Elementary Furniture Committee Continues to Meet

Beginning this spring, a committee of K-5 teachers and administrators have been meeting with GMB Architecture representatives to begin the process of selecting furniture and flexible seating options for the Kindergarten classrooms at the elementary schools. After a couple options are tested out by students and teachers, the furniture that is selected will be purchased for portions of the completed buildings. Thank you to the committee members for your input and time commitment!

 

Photo credit: Harvey Education Center

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Student Safety at the Forefront with Mason Public Schools’ Investment in Bus Technology

On Monday, November 5th, Mason Public Schools Board of Education approved bids to install video camera systems and stop arm cameras on all of the district buses. The district purchased new buses this summer which have this technology installed. The district’s existing buses, which are not currently equipped will have this technology installed in the next month. Once the installation is complete, all buses will have the most up-to-date technology available to make the transportation of students as safe as possible.

The buses will feature a stop arm camera that will allow the district to capture photos of drivers and license plates of vehicles who pass school buses illegally when the stop arm is out. If this occurs, the district plans to turn these images over to law enforcement for further investigation.

“Recently, we have seen many reports of cars illegally passing buses which have the stop arms out and in some cases causing accidents. Mason has been working on equipping our buses with this technology for many months and are proud to say that we are doing all that we can to prevent accidents from occurring around our students and drivers,” said Ronald Drzewicki, Ed.S., Superintendent, Mason Public Schools.

The Board of Education approved the bid from Holland Bus Company for the purchase and installation of the Angel Trax video systems in the remaining Mason buses for $56,229. Each bus will have four cameras inside that feature a fully articulated lens casing, adjustable vertically, horizontally and 180 degrees in any direction at installation, to obtain the desired view of the vehicle’s interior. The cameras are Vulcan Series High-Definition 1080P. The cameras are capable of capturing clear high-definition images day or night along with audio. Installation is planned to be completed by mid-December and paid for out of Bond dollars.

 

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Staff and students will have the chance to test new furniture at the Middle and High Schools

Two classrooms at Mason High School and two classrooms at Mason Middle School are participating in a pilot to be outfitted with different furniture styles and configurations over Holiday Break. Students and staff will have the opportunity to test out the furniture styles and configurations in order to get a better sense of which types of furniture will be best for Mason as well as which types will be best for a grade or a subject. A secondary level furniture committee has been meeting this past year and will utilize the feedback from this pilot to make the recommendations to the district.

During this pilot, the furniture will be installed at the middle school in the classrooms of Ellyn Delpier (Grade 8 ELA) and Laura Lewis (Grade 8 ELA). At the high school, the furniture will be installed in the classrooms of Jeremy Cunningham (ELA) and Amy Kelly (Math).

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Mason Public Schools’ Board Approves Bids for Construction at Harvey Education Center

At the Mason Public Schools Board of Education meeting on August 27, the Board approved bids for 13 construction contractors to begin work on the Harvey Education Center, which is part of Phase 1 of the Capital Improvement Project.

The total bid award was $9.2M. The contractors selected were Anderson, Fischer & Associates, Inc. for site work, Fessler & Bowman for concrete, Davenport Masonry, Inc. for masonry, Howard Structural Steel, Inc. for structural and miscellaneous steel, Quality Roofing, Inc. for roofing, William Reichenbach Co. for metal studs, drywall, ceilings and flooring, E&L Construction Group, LLC for general trades, Architectural Systems Group, LLC for casework, Traverse City Glass Company for glazing, Total Fire Protection for fire suppression, Professional Thermal Systems, Inc. for mechanical and United Electrical Contractors, Inc. for electrical.

Superintendent Ronald Drzewicki said, “Mason Public Schools is eager to begin the much-needed work on our buildings over the next few years. The Harvey Education Center is the first building to begin undergoing renovation and we are confident in the contractors who have been identified through the bid process. It is important for Mason Public Schools to continue to be good financial stewards of community resources by selecting qualified contractors to do this work.”

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