Mason Public Schools Shares Design of Steele Elementary

Exterior Rendering of Steele

Members of the YesMason! Committee and Mason’s School Study Committee joined the Board of Education Capital Improvement Committee (CIC) last Thursday to view the new design of Steele Elementary.

Members of the Steele Elementary design committee alongside GMB, the District’s architecture partner, shared the designs with the larger group. The CIC reviewed the design plans and the next step is for the project to go out for competitive bid in December.

“The School Study Committee spent countless hours over several months helping us shape our long-term plans for facility needs. The YesMason! Committee advocated for the proposal by going door-to-door to promote the benefits of the bond proposal. We want to send a special thank you to these two groups for their commitment to Mason Public Schools and are grateful for such a supportive community,” said Ronald Drzewicki, Ed.S., Superintendent of Mason Public Schools.

The renovation of Steele Elementary will begin the second phase of a three phase Capital Improvement Project that was approved in November 2017. In April, $19.2M in bonds will be sold to fund the projects in Phase 2. The construction on Steele will break ground in April as well. The building is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2022.

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Mason Public Schools Celebrates Completion of Alaiedon & North Aurelius Elementary Buildings

North Aurelius Ribbon Cutting

Earlier this month, Mason Public Schools officially cut the ribbon on both Alaiedon and North Aurelius Elementary buildings after 15 months of construction. Both projects, which were funded through the District’s $69.7 million bond, broke ground in April 2019.

Improvements to both schools included a new multi-purpose room, additional classrooms, and a new secure entry. Mechanical and electrical upgrades, layout changes and remodeling were also included in the project. In addition, site improvements and expanded parking will make student pick-up and drop-off safer when in-person instruction resumes.

The completion of these two projects wrap up Phase 1 of a three-phase capital improvement project for the District. Phase 2 of the project will primarily focus on the renovation of Steele Elementary. A District committee has been meeting to plan for the renovation of Steele Elementary for several months.
“We are so grateful for the continued support of the community for the bond and most recently through distance learning. It was very important to us to include the community in the celebration of these two projects even though we could not do so in person,” said Ronald Drzewicki, Ed.S., Superintendent of Mason Public Schools. “Thank you to the community, the Board of Education and the construction teams as well as the staff in the buildings for working together on this project. We are eager to begin Phase 2 of the project and start planning for the renovations of Steele Elementary.”

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Board of Education Tour Construction Projects

Board of Education

Prior to the July 13, 2020 Board of Education Meeting, the Board toured the sites of both Alaiedon Elementary and North Aurelius Elementary. Members of the group included Ron Drzewicki, Chris Mumby, Liz Evans, Adrienne Barna, Shana Barnum and Michael Kelly.

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Mason Public Schools Improves Technology Infrastructure

Mason, MI – By the end of this summer, Phase 1 of Mason Public Schools’ capital improvement project will be complete. This phase included the renovation and expansion of the Harvey Education Center, Alaiedon Elementary and North Aurelius Elementary buildings. Additionally, the district has purchased furniture, equipment and buses as well as has been continuing to upgrade technology throughout all district buildings. Thus far, technology upgrades have consisted of interactive projectors, sit to stand desks, audio amplifiers, lapel microphones, in-ceiling speakers, new security cameras and data file storage upgrades. Additionally, the district has purchased enough Chromebooks for every student, corresponding charging carts and has more than tripled wireless access points in buildings.

This summer, the high school paging system will have new speaker cabling installed and the current cabling will be repaired and extended. In addition to this improved cabling, new exterior speakers and large strobe lights will be installed.

As both Alaiedon and North Aurelius elementary schools get closer to wrapping up building construction, various technology systems are being installed. Wireless access points, door access systems and video intercoms are being installed. New monitors have been installed in the conference rooms and some classrooms have begun to be outfitted with classroom-specific audio-visual upgrades.

Phase 2 of the $67.9 million bond project will begin in Spring 2021 and will consist of the renovation and expansion of Steele Elementary, additional furniture, equipment and bus purchases as well as continued technology and infrastructure upgrades.

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