Mason Celebrates School Groundbreaking, Announces Accomplishments

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MASON, MI – More than 200 Mason residents gathered at the James C. Harvey Education Center on Wednesday evening to break ground on the first major project resulting from the successful passage of the $69.7 million bond proposal – the largest in District history.

“This is a game changer for Mason Public Schools,” said Superintendent Ron Drzewicki in his opening remarks. “We’re here to celebrate how this project, and all the projects to come as a result of this bond proposal, will help us build a strong, smarter, safer Mason Public Schools.”

School Board President Kurt Creamer proudly shared a variety of District accomplishments. For the past four years, Mason’s school rankings have steadily improved. Based on the Michigan School Index System, all three of Mason’s elementary schools rank in the top 9% statewide. Out of 42 elementary schools in Ingham County, all three Mason schools are in the top 10: Steele Elementary is #4, Alaiedon Elementary is #8 and North Aurelius Elementary is #9.

Test scores for Mason Public Schools have also drastically improved. In 2014, Mason students’ MSTEP and SAT scores showed that only 17% of tested grades and subjects were scoring in the top third of Ingham County scores. This year’s MSTEP scores show that 73% of Mason’s tested grades and subjects are in the top third in the county. SAT scores for 2018 have yet to be released, but the District’s hard work to improve student learning has leadership optimistic about strong performance.

The District’s fiscal position has also improved under current leadership, most strongly reflected by the increase in the Fund Balance – more commonly referred to as the “rainy day fund,” explained Creamer. “Back in 2015, we had a Fund Balance of 5.1% – not a good enough number to operate on. Fast forward just three years and we’re at 15.3%. We’ve almost tripled our rainy day fund, and we are now number one in the county for Fund Balance.”

The $69.7 million raised by the bond means Mason Public Schools will be able to continue along its positive trajectory. This includes making the spaces in the schools better suited for teaching and learning, updating technology infrastructure to maximize connectivity and access, and securing the schools for the safety of students and staff. Projects began in 2018 and will continue through 2026.

The groundbreaking event was free and open to the entire Mason community. Many local sponsors generously supported this event, including A&W, Jasen Filipiak, Mason Optimist Club, Mason Rail Time Adventures and Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. The family-focused event featured bounce houses, a fun house, carnival rides, food and more.

A live video of the groundbreaking ceremony is available on the Mason Public Schools Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/masonpublicschools/videos/309278469835722/

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Bond at Work: MPS’s Harvey Education Center Groundbreaking is August 29

HEC Groundbreaking

MASON, MI – The first major project funded by the Mason Public Schools’ $69.7 million bond is underway, and the entire Mason community is invited to celebrate. Groundbreaking for the Harvey Education Center will be held on August 29, 2018 beginning at 5 pm, with the formal groundbreaking ceremony taking place at 5:30 pm.

“Mason is a wonderful community with a strong tradition of academic excellence,” says Ron Drzewicki, Superintendent of Mason Public Schools. “Thanks to the community’s support of this bond, we will continue that tradition and build a stronger, smarter, safer school district, beginning with the Harvey Education Center.”

The Harvey Education Center groundbreaking event marks the beginning of an exciting new era for Mason Public Schools. It is the first major project resulting from the successful passage of the $69.7 million bond proposal – the largest in District history. New additions will create an age-appropriate learning environment for Mason’s pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. Renovations will include critical upgrades to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems in the building.

The groundbreaking event is free and open to the entire Mason community. Many local sponsors are generously supporting this event, including A&W, Jasen Filipiak, Mason Optimist Club, Mason Rail Time Adventures and Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the event will feature bounce houses, a fun house, carnival rides, delicious food and more. The Harvey Education Center is located at 400 S. Cedar Street, Mason, MI 48854.

The November 2017 bond proposal provides funds for facilities improvements, technology upgrades and safety enhancements across the District. Each of these capital improvement projects is designed to improve the education provided by Mason Public Schools. This includes making the spaces in the schools better suited for teaching and learning, updating technology infrastructure to maximize connectivity and access, and securing the schools for the safety of students and staff. Projects began in 2018 and will continue through 2026.

For updates on the bond project progress, visit http://bondprojects.masonk12.net/.

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Phase 1 New Buses have Arrived

MPS Buses

This week, Mason Public Schools received 5 new buses that were purchased using dollars from Phase 1 of the Capital Improvement Project. These buses are International gasoline buses. Each of these new buses will have a new camera installed before they begin their routes. The district is currently working on the routing plans and bus assignments. Students should check their bus cards when they receive it in the mail to see which bus and route they will be on before school begins.

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