Quincy School Board taking its meetings to the community

Posted: Jul. 15, 2013 8:42 am Updated: Jul. 29, 2013 9:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Starting this week, the Quincy School Board will hold its monthly meetings for the next year at 12 different locations in the district.

This month's meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 214 at the Board of Education headquarters, 1416 Maine.

Future meetings will be held on the following schedule, with all meetings starting at 7 p.m.:

º Aug. 21, Ellington School, 3001 Lindell.

º Sept. 25, Monroe School, 3211 Payson Road.

º Oct. 23, Dewey School, 2040 Cherry.

º Nov. 20, Adams School, 2001 Jefferson.

º Dec. 18, Madison School, 2435 Maine.

º Jan. 22, Berrian School, 1327 S. Eighth.

º Feb. 19, Quincy High School cafeteria, 3322 Maine.

º March 19, Quincy Junior High auditorium, 100 S. 14th.

º April 23, Early Childhood Family Center, 401 S. Eighth.

º May 21, Washington School, 1400 N. Eighth.

º June 25, Baldwin Intermediate School, 3000 Maine.

Ordinarily, the board's monthly meetings are held in the round room at Baldwin Intermediate School. But the board decided to shake things up a bit and move the meetings around to a dozen different sites.

This serves multiple purposes, according to Board President Stephanie Erwin. For one thing, she said, it gives all board members, including three newly seated members, a chance to visit and see for themselves the conditions at each school building in the district. This can be helpful when the board begins discussions on facilities planning for the future.

"It builds familiarity" with the various buildings, Erwin said.

In addition, moving the meetings to different locations will give residents in those neighborhoods an easier chance to attend a School Board meeting -- in many cases for the first time.

"It's a wonderful opportunity," Erwin said. "Maybe we'll draw a bigger audience."

Also, going to different buildings will make School Board members more accessible to people who have questions or want to express concerns about things that are happening in local schools.

Erwin said the idea to rotate the location of board meetings was suggested by board member Jeff Mays. Other board members and school officials warmed to the idea quickly.

"I hope it is received well," she said.