9-30-2020 School Committee Meetings

9-30-2020 School Committee Meetings
Posted on 09/28/2020

Quincy School Committee

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Subcommittee


Per Governor Baker’s order suspending certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A sec. 20, the public will not be allowed to physically access this School Committee meeting.  Members of the Public can access the meeting audio live on QATV Channel 22 or at www.qatv.org.  The meeting will also be recorded for rebroadcast and posted on the QPS website on Friday, October 2, 2020.

Mr. Anthony Andronico, Chair

Mr. Doug Gutro & Mrs. Emily Lebo, Subcommittee Members


Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 5:30 pm

Quincy High School Cafeteria


  1. EDI Professional Development     Ms. Maura Papile


  2. QPS Community Listening Sessions Superintendent Mulvey, Ms. Maura Papile


  3. QPS Workforce Recruiting, Hiring, Retention     Superintendent Mulvey, Ms. Allison Cox



A meeting of the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee was held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:30 pm at Quincy High School.  Present were Mayor Thomas Koch, Mr. Paul Bregoli, Mr. Doug Gutro, Mrs. Kathryn Hubley, Mrs. Emily Lebo, Mr. Frank Santoro, and Mr. Anthony Andronico, Subcommittee Chair.  Also present were Superintendent Kevin Mulvey, Assistant Superintendent Erin Perkins, Ms. Allison Cox, Ms. Maura Papile, Ms. Madeline Roy, and Ms. Laura Owens, Clerk.

Superintendent Mulvey introduced the presentation, reviewing the focus on the impact of COVID-19 on social-emotional health, support discussion about racial injustice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and creating a systemic approach for social-emotional check-ins with tiered interventions.  Senior Director of Student Support Services Maura Papile reviewed the nine hours of VISIONS training (15 volunteer educators, principals, assistant principals, Superintendent’s Leadership Team members, parent representatives, and School Committee).  Competencies to be developed for staff and students include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

The District-Wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team created Professional Development resources for the opening of school.  Educators have the framework for check-ins with students, online resources, guidelines and lessons for skills development.  These can be customized to meet the needs of school communities.

Mrs. Lebo asked about Professional Development, there were site leaders (principals, assistant principal, student support, and a teacher) at the trainings.  At the site, they will help implement with other staff members beginning with the opening meetings on September 8.  Upcoming Principal professional development days will also be focused on it.

Mrs. Lebo asked how the competencies will be shared with the students, will there be curriculum for School Committee to review.  Ms. Papile said that given the structure of the current instructional model, the classroom teachers would be working with students.  Ms. Papile will share the Professional Development materials with School Committee.

Mr. Gutro asked about the District-Wide EDI team; Ms. Papile said this consists of a principal, assistant principal, two parents, student support staff, teachers and met four times through the summer.  Ms. Papile said that the stress of both the COVID-19 and racism crises can’t be separated and the support will address both.

Mr. Gutro asked about student voices being part of the team, Ms. Papile said that will be part of the next agenda item.

Mr. Andronico asked about feedback from the VISIONS training from the participants, Ms. Papile said that feedback is positive and she can create a survey and share the responses.  Ms. Papile said the Student Support staff have a long, positive relationship with VISIONS, the conversations can be uncomfortable.  Mr. Andronico noted that additional training would need to be funded by School Committee; Superintendent Mulvey noted that there may also be grant opportunities.

Mr. Gutro asked about how participants were identified; Ms. Papile asked Principals to suggest staff that would be interested and these were volunteers during the summer.  There was more interest than could be accommodated.

Mayor Koch said there is opportunity with the student leadership, such as student government and athletics.  Mayor Koch also suggested engaging the faith community.  Ms. Papile said the Roots and Wings program that was piloted at the high school is another opportunity to engage students.

Mrs. Hubley asked for an example of a check-in at different grade levels, is this a live interaction.  Ms. Papile shared that this can take many forms, some are written (online) and others are face to face.

Mr. Bregoli is concerned about the added stress on the Superintendent’s Leadership Team, School Committee should be cognizant of that.  Mr. Bregoli said that the submissions on the Instagram pages were anonymous, but wondered if any were investigated.  Superintendent Mulvey said that some of the reported incidents were familiar and had been investigated in the past; other issues were unknown, but not able to be investigated; some issues were raised and investigated.  Superintendent Mulvey urged students and parents with concerns to bring them to his attention.

Mr. Bregoli would like to know how deep these problems are in the community.  Superintendent Mulvey said the next agenda item will review seeking out student perspectives and noted that these investigations are highly confidential and that the outcome will not be public. 

Mr. Santoro said the implementation will be difficult at different levels; suggested that at the high school, the quarterly assemblies are organized by the Student Council and this could be an opportunity to address student concerns.

Mayor Koch said that the unique cultures of each of the schools will allow them to customize and implement this initiative.  Mayor Koch said this is similar to the growing awareness of opioid addiction over the last twenty years, the community concerns about racism and being included show that there are always opportunities to do better. 

Mrs. Lebo said that the student leaders could be encouraged to recruit other student participants.

Mr. Gutro asked for Superintendent Mulvey to review the Instagram posts and provide itemized list of actions and responses.

Superintendent Mulvey suggested that Community Listening opportunities be organized by VISIONS, including a culture and climate survey for all stakeholders; virtual focus groups and community listening sessions; and virtual student discussions.  Superintendent Mulvey said that there would be additional costs associated with this proposal, VISIONS is working on creating a proposal and timeline.

Ms. Papile said the collection of information from staff, students, and families is important to expand areas to address.

Mrs. Lebo asked for VISIONS to provide information about next steps beyond the Community Listening.

Mr. Andronico asked if other opportunities will be explored utilizing other resources.  Superintendent Mulvey said currently the plan is to stay with VISIONS so as not to confuse the efforts.

Director of Human Resources & Educator Development Allison Cox presented on the Quincy Public Schools commitment to ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity.  Current statistics are 15% of paraprofessionals and 5% of professional educators identify as being people of color, an average of 7% across the district.  Quincy Public Schools has expanded outreach including postings being shared through a wider network including SchoolSpring and MATSOL; working with local colleges and universities through pre-practicum programs; and developing leadership opportunities for all QPS employees.  Quincy Public Schools has applied to join the Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education; membership is capped, so currently on the waiting list.  Quincy Public Schools Human Resources department will use the website and social media to affirm Quincy Public Schools as a welcoming district for BIPOC employees, including messaging in job postings.

Mr. Gutro asked about the ethnic and racial makeup of Quincy Public Schools students, 56% of students identify as other than white.  Superintendent Mulvey clarified that many of the recruitment efforts have been in place for the last two to three years.  Ms. Cox said the MPDE is looking at expanding membership, at this time job fairs are being held virtually.  Ms. Cox said that other districts have programs to “grow your own” education candidates and internship opportunities, she will be looking at best practices outside of Quincy Public Schools. 

Mr. Gutro asked about the professional development opportunities, Ms. Papile said program improvement goals will include cultural responsiveness and professional development programming will be provided and be mandatory. 

Mayor Koch asked about the career conversations with the students, the guidance counselors could assist. 

Mr. Santoro suggested a Future Educators club at each of the high schools.

Mrs. Hubley asked about data from other school districts, Ms. Cox said this is readily available on the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education website so she will compile the information.  Ms. Cox said that this is an ongoing concern for many school districts.

Mrs. Lebo asked for employee data for other areas, including custodians, clerical, and food services. 

Mrs. Lebo asked about the wording for the position descriptions, Ms. Cox said that there was a meeting with educator representatives from the BIPOC educators group and the language they shared was a good model to use moving forward.

Mrs. Lebo asked about contractual wording that precludes posting externally.  Superintendent Mulvey said that the clerical contract has a provision that if six internal candidates apply the position will not be posted externally.  Mrs. Lebo suggested that these postings be circulated more widely.

Mrs. Lebo asked for the student diversity population for other districts to be included with the staff data and asked for a new hire list to be shared with School Committee.  Mrs. Lebo said that both high schools have Early Education & Childcare programs, those could be expanded to encourage students to become teachers.

Mr. Gutro asked that the data include gender.

Mr. Andronico thanked the Superintendent, Leadership Team, and School Committee for their focus on these issues. 

Mr. Gutro made a motion to adjourn the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee meeting at 6:50 pm.  Mrs. Lebo seconded the motion and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.


Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 6:30 pm

Quincy High School Cafeteria

Per Governor Baker’s order suspending certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A sec. 20, the public will not be allowed to physically access this School Committee meeting.  Members of the Public can access the meeting audio live on QATV Channel 22 or at www.qatv.org.  The meeting will also be recorded for rebroadcast and posted on the QPS website on Friday, October 2, 2020.

  1. Approval of Minutes:
  1.  Special Meeting Minutes for September 2, 2020 and September 9, 2020
  2.  Executive Session Minutes for September 2, 2020 and September 9, 2020
  3.  Policy Subcommittee Minutes for September 2, 2020 and September 9, 2020

II.        Open ForumAn opportunity for community input regarding the Quincy Public Schools.  Community in this context is defined as a resident of the City of Quincy, a parent of a student who attends the Quincy Public Schools, or an employee of the Quincy Public Schools.  Non-community persons not permitted to speak at Open Forum may submit written statements to the School Committee.  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

  1. QPS Covid-19 Metrics(with Health Commissioner Ruth Jones)
  2. Preliminary 2020-21 Enrollment Update
  3. Chromebooks/Technology Update
  4. Quincy School~Community Partnership Update
  5. Governor Baker & Board of Education Recognitions

IV.       Old Business:  

  1. High School Hybrid Scheduling Update  Superintendent Mulvey, Mr. Shaw, Mr. Taglieri

V.        New Business:

  1. Chairman’s Report   Mayor Koch
  2. MASC General Meeting Delegate    Mrs. Hubley

 VI.      Additional Business:   

VII.     Communications

  1. Upcoming School Committee Meetings, October 14 and 28, 2020 (Regular Meetings, 6:30 pm)
  2. Upcoming Subcommittee Meetings:   Budget & Finance October 14, 2020, 6:00 pm

VIII.    Reports of Subcommittees:  None

IX.       Executive Session:    Contract Negotiations             

X.        Adjournment:

Quincy, MASSACHUSETTS – September 30, 2020


Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee


A meeting of the Quincy School Committee was held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 7:00 p.m at Quincy High School. Superintendent Kevin Mulvey called the roll and present were Mayor Thomas Koch, Mr. Paul Bregoli, Mr. Doug Gutro, Mrs. Kathryn Hubley, Mrs. Emily Lebo, Mr. Frank Santoro, and Mr. Anthony Andronico, Vice Chair.

Also present were: Superintendent Kevin Mulvey, Assistant Superintenden

Erin Perkins, Ms. Allison Cox, Mr. Michael Draicchio, Mr. James Mullaney,

Ms. Maura Papile, Ms. Madeline Roy, Mr. Keith Segalla, Mr. Robert Shaw,

Mr. Lawrence Taglieri; Health Commissioner Ruth Jones; and

Ms. Laura Owens, Clerk.


Mr. Santoro asked if there is any change to Open Meeting law that would allow for

in-person participation for community members. Mr. Andronico said not yet as

the Governor’s Order on public meetings is still in force.


Superintendent Mulvey recognized the following former Quincy Public Schools

employees who have recently passed away: Mary Bozian, 19 years as a Special

Education teacher and Guidance Counselor at Atlantic and Broad Meadows; Jean

Doherty, 38 years as a teacher at the Hunting, Massachusetts Fields, Beechwood

Knoll, and Parker Elementary Schools; Carol Evans, a bus driver for 35 years;

Margaret McHugh, a bus driver for 30 years; Richard Ramsdell, 28 years as an Art

Teacher and Coordinator of Arts & Humanities; and Robert Trott, 30 years as a

teacher at Quincy Vocational Technical High School.


Special Meeting


Vice Chair Presiding

Mrs. Hubley made a motion to approve the minutes of the Special Meeting

Minutes for September 2, 2020 and September 9, 2020; the Executive Session

Minutes for September 2, 2020 and September 9, 2020; and the Policy

Subcommittee Meeting Minutes for September 2, 2020 and September 9, 2020.

Mr. Bregoli seconded the motion and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.


Approval of Minutes

For Open Forum, six letters were submitted in support of returning to full-time

in-person learning from Alison Rosenthal, Katie Ollman, Kristin Campbell, Sean

Glennon, Amy Kelley, and Jim Ferrara.


Open Forum

Superintendent Kevin Mulvey opened the Superintendent’s Report with Health

Commissioner Ruth Jones presentation of updated COVID-19 metrics, two weeks

of data from September 16 through September 29. With a daily average of

confirmed cases at 4.14 over the two weeks, the City of Quincy has moved into the

yellow. Several of the Quincy Public School students that are positive cases are

remote students, others were hybrid. so school-based contact tracing was done

and notifications to families and staff. Commissioner Jones said that PCR-based

testing is considered the most reliable and she has been discussing with the

Mayor and Superintendent that this be the policy for the city. The antigen-based

test gives fast results, but has not been as reliable. (A student was positive on an

antigen test this week but negative on the subsequent PCR test.)



Mr. Gutro asked about relationships between cases, Commissioner Jones said

these are community spread, sometimes within a household. None are school-based transmissions. Mr. Gutro said the complete picture provided by the metrics

is very helpful, there are no cases among QPS staff currently.


Mr. Bregoli said that Governor Baker has publicly said that communities in the

white, green, and yellow are in good shape in terms of getting back to school.

Commissioner Jones agreed that this change should not affect the current plans

about returning Grades 4-12 hybrid. The mix of metrics shows where the cases

are happening and all are factors in making appropriate decisions. There was no

transmission from the positive cases who are attending school.


Mrs. Lebo asked about the positive cases that were in school. Commissioner

Jones agreed that the 6-foot distancing was important, the other students in the

classroom did not have to quarantine as all were wearing masks and sitting far

enough apart. Mrs. Lebo thanked the staff, it is not easy to enforce the guidelines.

Mr. Bregoli asked for clarification because the guidelines for dining out have been

expanded to allow for 10 people to sit at a table. Commissioner Jones said that

dining out is a smaller circle of transmission, these are people who are together in

different phases of their life, often family groups. In a classroom setting, where

students and staff are all from different households, the six-foot distance is


Mr. Bregoli asked about moving to the 3-foot distance, Commissioner Jones does

not advocate changing this metric at this time.


Mrs. Lebo said that the choice to go out to dinner is made by adults and very

different from School Committee making the decision for students to be in school

full time.


Mr. Andronico asked Commissioner Jones to confirm that she agrees with the

current path that School Committee has put into place and she does.


Superintendent Mulvey continued his report with an update on Quincy Public

Schools Preliminary Enrollment, 9,698 students with 65 registrations still in

process. 1,381 students are enrolled in the Virtual School, 51% of Kindergarten

through Grade 3 students.


2,500 Chromebooks arrived at the Coddington Building on Monday, thanks to the

assistance of DESE Commissioner Jeffrey Riley and Associate Commissioner

Russell Johnston. Thanks to Executive Director Keith Segalla, the entire IT staff,

and many Coddington Staff members, 1,300 have been distributed in the last two

days. Distribution will continue this week, with 600 requests outstanding. The

next shipment of Chromebooks will arrive on Monday, October 12.


Mr. Bregoli asked for clarification, families who have not yet requested to borrow

Chromebooks can go to the Quincy Public Schools website and fill out the form

found under Technology Links.


Superintendent Mulvey then presented an update from the Quincy

School~Community Partnership: 3500 backpacks filled with school supplies were

distributed to all schools; PPE donations include 500 face shields, 100,000 face

masks, and PPE care packages; and technology donations have been received

from Quincy College and Quincy Credit Union.


Superintendent Mulvey concluded his report by noting that Governor Baker

recognized Quincy Public Schools at last Thursday’s press briefing. Yesterday,

Superintendent Mulvey and Assistant Superintendent Perkins presented to the

State Board of Education on the Special Education summer program initiatives.

Mr. Andronico said that he was glad to see the hard work of the Quincy Public

Schools team recognized by the state level, the governor confirmed his support of

the Quincy Public Schools model.





Superintendent Mulvey introduced the high school principals who will be

reviewing the final version of the hybrid plan for high schools. Based on

discussions with the Re-Entry Task Force, the proposed re-entry date for Grades

4-12 would shift to Thursday, October 15 with cohort B beginning hybrid

learning. Principal Shaw reviewed that this plan returns to the model first

presented in August with hybrid students having a mix of synchronous learning in

person and online.


Mrs. Lebo thanked the high school principals for their efforts, wants to be sure

that the public knows that Quincy Public Schools is required to offer a full remote

model and that the two high schools have differing levels of student interest in

hybrid vs. remote. Mrs. Lebo reiterated that there will be changes in teacher

assignments no matter if students remain remote or enter the hybrid model.


Mayor Koch asked about attendance and engagement. Mr. Taglieri and Mr. Shaw

said the attendance is excellent, students are initially required to have their

cameras on but not necessarily for the whole period. Mr. Taglieri said that

teachers use breakout groups for student interactions. Mr. Shaw said that

teachers Professional Development encouraged them to add interactive elements,

polls and questions to be answered.


Mr. Gutro asked about average class sizes, in a normal in-person model, 22-24 is

the average class size also for remote learners. For hybrid, there will be 7-10

students in a class. Mr. Gutro asked about remote students watching/

participating in a class that is taking place in person. Mr. Shaw said that teaching

remotely and teaching in person are different, it would be difficult to adapt to

doing both at the same time, especially the logistics of managing the technical



Mrs. Lebo said that additional technology would be needed for cameras that allow

staff to move around within the classroom and what works for college students is

less likely to be successful at other grade levels, teachers have not been trained,

and this may require negotiation. Mrs. Lebo asked for clarification, full remote

students are fully synchronous and hybrid students are not.


Mr. Bregoli suggested that technical issues would interfere with teachers’ ability

to teach in person and remotely at the same time.


Mayor Koch echoed Mrs. Lebo and Mr. Bregoli’s thoughts, the principals have

worked very hard on these plans, agrees that there are technology issues and

School Committee needs to adopt the plan so scheduling can be completed.

Mr. Santoro agreed that this would be very difficult for teachers.


Mr. Gutro asked if the plan could be revisited for the 2nd semester, but Mr. Taglieri

said this is the plan until in-person learning is able to resume.


Mr. Andronico asked for clarification, the QPS Fall 2020 Re-Opening Task Force

reviewed the plan yesterday and the majority are in favor of the plan.


Mayor Koch made a motion to approve the high school hybrid plan, seconded by

Mrs. Hubley.


On the motion, Mrs. Lebo noted that the re-entry date is now October 15 for

Grades 4-12.


On a roll call vote, the ayes have it, 7-0.



Old Business


High School Hybrid

Learning Model


Mayor Koch thanked Commissioner Jones, Quincy is still below the state average

for new positive cases. Mayor Koch noted that he is creating models for next

year’s budget, all departments could be looking at challenges fiscally.


Old Business


Chairman’s Report

Mrs. Hubley announced that on November 7, the Massachusetts Association of

School Committees General Meeting will be held virtually. The MASC Resolutions

to be reviewed at a subsequent meeting.


Mr. Gutro made a motion for Mrs. Hubley to serve as the Quincy School

Committee Delegate to the MASC General Meeting. The motion was second by Mr.



On the motion, Mrs. Lebo mentioned there is a Professional Development on

Cultural Relevancy that she would like to participate in. Ms. Owens will follow up

about registration.


On a voice vote, the ayes have it.


New Business


MASC General Meeting



Mr. Andronico announced that upcoming School Committee Meetings will be held

on October 14 and October 28, 2020 all at 6:30 pm.

A Budget & Finance Subcommittee Meeting is scheduled for October 14, 2020 at

6:00 pm.



Mrs. Lebo made a motion for School Committee to enter into Executive Session for

the purpose of contract negotiations at 8:45 pm. Mr. Bregoli seconded the motion

and on a roll call vote, the ayes have it, 7-0.


Executive Session


As School Committee will not return to the Regular Meeting from Executive

Session, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm.