North Aurelius Scope of Work

North Aurelius Elementary will receive a secure entry, new windows, HVAC improvements, new doors and hardware, updated interior finishes and new lockers. Kindergarten students will be relocated to the Harvey Education Center and North Aurelius Elementary will house grades 1-5.

  • The remodeling, consolidation and reconfiguration of the current outdated and undersized kindergarten and grade 1 classrooms will provide appropriate, modern learning spaces for early elementary-aged students. Classrooms currently housed in makeshift spaces will be relocated to appropriately sized classrooms.
  • Two additional on-site classrooms will be added to eliminate two portable classrooms located behind the school.
  • The remodeling of the outdated cafeteria/gym and the addition of a multi-purpose room will provide additional space for physical education and large-group instruction.
  • Site upgrades will include improved traffic circulation for parent pick-up and drop-off, expanded parking and a new septic system.
  • The instructional technology and infrastructure budget for North Aurelius will include new cabling, network switches, file servers, improved bandwidth, upgrades to video surveillance and new student and staff devices.
  • Classroom multi-media upgrades will include enhanced sound systems and new display equipment.
  • New furnishing will include desks, chairs, tables and other equipment for classroom use.
  • Air conditioning will be added/upgraded for the entire building.
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Alaiedon Scope of Work

Alaiedon Elementary will receive a secure entry, new windows, HVAC improvements, new doors and hardware, updated interior finishes and new lockers. Kindergarten students will be relocated to the Harvey Education Center and Alaiedon Elementary will house grades 1-5.

  • The remodeling, consolidation and reconfiguration of the current outdated and undersized kindergarten and grade 1 classrooms will provide appropriate, modern learning spaces for early elementary-aged students. Classrooms currently housed in makeshift spaces will be relocated to appropriately sized classrooms.
  • The remodeling of the outdated cafeteria/gym and the addition of a multi-purpose room will provide additional space for physical education and large-group instruction.
  • Site upgrades will include improved traffic circulation for parent pick-up and drop-off and increased parking.
  • The instructional technology and infrastructure budget for Alaiedon will include new cabling, network switches, file servers, improved bandwidth, upgrades to video surveillance and new student and staff devices.
  • Classroom multi-media upgrades will include enhanced sound systems and new display equipment.
  • New furnishing will include desks, chairs, tables and other equipment for classroom use.
  • Air conditioning will be added/upgraded for the entire building.
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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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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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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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