May 3, 2017 School Committee Meeting


Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:30 pm
Coddington Building

I. Approval of Minutes:

A. Regular Meeting Minutes for April 12, 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. Student Recognitions: Massachusetts Music Educators District & All-State

C. ELC Celebration, May 31

D. Robotics Challenge, May 20

E. Picnic in the Park, Saturday, April 29

F. Family Healthy Choices Night, April 27

G. Drama Presentations:
* Back to the 80s, May 5-7 at North Quincy High School
* Alice in Wonderland, May 11-12 at Broad Meadows Middle School

H. Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8-12

I. Quincy High School Fashion Show, May 12

J. Women in the Trades, May 24

K. Home-School Connections: Atherton Hough Newsletter

IV. Old Business:

V. New Business:

A. City of Quincy FY2018 Budget Overview - Mayor Thomas P. Koch

B. Career & Technical Education Program Advisory Team - Mr. Keith Segalla, Ms. Rebecca McInnis & Mr. Stephen Wessling

C. Girls Rising Initiative Update - Ms. Roy

D. School Choice (Vote) - Dr. DeCristofaro
Superintendent DeCristofaro recommends that the Quincy School Committee withdraw from enrolling non-resident students in the Quincy Public Schools for the 2017-2018 academic year for the following reasons:
*  Continued concerns at the elementary, middle, and high schools based on current and projected enrollments.
* Policy of the Quincy School Committee to adhere to class size guidelines. E. South Shore Educational Collaboration Representative (Vote) Dr. DeCristofaro

VI. Additional Business:

VII. Communications:

A. Upcoming School Committee Meetings (6:30 pm): May 17, 2017 (at Central); June 14, 2017 (at the Coddington Building)

B. Upcoming Subcommittee Meetings (Coddington Building):
1. Facilities & Security: May 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm
2. Athletics: May 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm
3. FY2018 Budget Proposal: May 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm
4. FY2018 Budget Revolving Accounts: May 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm
5. FY2018 Budget Options & Priorities: May 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm (if needed)
6. Special Education: May 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm
7. FY2018 Budget Public Hearing: May 31, 2017 at 6:00 pm

VIII. Reports of Subcommittees: Teaching & Learning, Ms. Isola to report on the May 1, 2017 meeting.

IX. Executive Session: None  

X. Adjournment:

Subcommittees of the School Committee


Budget & Finance

Facilities & Security

  1. North Quincy High School Campus Expansion/Teel Field Project Referred at the January 22, 2014 School Committee Meeting.

  2. Faxon Field Equalization Pipe Referred at the October 14, 2015 School Committee meeting. Requesting information on the communications between the City of Quincy and Mass. DEP.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.  

  5. 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. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Referred to Subcommittee at the September 24, 2012 Special School Committee Meeting. Student Support Services working with elementary and middle schools to continue the implementation of this initiative.

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. Peer Mentoring for Grade 9 Students Referred at the September 29, 2015 Special School Committee meeting. Monitoring the implementation of this program at both high schools.


  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. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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

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

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

  9. 2017-2018 School Year Calendar Referred at the December 7, 2016 School Committee meeting for review and approval.

  10. 2017-2018 School Committee Meeting Calendar Referred at the December 7, 2016 School Committee meeting for review and approval.

Special Education

Rules, Post Audit & Oversight

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.

  4. MCAS 2.0 Referred at the November 9, 2016 School Committee meeting to review preparations for students for the newest version of the MCAS, particularly Grades 4 and 8 which will be testing online in Spring 2017.

  5. 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.


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 – May 3, 2017
Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee

Regular Meeting

A regular meeting of the Quincy School Committee was held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the Coddington Building at 6:30 p.m. The Superintendent called the roll and present were School Committee Chairman Mayor Thomas Koch, Mrs. Kathryn Hubley, Ms. Barbara Isola, Mrs. Emily Lebo, Mrs. Anne Mahoney and Mr. Paul Bregoli, Vice Chair. Mr. James DeAmicis arrived at 7:25 pm.

Vice Chair Presiding

Also present were: Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Secretary; Ms. Laura Owens, Clerk; Mr. Michael Draicchio, Dr. John Franceschini, Ms. Beth Hallett, Ms. Elise Higgins-Steele, Ms. Rebecca McInnis, Ms. Courtney Mitchell, Mr. James Mullaney, Deputy Superintendent Kevin Mulvey, Mrs. Maura Papile, Mrs. Erin Perkins, Ms. Madeline Roy, Mr. Keith Segalla, Quincy Education Association President Allison Cox.


There was a moment of silence in memory of Mr. Arthur Gillis, Director of Library Services and Librarian for over 30 years.


Regular Meeting Minutes Approved 4.12.2017

Mrs. Hubley made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Lebo to approve the Regular Meeting minutes for April 12, 2017. On a voice vote, the ayes have it.


Open Forum

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


Superintendent's Report

Dr. DeCristofaro opened the Superintendent’s Report by recognizing Quincy High School students who participated in the recent Massachusetts Music Educators Festival Events: Marcus Johnson, Emily Crosta All-State Festival Chorus; Emily Barker, Leanne Gough, District Festival Chorus; and Daniel Hagborg, District Festival Band.

The Inspire Quincy video featured the April Vacation week Elementary School Chorus Camp at Quincy High School and Montclair; the Learn to Swim Program at the South Shore YMCA, Healthy Choices Family Night, the Picnic in the Park at the Adams Historic Site, Math Mania at Clifford Marshall, and the Grade 5 All-City Band & Chorus Concert.

Dr. DeCristofaro noted that May 8-12 is Teacher Appreciation Week and May 10 is Nurses Appreciation Day. Quincy Public Schools recognizes all of its educators during this week and Dr. DeCristofaro recognized Allison Cox as an outstanding educator in addition to her work with the Quincy Education Association.

Upcoming Quincy Public Schools events include Cleaner Greener on Saturday, May 6 and the final Parent Academy of the year will be the Welcome to Kindergarten event on May 23 at 6:30 pm at Central Middle School. Thanks to all the teachers and administrators who made these Parent Academies so successful this year. Quincy Public Schools Nurses and Brewster Ambulance will provide CPR & AED re-certification for over 40 students at both high schools on May 11. The North Quincy High School Senior Art & Photo Showcase will be held on May 11. North Quincy High School Drama Presents Back to the 80s on May 5-7. The Quincy High School Fashion Show will be held on May 12 and the Women in the Trades Summit on May 24. The ELC Open House will be held on May 31 at Point Webster Middle School. The Grades 5-8 Robotics Challenge will be held on May 20 and on May 25, the All-City Middle School Chorus Festival Concert will be held at Central Middle School. Dr. DeCristofaro reminded School Committee that the high school graduations will be held on June 12 (North Quincy) and June 13 (Quincy) at 6:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium, weather permitting or indoors at the respective high school.

Recent Quincy Public Schools events include the Family Healthy Choices Night, over 200 students participated in athletic events at Veterans Memorial Stadium. A Drug Story Theater presentation was held for middle school parents at Central Middle School. The All-City Band & Chorus Concert was held on May 2, featuring 100 students in Band, 20 students in Percussion ensemble, over 50 students in Chorus. Thanks to both the Band and Choral Booster parent groups for support of programs. The April vacation Choral Camp included 60 students in Grades 3-5 Picnic in the Park, a collaboration of the National Park Service/Adams Historic Site, the Planning Department, and Quincy Public Schools saw over 300 students and family members on April 27.

Looking forward to this summer, the construction plans for the new Sterling Middle School will be reviewed with staff on May 9. Summer Reading lists and Summer Program information is being finalized and will be shared at later School Committee meetings.

Quincy High School’s Think Work Share and Atherton Hough Elementary School’s Monthly Newsletters were shared with School Committee.


Old Business

There was no Old Business.


New Business

City of Quincy FY2018 Budget Overview

Mayor Koch gave an overview of the FY2018 City Budget, presented on May 1 to City Council just under $300 million total. The Budget reflects the values of the city, City Council may approve or cut, but may not add to any department budget. For the School Committee, City Council may not make any line item cuts. Increases in Fire Department will allow for full-time staffing of all apparatus, including Rescue 1. The Quincy Public Schools budget is up $2.9 million to cover scheduled raises and step level increases as well as the opportunity for some program enhancements. This is a conservative budget, Mayor Koch is hoping to have a smaller property tax increase in the fall, and to try to balance the needs for services and the costs for those services. On the debt service side, 5.25% of the city budget is allocated for this category, Quincy is one of the top three cities in Massachusetts for bond rating and excess levy capacity.


New Business

Career & Technical Education Program Advisory Team

Executive Director of Career & Technical Education Keith Segalla, Quincy High School Career & Technical Education Department Chair Rebecca McInnis, and Mr. Steve Wessling, CEO & President of Wessling Architects (QHS Class of 1965) presented the annual update on the Career & Technical Education Program Advisory Team. All 19 Career & Technical Education programs have active advisory teams, consisting of students, parents, members of the community, and representatives from organized labor, business, and industry and/or postsecondary institutions. The program advisory teams provide opportunities for CTE instructors and team members to review and discuss program direction, safety, curriculum updates, improvements, and feedback on student competencies. The team members provide paid and unpaid work-based learning experiences, expand opportunities for industry partners, and provide donated equipment, and instructional materials.

The ongoing CTE Advisory Team goals include the compilation of the Advisory Team reports, reviewing classroom safety and equipment, program of studies, student enrollment, curriculum and instructional materials, and establishing program goals. The second goal is for each CTE program to have a relevant lesson or visitation at the workplace of a CTE team member.

CVE Department Chair Rebecca McInnis spoke about the Perkins Grant recommendations focused on safety, curriculum, educational software, professional development, and equipment. Financial support was provided for vouchers for students to complete OSHA General or Construction safety credentials and Career Safety Awareness credentials. New curriculum materials were purchased for Business Technology, NQHS Early Education and Care, Health Care Technology, Information Technology, and Metal Fabrication. Educational software was purchased for Business Technology, Health Care, Legal and Protective Services, and Information Technology. Equipment was purchased for Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Electrical, Engineering, and Metal Fabrication. Technology was purchased for Broadcasting, Business, Information Technology, and Early Education and Care. Professional Development Opportunities included OSHA Construction Certification and Re-Certification.

Mrs. Lebo thanked all of the participants on the CTE Advisory Committees and complimented the impressive list of materials and equipment from the limited Perkins funding. Very pleased to see the CTE programs receiving competitive grants as well.

Ms. Isola echoed Mrs. Lebo, so many of the CTE Advisors are part of the Quincy School~Community Partnership, we are very lucky in Quincy to have these businesses who contribute in so many ways.

Mrs. Mahoney said that it was great to hear Mr. Wessling speak of his experiences, overcame some obstacles and shared this inspiration with students. Thanked Mr. Segalla for the thorough presentation, these notebooks represent the work of the volunteers who provide enormous opportunities for our students.

Mayor Koch added his words of gratitude to those of the School Committee. Mr. Wessling is such a committed member of the community, supporting the schools and many city-based cultural, social services, and charitable causes.

Mr. Bregoli thanked Mayor Koch for the budgetary support for expansion of CTE programs at North Quincy High School and suggested Fashion Technology and Legal & Protective Services as areas for future expansion.


New Business

Girl Rising Project Update

Senior Curriculum Director Madeline Roy and Sterling Middle School Teacher Elise Higgins-Steele gave an update on the Girl Rising project. Quincy Public Schools has received a grant to expand the program to other middle schools as well as to connect to schools across the country and around the world. Atlantic and Central will be piloting the project in Grade 8 ELA classes. There will be a Community Screening of the Girl Rising film on May 19 for Grade 8 families. For the last eight weeks of school, the Grade 8 students will begin with a pre-project survey, read the Girl Rising book in sections, online blog for student writing, sources for research, planning for projects to be completed by the end of May. The three schools will Skype to connect classrooms, use Google docs to organize projects, and use social media to create awareness and create a positive digital footprint. The project teaches students about empathy, awareness, and action.

Ms. Isola said that Ms. Higgins-Steele’s enthusiasm is contagious, students are so lucky to have access to this project, brings the focus on how lucky we are in our communities and how can we make an impact in the world. Looks forward to hearing the fall update.

Mrs. Hubley said the Girl Rising documentary is impactful and urged everyone to see it.

Mr. DeAmicis thanked the presenters, noting that the project is a good opportunity to help students understand their role in this world in expanding equality. Speaks volumes that Quincy is leading the way, thanks for the commitment and passion in leading the next generation.

Mrs. Lebo said that teachers are really leaders in the Quincy Public Schools and the administration has done a good job recognizing and supporting these initiatives.

Dr. DeCristofaro thanked Dr. Franceschini and Ms. Mitchell for their support of the project. He is looking forward to seeing it expand to other schools.


New Business

School Choice (Vote)

Dr. DeCristofaro recommended that School Committee withdraw from enrolling non-resident students in the Quincy Public Schools for the 2017-2018 (School Choice) due to concerns about building capacity and maintaining class size guidelines in our the elementary, middle, and high schools. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires that School Committees vote on this annually.

Mrs. Lebo made a motion to withdraw from enrolling non-resident students in the Quincy Public Schools for the 2017-2018 school year. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Hubley and on a roll call vote, the ayes have it, 7-0.


New Business

SSEC Board Representative (Vote)

Ms. Isola made a motion to confirm Dr. Richard DeCristofaro as the Quincy Public Schools representative on the South Shore Educational Collaborative Board for the 2017-2018 school year. The motion was seconded by Mr. DeAmicis and on a roll call vote, the ayes have it, 7-0.


Additional Business

There was no Additional Business.



Upcoming meetings were announced: School Committee on May 17 and June 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm; the May 17, 2017 meeting will be held at Central Middle School.

Upcoming Subcommittee meetings were announced: Facilities & Security will meet on May 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm, followed by Athletics at 5:30 pm. The FY2018 Budget & Finance Subcommittee meetings will be held on May 10, May 16, and May 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Special Education will meet on May 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm. The FY2018 Public Hearing is May 31, 2017 at 6:00 pm.


Reports of Subcommittees

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

Teaching & Learning

Ms. Isola reported on the April 3, 2017 Teaching & Learning Subcommittee which featured a presentation on General & Choral Music Programs by Ms. Hallett and an overview of summer programs for students and teachers presented by Mrs. Perkins and Ms. Roy.

As there were no corrections, the minutes for the April 3, 2017 Teaching & Learning Subcommittee meeting, the minutes were approved as presented.


Mr. Bregoli removed 2017-18 School Year Calendar and 2017-18 School Committee Calendar from the Policy Subcommittee.


Executive Session

There was no Executive Session.



Mayor Koch made a motion to adjourn for the evening at 7:55 p.m. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Hubley and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.