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 Voters Pass $69.7 Million Bond Proposal in November 2017 Election

Students walking into school building

Building a Stronger, Smarter, Safer Mason Public Schools

MASON, MI – Thanks to residents, voters and the “Yes Mason!” committee, Mason Public Schools will have the funding to make major facilities improvements; technology and learning environment upgrades; and safety and security updates to all schools beginning Spring 2018 and extending through 2026.

The November 2017 bond proposal was a revised version of the May 2016 proposal that did not pass. The District formed a School Study Committee (SSC) to conduct research among the community. The SSC met 17 times over 10 months (a total of 1,170 hours combined) and consisted of 30 staff, school board and community members. The result was revised proposal on the November 2017 ballot that better met the expectations of the community while continuing to meet the immediate needs of the school.

The November 2017 election saw a voter turnout increase of 4% and “Yes” vote increase of 42% from May 2016, demonstrating the community’s enthusiasm for the revised bond proposal.

“The Mason community has given the students in our district an incredible opportunity by supporting this bond proposal,” says Ron Drzewicki, Mason Public Schools Superintendent. “It’s our responsibility and pleasure to keep everyone informed of the impact their investment is making, both in terms of the physical changes to the buildings and the educational outcomes of our students.”

Building Stronger Schools

With the approval of this bond proposal, Mason Public Schools will receive the funding to:

  • Make critical upgrades to the mechanical electrical and plumbing systems in all schools
  • Upgrade and expand outdated, undersized and makeshift learning spaces
  • Add multi-purpose rooms that separate P.E. and large group instruction from the elementary cafeterias
  • Improve accessibility for all students at all schools

Building Smarter Schools

With the approval of this bond proposal, Mason Public Schools will receive the funding to:

  • Update technology infrastructure to maximize connectivity, access and learning
  • Upgrade and renovate classrooms to support all teaching and learning styles
  • Create an age-appropriate leaning environment for pre-K/kindergarten students

Building Safer Schools

With the approval of this bond proposal, Mason Public Schools will receive the funding to:

  • Replace the aging school bus fleet
  • Improve the flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic
  • Implement secure building entry throughout the District.

The bond will be issued in three phases, with the first spanning 2018-2021. Phase 1 will include:

  • Bus purchases in Summer 2018
  • High school and middle school furniture and equipment updates
  • Technology, device and infrastructure upgrades in late Spring 2018
  • Construction on the Harvey Education Center, Alaideon Elementary and North Aurelius Elementary beginning Spring 2019 – Fall 2020.

Phase 2 (beginning in 2021) and Phase 3 (beginning in 2023) bring similar projects to the other schools throughout the District.

Mason residents can stay current on capital improvement/bond proposal projects by visiting the “Newsroom” section of bondprojects.masonk12.net.

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