Community Support

“We may be Raiders, Blue Devils, Hawks, Trailbalzers, or any other team represented in Quincy. Thi is a great opportunity to retain our personal affiliations and yet join together to do something that is good for Quincy”
– Ray Heilmann (Quincy University)(Former QND Principal)
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“Either option – maintain or build – will cost a lot and both can be done WITHIN EXISTING TAX RATES. The question is: Which one holds the greatest promise for our community? The Knapheide Company had a similar question a couple of decades ago. We chose to stay here and to build new. It was a tough choice, but the best for our future.”
– Knap and Bo Knapheide
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Mayor Letters

Conditions Inside Schools Not Fit for Our Children to Learn
“I now feel that we need the bond issue to bring the school system up to date to accommodate handicapped children and improve technology. New schools would not require as much maintenance, and would be more economical with new energy efficient heating and cooling systems. We do need to bring our schools up to a standard Quincy can be proud of. The children of Quincy deserve the best.”
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– Donald J. Heckenkamp, Sr (Quincy Mayor 1977)

Passing School Referendum, a Win-Win Situation for the Community
“In my opinion, this is a win-win situation. The time has finally come when we must decide to do what is right for our city, our school system, and the children who depend on us to provide them with the kind of education they need and deserve. I urge everyone to vote “yes” on Nov. 4.”
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– V.W. “Verne” Hagstrom (Quincy Mayor 1985-93)

Let Us be the Generation That Invests in Our Schools, Our Children
“We enjoy a wonderful quality of life today in Quincy, thanks to the vision of those who came before us. Our forefathers gave us our scenic parks, our world-class airport, our historic Maine Street and so much more. Let us be the generation that invests in our schools and in our children.”
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–  Mayor Kyle A. Moore

Vote ‘Yes’ on School Bond Plan for Future Growth of Community
“This proposal calls for no additional tax to finance over the amounts now being paid. We may never have this opportunity again.”
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– C. David Nuessen (Quincy Mayor 1977-1985) (Quincy School Board President 1995-1996)

 


On behalf of Building for Quincy, a dedicated group of volunteers supporting the school building referendum, we’d like to thank the voters of Quincy for respectfully listening and considering the pros and cons of this question. Over the past eight weeks, our volunteers have knocked on a lot of doors, put up a lot of yard signs and presented information about the referendum during dozens of community meetings and numerous service club meetings. The feedback they’ve received has been both positive and negative. Thank you.

Before we decided to support this referendum, we attended a number of informational meetings beginning well over a year ago. Our volunteers attended the School Board meetings that were scheduled in every school in our district over the past year. We saw the condition and limitations of our current buildings. We responded to surveys about what Quincyans wanted and expected from their schools. We looked at the plans and how the costs of maintaining our current buildings or building new buildings were determined. We also witnessed how responsive the current board was to all input as a comprehensive vision for our schools gradually changed and emerged.

The choice is now clear: Within existing tax rates over the next 20 years, our district will spend $66 million to maintain our current buildings and maintain our current grade structure; or, with your approval, our district will spend $89 million to build new buildings that will save $11.2 million in utility costs alone and restructure our district by moving to five K-5 neighborhood schools and moving the ninth graders to high school.

By putting the building referendum on the ballot this fall, the Quincy School Board has given us all the opportunity to guide them on one of the biggest decisions that will define our community for the next three generations. We encourage your vote and hope it will be yes.
– George Crickard III (Building for Quincy Chairman)

“On Nov. 4, voters in the Quincy School District will have an important decision to make that will impact the future of the learning environment of our children.

As a parent and the CEO of the largest employer in Quincy, I understand the value of a strong education system, not only for future local workforce development, but for the recruitment of individuals to relocate to the Quincy area to help grow the economic base of our community.

This plan will address the aging facilities, providing our children with the education they will need to compete in today’s marketplace. It will also provide the Quincy area with another quality-of-life benefit for those looking to relocate here.

The planning and decision-making process appears to have been thorough as several scenarios were vetted to achieve this proposed resolution.

As presented, the solution does not require an increase to the overall property tax. The alternative is to spend close to the same amount of money on simple upkeep of existing structures with little improved value to the educational environment. We must be willing to invest in our children’s future — in the future doctors, nurses, teachers, builders, engineers and business leaders of our community.

This is an investment in the economic future of our community, as well. The issue is now before us, and I ask you to vote yes on Nov. 4.”

– Maureen A. Kahn President/CEO, Blessing Health System

“Our Board felt it was important to publicly voice our support for this referendum,” says Marcel Wagner, GREDF president. “The presence of high quality schools and facilities is essential to a strong economic development program. Decision makers from businesses and corporations looking to relocate want to know that the school system is strong and able to produce tomorrow’s workforce.”
– Marcel Wagner, GREDF president

I have paid real estate taxes to Adams County since 1958.

Is it possible for me to believe that we could have new, nice and outstanding buildings that will put Quincy on the map? I certainly hope so.

My requests for the buildings are: Well-built, functional, made to last, without having to have roof work done within a year; have the teachers of the coinciding classrooms give their input because no one knows better than they as to what works and what doesn’t.

Engineers with the design team can draw up pretty pictures, but the ones who will work in those classrooms every day know really what is needed. Administrators offices should get the same treatment.

Perhaps I am just dreaming, but I really do hope that the school referendum passes and the people of Quincy can be proud that they are putting the children first.
– Irene Bandy

“I am in full support of the Quincy Public School Bond referendum to build new schools. This is not just about the school buildings, this is in part a community infrastructure project, few buildings are ever designed to last forever.  There are two basic driving forces behind my support of building new schools: 1. availability of money with interest rates at some of the lowest levels in decades;  2. improved safety for our students with safer off street drop off and pick up areas for buses along with separate  areas for families, tornado shelters and other improved safety measures. My children will graduate before being able to experience these school improvements, however our neighborhood children and all other students of the Quincy Public Schools will benefit from this community improvement investment for decades! All of this without an tax levy increase! I am voting Yes!”
– Michael Troup, KeyBridge Insurance

“A strong school system is essential to a thriving community,” said Mike McLaughlin, GREDF vice chairman. “It develops an educated and employable workforce. It attracts families and businesses to our community. A vibrant educational system is critical to developing and maintaining a local workforce that will keep Quincy and Adams County businesses strong and competitive well into the future.”

“The Quincy Public School’s “Rebuilding” referendum is about our community. As long-time active volunteers in the Quincy public and parochial education arena, we feel strongly about supporting the referendum. The Quincy Public Schools and the Catholic/Christian schools compete. Yes — they compete in academics, athletics, fine arts, enrollment and retention. This competition is good in each category. Our kids live, play and compete together. Mutual respect for the potential and success of every student is a huge source of pride for all Quincians. Solid, vibrant school systems — public, Catholic and Christian — are good for our community and region. The schools are key to attracting economic development and good jobs. A 21st century set of public school buildings will further enhance the quality of our public education. Together, we make the community stronger for all of us. So, let us talk frankly. We all need each other. We all need to support one another. We are told the referendum will not increase our property tax rate. In our opinion, a “yes” vote is your endorsement for our community. Please vote “yes”! We are one community.”
– Mike and Cinda McClain, Quincy

“I am voting for the school referendum.
Just one week ago I was going to vote against the school referendum. However, after attending the Quincy Tea Party meeting last week, I have changed my mind. I thought it was not necessary to spend the larger amount of the two being bantered about, but fix the buildings and concentrate on teaching the students. What I learned at the QTP meeting, though, has thoroughly convinced me to support the referendum.

My children did not go to the public schools here, except for my oldest, who was in kindergarten at Ellington before continuing her education in the parochial system. However, I have been in several school buildings in Quincy – as a member of Quincy Noon Kiwanis. We hosted Christmas parties in several schools, I participated in the Kiwanis reading program at Washington and I have heard from parents whose children go to the QPS grade schools that conditions are not exactly perfect.

At the meeting last week I learned that the $67 million that is talked about regarding fixing the schools is a movable target – depending on what the state of Illinois may mandate. The $89 million for new schools is a fixed number that will not grow. The fact that several administrative positions will be eliminated with the new schools is a big plus that had not been explained to me before. Not only will we have less cost for energy, but we will eliminate big amounts – every year – on salaries.

It also makes more sense to me that students who should be freshmen at the high school should be in that building. Now we are busing these students daily between junior high and senior high schools – what a waste of money and time.

I know that the Quincy taxpayers have a level of distrust toward the public school system because of things that happened in the past. But that is where it is – in the past. It looks to me that we have a group of people who really want to improve the system. We have just two options on the table – vote yes or keep kicking the can down the proverbial road. I am going to vote yes.”
– Mecki Kosin, Quincy

“As the Physician Recruiter for Quincy Medical Group, one of the first questions I get asked by a prospective physician is ‘How are the schools’.  To be able to answer them with, ‘we have five new state-of-art elementary schools’, would absolutely help draw physicians into our community.”
– Katie Schelp, Physician Recruiter and mother of two QPS students

“Because this referendum does not increase property taxes, and because the presence of high-quality education facilities stimulates student success, educator excellence and ultimately economic growth, the board of directors of GREDF urges voters in the Quincy school district to vote yes on Nov. 4,”
– Mike McLaughlin, GREDF vice chairman

“As a substitute teacher and Ellington Elementary  School PTA president I spend a lot of time in our schools.  Our teachers do such a good job in a less than ideal environment.  Just image how amazing our student outcomes would be if the quality of our buildings matched the quality of the instruction.”
– Mindy Holthaus, mother of 3 QPS students