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Posted on Feb 12, 2015

School district will be adding more portable classrooms

It seemed all too appropriate for Tuesday’s Quincy School Board meeting to be in one of several portable classrooms at Mountain View Elementary School.

That’s because one of the topics on the agenda dealt with the district needing to purchase two more double portables – one each for Mountain View and George elementary schools.

The district at this time has 32 portable classrooms, or 16 double portables.

“There’s no space,” Superintendent John Boyd said. “We are looking for significant growth in K through eight in the next five years.”

The cost of the double portables, or four classrooms, will be about $300,000, Boyd said.

“Portables are an expensive cost, about $150,000 soup to nuts,” he said. “Plus all the furniture.”

The board also discussed the current senior project requirements. As of last year, the state no longer requires a senior project for graduation; while Quincy kept senior projects on its graduation requirement list, the board is looking to modify the parameters.

Because the state continues to add requirements for graduation, the district is forced to rethink its requirements for graduation.

“The plate keeps getting piled on,” Boyd said. “What do we take off the kids’ school plate?”

Suggestions included requiring less hours to complete a senior project (seniors must currently show they spent at least 40 hours on a project) and moving the project to the student’s junior year.

Student representative Shayla Appling, a junior, would like to see the senior projects continue.

“It’s a really great way to connect with people in the community,” she said.

— By Kurtis J. Wood,