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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Mason Public Schools Auctions Surplus Items

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Mason Public Schools has partnered with Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. to auction items owned by the district.

MASON, MI – The auction is currently open and will end at 1PM on April 5, 2018. The items, which currently are being housed in the district-owned pole barn are available for the community to purchase through the auction. The pole barn will be sold through a bid process which is currently underway.

After the successful passing of the $69.7 million bond proposal in November 2017, the district has been working on site and building plans as part of the Capital Improvements that will take place. The Harvey Education Center, which will be renovated to house Mason Public Schools Child Development Services and kindergarten programs beginning in fall 2019, is the first to undergo design and construction. The pole barn and contents are located adjacent to the Harvey Education Center and need to be removed to continue with the Capital Improvement plans.

To bid on the auction items, visit https://www.sheridanauctionservice.com/project/details/31053/.

If you have any questions about the auction, please contact Doug Sheridan, Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. at doug@sheridanauctionservice.com or 517.676.9800.

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Mason Public Schools Forms Capital Improvement Committee

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Monthly Meetings Scheduled to Share Plans With the Community

MASON, MI – Mason Public Schools has formed a Capital Improvement Committee (CIC) to oversee the details of the capital improvement project underway after the passage of the $69.7 million bond proposal in November 2017. The first meeting was held February 19, 2018.

Board President, Kurt Creamer, appointed Christopher Mumby (Committee Chair), Liz Evans and Steve Duane to the CIC. The CIC will meet monthly with the superintendent, chief financial officer, facility director, architect, construction manager, technology director and owner’s representative to discuss the progress of the Mason Public Schools bond projects and to prepare information for the full Board of Education.

At the first meeting, the CIC received updates on the Harvey Education Center (HEC) schematic design, high school weight room renovation, technology infrastructure and equipment, the removal of the pole barn at the HEC and the disposal of excess district equipment. The high school weight room renovation will include new weight and exercise equipment, a fresh coat of paint, new flooring and a new drinking fountain. Surplus equipment is being gathered from across the district and Sheridan Realty and Auction Co. will host an online auction to sell old and excess equipment.

The CIC will meet on the fourth Thursday of each month, and the public is welcome to attend all meetings to stay informed on the progress of the bond proposal projects. “Community members are encouraged to attend the monthly CIC meetings. The information shared and discussed will be important as we move through the project,” stated MPS Superintendent, Ron Drzewicki.
As more details are finalized, information will be shared on the Mason Public Schools website. The next CIC meeting is on Thursday, March 22, at 6 pm.

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City of Mason and Mason Public Schools Recognize YesMason!

March 6, 2018 declared YesMason! Day

MASON, MI – The passing of the Mason Public Schools Bond proposal will build stronger, smarter, safer Mason Public Schools. The City of Mason and the Mason School Board both believe in strong schools and know that outstanding schools build outstanding communities. At a joint recognition ceremony on February 12, The City declared March 6, 2018 YesMason! Day.

Ensuring that the community fully understands the components of any bond proposal is a large undertaking. Reaching those who do not have students in schools can often be the most challenging part of any bond campaign. The YesMason! team spent countless volunteer hours developing materials, attending events to share information and promoting community forums to their neighbors. In addition, nearly every weekend, and some weekdays, groups went door-to-door explaining the needs of Mason Public Schools and how the bond proposal will bring needed improvements that support student learning.

Kurt Creamer, Mason Public Schools Board President shared, “Our volunteers really made the difference in the campaign to support a stronger, smarter, safer Mason Public Schools. We felt it was necessary to recognize the YesMason! team for the countless hours they put in to support our children and our community.”

The proclamation stated “This group of highly dedicated and skilled community members pulled together to form an advocacy committee to promote the passage of the Mason Public Schools’ $69.7 million bond proposal on November 7, 2017, organizing a variety of activities designed to inform voters about the bond election and advocating for bond passage, including door-to-door campaigning, event planning, yard signs, and direct mail to promote a positive message about the proposal.”

On November 7, 2017, Mason residents passed a $69.7 million bond proposal to build a stronger, smarter, safer Mason Public Schools. The proposal includes significant improvements to safety and security, technology, site circulation, HVAC and mechanical and facility upgrades at all of the district’s buildings as well as the purchase of new buses.

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