QUINCY -- The superintendent of Quincy Public Schools says it was "a mistake" to continue offering a high school music theory class "as is" for many years even though it was done for the good of the music department.
Superintendent Roy Webb offered a response Saturday to articles, news items and social media posts about the Quincy High School class, taking complete responsibility for the course.
The class began about 25 years ago as an invitation-only, honors course that could be weighted, so music students still could compete for high honors, and it required heavy involvement in music with concerts, contests and private lessons.
"The intent was to solve a problem that was restricting highly intelligent music students. It was a good solution at the time," Webb said.
The class continued with no changes over the years, which "does not make it right and it is not meant to be an excuse," Webb said. "It was a mistake to continue the class as is for this many years."
When a parent raised concerns about the class this school year, the district reviewed what the parent said, analyzed the situation and agreed with the parent on many points.
"The course description in our course catalog did not match the actual class. The weighting of the course was not fair to all Quincy Senior High students," Webb said.
Webb, the principal and the music director eliminated the class, which was offered outside of the school day with no stipend or pay associated for staff.
Webb said he has seen words such as fraud and cover-up used in connection with the class.
"First there has been no cover-up," he said. "We did not eliminate the class because of media. It was closed well before any media was involved."