Oct. 25, 2017 School Committee Meeting


Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6:30 pm
Point Webster Middle School

I. Approval of Minutes: Regular Meeting Minutes for October 11, 2017

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. Inspire Quincy

B. Welcome: Point Webster Principal Christine Barrett

C. Project 351

D. Quincy Elks Donation of Dictionaries for Grade 3

E. Adams Scholarships

F. Quincy School~Community Partnership Events

G. Health & Wellness Symposium

H. Sterling Building Committee Meeting, November 14

I. Middle School Tennis

J. Special Olympics

K. Grade 8 Open Houses

L. Pre-Kindergarten Parent Academy

M. MCAS/SIP Presentations Schedule

N. Fall Festival: Beechwood Knoll Elementary School, October 28

IV. Old Business:

A. Fuel Efficient Fleet Policy Revision (Discussion) - Mr. Bregoli

B. Policy Book, Section 2 (Discussion)

V. New Business:

A. Creating Successful Pathways for College and Career - Ms. Papile, Ms. McGeady, Ms. Skinner, Ms. McInnis, Mr. Keith Segalla

B. Technology & Training Program Improvement Plan - Mr. Keith Segalla, Mr. Chuck Phelan

C. MASC Conference Resolutions (Vote) Mrs. Hubley

D. Out of State Travel: Central Middle School to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania from June 4 to 6, 2018.

VI. Additional Business:

VII. Communications:

A. Upcoming School Committee Meetings: November 15, 2017 (Coddington Building: Executive Session at 6:00 pm); December 6, 2017 (Central Middle School at 6:00 pm)

B. Upcoming Subcommittee Meetings (Coddington Building):

1. Budget & Finance, November 13, 2017 (5:00 pm)
2. Athletics: Monday, November 13, 2017 (5:15 pm)
3. Teaching & Learning: Monday, November 13, 2017 (5:45 pm); Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (5:30 pm); Monday, November 20, 2017 (5:00 pm); Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (5:00 pm)

VIII. Reports of Subcommittees:

A. Facilities & Security: Mrs. Hubley to report on the October 19, 2017 meeting.

B. Policy: Mr. Bregoli to report on the October 19, 2017 meeting.

IX. Executive Session: None  

X. Adjournment:

Subcommittees of the School Committee


  1. Evaluation of Coaches Referred at the September 6, 2017 Special School Committee Organizational Meeting. Requesting further discussion of process of formal review of coaches by the Athletic Directors.

Budget & Finance

Facilities and Security

  1. School Playgrounds Referred at the September 14, 2016 Special Meeting. Requesting an update from the Park Department on recent equipment and safety fiber upgrades and projects in planning.

  2. New Sterling Middle School project Referred at the September 14, 2016 Special Meeting. Schedule updates to be provided as the planning phase moves into construction.

  3. Water Testing Results & Repair Referred at the December 7, 2016 School Committee meeting to monitor the schedule for fixture repair or replacement.

Health, Transportation & Safety

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

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

  3. Substance Use Education & Prevention Referred at the September 6, 2017 Special School Committee Organizational Meeting. Monitoring of the system-wide initiatives for students and families and the collaboration with outside agencies.

  4. Wellness Programs Referred at the September 6, 2017 Special School Committee Organizational Meeting. Monitoring of the school-based and system-wide initiatives related to student and staff wellness.


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

  3. Voter Registration at the High Schools Referred at the September 16, 2015 School Committee meeting for discussion of implementation with the City Clerk’s Office.

  4. School Committee Policy Book Referred at the January 13, 2016 School Committee meeting for review and updating as needed.

  5. QPS Employment Opportunities Referred at the May 18, 2016 School Committee meeting for further discussion on the advertising and hiring process for open positions.

  6. NQHS Mascot Referred at the November 9, 2016 School Committee meeting.

Rules, Post Audit & Oversight

Special Education

Teaching and Learning

  1. Advanced Program Pathways Referred at the May 20, 2015 School Committee Meeting to review opportunities to challenge above-level students at all grades.

  2. Enrollment Data/Class Size: Referred at the October 14, 2015 School Committee meeting for further review and discussion.

  3. Superintendent Evaluation Referred at the September 7, 2016 School Committee meeting for preparation and procedure review.

  4. Choral Music Program Review Referred at the March 15, 2017 School Committee meeting for further review and discussion of K-12 sequential/standards-based program.

  5. High School Mid-Term Examinations Referred at the June 14, 2017 School Committee meeting for further review and discussion.

Ad Hoc Committees:

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 – October 25, 2017
Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee

Regular Meeting

A regular meeting of the Quincy School Committee was held on Wednesday, Regular October 25, 2017 at the Point Webster Middle School at 6:30 p.m. The Meeting Superintendent called the roll and present were School Committee Chairman Mayor Thomas Koch,Mr. James DeAmicis, Mrs. Kathryn Hubley, Ms. Barbara Isola, Mrs. Emily Lebo, Mrs. Anne Mahoney, and Mr. Paul Bregoli, Vice Chair.

Vice Chair Presiding

Also present were: Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Secretary; Ms. Laura Owens, Clerk; Ms. Christine Barrett, Mr. Robert Cavallo, Mr. Michael Draicchio, Dr. Beth Hallett, Ms. Paula McGeady, Ms. Rebecca McInnis, Mr. James Mullaney, Deputy Superintendent Kevin Mulvey, Ms. Maura Papile, Ms. Erin Perkins, City IT Director Chuck Phelan, Ms. Madeline Roy, Mr. Keith Segalla, Ms. Aliza Schneller, Ms. Helena Skinner; Quincy Education Association President Allison Cox; Citywide Parents Council Co-Presidents Scott Alessandro and Courtney Perdios.


There was a moment of silence for retired teachers David Meehan, Mary O’Connor, Ted Clarke, and Anne Emerson, who all passed away recently.

Mr. Bregoli noted that Point Webster Middle School’s Auditorium flag was dedicated in memory of Former Ward 2 City Councillor Ted DeCristofaro, the Superintendent’s father.

Point Webster Principal Christine Barrett welcomed Mayor Koch and the School Committee to Point Webster, which will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the school building’s opening on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm.


Regular Meeting Minutes Approved 10.11.2017

Mayor Koch made a motion, seconded by Mr. DeAmicis to approve the Regular Meeting minutes for October 11, 2017. On a voice vote, the ayes have it.


Open Forum

North Quincy High School Student Representative Luke Molloy spoke to School Committee about reinstating the Student Advisory Council, which by law is mandated to meet every other month with School Committee. This council has been inactive in Quincy since the late 1970s. Reinstating this group, which would have three representatives from each high school would encourage student input.

North Quincy High School Social Studies Department Chair and Student Council Advisor Danielle Fernandes spoke in support of Mr. Molloy and noted his representation of Quincy Public Schools on the DESE council.

Mr. Scott Alessandro, Citywide Co-President, spoke about Elementary Library Support teachers and opportunities for training. Suggested the creation of a Superintendent’s Innovation Fund of $200,000, to be available to allocate for new ideas that come up during the school year rather than waiting for the new budget year to begin.


Superintendent's Report

Dr. DeCristofaro opened the Superintendent’s Report with Inspire Quincy featuring Kindergarten Parent-Child Day at Snug Harbor, Celtics renovation of Music Room at Lincoln Hancock, PBIS at Clifford Marshall, the Professional Educator Status Reception, Fun Run at Squantum, the QPS Health Symposium, and interviews with the NQHS & QHS Golf Captains.

Dr. DeCristofaro announced that in recognition of American Education Week, the winners of the annual Poster, Essay, and Video Contest will be celebrated at the December 6 School Committee Meeting. The Quincy Lodge of Elks made their annual donation of dictionaries to over 700 Grade 3 students. The Sterling Building Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 14 at 4:15 pm at the Coddington Building. Sterling Middle School will hold their Veterans Day Assembly on November 9 at 1:00 pm.

Upcoming Quincy Public Schools events include the Pre-Kindergarten Motor Activity Day at Della Chiesa on October 27 at 8:30 am. The Beechwood Knoll Fall Festival will be Saturday, October 28. The Educator Mini-Grants Reception will be held on November 2, over 80 were granted for a total of $32,000. Over $350,000 has been distributed to date, thanks to the generosity of our partners.

Project 351’s annual Day of Service will be Saturday, January 13, 2018 All five Quincy Public Schools Middle Schools will have Grade 8 ambassadors this year and these students will be recognized at the January 24, 2018 School Committee meeting.

Recent Quincy Public Schools events include the Grade 8 Open Houses at NQHS and QHS, which were both well-attended. At the recent Health & Wellness Symposium, 80 staff members from all schools participated in setting goals for 2017-18 which will be reflected in School Improvement Plans

The Learn to Swim Program for Grade 2 students is underway with the South Shore YMCA. Students from Merrymount and Atherton Hough are participating in the first session.

189 students from North Quincy and Quincy High Schools have been awarded the John and Abigail Adams Scholarships. These students scored Advanced on at least one MCAS Assessment and their scores were in the top 25% citywide. Students will be recognized at North Quincy High School on November 3 at 9:00 am and at Quincy High School on November 2 at 8:00 am.

MCAS Results have been released on a slightly later schedule than in previous years by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Parent reports will be mailed out next week along with a letter of explanation of the new scoring system for Grades 3-8.

In recognition of National Farm to School month, Mayor Koch proclaimed October 25 as Farm to School day at an event held at Lincoln Hancock Community School. Representatives from the US Department of Agriculture were on hand to hear from students who have benefitted from the Farm to School grant through their field trip and lessons from Holly Hill Organic Farm in Cohasset.


Old Business

Fuel Efficient Fleet Policy (Vote)

Mayor Koch made a motion to accept the revised Fuel Efficient Fleet Policy as presented. The motion was seconded by Mr. DeAmicis and on a roll call vote, the ayes have it, 7-0.


School Committee Policy Book Section 2

Mr. Bregoli referred School Committee Policy Book Section 2 back to Subcommittee


New Business

Creating Successful Pathways for College and Career

Senior Director of Student Support Services Maura Papile, accompanied by High School Guidance Department Chairs Helena Skinner and Paula McGeady and Quincy High School Career & Technical Education Department Chair Rebecca McInnis, presented on creating successful pathways for high school students. Beginning in Grade 9, the focus is on the transition to high school, understanding promotion and graduation requirements, introducing Naviance and the career interest inventory, plus assisting students in developing their personal learning plan which covers high school and two years beyond graduation. In Grade 10, the focus shifts more to career cluster assessments, Career Day, and updating personal learning plans. For Grade 11, post-graduate planning begins, including college visits, the College Fair and for Grade 12, college and career planning becomes more solidified. Support for applying for colleges, scholarships, and jobs is provided. Small group support is available for English Learners and Special Education students as well.

Course selection for students is a crucial part of the Student Support process and the continued updating of the personal learning plan. Student Support connections are established early on, students have the same Counselor for their four years of high school. High School Student Support provides responsive services to address the social/emotional needs of students: consistent attendance, placement or agency referrals, mental health and wellness, substance use prevention, stress/anxiety management

Preparing students for the new SATs was an important part of the college preparation process for this year’s seniors. The class of 2017 first took the new SAT in Spring 2016 and again in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. The Class of 2017 has a 79% participation rate, which is higher than the state rate of 69% and the national rate of 48%. Quincy Public School’s mean score of 1100 is very close to the state’s mean score of 1103 and higher than the national mean score of 1070.

Pathways available for students are academic and/or career & technical education. The annual review of Education and Career Plans is a means of students taking responsibility for their own career planning. CTE certifications include Occupational Proficiency and a range of safety and skills certifications.

Mayor Koch left the meeting at 7:35 pm

Mrs. Lebo said that the 6-year plan process looks great and asked about expanded opportunities at North Quincy High School for Career & Technical Education. Current Chapter 74 programs are Carpentry and Health Services; Design & Visual Communications and Broadcasting are in the DESE review process; next year, Engineering and IT will be added and begin the Chapter 74 certification process.

Mrs. Mahoney asked about preparing Special Education students for college, learning how to self-advocate is especially important for these students. Mrs. Skinner said that specially tailored presentations have been held at both schools. Mrs. Mahoney said whatever we can do to educate parents on the supports available to them will be helpful. Students need to know that education may stretch on longer than the two or four years after high school, there is no time limit and no one path.

Mrs. Lebo asked about social media and whether students understand that colleges look at their “digital footprint.” Mrs. Skinner said that they emphasize this with students beginning in Grade 9. In order to use Naviance, an email address is required, so the first lesson is having a professional email address. Anti-bullying education also emphasizes safe use of social media.

Mrs. Lebo said that one of her goals is to expand graduate follow-up. We have so many email addresses, is there a way to follow up with students beyond the first year to find out if students were prepared for their post-graduate studies and careers.

Mr. Bregoli asked about students not going on to college. Mrs. Papile said the 6- year plans take into account students who are entering the world of work, the CTE certifications and licensure prepare our students and provide career directions. Mrs. Skinner said the Career Days also expose students to many different careersoptions. Mrs. McGeady said the interest inventories that students complete guide them in assisting students to find internships and jobs in their chosen field.

Mrs. Mahoney asked about apprenticeship in the building trades. Ms. McInnis said students earn apprenticeship hours in high school that can be applied, this is part of their portfolios.

Mrs. Hubley asked if Career Days are offered at both high schools. Mrs. Skinner said each high school has their own events for Grade 10 students.

Dr. DeCristofaro thanked the presenters, noting that our students have the tools to succeed because of this array of student supports.


New Business

Program Improvement Plan Presentation: Technology Planning & Training

Executive Director of Career & Technical Education Keith Segalla, City IT Director Chuck Phelan, and IT System Administrator Bob Cavallo presented the Technology & Training Program Improvement Plan. Mr. Segalla reviewed that the goals are continued from year to year and focused on implementing the evolving technology plan and upgrading the technology infrastructure.

Mr. Phelan reviewed that over the Summer of 2017, additional wireless access points were installed in all buildings to increase bandwidth. All school buildings now have fiber lines run through Comcast. 75% of elementary and middle school wiring has been completely upgraded. Telephone systems will be replaced in 16 buildings, 12 have been surveyed to plan the installation. Installations of VOIP systems has been delayed as wiring issues are addressed in these buildings. Older analog equipment will be replaced beginning January 1. New firewalls have been installed in every school, with upgraded servers and security software layers added.

Mr. Segalla spoke of the collaboration with the Curriculum & Assessment Management and Principal teams on expanding online assessments. MCAS 2.0 will be expanded to Grades 5 and 7 this year.

Technology training opportunities are prioritized through the Digital Learning Teams, including summer offerings and throughout the school year. Through multiple funding opportunities (grant funding, QPS budget, Capital Improvement Plan, PTO support), Quincy Public Schools is expanding technology equipment offerings and replacing aging items. Software expenditures include licenses for Aspen, Baseline Edge, Follett Destiny Library Manager, Reading Eggs, and others.

Community Business Partners, such as Granite Telecommunications, Attorney George Burke, NFPA, Boston Celtics, Massachusetts Life Sciences have assisted with technology acquisition.

Mrs. Mahoney asked about equity issues, asked for an analysis of equipment and the number of students in each building to inform future budget planning. Mr. Segalla said that these are considerations when making decisions about purchasing, trying to make sure that each school has the appropriate technology to student ratio.

Mrs. Lebo asked for a baseline of what each school should have optimally and how close are we to that goal. Mrs. Lebo commended the staff for preparation for the online MCAS Assessments, would like students to have as many opportunities as possible to be familiar with the devices they will be taking the tests on.

Mrs. Mahoney wanted to reiterate that PTO support is independent and it can inadvertently create inequities among schools.

Dr. DeCristofaro thanked Mr. Phelan for always being supportive of the Quincy Public Schools. Dr. DeCristofaro said that Mr. Segalla and the Technology Planning &7 Training team has worked hard to balance the needs of all the schools.

Mrs. Hubley made a motion to approve the Technology Planning & Training Program Improvement Plan. The motion was seconded by Mr. DeAmicis and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.


New Business

MASC Conference Resolutions (Vote)

Mrs. Hubley reviewed the resolutions to be voted on at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

Resolution 1: Movement of the Chapter 70 Funding Enrollment Date to March 15
Mrs. Hubley said the new date is arbitrary, doesn’t see the need for the change, October 1 is the date for lots of data. On a roll call vote, the nays have it 6-0. Mayor Koch was Absent.

Resolution 2: Reform of Circuit Breaker Funding
Mrs. Lebo said this it doesn’t seem to make a difference one way or another for us. Ms. Isola said that she doesn’t feel she understands the issue, but should we support Framingham. Mr. DeAmicis agreed. On a roll call vote, the ayes have it 4-0. Mrs. Mahoney and Ms. Isola abstained.

Resolution 3: Litigation for Fair School Finance
Mr. Mulvey said going back to 1973, the Supreme Court gave states the mandate to provide equitable funding for schools. From 1978 to 1993, there was litigation and Massachusetts was found to not be following this directive. In 1993, Education Reform Act was passed, addressing most of the issues. From 1999 to 2005, a new suit was litigated and since significant progress had been made, the Supreme Judicial Court rejected this suit. This resolution asks School Committees to join with Framingham in assessing the potential success of refiling litigation. There is a lot of uncertainty about the viability, what data would be used to make the determination, and the cost assumption should the unspecified reserves of MASC be exhausted.

Mrs. Lebo thanked Mr. Mulvey for his summary, she is against the resolution. On a roll call vote, the nays have it 6-0. Mayor Koch was absent.

Resolution 4: Privatization of Public Education and the Oversight of Public Schools
The resolution opposes any state or federal initiative to authorize the use of state funds for education to subsidize the tuition or costs of private schools, except where authorized for students with disabilities. On a voice vote, the ayes have it 6-0. Mayor Koch was absent.

Resolution 5: Use of Federal Funds
The resolution urges the legislature to restrict the ability of DESE any share of funds disbursed by the federal government. Mrs. Lebo is against this resolution, the monitoring required by grant funding still has to be done at the state level, the funding will come from somewhere. Ms. Isola asked about the basis of the resolution, perhaps this is a way to get more funding into the budgets of school. On a roll call vote, the nays have it 6-0. Mayor Koch was absent.

Resolution 6: Foundation Budget
The resolution calls for the recommendations of the 2015 Foundation Budget Review Commission to be enacted. Mr. Mullaney said that this is an attempt to add items not traditionally part of the foundational budget, like retirement and insurance. Ms. Isola asked for clarification that this is not a change to how the Foundational Budget is calculated, but increasing the overall allocation. Mr. Mullaney said this is not an issue for us as the City of Quincy, as the City carries these costs for Quincy Public Schools. On a roll call vote, the nays have it 6-0. Mayor Koch was absent.

Resolution 7: Affordable Care Act and Medicaid
Mr. Mullaney said that since the ACA is not fully funded, this is affecting the level of Medicaid reimbursements. On a roll call vote, the ayes have it 6-0. Mayor Koch was absent.

Mrs. Hubley made a motion that as Quincy School Committee delegate, she would have the ability to vote on amended motions during the meeting on behalf of the Quincy Public Schools.

On the motion, Mrs. Lebo thanked Mrs. Hubley for representing the School Committee at the MASC Annual Meeting.

Mrs. Lebo seconded the motion and on a roll call vote, the ayes have it, 6-0. Mayor Koch was absent.


New Business

Out of State Travel (Overnight)

Mr. DeAmicis made a motion to approve the Out of State Travel (Overnight) of Central Middle School Grade 8 to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on June 5-7, 2018. Mrs. Hubley seconded the motion and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.


Additional Business

Ms. Isola moved the Student Advisory Committee into Policy Subcommittee. Since the School Committee Policy Book is in Policy Subcommittee for review, this item will be addressed during the review of Section 2.



Upcoming meetings were announced: November 15, 2017 at the Coddington Building (Executive Session at 6:00 pm, followed by the Regular Meeting at 6:30 pm); and December 6, 2017 at Central Middle School at 6:00 pm.

Subcommittee Meetings will be held on November 13, 2017 (Budget & Finance at 5:00 pm; Athletics at 5:15 pm; and Teaching & Learning at 5:45 pm); November 14, 20, and 21, 2017 (Teaching & Learning, all at 5:00 pm).

Mrs. Lebo asked if we can notify PTOs when their School Improvement Plans are scheduled to be presented.


Reports of Subcommittees

Mr. Bregoli noted that all School Committee and Subcommittee meeting minutes are posted online at www.quincypublicschools.com.

Policy Subcommittee

Mr. Bregoli reviewed the Policy Subcommittee meeting held on October 19, 2017. The Revised Fuel Efficient Fleet Policy and Section 2 of the Policy Book were reviewed.

As there were no corrections, the meeting minutes for the October 19, 2017 Policy Subcommittee were approved as presented.


Mrs. Hubley reviewed the Facilities & Security Subcommittee meeting held on October 19, 2017. Director of Safety & Security Michael Draicchio presented the Safety & Security Program Improvement Plan. Public Buildings Director Walter MacDonald presented an extensive list of the work completed over the summer in all Quincy Public Schools Buildings.

As there were no corrections, the meeting minutes for the October 19, 2017 Facilities & Security Subcommittee were approved as presented.


Executive Session

There was no Executive Session.



Ms. Isola made a motion to adjourn for the evening at 9:00 p.m. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Hubley and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.