QSD boss heads west

Quincy School District Superintendent John Boyd announced his intention to take a new job with Evergreen Public School in Vancouver, Washington.

Boyd had been working at the Quincy School District since July 2014. He had led the district through the construction of Quincy’s new high school after the passing of a $108 million school bond and helped expand the number of bilingual teachers.

Boyd said building the new high school, adding renovations and bringing facilities up to a modern standard has been work that he is proud of.

Having about 25-33% of teachers bilingual and biliterate is another accomplishment, he said.

Quincy as he transitions to the new job.

The main reason for choosing to take a new superintendent position at the time, was because the district had strong leadership in place, he said.

“This is year eight for me and I am ready for a new challenge,” he said, which he will get with the move to the larger district.

Leaving Quincy would be bittersweet for Boyd, he said at the time.. “The decision to leave is not easy,” he said. “The saying goodbye is going to be the tough part.”

New name, new life for local cat

About four months after an accident changed his life forever, the artist formerly known as Crash the Cat got a new lease on life.

The cat, rescued bleeding from the underside of then-Post-Register reporter Rebecca Pettingill after being hit by another vehicle, ended up at the Quincy animal shelter.

The phone call to rescue him came from Tina Hobson at Expressions Dance Studio. After one of his legs did not heal correctly, young Crash required a surgery to amputate that leg.

Crash began a long road to recovery that got a big boost when Expressions Dance Studio’s Hobson decided to adopt Crash as soon his convalescence was over.

The adoption ultimately became final at the beginning of December of 2021 and along with a new home, Crash received a new name.

“After much consideration, we changed his name to Chai,” Hobson wrote via Facebook Messenger. “Crash was fitting since he does crash a lot while adjusting to three legs, but we wanted to try to forget the image of how he looked when we first discovered him after he was hit. I didn’t think he was going to make it. But luckily he did!”

“He’s so funny and cute and the sweetest kitty ever,” wrote Summer Hobson, Tina’s 12-year-old daughter.

Bergman tapped to lead QSD

Nik Bergman, assistant superintendent of the Quincy School District, was chosen to replace outgoing Superintendent John Boyd.

The decision was made in early January during a special school board meeting. At the same meeting, the board released Boyd from his contract and thanked him for the seven-and-a-half year tenure.

The decision brought a prompt end to a search that began after Boyd announced plans to accept the interim superintendent position with Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver.

Bergman has worked in the district for 18 years. His previous experience also includes stints as a teacher, dean of students and principal. During his time, his work included the passage of a $108 million bond and the renovation of the district’s four elementary schools as well as the middle school.

Bergman went on to lead efforts to find a replacement for the now-vacant assistant superintendent position.

“I think Nik is ready for this position and I think it is the best move at this time for the district to move him into a permanent position,” then-Board President Jack Foglesong said in a school board meeting, while its then vice-president Tricia Lubach praised Boyd for his work as superintendent.

Plans for SR 28 roundabout made public

The Washington State Department of Transportation went public with its plans to bring a roundabout to the intersection of White Trail Road and State Route 28.

James Reynolds, project engineer, said a roundabout was the best bet to increase safety in an intersection that has a long history of accidents and close calls.

“Safety-wise, putting in a roundabout would reduce serious collisions up to 88 percent,” Reynolds said. “It lowers speeds as you go through the roundabout, it reduces any at-angle collisions, known as the t-bone collisions. As you go into a roundabout you gotta turn into the right a little bit, so you get more of a glancing blow.”