9-23-2020 School Committee Meetings

9-23-2020 School Committee Meetings
Posted on 09/21/2020

Quincy School Committee

Facilities, Security & Transportation Subcommittee


Mr. Frank Santoro, Chair

Mr. Anthony Andronico & Mr. Doug Gutro, Subcommittee Members

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 5:30 pm

Coddington Building




1. Review of QPS Summer Projects   Commissioner Paul Hines

2. Special Education Learning Center Update

Commissioner Paul Hines 

3. NQHS Mascot Locations                         Superintendent Mulvey     



A meeting of the Facilities, Transportation & Security Subcommittee was held on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm in the Coddington Building.  Present were Mayor Thomas Koch, Mr. Anthony Andronico, Mr. Paul Bregoli, Mr. Doug Gutro. Mrs. Kathryn Hubley, Mrs. Emily Lebo, and Mr. Frank Santoro, Subcommittee Chair.  Also present were Superintendent Kevin Mulvey; Public Buildings Commissioner Paul Hines; and Ms. Laura Owens, Clerk.

Public Buildings Commissioner Paul Hines shared a report of school building improvements completed in school buildings since schools closed in March.  In addition to the detail provided, Mechanical Engineer Mr. Scott has provided a separate report on HVAC/Ventilation to School Committee at an earlier Special School Committee meeting.  Commissioner Hines announced that Quincy Public Schools is the recipient of a $25,000 School Water Improvement Grant, which will be used to install bottle refill stations at school sites.  In addition, Director of Energy & Sustainability Shelly Dein has secured a $200,000 Green Community Grant which will be used for LED lighting conversion at the Point Webster Middle School.

Highlights of the projects included completely renovating the restrooms at the Atherton Hough Elementary School, all are now fully operational and handicap accessible; asbestos abatement at the Bernazzani Elementary School, including retiling a number of classrooms; the Lincoln Hancock pool and locker room renovation is underway; Merrymount had asbestos abatement, retiling, and a renovation of the elevator.  At Montclair, three new classrooms and offices were built out in the basement level, asbestos abatement, retiling, and new windows are ordered for the basement classrooms.  At Parker, a new staircase and walkway installed on the Faxon Road Side and at Snug Harbor, abatement and retiling plus the replacement of the main electrical switch gear.  At Wollaston, a planned abatement project in the basement was expanded to include new ceilings, flooring, and lighting and new lockers installed on the 1st and 2nd floors.  At Broad Meadows, a major renovation is underway for mechanical services and at Point Webster, the AC system chillers were repaired, new lockers installed, and replaced rear exterior accessible ramp.  At South~West, warranty items are being pursued.  At NQHS, rooms have been revamped to create new offices on the ground floor and ongoing painting of the interior hallways, ceiling tiles, and flooring.  At QHS, the hot water boilers have been replaced and shades installed on the Coddington Street side of the building.

Commissioner Hines thanked the Principals and the custodians for their cooperation and the Public Buildings Maintenance staff (electricians, plumbers, construction workers) for their efforts including numerous work orders for regular repairs and maintenance.

Ms. Owens will update the School Improvement/Capital Improvement projects list to reconcile with Mr. Hines’ master list.  Mr. Gutro asked to see a reconciliation of the Capital Improvement Plan.  Mr. Gutro asked about asbestos abatement; Commissioner Hines said that Bernazzani, Lincoln Hancock, Snug Harbor, Wollaston, Montclair, Atherton Hough, Merrymount all had some abatement.  Montclair and Wollaston are close to being asbestos-free.  

Mr. Gutro asked about lead abatement in water pipes, Mr. Hines said this work is ongoing, Merrymount, Montclair, and Wollaston had some areas addressed.  Merrymount will have additional work completed in Summer 2021.  Mr. Hines emphasized that all operational water bubblers are in compliance with current regulations, but the City’s goal is to be at zero.

Superintendent Mulvey thanked Mr. Hines, the principals are grateful for all of the work completed over the last six months.

Mr. Santoro said that he was in the process of touring the schools with in March to prioritize the School Improvement Plan requests and would like to resume these visits when that is possible.

Commissioner Hines updated on the status of the Dr. Richard DeCristofaro Special Education Learning Center.  The building has been acquired and Wessling Architects has completed the conceptual drawings, the vision for the building is amazing.  Earlier this week, City Council appropriated the $14 million for the construction and construction documents are underway.  The next step will be bidding and selection of an Owner’s Project Manager and a contractor to follow; the buildout is projected to take 18-20 months.

Mr. Andronico thanked Commissioner Hines, will be looking forward to a more detailed presentation on the DeCristofaro Learning Center at an upcoming meeting.

Superintendent Mulvey presented a list of North Quincy High School locations where the Yakoo image appears:  the gymnasium floor; four wall locations on the first and second floors; Creedon Field signage; and banners in the gymnasium.

Mr. Gutro asked about a timetable for the new mascot name, Superintendent Mulvey said that discussion would begin in October when the students return to school.  Mr. Mulvey said there will be involvement by students primarily with support from parents and staff.

Mrs. Lebo asked about the locker rooms, Mr. Bregoli confirmed that there is a banner in the girls locker room that can be removed.

Mr. Andronico made a motion to adjourn the Facilities, Transportation & Security Subcommittee meeting at 6:05 pm.  Mr. Gutro seconded the motion and on a voice vote, the ayes have it.

Quincy School Committee

Special Meeting

Coddington Building, School Committee Room

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.


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, September 25, 2020.


  1. Chairman’s Update     Mayor Thomas Koch


  2. Superintendent’s Report     Superintendent Mulvey
    • QPS Administrative Appointments
    • Re-Opening Metrics (with Health Commissioner Ruth Jones)
    • Enrollment & Attendance Update
    • Chromebook Update
    • Grades 4-12 Instructional Choice Survey
    • Board of Education Meeting, September 29


  3. Open Forum     Vice Chair Andronico

    Open Forum items may be submitted to School Committee via email to:  [email protected].  Please include your full name and mailing address as part of the email.

  4. High School Hybrid Learning Model Update     Mr. Shaw, Mr. Taglieri


  5. Executive Session:Contract Negotiations


  6. Adjournment

Quincy, MASSACHUSETTS – September 23, 2020


Regular Meeting of the Quincy School Committee

A meeting of the Quincy School Committee was held on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 6:10 p.m at the Coddington Building. 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 Superintendent 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 Department Commissioner Ruth Jones; and Ms. Laura Owens, Clerk.


Special Meeting


Vice-Chair Presiding


Mayor Koch remembered former Mayor Joseph Laraia who passed away recently.

Mayor Koch thanked the City Council members who voted to support the Dr. Richard DeCristofaro Special Education Learning Center. The program for these high needs students is so specialized, including bathrooms for every classroom, it will be state of the art and serve our families well.

Mayor Koch thanked Commissioner Hines and the Public Buildings department for their work this summer, maintaining our important assets, safer learning environments.

Mayor Koch said that the COVID-19 numbers have stabilized after bumps up at the end of last week and this past Monday.


Chairman’s Report


Superintendent Mulvey reviewed the Administrative appointments made in the last few months, Director of Human Resources & Educator Development Allison Cox; Payroll Coordinator Angela Fasoli; Data & Assessment Coordinator Christopher Tierney; IT Support & Implementation Specialist Jason Casimiro; IT Data Support Specialist Ethan Vidyarthy; and Principal Payroll Clerk Kathy Myers. The Special Education Director and Payroll Clerk are posted internally and on SchoolSpring. Two new teaching Elementary Assistant Principals were appointed over the summer: Kathleen Divaio at Atherton Hough and Marisa Forrester at Beechwood Knoll.

Mrs. Lebo asked whether these were new positions or filling open positions, only the IT Support & Implementation Specialist is a new position.

Health Commissioner Ruth Jones presented this week’s data, the information is now posted on the Quincy Public Schools website. Mrs. Lebo asked for two week analysis and Commissioner Jones will provide going forward.

Mr. Bregoli asked how many weeks Quincy has been green, Commissioner Jones said the last four or five weeks.

Mr. Gutro asked about the ten cases last Friday, unrelated to each other, most are from residents in their 20s and 30s.

Superintendent Mulvey reviewed the preliminary Quincy Public Schools enrollment, 9,695 students with 120 registrations pending at Central Registration and school sites. 1,339 Kindergarten through Grade 3 students are enrolled in the Virtual School, 51% of the general education students at these grade levels.

Mr. Gutro asked about the reasons that families are choosing to stay remote. Superintendent Mulvey said that many of our families are multi-generational and families are concerned about students bringing the illness home.

Mr. Andronico said these numbers reflect the initial parent choice survey that was done in the summer.

Mr. Gutro asked about students changing teachers if/when they change instructional models. Mr. Mulvey said this is possible at all levels. Ms. Perkins said that other towns sourced their virtual learning to outside companies, but Quincy Public Schools is using our own staff and so students are likely to change teachers if they change learning models from remote to hybrid, especially at the elementary levels.

Mr. Gutro asked if virtual teachers have students from different schools and Ms. Perkins confirmed that is the case, we are keeping peers together whenever possible. Mr. Gutro asked if students return to in-person learning, could they have a third teacher. Ms. Perkins said that hybrid students would retain their teachers if we return to full remote learning. Ms. Perkins said some families are keeping younger students remote until older students can begin hybrid classes in October, so families are aware that teachers will change. Mr. Gutro is concerned about continuity and Ms. Perkins said that the pre-work teaming teachers will hopefully address this.

Superintendent Mulvey updated School Committee that 1,320 Chromebooks have been distributed to date; 1600 requests pending, evenly split between Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 and Grades 4-12. The next delivery of Chromebooks is due September 29 and after programming, will be distributed as soon as possible.

Mrs. Lebo asked about student engagement, only 75 elementary students have not been engaged online. At the middle and high school levels, guidance counselors are working with families where students have not yet logged on, about 50 students total for Grades 6-12.

Mayor Koch asked for reasons for lack of engagement, Mr. Mulvey said in a normal year there are students who are not engaged for the beginning of the school year. In some cases, families have moved and not notified Quincy Public Schools. Mr. Mulvey said as of this week, 65 students are engaged in the middle and high school computer labs.

Mrs. Hubley said there were issues at the North Quincy High School computer lab, Mr. Mulvey said the City IT department has finished a number of elementary school upgrades and will now add 150 access points at NQHS starting on Monday and then moving onto Quincy High School which needs another 45.

Superintendent Mulvey concluded the Superintendent’s Report update by noting that over 400 parents participated in the IT Training Opportunities and that he and Assistant Superintendent Perkins will be presenting at the state Board of Education meeting on September 29





Quincy High School Principal Lawrence Taglieri and North Quincy High School Principal Robert Shaw presented a proposed revision to the high school hybrid learning model. After discussion on the presentation, School Committee did not come to a consensus about pursuing this model so the high school principals will continue to work on revising the plan.

Mayor Koch left the meeting at 8:00 pm.


High School Hybrid

Learning Model

Revised Proposal


Mrs. Lebo made a motion to move to Executive Session meeting at 8:05 pm. Mrs. Hubley seconded the motion and on a roll call vote, the ayes have it, 6-0. Mayor Koch was not present.


Executive Session



As School Committee did not return from Executive Session, the Special Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm.