The Quincy School Board voted at its Oct. 20 meeting to release the minutes from a series of 10 executive sessions held between April 21 and Sept. 22.
Copies of those minutes — obtained by The Quincy Herald-Whig through a Freedom of Information Act request — reveal nothing ground shaking, or even mildly controversial, for that matter.
Collective bargaining was a frequent topic of conversation during the closed-door meetings, starting with the April 21 session when the board heard a report about “an initial bargaining session held with the teachers’ union.”
Collective bargaining matters were subsequently discussed at seven other sessions through the Sept. 22 meeting, when the board was informed that a contract proposal offered by the board’s negotiating team had been voted down by teachers. As we all know by now, the teachers later accepted a subsequent contract offer the following month.
Another frequent topic discussed during closed sessions involved the district’s efforts to sell the former Board of Education headquarters at 1444 Maine and the district’s former security department headquarters at 1421 Jersey.
As we later learned, the district subsequently sold the bungalow at 1421 Jersey for $76,000 — $1,000 more than the minimum bid set for the property. And as the executive session minutes for July 21 indicate, the board also agreed to disclose the $365,000 appraised value for 1444 Maine as a way to help spur a possible sale. But as of this week, that property has still not been sold.
Several discussions held during closed sessions were not revealed with the release of the executive session minutes. Instead, notes about those particular subjects were “redacted.” In other words, the district’s legal staff physically removed the words from the pages so they could not be read once the minutes were released. This is typically done if an issue requiring confidentiality remains unresolved or if it involves attorney-client privilege in some way.
To see the executive session minutes for yourself, click here.