March 19, 2014 School Committee Meeting


Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 7:00 pm
City Council Chambers, City Hall

I. Approval of Minutes: Regular Meeting Minutes for March 5, 2014 and Executive Session Minutes for March 5, 2014.

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. Inspiring Quincy

B. Parent Academy, March 18

C. Partnership Activities

D. SWELL Academy Grant

E. MSBA Projects Update

F. NAEYC Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Accreditation

G. QHS Students at Harvard Model Congress

H. Middle School Swim Meet, April 5

I. Leadership in Action

J. Home-School Connections: Monthly Newsletters from the Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center, Atherton Hough, Squantum, and Wollaston Elementary Schools

IV. Old Business:

V. New Business:

A. Health Services Presentation - Mrs. Kisielius, Mrs. Papile

B. Elementary Library Program Support - Ms. Owens

C. PARCC Testing Update - Mrs. Fredrickson, Ms. Roy

D. Policy Update: Athletic Eligibility - Mr. Bregoli
(Vote at the April 9 School Committee Meeting)

E. Out of State Travel:

1. Sterling Middle School Grade 6 to Canobie Lake Park, Windham, New Hampshire on June 16, 2014.

2. Montclair Elementary School Grade 5 to Canobie Lake Park, Windham, New Hampshire on June 16, 2014.

F. Overnight Travel: Quincy High School Skills USA to the Massachusetts District Conference in XXX May 1 through May 3, 2014.

G. Out of the Country Travel: North Quincy High School Italian Students to Rome and Florence, Italy April 14 through 24, 2014.

VI. Additional Business:

VII. Communications:

VIII. Reports of Subcommittees: 

A. Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Music Programs: Mrs. Hubley to report on the March 10, 2014 meeting.

B. Facilities and Security Subcommittee: Mr. McCarthy to report on the March 18, 2014 meeting

IX. Executive Session: None

X. Adjournment:

Subcommittees of the School Committee

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

Facilities & Security


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

  2. Coddington Hall Referred to Subcommittee at the May 18, 2011 School Committee Meeting. The City of Quincy has appropriated funds to refurbish Coddington Hall to serve as the Quincy Public Schools administrative offices. Wessling Architects has completed the design phase of the project and construction is underway as of June 2013.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. School Lobby Security Controls Referred to Subcommittee at the January 23, 2013 School Committee Meeting. Review of existing visitor protocols, with special consideration of current high school policies and discussion of enhancements moving forward for all schools.

  6. Solar Array Installation on School Roofs Referred to Subcommittee at the June 12, 2013 School Committee Meeting for further review and discussion.

  7. Heating Audit Referred at the November 13, 2013 Subcommittee meeting. Heating issues at all schools to be reviewed and prioritized with Public Buildings/Maintenance departments.

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

  9. Atlantic Middle School Parking Lot and Traffic Improvements Referred at the January 22, 2014 School Committee Meeting. A presentation of 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. High School and High School Science labs have been reviewed and needed updates for compliance completed as of September 24, 2012 Special School Committee Meeting. Monitoring of supplies will be handled by High School Safety Team; need similar plan for Middle Schools.

  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. Parent concerns about East Squantum Street crosswalk/parking lot entrance


  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. A resolution was introduced proposing a Community Service requirement; pilot program for Grades 10 and 11 is underway for 2012-2013 school year. The pilot program was extended to the 2013-2014 school year for grades 11 and 12.

  4. Adding CPR as a Graduation Requirement Referred to Subcommittee at the March 21, 2012 School Committee Meeting. Review and discussion of existing policy requested.

  5. 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.

  6. Extracurricular Eligibility Referred at the March 25, 2013 Ad Hoc Athletics Rules Subcommittee. Review and discussion of the existing policy and consideration of increasing the requirements.

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

  8. 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.

  9. Dedication of the North Quincy High School Basketball Court Referred at the January 22, 2014 School Committee Meeting. The motion is to dedicate the basketball court to Robert Nolan.

Special Education

  1. Student Information for Substitute Teachers Originally referred to Subcommittee at the January 17, 2007 School Committee Meeting. At the Special Education Subcommittee meeting on October 16, 2013, it was agreed that the new Aspen Student Information System Special Education module reports will be utilized to share information with substitute teachers about IEPs, 504 plans, and accommodations. Projected implementation is by September 2014.

  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. Media Specialists in Elementary and Middle Schools Referred at the January 23, 2012 School Committee Meeting. The Citywide Parents’ Council presented a signed petition representing the request to restore these positions. Three Middle School Library Teacher positions were added in the FY2014 budget, as well as thirteen Library Support Teachers for the Elementary Schools.

Ad Hoc Committees:

Channel 22

Created at the October 27, 2007 School Committee meeting to encourage the greater use of Channel 22 across Quincy Public Schools.

Central Building Committee

Music Programs

Created at the January 22, 2014 School Committee Meeting to evaluate the current Instrumental/Band Program at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.


Quincy, Massachusetts – March 19, 2014
Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee

Regular Meeting

A regular meeting of the Quincy School Committee was held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Present were Mayor Thomas Koch, Mr. Paul Bregoli, Mr. Noel DiBona, Ms. Barbara Isola, 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 were present. Also present were: Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Secretary; Ms. Laura Owens, Clerk; Mrs. Michelle Andrews, Ms. Rita Bailey, Ms. Barbara Campbell, Ms. Diane Colletti, Mr. Michael Draicchio, Dr. John Franceschini, Mrs. Mary Fredrickson, Mrs. Pamela Gibbons, Mrs. Mary Griffith, Ms. Beth Hallett, Ms. Kristin Houlihan, Mrs. Jane Kisielius, Ms. Margaret MacNeil, Ms. Maureen MacNeil, Ms. Kate MacRitchie, Mr. Michael Marani, Ms. Courtney Mitchell, Ms. Alexandra Morales, Mrs. Joanne Morrissey, Mr. James Mullaney, Deputy Superintendent Kevin Mulvey, Mrs. Maura Papile, Mrs. Erin Perkins, Ms. Madeline Roy, Mr. Keith Segalla, Ms. Nancy Tierney, Ms. Judy Todd, Ms. Roseann White; Ms. Lindsay Schrier, Quincy High School Representative to School Committee; Ms. Allison Cox, President, Quincy Education Association.

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There was a moment of silence for members of the military serving overseas.

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Regular Meeting Minutes Approved 3/5/14

Mr. McCarthy made a motion, seconded by Mr. Bregoli, to approve the Regular Meeting minutes for March 5, 2014. On a voice vote, the ayes have it.

Executive Session Minutes Approved 3/5/14

Ms. Isola made a motion, seconded by Mr. McCarthy, to approve the Executive Session minutes for March 5, 2014. 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 proceeded to the next item on the agenda.

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Superintendent's Report

Dr. DeCristofaro opened the Superintendent’s Report by introducing the Inspire Quincy video featuring the recent Junior Heroes event, the Middle School Competitive Swimming Skills Clinic, HyperRobotics competion, Sterling Middle School Science Fair, Atlantic Middle School Science Fair, Atlantic Middle School Geography Fair, The Wizard of Oz at Broad Meadows, previews of Quincy High School’s upcoming production of Bye Bye Birdie and North Quincy High School’s production of Into the Woods, the Middle School Honors Band, and a very talented Snug Harbor student.

Dr. DeCristofaro thanked the teachers who participated in recent Parent Academy on Assessment for Elementary School parents, noting that principal and teacher support for all events is tremendous. The Curriculum and Assessment team hosted four Parent Academy events this year and asked parents for topics to focus on for next year.

Dr. DeCristofaro then recognized several new administrative appointments: Sterling Middle School Principal John Franceschini; Assistant Principal Courtney Mitchell; Snug Harbor Principal Margaret MacNeil, and Assistant Principal Michael Marani. These talented professionals have in common a love of children and a focus on the families, all have been Quincy Public Schools staff members throughout their careers.

Upcoming Events include the School~Community Partnership Breakfast on April 8 at the Tirrell Room. The Credit for Life Fair will be held on March 27 at the Tirrell Room; 200 high school seniors will meet with 75 volunteers from fifteen business partners sponsoring the event. The Middle School Swim Championship will be held on April 5 at the Lincoln Hancock pool at 9:00 am. Clifford Marshall, Lincoln Hancock, and Montclair will begin a new session of Tuesday afternoon Learn to Swim lessons in collaboration with the South Shore YMCA on April 1.

The Spring Athletics season is just underway; Winter Sports tournament team captains and coaches will be recognized at the April 9 School Committee meeting.

The Robotics Team, now in its 19th year, competed at the University of New Hampshire event recently and made it to the quarterfinals. The team is sponsored by Bluefin Robotics and team alumni assist the team members throughout the season. The next event will be March 28-29 at Northeastern University.

During the February vacation week, Quincy High School teacher Meg McMillen chaperoned 35 students at the Harvard Model Congress, a 4-day event where students participate in debates, crisis management, and policy development events.

NAEYC Accreditation is completed for the Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center and Snug Harbor Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Kindergarten programs at all elementary schools will be reviewed between this spring and next fall.

Pre-Kindergarten screenings for the 2014-2015 school year will be held on April 1 and April 8.

High School Course selection is underway for students in Grades 8 through 11. Parent information evenings have been held at both high schools and assistance in completing the online scheduling through Aspen was provided.

Dr. DeCristofaro updated on the school building projects in development with the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The contractor bidding process is underway for the North Quincy High School, Wollaston, and Merrymount window and door replacement projects. For Sterling Middle School, the Initial Compliance Certification and the School Building Committee are submitted to the MSBA. Enrollment projections and the educational profile are due May 5.

A long-standing safety issue at the Wollaston School is almost resolved after several meetings between Mayor Koch, the MBTA, Dr. DeCristofaro, Principal Hennessy, and Mr. Tramontozzi from the Traffic & Parking Department. MBTA Bus 211 route will be moved from Highland Avenue to North Central Avenue for the block between Beale Street and Brook Street. The next step is for new bus stop signs to be installed.

The Wollaston Elementary School is celebrating the building’s 100th Anniversary on Saturday, April 12 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Dr. DeCristofaro concluded the Superintendent’s Report by noting the Home-School Connections shared with School Committee: Monthly Newsletters from the Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center, Atherton Hough, Wollaston, and Squantum Elementary Schools.

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New Business

Health Services

Senior Director of Student Support Services Maura Papile introduced Health Services Coordinator Jane Kisielius and spoke of her great leadership, and work with a staff on the cutting edge of implementing wellness and concussion policies, and collaborating with families. School health programs are experiencing unprecedented demand for services, facing new paradigms for health care delivery system, and providing advocacy and individual nursing care for all students.

Mrs. Tierney, the nurse at Lincoln Hancock, spoke of needing strong clinical skills and the ability to communicate and be flexible to adapt to any situation. A typical day might include health screenings: height, weight, vision, hearing, scoliosis, conducted to minimize disruption to student learning. Daily issues arise from students and staff and nurses must adjust to best meet the needs of student immediate needs. New this year, Quincy Public Schools has three nurse paraprofessionals to assist with screenings and communication with parents.

Mrs. Campbell spoke of the role of a middle school nurse, encouraging students to become active participants in managing their own health care issues and organizing wellness initiatives, such as healthy tips, and nutritional information geared to students and staff. Nurses provide CPR, AED, and First Aid Training for all QPS staff members, another layer of safety for students and staff with 150 staff certified this year.

Mrs. Houlihan spoke of the role of the high school nurse as a case manager, in collaboration with staff, students, and families on care and well-being issues. Nurses provide preventative health education to high school students, support peer to peer education on substance abuse, safe driving, sun safety, and collaborate with health interventionists. Quincy Public School nurses at every level work to provide intervention, education, and health promotion.

Mrs. Kisielius recognized the nurses in the audience who came to support the presenters. Dr. DeCristofaro thanked the presenters and appreciates their leadership role as collaborator and counselor.

Ms. Isola noted how much nursing has changed and appreciates the fact that the nurses are juggling so many things, looking at each student and their families, their place in the classroom. As a School Committee member and a parent, thanked them for their efforts.

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Elementary Library Support Program

On behalf of the thirteen Elementary Library Support Teachers, Ms. Laura Owens gave an overview of their accomplishments over the course of this school year. Over 24,000 books have been circulated to date to the 4,228 students in Grades K-5. Over 6,000 books have catalogued, including Atherton Hough’s library where the data was not retrievable. The Library Support Teachers provide for planning time and support to 214 teachers; technology support for ThinkCentral, Study Island, and Reading Eggs. Individual school initiatives include keyboarding, Docent Art, research project support, poetry writing, and Read Across America.

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Mayor Koch left the meeting at 8:30 pm.

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PARCC Field Test Presentation

Senior Curriculum Coordinator Madeline Roy introduced an overview of the PARCC Field Test, noting the many hours of research and planning that went into implementing this PARCC Field Test. Massachusetts is moving towards a new assessment to better align with the new Common Core State Standards. These new frameworks demand strong reading, writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills; assessments within the district and at the state level must shift to meet these demands.

PARCC is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and made up of 18 states and charged with developing common, high-quality ELA and Mathematics Assessments for Grades 3-11. These assessments will be computer based and consist of two summative assessment components: Performance-Based Assessments (PBA) and End of Year Assessment (EOY). In 2010, the governor signed a memorandum of agreement to commit to adopt the PARCC assessments provided they are at least as comprehensive and rigorous as our current MCAS assessments. Other states are involved in the Smarter Balance consortium.

For ELA, MCAS assesses writing in Grades 4, 7, and 10. PARCC PBAs will assess writing in every grade 3-11; students will be writing in response to reading or writing to a source. For Math, students are expected to apply and extend their knowledge to real-life modeling and problem-solving. At the high school level, PARCC will be an end-of-course test.

This year is a field test, next year may require assessment in both styles (no details available yet). It is anticipated that in the 2015-16 school year, PARCC will be administered at all Grades except for 10 through 2016. The PARCC field test being administed in randomly selected Massachusetts schools/classrooms and other states. The field test will not yield scores for any student, school, or district. The purpose of the field test is to examine the quality of the items, pilot administration procedures, and give schools and districts the opportunity to experience the administration of the PARCC Assessments.

Mrs. Fredrickson spoke of the field test, over a million students nationwide from 15 of 17 PARCC states, and 1,097 Massachusetts schools. For a field test to yield reliable and valid information, schools and students must be selected randomly. Mrs. Fredrickson shared the schedule for field testing and the schools involved. Five elementary schools, all five middle schools, and both high schools will be involved. Field tests may be administered as paper and pencil or on computers. PBA Assessments will be given between March 24 and April 11 and can be Math or ELA. End of Year Assessments will be administered between May 5 and June 6. Schools will coordinate so there is no conflict with MCAS Testing.

Dr. DeCristofaro said that the decision was made by SLT and Principals to have students take MCAS and PARCC since MCAS data is important in planning and assessment of programs and professional development. Statewide, 83% of districts are choosing to administer both tests. QPS staff will be observing students and providing information on administration and student participation.

Mr. Segalla reviewed that 9 of 12 schools will be administering the PARCC field test as a computer-based assessment. QPS will utilize desktop computers and infrastructure and hardware upgrades over the last few years will assist with the efficient administration of the tests. QPS IT Team has worked on technology readiness with each of the test sites, participating in Readiness Toolkit assessments and training, site readiness planning tools. Staff attended a regional training workshop and are collaborating with Principals to schedule test sessions across the three-week window and will provide support. QPS has already begun online test administration at the high school level (MEPA, AP Exams), Project Lead the Way and ParaPro.

The PARCC Field Test is timed, although students may receive additional time. Extended time is available for students with disabilities or ELL students. Testing blocks are two to two and a half hours on multiple days. Many accommodations previously available for MCAS are built into computer based PARCC tests and available to all students as accessibility features. There are specific accommodations available for students with disabilities and ELL students. There are tutorials that students will access on days prior to the field test administration.

Information was shared with parents through the QPS website/social media platforms; letters were also sent to students who were selected to participate in the field test. The online post included DESE resources with FAQ.

Mr. Bregoli asked about the breakdown states across the country: 18 are in PARCC, 24 are part of the Smarter Balance consortium; the other states are developing tests independently or have not adopted Common Core. Mr. Bregoli thanked the team for sharing the accommodation information. Mrs. Fredrickson said there are very specific directives about what can be accessed or not. Mr. Bregoli asked if a student has an IEP with accommodations, will those automatically be implemented. Mrs. Fredrickson said yes, but how may be adjusted. Mr. Bregoli expressed concerns about technology, Mr. Segalla said we are in good shape for the field test, but going forward, additional equipment will be needed. Mr. Bregoli asked if the federal government was going to provide funding for new equipment, but there has been no indication of this as yet. Mr. Bregoli asked about the number of PARCC administrations annually; with the speaking component, it will be three tests. Mr. Bregoli concerned about the volume of testing, raising a generation of children that are good test-takers, removing opportunities for creativity.

Ms. Isola thanked the presenters and said that it was helpful to hear that there are many undecided factors. She emphasized that this is mandated by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and that there was not an option to not participate. She also noted that this is an unfunded mandate. She asked for Ms. Roy and Dr. DeCristofaro to speak to this. Dr. DeCristofaro has spoken to the Office of Assessment and they will be sending out additional communication on the importance of the field test to parents. State regulations give DESE the authority to direct school districts to administer these field tests. This is an incredibly cumbersome and stressful initiative for students, parents, teachers, administrators; and affects time on teaching and learning. QPS does not have a choice and the Superintendent has heard from a few parents directly; all efforts will be expended to lessen the stress of students and teachers. Ms. Isola asked if our receipt of state funding is contingent on participating in these initiatives; Dr. DeCristofaro agreed that although this is not specifically spelled out, there could certainly be ramifications for failure to comply. Ms. Isola asked if there is a rubric that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will be using to evaluate PARCC; the plan is for them to analyze PARCC and MCAS data side by side in standards-setting meetings in the summer of 2015 before making the decision. For the 2014 and 2015 MCAS tests, items will be reflective of the Common Core State Standards. Ms. Isola noted that the Speaking and Learning component is yet to be determined and that seems like it could be time-consuming to administer.

Mr. McCarthy asked that in terms of deciding whether to administer both tests, it seems like it wasn't a choice whether to administer the MCAS tests as well. Dr. DeCristofaro said the value of the data and the expectations of parents made this the best choice. Mr. McCarthy agreed with Mr. Bregoli and Ms. Isola that the public should be aware that these are not decisions of the School Committee or Quincy Public Schools administration.

Mrs. Mahoney noted that this is a federal mandate, and is concerned that failure to participate could affect funding and accreditation. She agreed that participation gives us a window into what is coming in the future, there is a benefit to all students and teachers ultimately, especially with the comparison for computer based testing to paper and pencil administration. MCAS has been in place for 17 years, prior to that there was a different testing system, agreed with Mr. Bregoli's concern about students being test-focused. She thanked the team for the presentation, it is overwhelming and will impact time for classroom learning and creativity. Mrs. Mahoney asked test items would be available later as practice items, but it is a secure test and these items will not be released.

Mr. DiBona asked whether MCAS will always precede PARCC. Ms. Roy responded that MCAS is our priority and students will not begin the tutorials or preparation for PARCC until MCAS is completed.

Mrs. Hubley noted that this presentation will be posted on the Quincy Public Schools website.

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Policy Update on Athletic Eligibility (9.8.5)

Mr. Bregoli read the proposed revised policy into the record, noting that parents have requested our standards be raised above the MIAA minimum standard. Our revised policy is as follows:

During the last ranking period preceding the contest, a student must secure at least 25 credits and may not receive more than one failing grade. To be eligible for fall sports, a student must have secured 25 credits and not have more than one failing grade on the previous academic year final report card. All grade 9 students are eligible for fall sports. The academic eligibility of all students shall be considered as official and determining only on the date when the report cards for that ranking period have been issued.

As a support, coaches will be encouraged to check in with players and assess risk of failing in collaboration with deans and guidance counselors. Ms. Isola clarified that this is not part of the Policy.

Mr. Bregoli noted that the draft revised Policy will be posted online for public review and that School Committee would vote on the revised Policy at the April 9, 2014 meeting.

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Out of State Travel

Ms. Isola made a motion to approve the Out of State Travel of Sterling Middle School Grade 6 to Canobie Lake Park in Windham, New Hampshire on June 16, 2014. Mr. Bregoli seconded the motion. On the motion, Mr. McCarthy stated that there should be additional chaperones added to the trip. On a voice vote, the ayes have it.

Ms. Isola made a motion to approve the Out of State Travel of Montclair Elementary School Grade 5 to Canobie Lake Park in Windham, New Hampshire on June 16, 2014. Mr. McCarthy seconded the motion. On a voice vote, the ayes have it.

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Overnight Travel

Mr. McCarthy made a motion to approve the Overnight Travel of Quincy High School Skills USA students to the Massachusetts District Conference May 1 through May 3, 2014. Mrs. Mahoney seconded the motion. On a voice vote, the ayes have it.

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Out of the Country Travel

Ms. Isola made a motion to approve the Out of the Country Travel of North Quincy High School Italian students to Rome and Florence, Italy April 14 through April 24, 2014. Mr. DiBona seconded the motion. On a voice vote, the ayes have it.

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Additional Business

Mr. DiBona announced that there would be a Health, Transportation, and Safety Subcommittee meeting on Monday, April 7, following the Budget and Finance Subcommittee Meeting.

Mr. DiBona noted that all School Committee members had received a letter from a parent concerned about traffic issues at North Quincy High School. Dr. DeCristofaro has followed up with Quincy Police Department Chief Keenan and he has agreed to provide coverage for through the Community Police Officer to cover for School Resource officer should he be absent going forward. Ms. Isola asked for an update at the upcoming Health, Transportation, and Safety Subcommittee meeting.

Mr. Bregoli removed the Dedication of NQHS basketball court item from the Policy Subcommittee.

Mr. McCarthy requested that the crosswalk on Hancock Street at McDonalds be repainted. Mr. DiBona said that Mr. Draicchio will be communicating with the Department of Public Works and Traffic & Parking to assess crosswalks at all school sites as part of their summer program.

Mr. McCarthy said there are several potholes on the Lancaster Street side of Point Webster Middle School. This information will be forwarded to the Department of Public Works as well.

Mrs. Mahoney mentioned that parking limits have been imposed on Russell Park by the City Council (2-hour limits). She is concerned about the Quincy High School parking lot and if there is adequate parking reserved for our staff and students. She also asked about the front parking lot and whether the YMCA is still parking there. Dr. DeCristofaro said that the front lot will be for juniors, tennis court parking is for seniors. All staff have been issued tags for their cars and untagged cars will be ticketed. Quincy High School Security is continuing to monitor.

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Mrs. Mahoney announced that the Special Education Subcommittee will be held on March 26 at 6:00 pm at Quincy High School. On Saturday, March 29, the Quincy Parent Advisory Council to Special Education will be hosting a Resource Fair at Quincy High School from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Mrs. Hubley announced that the Quincy Band Boosters would be holding a meeting on Monday, March 24 at 7:00 pm at Quincy High School.

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Reports of Subcommittees

Mrs. Hubley noted that all School Committee and Subcommittee meeting minutes are posted on the Quincy Public Schools website:

Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Instrumental Music

Mrs. Hubley reported on the Ad Hoc Subcommittee Meeting on Music Programs held on March 10, 2014. Instrumental music staff members provided an overview of the programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels during the school day and as extended educational opportunities. Discussion focused on the scheduling challenges, particularly at the middle school level and the transition from middle to high school.

Ms. Isola made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 10, 2014 Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Instrumental Music. Mr. McCarthy seconded the motion and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.

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Facilities and Security Subcommittee Meeting

Mr. McCarthy summarized the March 18, 2014 Facilities and Security Subcommittee meeting, where Dr. DeCristofaro reviewed enrollment history across the elementary, middle, and high school levels and opened the discussion for explorations to meet the demands of a growing elementary school population across the city. Specifically, Dr. DeCristofaro concluded by noting that the new Sterling Middle School project gives Quincy Public Schools an opportunity to address the facility capacity issues at Lincoln Hancock. Enrollment Projections are due May 5, then the MSBA will work with us to certify enrollment prior to beginning the Feasibility Study.

At the meeting, Mr. McCarthy also shared a brief update on the construction plan for the Presidents City Inn.

Mr. McCarthy made a motion to accept the minutes of the March 18, 2014 Facilities and Security Subcommittee Meeting. Ms. Isola seconded the motion,

On the motion, Mrs. Mahoney asked about projecting future enrollment and Dr. DeCristofaro clarified that this will be done as part of the enrollment certification process. Mrs. Mahoney was surprised by the idea of changing the grade level configuration at Sterling Middle School, was not able to attend subcommittee meeting. Dr. DeCristofaro agreed that this is a new idea, there is a process to follow about discussing this with School Committee and with the public. Dr. DeCristofaro said that the information presented yesterday was many hours of development and research and a comprehensive look at the system to provide a basis for these discussions.

Mrs. Mahoney expressed concern about the other schools with capacity issues and how will we move forward. Perhaps a new building there would be an opportunity to relocate some of the citywide Special Education classes. Mrs. Mahoney wants to be sure that we are looking at this holistically. Dr. DeCristofaro said the report is meant to capture the information that presents the opportunities and challenges for the school system.

Mrs. Mahoney asked about the Presidents City Inn and possible corporate partners; this is still unresolved. Mrs. Mahoney asked whether there will be an effort to market the property to a different clientele and that is something Mr. McCarthy will follow up on.

Ms. Isola requested that the enrollment packet be posted on the website; this is a clear picture of the district. Yesterday's discussion was a preliminary review of facts and the information will need to be digested and reviewed along with ideas. Mr. McCarthy said a similar process was followed a number of years ago when Grade 5 was moved to Point and Sterling. He will be scheduling another Facilities & Security Subcommittee meeting shortly.

Mr. DiBona said that the information presented about the significantly increased Kindergarten and Grade 1 levels is so important and the proximity of the Lincoln Hancock and Sterling sites may allow us to consider this a K-8 campus. This is very early in the discussion. Mrs. Hubley agreed that this presentation was a first step.

Mr. Bregoli said that yesterday's presentation was excellent, made it easy to see where the population growth is located. Mr. Bregoli regrets that the city sold school buildings in the 1980s

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Ms. Isola made a motion to adjourn at 10:20 p.m. The motion was seconded by Mr. Bregoli and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.