QES opens Alder Street site Aug. 21 right on time for back-to-school

It has been a race against the clock to complete enough of the extensive renovations required this year to restore Quincy Elementary School’s Alder Street campus in time for students to report to class at the much-loved site.

You name it, they’ve had to handle it: From mold, lead and asbestos to new roofs and the installation of digital teaching walls.

And to their credit, the contractors and workers have done an amazing job — the school will open its doors to QES third- through sixth-graders on Aug. 21, just in the nick of time for the start of the new school year.

Principal Lara Hollister was excited to share the news last week with families of her incoming students.


Hollister sent out notice that she will serve as principal at the Alder Street campus and Melissa Groh has been promoted to serve as principal for preschool through second grades at the Pioneer School site on Mill Creek Road in East Quincy.

“We have been monitoring construction timelines closely,” she stated in the announcement. “We have exciting news! Our renovations at our 246 Alder Street campus have progressed as planned. The work to achieve this has required the entire summer break.”

There will be a few finishing details to be wrapped up, but the school district assures families that students will not be disrupted by any additional work taking place and safety will be maintained.

Additional details about the popular QES “Back to School Bash” will be available by the first week of classes.

Starting Aug. 12, bus schedules and drop-off and pickup information are provided to families planning to attend QES.


Principal Hollister said class lists will be posted on Aug. 19 in the windows at each campus.

And if you have any spare time to come by the Pioneer School and help with a bit of packing or moving, all volunteers will be welcome.

“We are excited,” Hollister said of the big change to a split campus. “We are grateful to our community, the Plumas Unified School District, Plumas County Office of Education and the school board for the opportunity to showcase these beautiful schools. Our kids deserve it! Thank you for your patience and your support as we start the school year with these exciting changes.”

For more information, please contact Principal Hollister at 283-6550, Ext. 5400.