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Go to the top screeen to watch the discussion on the hiring of Andy Douglas.

The Quincy School Board has approved the hiring of Andy Douglas as the new Quincy boys basketball coach. 

His approval passed by a 4-1 vote. Melvin "Bud" Niekamp voted no and Sheldon Bailey and Richard McNay were absent. 

"Coach Douglas isn't here tonight, he's in Liberty and he wanted to spend this evening with his (Liberty) players," School Board member Sayeed Ali said. "It's impressive how impressive he is. The process went very well. We know more about him as an educator at Washington (Elementary). He has a great ability to relate to young boys and girls. It's not fake. It's nothing he learned. It just comes natural. He's a winner. He's been very successful at Liberty. It's very exciting. We're in good hands." 

"I am hopeful...that this recommendation is going to return our program to that kind of high level," said Board Member Jeff Mays. "Season tickets...boosters are going to be a measure from my stand point. Wins and losses are going to be a measure."

"He said 'Stephanie, this is a dream come true for me," said School Board President Stephanie Erwin, who spoke to Douglas by phone Monday night. 

Niekamp said he didn't appreciate hearing of the selection via the media and he opposed. 

"I cannot vote for somebody I don't know anything about," Niekamp said. 

In other School Board action, here's the breakdown of the Quincy Public Schools facilities survey. There were 1,760 responses:

688 people said they wanted to build some new elementary schools and repair others

392 wanted all new elementary schools

382 wanted no new buildings

158 wanted all new schools

125 said repair the elementary schools and the junior high and build a new senior high school. 

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The Quincy School Board is meeting in special session tonight with the hiring of a new boys high school basketball coach on the agenda.

Sources have confirmed to Quincy Journal that Andy Douglas, a former Blue Devil player and assistant coach, will be the new coach at Quincy High following Board approval at tonight's meeting. 

Douglas has been the head coach at Liberty for the last four years. He is currently a physical education teacher in the Quincy Public School District at Washington Elementary School. 

The Quincy School Board is expected to approve the hire at tonight's 5 p.m. meeting. They will hear a recommendation from Superintendent Steve Cobb that was made by a committee consisting of former Blue Devil players, QSD administrators and chaired by Board member Sayeed Ali. 

Douglas will be selected and approved in public session tonight. The District will hold a news conference Friday night at Blue Devil Gym at 7 p.m. to introduce him to the public. 

"The Board of Education, central office and QHS administration, basketball coaches, team players, parents, hiring committee, boosters, Thanksgiving Tournament Committee members, and members of the media are invited to welcome the new coach and his family," according to a news release issued by the School District.


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