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QPS develops steering committee to decide future of its facilities

The Quincy Public School District is taking a new look at an old problem, the district's aging buildings.

QPS Business manager Joel Murphy says the district has put together a Superintendent's Steering Committee to develop a district-wide improvement plan. This comes after plans to address issues earlier this year were tabled by the school board.
The Committee, made up of architects, administrators, staff, and community members will help create a new plan for the district when it comes to remodeling or building new facilities.

"There are things we need to do to our facilities. It was just everybody had a little bit different understanding of what that 'something' would be. That's why the board chose to take a step back, and allow a group to take a look at this and make a recommendation as far as what we need to do with our facilities," Murphy said.

That means researching QPS facility needs over the next five years such as the possibility of new facilities, locations, grade structures, and financing, as well as reviewing and analyzing educational and financial options to meet those needs.

Murphy says the committee will ask for the public's opinion on the issue in the coming months before making a final recommendation to the school board in June.

Committee members include:

Martin Meyer and Darin Prost, Architechnics, Inc.; Eric Barnes, Mike Carter and Steve Wavering, Klingner & Associates; Dave Schlembach, Poepping, Stone, Bach & Associates; Bill Sanders, Quincy High School Assistant Principal Student Services & Athletic Director; Rick Owsley, Quincy Junior High School Assistant Principal; Mark Pflieger, Director, Quincy Area Vocational Technical Center; Carol Frericks, Secondary Academic Director; Chrissy Cox, Berrian Elementary School Principal; Matt Gabriel, music teacher; Randy Mettemeyer, Quincy High School math teacher; Jim Whitfield, Associate Director of Public Relations, Chaddock; Mike Elbe, Vice President for Student Services, John Woods Community College; Chuck Bevelheimer, Director of Planning and Developing, City of Quincy; Tim Koontz, Quincy Public Schools Foundation Trustee; Chris Blakeman, Commissioner, Quincy Park District Board; George Crickard III, Football Boosters president; George Crickard IV, Quincy High School student; Tim Altman, Kevin Houghton, Erin Knapheide, and Kathy Oakley, parents; Carol Nichols, former Board member; Jeanneta Green, retired educator; Heather Niemann, teacher; Rich Jones, Jeff Kerkoff and Darren Smith, citizens.
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