Quincy schools tap local brain trust for school improvement plans

Steven Cobb, QPS Superintendent

The Quincy Public School Board of Education announced the formation of a steering committee that will advise the board on the future of the school district.

The Superintendent's Steering Committee will develop a district-wide improvement plan and begin making recommendations about the future of facilities in June.

The committee consists of architects, QPS administrators, district staff members and citizens. It will review, analyze and research QPS facility needs over the next five years including the possibility of new facilities, locations, grade structures and financing.

The announcement comes a month after the district entered into a $370,000 contract with a group of architects from Architechnics, Klingner and Associates and Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates. They presented a 31-step proposal that would see them research, plan and model district improvements. The steering committee is part of that plan. It will meet periodically and report to School Board members.

District Business Manager said the meetings will not be open to the public or the media since there are no actual members of the Quincy School Board attending.

Board President Stephanie Erwin recently tabled a proposal that would have placed a $75 million restructuring plan on the March ballot. A phone call to Erwin was not returned as of noon Tuesday.

Committee members include:

Martin Meyer and Darin Prost, Architechnics, Inc.Eric Barnes, Mike Carter and Steve Wavering, Klingner & AssociatesDave Schlembach, Poepping, Stone, Bach & AssociatesBill Sanders, Quincy High School Assistant Principal Student Services & Athletic DirectorRick Owsley, Quincy Junior High School Assistant PrincipalMark Pflieger, Director, Quincy Area Vocational Technical CenterCarol Frericks, Secondary Academic DirectorChrissy Cox, Berrian Elementary School PrincipalMatt Gabriel, music teacherRandy Mettemeyer, Quincy High School math teacherJim Whitfield, Associate Director of Public Relations, ChaddockMike Elbe, Vice President for Student Services John Woods Community CollegeChuck Bevelheimer, Director of Planning and Developing, City of QuincyTim Koontz, Quincy Public Schools Foundation TrusteeChris Blakeman, Commissioner, Quincy Park District BoardGeorge Crickard III, Football Boosters presidentGeorge Crickard IV, Quincy High School studentTim Altman, Kevin Houghton, Erin Knapheide, and Kathy Oakley, parentsCarol Nichols, former Board memberJeanneta Green, retired educatorHeather Niemann, teacherRich Jones, Jeff Kerkoff and Darren Smith, citizens