Mason Public Schools Breaks Ground on Elementary Construction

On April 25, Mason Public Schools celebrated the next milestone of the Capital Improvement Project by breaking ground on both the North Aurelius Elementary and Alaiedon Elementary construction projects.

In two separate events, students from each building joined the Board of Education, building principals, construction team, superintendent and Buster the Bulldog for a short ceremony. The work being done on the North Aurelius Elementary and Alaiedon Elementary buildings is the second portion of Phase 1 of the Capital Improvement Project. The $69.7 million bond was approved by voters in November 2017.

Improvements to both schools include a new multi-purpose room, additional classrooms and a new secure entry. Planned layout changes, remodeling and mechanical and electrical upgrades are part of the projects. In addition, site improvements will expand parking and improve student pick-up and drop-off.

In his remarks, Kurt Creamer, Board of Education President said, “you should all feel lucky; lucky that you live in a community like Mason where people decided it was worth the effort, worth the time and worth the money to invest in your education.”

Superintendent Ronald Drzewicki said, “what a great day for Mason and Mason Public Schools. We are grateful for the community’s support and excited to provide improved learning environments for our students.”

Construction on these two buildings will continue until late summer 2020, in time for students to arrive back for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

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Harvey Education Center Furniture Vendors Selected

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:00am, bids were received at Mason Public Schools – Administrative Offices. A total of nine (9) bids were received for seven (7) bid categories.

Bidders were not required to bid entire bid categories; therefore, it is the recommendation of GMB that bids are awarded by line item. GMB has completed its review of the bids and in addition to the bid review; we have also conducted a sample review with apparent lowest qualified bidders. Based on the results of these reviews, we recommend to Mason Public Schools that they award the contracts as follows:

Custer $17,354.25
NBS $25,459.25
Great Lakes Furniture Supply $15,780.00
Dew-El $72,602.80
School Speciality $19,183.79
Lakeshore $25,286.63
DBI $15,691.62
Holland Desk & Chair $6,123.18
Interstate $590.00

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Secondary Furniture Pilot Update

During the 2017-2018 school year, a team of secondary teachers and administrators worked with GMB designer, Meeghan Mooney, to develop a plan for our Secondary Furniture Pilot for Mason Middle School and Mason High School.  This team of teachers and administrators spent the winter and spring visiting schools throughout Michigan to see how updated school furniture and classroom designs could positively impact student engagement and learning.

At the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, four classrooms (two at MMS and two at MHS) were selected as pilot classrooms for new furniture.  The Secondary Furniture Committee would like to thank Mrs. Laura Lewis, Mrs. Ellyn Delpier, Mr. Jeremy Cunningham, and Mrs. Amy Kelly for their willingness to participate in the furniture pilot and for their flexibility throughout this process.

Furniture pieces were selected and installed over Presidents’ Day Weekend this past February.  The students and teachers have participated in surveys prior to furniture installation and will continue to provide feedback to GMB and Mason Public Schools so informed decisions can be made regarding future furniture purchases.

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Alaiedon & North Aurelius Construction Kick-Off Meeting

This afternoon, contractors from both the Alaiedon Elementary and North Aurelius Elementary projects were invited to join Mason Public Schools for a construction kick-off meeting. Construction is scheduled to begin after this school year ends.

The contractors selected for the Alaiedon Elementary project are LJ Trumble Builders for general trades, Proline Concrete for concrete, TCI for site work, Davenport Masonry for masonry, Howard Steel for structural and miscellaneous steel, Shively-Bouma for metal studs, drywall and ceilings, Roofing Innovations for roofing, Traverse City Glass for aluminum and glazing, Lansing Tile & Mosaic for flooring, Architectural Systems Group for casework, Professional Thermal Systems for mechanical, United Electrical Contractors for electrical and Promech Engineering for commissioning.

The contractors selected for the North Aurelius Elementary project are LJ Trumble Builders for general trades, Fessler & Bowman for concrete, Woodhull Construction for site work, Davenport Masonry for masonry, Custom Steel Fabricators for structural and miscellaneous steel, Walker Commercial Interiors for metal studs, drywall and ceilings, Superior Services RSH, Inc. for roofing, Traverse City Glass for aluminum and glazing, Lansing Tile & Mosaic for flooring, Myers Plumbing & Heating for mechanical, United Electrical Contractors for electrical and Control Solutions for commissioning.

 

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