The Quincy School District is taking a giant leap into the future this school year as we finish construction on the new Quincy School High School and complete all of the projects that were promised when the Quincy community passed a historic bond for $108 million in February of 2016. The State of Washington provided $10 million dollars in matching funds so that we could build a new high school, remodel the existing high school for a middle school program, renovate George Elementary School, and renovate the junior high building to make it Ancient Lakes Elementary. We added gymnasiums to Mountain View, Pioneer and George Elementary and are completing modifications to Monument Elementary to accommodate primary age students there.
In addition to the projects mentioned above, we are upgrading classrooms to the same standard so that every student has access to the best classroom technology available anywhere. For safety and security purposes, all of our schools, including Quincy Innovation Academy, have been or will be retro-fitted so that all visitors must pass through a single point of entry and be buzzed into the building by staff before entering the schoolhouse. We also upgraded our cameras and added card readers to monitor and manage people entering and leaving the buildings.
The execution of the bond package allows us to achieve a huge goal that the Quincy School Board made more than ten years ago. That path forward was to reconfigure grade bands so that all elementary schools could accommodate students in kindergarten through fifth grade, and a middle school could house students in sixth grade through eighth grade. Students will have fewer school transitions and more time in each school to build relationships with teachers and staff so they achieve at higher levels.
We are excited to showcase all of our new facilities this year and hope you will join us at our ribbon cutting ceremonies at Ancient Lakes Elementary on September 12th and at the new high school on September 14th. Specific information on both can be found in the Back to School edition of the Communicator.
On behalf of the Quincy School Board, our staff and students, I wish to thank the Quincy citizens for trusting us to build and renovate schools so that our students can reach Quincy’s Promise and graduate from high school and be ready to take the next step in their education, career and life.
John L. Boyd
Quincy School District
“I believe that it’s almost impossible for people to change alone. We need to join others who will push us in our thinking and challenge us to do things we didn’t believe ourselves capable of.”
- Frances Moore Lappe