Mason Public Schools Opens James C. Harvey Education Center

The first major project funded by the Mason Public Schools’ (MPS) $69.7 million bond, the largest in District history, is complete. This week, the community joined District and Mason Chamber of Commerce representatives to cut the ribbon on the project which broke ground in August 2018. The ribbon cutting took place just prior to a community open house in which students, parents and residents were encouraged to tour the building.

The renovation of the James C. Harvey Education Center (HEC), which was previously Cedar Street Elementary, is the first project completed in Phase 1. Construction and renovations at North Aurelius Elementary and Alaiedon Elementary are ongoing and scheduled for completion in August 2020.

In 2009, Cedar Street Elementary was repurposed due to declining enrollment numbers and renamed after former Superintendent, James C. Harvey. The HEC housed the Child Development Center and District administration offices. After the passing of the bond in the fall of 2017, the plan was to move all of the Kindergarten classrooms to the HEC. Strengthening this connection between early childhood and Kindergarten students is a unique approach for school districts to reinforce learning and literacy efforts for its youngest minds.

“First and foremost, we want to thank the community for investing and believing in Mason Public Schools,” said Angie Vandecar, Principal of the Harvey Education Center. “Blending staff and parents from four different buildings was no easy feat. But this project and the driving goals of better connecting early childhood and kindergarten programs together, are so important to the growth of this community through high-quality education for our earliest students.”

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Harvey Education Center Status Photos: Classrooms and Exterior Site Work

The Harvey Education Center is inching closer to completion each day. The newest photos of the building feature classroom storage and ceilings as well as exterior site work.

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Harvey Education Center Status Photos: Cubbies, Gym, Technology & Sidewalks

As we enter August, the work at the Harvey Education Center is now  in the final stages to welcome students back in a few short weeks. The photos below depict many things including classroom cubbies, the extended learning areas, the new interactive system being installed in the gymnasium (more on this later!), the interactive project and screens in classrooms and the exterior sidewalks.

 

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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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Board Approves Technology Bids for District

At the Mason Public Schools Board of Education meeting on March 11, the Board approved bids for cabling and multimedia systems upgrades throughout the district, which is part of Phase 1 of the Capital Improvement Project.

The total bid award was $337,700. The contractors selected were Datacom Group for low voltage cabling and Digital Age Technologies for multimedia systems.

Superintendent Ronald Drzewicki said, “Mason Public Schools has done significant work already to improve technology, including increasing the district’s wireless access points from 112 to 370 last year. Continuing to build out the quality of our technology will benefit all of Mason’s buildings including the ones under renovation through the Capital Improvement Project. The support of our community is appreciated.”

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