Why New Schools

There are many reasons the Quincy Public School system is in need of new Elementary Schools. Here are some examples:

Insufficient Space for Learning Environment

The lack of storage and overcrowding of classrooms are two prime examples of how the Quincy elementary schools are outgrowing their current capacities. In some situations closets are being used for counselor offices where in other locations faculty member offices are made up of simple dividers giving no privacy.  Many schools have copy machines and storage located in hallways because of lack of room.  Some classrooms situations require stacking of bins and other needed materials causing potential hazards both in the classrooms and in the hallways.

Storage in back of classroom

Potential safety hazard due to stacking of bins and boxes.

 

No classroom storage

Learning area with too little space for students and storage.

 

Example of potential safety hazard of stacked bins on a shelf.

Not enough space or adequate storage in classrooms.

 

Pick-up/Drop-off Safety Issues

The student pick-up and drop-off situations in the Quincy elementary schools is less than ideal. In most cases, the parent drop-off area is right on the street. This can potentially cause students to have to cross busy streets when arriving or leaving school. Other situations have both buses and parents sharing the same location, which can be very hazardous.

Children having to cross busy streets for parent pick-up

Children having to cross busy streets for parent drop-off.

 

Parent and Bus pick-up and Drop-off at same location

Parent and Bus pick-up and Drop-off at same location

Outdated and Deteriorating Buildings

Some of the buildings currently being occupied by our students over 100 years old. Older buildings cause logistical issues for students and parents with physical disabilities as that may not be handicap accessible. Many of the buildings are in varied states of needing repairs. Many of the other issues experienced are because of the old buildings, such as lack of storage.

Anne Meyer, a para educator at Washington School, and first-grader Ja'najha Humphrey go through their daily routine of making their way up and down the stairs to the gym for the morning assembly last year.  Without wheelchair accessibility to the gym where many student activities take place, parents who are wheelchair bound find it difficult, if not impossible to attend and participate.     (H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt)

Anne Meyer, a para educator at Washington School, and first-grader Ja’najha Humphrey go through their daily routine of making their way up and down the stairs to the gym for the morning assembly last year. Without wheelchair accessibility to the gym where many student activities take place, parents who are wheelchair bound find it difficult, if not impossible to attend and participate. (H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt)

 

Exposed electrical control panels in hallways where children pass everyday.

Exposed electrical control panels in hallways where children pass everyday.

Ceiling in need of repair.

Ceiling in need of repair.

 

Water damaged ceiling.

Water damaged ceiling.