The 2013-14 school year in Quincy will begin Aug. 19 with two days of teacher institutes. The first day of actual classes will be Wednesday, Aug. 21.
A new school calendar approved by the School Board Wednesday night also shows school will end for the year on June 3, 2014, with a final teacher institute. The last day of attendance for students will be June 2. The schedule also shows winter break will be conducted from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3, 2014, while spring break will take place April 17-21.
In other action Wednesday, the School Board awarded a one-year contract — with the board having the option for two one-year renewals — to Allied Waste Services for waste disposal and recycling services. Allied’s bid calls for charging the district $29,560 in the first year of the contract and $93,188 for all three years. Allied currently is serving the district through a three-year contract for about $135,000. The only other bid for waste disposal and recycling came from Area Disposal Service, which offered to do the work for $58,417 the first year and $180,646 for all three.
The board heard a report from Policy Committee Chairman Tom Dickerson about an initiative to review the district’s disciplinary policies to see if they could be made more uniform and effective. Dickerson said one of the things to be studied as part of this review will be whether staffing levels are adequate in local schools in regard to the handling of disciplinary matters.
“We’ve had considerable cuts — as everyone in the room knows — over the past several years, and the impact of those cuts many times has given us less resources to deal with disciplinary issues,” Dickerson said.
“Now, it doesn’t mean throwing money at the issue is going to solve it, either. But I think we do need to take a look to see what resources we have in place, if we have the right models in places at each of the buildings to handle discipline, and are there additional staff responsibilities that we may need.”
The board recognized the Quincy High School pompom squad for its second-place finish in the Class AAA state pom/dance competition last weekend.