Deborah Gertz Husar has covered West-Central Illinois and agriculture at The Herald-Whig since 1989. She is a graduate of Knox College and received a master's degree in public affairs reporting from Sangamon State University, now the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is a native of St. Louis.
Westher-stressed grass sets seed instead of leaves
The buzz of conversation threaded with happy children's voices filled the hallways Thursday night at the new K-5 school on the Monroe site on Payson Road. Call it a "sound" of things to come. Tours of the new building were a popular attraction at the annual Monroe Spring Fling.
A superintendent's committee recommended that the Quincy School Board look at eight historical figures and seven other options for naming the five new K-5 buildings. Committee members favored using "all new names" for the buildings instead of using current building names, stressed using names representing diversity in gender and race, and hoped to see the names highlight local history.
Quincy Public Schools will pilot an after-school child care program at the new K-5 building on the Monroe site in the 2017-18 school year.
Little changed as the Quincy School Board held a special organizational meeting Wednesday night in the wake of the April 4 meeting. Re-elected board members Sayeed Ali, Sheldon Bailey and Richard McNay took the oath of office for new four-year terms.
The Quincy School District expects to spend more than anticipated on the first phase of asbestos abatement tied to demolition of Baldwin School. The Building Committee on Tuesday recommended the School Board approve the sole bid for the work.
The Quincy School District will look at offering additional training to staff and students about bullying, hate speech and related issues that often lead to discipline problems.