Building a future for Quincy Public Schools

QPS business manager Joel Murphy addresses school board

The Quincy School Board says it's time to take a closer look at its aging schools.

Wednesday night, QPS Business Manager Joel Murphy presented a report on the state of the Quincy Public Schools' educational facilities.

Here are just some of the highlights from it -- he said most of the district's schools currently are unable to meet ADA requirements without extensive renovation.

The schools have inadequate heating, ventilation and air conditioning with no fresh air exchange.

Murphy cited a study that suggests that school facilities play a stronger role in students' academic performance than any other factor, including family situations.

Sixty-four percent of students in the district live west of 24th Street while the other 36 percent live to the east of that street.

Murphy also told the board the district is expected to spend $6.2 million to repair roofs during the next 10 years.

"We need to look at some options to address the findings," Murphy said. "We need to look at community input and develop a recommendation moving forward."

"If the facility is built right, and we think about the whole process, if you would have four companies or whatever we've talked about, it can work if we do it right," QPS Board President Stephanie Erwin said.

"Through life safety bonds which you can issue without going to the taxpayers," board member Jeff Mays said. "You can keep putting bandaid after bandaid on these buildings or we do a deliberate, community-engaged process and talk about what our schools ought to be."

"That's where I'm leaning is let's get some community input," board member Scott Stone said. "Let's see where we wanna go but that's the next step."

The report also showed that about 600 to 7000 students attend Quincy Public Schools as opposed to 9000 students in the 1970s.