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      QPS board discusses future of buildings

      School board members must decide whether to put a tax-related issue on the March 2014 ballot at its December meeting.

      What should the future hold for Quincy Public School buildings?

      That was the topic of discussion at a special school board meeting Tuesday night where every opportunity was on the table and every possibility was discussed.

      After receiving public feedback from the community through public forums and a questionnaire, the Quincy School Board tackled what the district should do about its aging school buildings.

      Business Manager Joel Murphy asked the board about their preference in grade configurations and how many students should each building hold.

      The board supported an elementary school that would house 600 students.

      "They're supportive of moving to a larger elementary school," Murphy said. "That that would be the most cost efficient in the school district, which would probably mean reducing the number of elementary schools. We need to go back and look and see if there are any of our current facilities would be capable of handling that large of capacity."

      The school board will meet at its regularly scheduled meeting next week when board members are expected to discuss the topic again.

      "(The board will) put some meat on the bones and take that plan back to the community to get some additional input on what they think," Murphy said.

      School board members must decide whether to put a tax-related issue on the March 2014 ballot at its December meeting.