professional Development

E. Fall Parent Academies

F. New Professional Staff Orientation

G. Quincy School Committee Special Meeting, September 28

H. SIP/PIP Review Timeline

I. Preliminary Enrollment

J. Program Newsletters: Student Support Services and English Language Learners

K. Home-School Connections: Atherton Hough Elementary School Newsletter

IV. Old Business:

V. New Business:

A. Voter Registration at High Schools (refer to Policy) - Mr. Bregoli

B. Hunt Street/Teel Field Project - Mayor Koch

C. Quincy School~Community Partnership Update - Mr. Segalla, Mr. Fagerlund

D. Extended Day/Summer Scene Programs - Mr. Segalla, Mr. Marani

E. Out of the Country Travel: Quincy High School to Scotland and Ireland, April 15 through 24, 2016.

F. Out of State Travel: North Quincy High School to the University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire, October 21, 2015.

VI. Additional Business:

VII. Communications:

VIII. Reports of Subcommittees: Facilities and Security Subcommittee: Mr. McCarthy to report on the September 15, 2015 meeting.

IX. Executive Session: None

X. Adjournment:

Subcommittees of the School Committee

Budget & Finance
Hubley/Bregoli, DiBona, Isola, Koch, Mahoney, McCarthy

Facilities and Security

  1. Sterling Building Plans Referred to Subcommittee by the School Building Task Force in 1998.

  2. Houses on Saville Avenue Referred to Subcommittee at the May 18, 2011 School Committee Meeting. Currently home to the City’s Public Building department, the School Committee and Superintendent see no future educational uses for these properties.

  3. President’s City Inn Referred to Subcommittee at the October 10, 2012 School Committee Meeting. Safety concerns have been expressed about this property that abuts the new Central Middle School. Current construction plans were reviewed at the March 18, 2014 Subcommittee Meeting.

  4. North Quincy High School Campus Expansion/Teel Field Project Referred at the January 22, 2014 School Committee Meeting. A presentation on the proposed enhancements will be scheduled.  

Health, Transportation & Safety

  1. School Meal Charges Referred to Subcommittee at the March 21, 2012 School Committee Meeting. New state and federal regulations require formalization of the school meal charges policy.

  2. Science Lab Safety: Referred from the Teaching and Learning Subcommittee at the April 2, 2012 meeting. Monitoring of supplies will be handled by School Safety Teams.

  3. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Referred to Subcommittee at the September 24, 2012 Special School Committee Meeting. Student Support Services working with Lincoln Hancock, Clifford Marshall, and Parker Elementary Schools on piloting this initiative.

  4. Traffic Concerns at North Quincy High School Referred to Subcommittee at the March 5, 2014 School Committee Meeting. Concerns about East Squantum Street crosswalk/parking lot entrance.

  5. Solar Array Installation on School Roofs Referred from the Facilities & Security Subcommittee on September 10, 2014. Monitoring of the ongoing projects and the educational opportunities.

  6. Learn to Swim Referred at the September 10, 2014 Special School Committee Meeting. Monitoring the ongoing partnership between QPS and the South Shore YMCA.

  7. Farm to School Referred at the September 10, 2014 Special School Committee Meeting. Monitoring the Planning Grant rollout, a collaboration of QPS and the Planning Department.

  8. CPR Certification Referred from the Policy Subcommittee at the September 10, 2014 Special School Committee meeting. Grade 8 students will be certified through Health classes.

  9. Before School Exercise Programs Referred at the September 10, 2014 Special School Committee meeting. Monitoring the implementation of these programs across QPS.

  10. Food Services Technology Referred at the September 10, 2014 Special School Committee meeting. Exploring the options for further publicizing the advantages of these new systems.


  1. Graduation Requirements Referred to Subcommittee at the September 7, 2011 School Committee Meeting and discussed at the October 11, 2011 School Policy Subcommittee. The discussion centered around adding a fourth year of Math as a graduation requirement; the issue is tabled until more is known about the impact of the new Common Core Standards on the Massachusetts frameworks.

  2. New Educator Evaluations Referred at the September 7, 2011 School Committee Meeting and shared with the Teaching and Learning Subcommittee. Further discussion will be held in joint Subcommittee Meetings and Executive Session as it pertains to collective bargaining.

  3. High School Community Service Referred to Subcommittee at the December 14, 2011 School Committee Meeting. In the 2012-13 school year, Grades 10 and 11 completed requirement. In the 2013-14 school year, Grades 11 and 12 completed the requirement. In 2014-15, Grades 9-11 plus any seniors who did not complete their Grade 11 requirement will perform Community Service.

  4. Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities Referred at the June 13, 2012 School Committee Meeting. Review and discussion of amending the existing policy requested to explore the possibility of raising revenue by accepting advertising sponsorships.

  5. Residency Referred at the September 18, 2013 Special School Committee Meeting. Review of existing policy and expansion to include additional information on verification process.

  6. Review of High School Academic and Extracurricular Programs Referred at the November 13, 2013 School Committee Meeting. A comparison of the offerings at both schools to be analyzed to ensure equitable and parallel opportunities for all students at both facilities.      

  7. Open Enrollment Referred at the October 8, 2014 School Committee meeting for review and discussion to focus on the timeline for placement decisions and communication to parents.

  8. Middle School Grading System Referred at the December 10, 2014 School Committee meeting for review and discussion.

  9. 2016-2017 School Year Calendar Referred at the April 8, 2015 School Committee meeting.

  10. Weather Cancellation Schoolwork Referred at the April 8, 2015 School Committee meeting and shared with the Teaching and Learning Subcommittee. Exploring options for creating Policy for schoolwork during extended periods of weather-related school cancellations.

  11. Concussion Policy Referred at the May 6, 2015 School Committee meeting; as required by law, the policy must be reviewed and amended or reaffirmed every two years.

Special Education

  1. Student Information for Substitute Teachers Originally referred to Subcommittee at the January 17, 2007 School Committee Meeting. Aspen Student Information System Special Education module reports will be utilized to share information with substitute teachers beginning in September 2015.

  2. Special Education Program Assessment Referred to Subcommittee at the January 28, 2012 Special School Committee Meeting. This will be an ongoing discussion of the curriculum initiatives for Special Education.

Rules, Post Audit & Oversight

Teaching and Learning

  1. New Educator Evaluations Referred at the September 7, 2011 School Committee Meeting and shared with the School Policy Subcommittee. The 2013-2014 school year is the first year of the new Educator Evaluation process and a collaboration will continue between the School Committee, Superintendent’s Leadership Team, and the Quincy Education Association around issues related to the implementation.

  2. Elementary School Above-Level Students Referred at the May 20, 2015 School Committee Meeting to

Ad Hoc Committees: Channel 22

Sterling Building Committee

Sterling/Point Webster Grade 5

Created at the September 10, 2014 Special School Committee meeting to review issues related to Grade 5 being located in middle school buildings.

School District Maps

Created at the September 10, 2014 Special School Committee meeting to review issues related to school district maps.


Quincy, Massachusetts – September 16, 2015
Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee

Regular Meeting

A regular meeting of the Quincy School Committee was held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the Coddington Building. Present were Mr. Paul Bregoli, Mr. Noel DiBona, Ms. Barbara Isola, Mayor Thomas Koch, Mrs. Anne Mahoney, Mr. David McCarthy, and Mrs. Kathryn Hubley, Vice Chair.

Vice-Chair Presiding

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The Superintendent called the roll and all members were present. Also present were: Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Secretary; Ms. Laura Owens, Clerk; Mrs. Kathryn Clancy, Mr. Michael Draicchio, Mr. John Fagerlund, Mrs. Mary Fredrickson, Mr. Michael Marani, Deputy Superintendent Kevin Mulvey, Mr. James Mullaney, Mrs. Maura Papile, Mrs. Erin Perkins, Ms. Madeline Roy, Mr. Keith Segalla, Ms. Judy Todd; Ms. Allison Cox, President, Quincy Education Association; and Student Representative to School Committee Sarah Clancy (Quincy High School).

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There was a moment of silence in memory of Central Middle School teacher Emily Zarnoch.

Ms. Isola made a motion to dedicate the School Committee Meeting in Ms. Zarnoch’s honor. Mr. Bregoli seconded the motion and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.

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Regular Meeting Minutes Approved 6/10/15

Ms. Isola made a motion, seconded by Mayor Koch, to approve the Regular Meeting minutes for June 10, 2015. On a voice vote, the ayes have it.

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Open Forum

As no one wished to speak at Open Forum, School Committee moved to the next item on the agenda.

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Superintendent's Report

Dr. DeCristofaro opened the Superintendent’s Report by introducing John and Gwen Zarnoch, parents of Central Middle School teacher Emily Zarnoch. Reebok is making a donation of $50,000 per year for the next four years in Emily’s name, which will bring the BOKS before-school program to all elementary and middle schools for winter and spring sessions. Hundreds of Quincy Public Schools students will benefit from this generous donation; “Emily Z’s BOKS/Quincy” will be a tremendous tribute to Emily’s memory.

Mr. Zarnoch thanked the Quincy School Committee for tonight’s beautiful tribute and the support over the last month from the Quincy Public Schools community. This active kids program is a fitting tribute to Emily’s interest in children and athletics.

After a brief recess, Dr. DeCristofaro introduced the Inspire Quincy video, featuring the Quincy Public Schools summer programs, the new Professional Educator Orientation, the backpack and school supply distribution at Lincoln Hancock, Clifford Marshall, and Snug Harbor Elementary schools; and Kindergarten Orientation.

Coordinator of Extended Day Programs Michael Marani reflected on the Summer Scene programs, which provided over 900 students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 with a variety of opportunities for students to learn, have fun, and challenge themselves. 98% of high school students successfully completed the Summer School program and recovered credits to allow them to progress to the next level in those subjects. At the middle school level, the Summer Mathletes program combined athletics, teamwork, and academics. Five CTE students had the opportunity to work with City of Quincy Maintenance trades such as plumbing and electrical, and the Summer YouthWorks program, in collaboration with the South Shore Workforce Employment Board, gave students the opportunity to work with local businesses.

Mr. Marani then previewed some of the upcoming fall programs, including Lego Robotics, the John and Abigail Adams Orchestras; All-City, Honors, and Jazz Bands, and school-based after school programs, including theater, enrichment, and athletics.

Dr. DeCristofaro reviewed that the Sterling Middle School project continued over the summer with a series of visioning meetings, where Sterling staff worked with architect Ai3 on shaping the school’s education plan to inform the design process. The Sterling Building Committee will meet on Monday, September 28 at 4:30 pm.

1,200 windows were installed at five schools (Lincoln Hancock, Parker, Merrymount, and Wollaston Elementary; North Quincy High School. Bernazzani received a completely new energy-efficient heating system. Looking ahead, new MSBA Accelerated Repair projects will get underway at Merrymount (roof) and Beechwood Knoll (windows, doors, roof). The Statement of Interest for Squantum will be resubmitted to the MSBA in April 2016 and future Accelerated Repair Projects researched for the February 2016 Statement of Interest submittal date.

Seventeen Summer Professional Development workshops were held on Curriculum and Technology topics. Funding from the QPS budget and grants provided these opportunities for teachers and professional staff.

The New Professional Educator Orientation was held on August 31 and September 1, thanks to Deputy Superintendent Kevin Mulvey, the recently retired Anne McCarthy, Human Resources’s new staff member Jennifer Hayden, and Mary McDonald. All first year educators will participate in the mentor program, chaired by Curriculum Director Madeline Roy and Principal Jim Hennessy. New staff attended have educational backgrounds from many different regions, bringing different perspectives and frames of reference to Quincy Public Schools.

The schedule of School and Program Improvement Plan review meetings was shared with School Committee. Dr. DeCristofaro noted that a Special School Committee Meeting will be held on September 29 at 5:00 pm for the School Committee to set their Subcommittee goals for 2015-2016.

Dr. DeCristofaro reported that preliminary enrollment is 9370, as of today. Class sizes are within School Committee guidelines across grade levels and details will be shared at the October 14 meeting.

Fall Open House dates have been scheduled for Pre-Kindergarten through high school and a schedule was shared with School Committee, along with a revised calendar of events for the Quincy School~Community Partnership. A new partnership event, the Health and Wellness Symposium will be held on October 19. This will be an opportunity for school-based Wellness Teams to share and collaborate on best practices. The Tirrell Room, Mountain One Bank, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation are the key partners for this event.

The City of Presidents 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, September 27, all proceeds benefit the Quincy Public Schools Health and Wellness Programs. Supporting partners include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Stop & Shop, and Brewster Ambulance.

The Sterling Middle School Fun Run/Walk and Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday, September 26.

Fall parent academies are being planned for new Elementary Report Cards and new SAT at each high school. Dates will be shared as soon as they are available.

Aspen Publication #16 was shared with School Committee; the Special Education module rollout is underway, along with the Elementary Report Card and Gradebook.

New Quincy Public Schools initiatives will be explored at upcoming Subcommittee meetings; new teams include Central Registration, Technology and Training, Elementary Digital Learning. The New SAT, Dual Enrollment, SSYMCA Inclusion, and expanded middle school athletic opportunities are among the new initiatives. Additional work on Advanced work pathways for middle and high school students feeding into the Advanced Placement classes is underway, along with revision of course descriptions.

The upcoming primary will be held on Thursday, September 24. A recent meeting with City Clerk Joseph Shea, Assistant City Clerk Nicole Crispo, and elementary school principals from Wollaston, Squantum, Lincoln Hancock, Beechwood Knoll, Merrymount, and Atherton Hough focused on potential issues related to voting on a full school day. Quincy Police Department will be on hand to assist with traffic management.

Program Newsletters for Student Support Services and English Language Learners and Home-School Connections for the Atherton Hough Elementary School was shared with the School Committee.

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New Business

Voter Registration

Mr. Bregoli made a motion to move Voter Registration at the High Schools to the Policy Subcommittee for review. Mr. McCarthy seconded the motion and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.

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Teel Field Project Update

Mayor Koch updated on the Teel Field project in North Quincy. Teel Field has been surcharged to compress soil before the construction of the field and amenities, both of which will be bid out during the winter. All of the Hunt Street properties have been purchased and demolition is complete. All permitting is complete for the associated drainage projects that will alleviate ongoing issues in the neighborhood. Construction will take place in the spring and summer of 2016, with anticipated completion for use in September 2016. An additional 150 parking spaces will be added for use by the North Quincy High School campus and the field. Community and parent meetings will be held to share the project plan. The Squantum Street/Hancock Street intersection is nearing completion, with fencing installed and a new electronic sign to be installed later in the fall. Mayor Koch said this project will have an impact on youth and high school sports in Quincy. Tremendous progress has been made in the last few years with the completion of the Faxon Field track facility, the renovations to Cavanaugh Field and Atlantic Middle School fields.

Mayor Koch congratulated Coach Bregoli on his 200th win as a varsity soccer coach.

Mrs. Mahoney noted that this project was never presented to School Committee, wants to be on record that she did not agree to $12.5 million project for parking spaces and a park. There was no discussion of the project and objects to it being on the meeting agenda.

Mayor Koch said this is a City of Quincy project, discussed by the Quincy City Council and the Parks Board, reviewed with parents and community members and North Quincy High School booster clubs. This project was planned in response to a need expressed by Quincy residents. Projects around schools are regularly reviewed at School Committee and Subcommittee, including the intersection and traffic issues at North Quincy High School.

Mr. McCarthy said this project is next door to North Quincy High School and so has impact on the school, but did not require a School Committee vote. The parks are affiliated with the schools, for example, improvements at Adams Field impact our schools and students. This project will broaden the North Quincy High School campus and provide a Park Department opportunity for our students.

Mr. McCarthy said that North Quincy High School looks brand new with the windows, doors, fencing, and improvement to the intersection in front of the school. The school will be further enhanced by Teel Field’s expansion.

Mr. Bregoli said the history of the neighborhood was impacted by the addition on the school building in the 1970s and the decision not to expand the campus at that time made for commercial development close to the school. North Quincy High School’s soccer team travels across the city for practice fields and having one field with turf (Veterans Stadium) puts our teams at a disadvantage against other towns. Mr. Bregoli said that this project has been reviewed several times at the Parks & Recreation board meetings.

Mr. Bregoli asked about parking for students. Mayor Koch said that discussions are underway with the MBTA to reserve around 40 pre-paid spaces in the North Quincy MBTA lot; this should be resolved in the next few weeks.

Mr. DiBona agreed that this project was discussed at the Park & Recreation Board several times. The additional parking will make a difference to a number of programs, including the winter basketball youth leagues. Mr. DiBona said the North Quincy High School athletic facility enhancements will attract multi-sport athletes to the school.

Ms. Isola agreed that Teel Field is not a school project and never expected to vote on it at School Committee. Ms. Isola is pleased that this enhancement will assist the parking and congestion at North Quincy High School. The parking facilities for students have been dirt and mud, the new park will add to the beauty of the area.

Mrs. Hubley thanked Mayor Koch for the update and asked for clarification on the projected completion date. Mayor Koch said the schedule calls for the entire project, field and parking, to be completed by September 2016.

Ms. Isola said that the improvements to the intersection are already apparent. Mayor Koch said the fencing is a safety enhancement, directs students to the crosswalks. Principal Shaw is reporting improvement in the school dropoff and pickup.

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Dr. DeCristofaro noted that the Extended Day/Summer Scene update was provided during the Superintendent’s Report.

Quincy School~ Community Partnership Update

The Quincy School~Community Partnership has over one hundred generous partners, providing support through financial contributions, site and student support, and career opportunities. The Partnership members celebrate and honor staff through many events, including the 3,100 backpacks donated to elementary school students. A Welcome Back event was held for the Superintendent’s Leadership Team and partners at the Common Market earlier in September. Upcoming events include the Professional Status Reception on October 15, the Health and Wellness Symposium on October 19, the Teacher Mini-Grant Reception, where over 80 recipients will be awarded $30,000; the Fall Gathering on November 19 at the Tirrell Room, and ‘Tis the Season on December 3 at Quincy High School, in partnership with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and Granite City Electric Supply. In 2016, the Heart Health Initiative will be supported by Brewster Ambulance Service and throughout the spring, will be followed by Elementary School Leadership event, Read Across America, Credit for Life Fair, the Community Service Learning Breakfast, the Partnership Recognition Breakfast, the Studebt Athletics Summit, Elementary & Middle School Robotics Challenge, and the Staff Retirement Luncheon.

Ms. Isola said we can never thank our partners enough, their financial donations, and volunteersare invaluable. Ms. Isola enjoyed the Welcome Back event, an opportunity to meet the partners in a social setting.

Mr. Bregoli asked if the CPR initiative would continue for Grade 8 students and Mr. Fagerlund said yes, in partnership with Brewster Ambulance Service. Within 4 years, all high school students will have taken the basic CPR training and a large percentage the full certification course.

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Out of the Country Travel

Mayor Koch made a motion to approve the Out of the Country travel of Quincy High School to England and Scotland from April 15 to April 24, 2016. Mr. Bregoli seconded the motion and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.

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Out of State Travel

Mayor Koch made a motion to approve the out of state travel of North Quincy High School to University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire on October 21, 2015. Mr. Bregoli seconded the motion and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.


Upcoming meetings were announced: Special School Committee Meeting on September 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm and a Regular Meeting on September 30, 2015.

Mayor Koch noted that the Arts Fest will be held at Adams Field on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20. The Quincy Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 20 at Adams Field.

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Reports of Subcommittees

Mrs. Hubley noted that all Subcommittee meeting minutes are posted online at

Mr. McCarthy reviewed the September 15, 2015 Facilities & Security Subcommittee Meeting. Parks Department Director Chris Cassani sent a written report on summer projects and maintenance around school buildings. Maintenance Department Director Kevin Murphy presented an overview of the work orders, general maintenance, and projects completed over the summer. Public Buildings Director Walter MacDonald presented on the MSBA Accelerated Repair Program window and door replacements at Lincoln Hancock, Merrymount, Parker, and Wollaston Elementary schools, and North Quincy High School, $8 million of highperformance windows were installed, 70% reimbursed by the MSBA. Energy & Sustainability Director Shelly Dein presented the new heating system installation at the Bernazzani Elementary School.

As there were no corrections, the minutes of the September 15, 2015 Facilities & Security Subcommittee meeting were approved as presented.

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Mayor Koch made a motion to adjourn for the evening at 8:30 p.m. The motion was seconded by Mr. McCarthy and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.