Student Safety at the Forefront with Mason Public Schools’ Investment in Bus Technology

On Monday, November 5th, Mason Public Schools Board of Education approved bids to install video camera systems and stop arm cameras on all of the district buses. The district purchased new buses this summer which have this technology installed. The district’s existing buses, which are not currently equipped will have this technology installed in the next month. Once the installation is complete, all buses will have the most up-to-date technology available to make the transportation of students as safe as possible.

The buses will feature a stop arm camera that will allow the district to capture photos of drivers and license plates of vehicles who pass school buses illegally when the stop arm is out. If this occurs, the district plans to turn these images over to law enforcement for further investigation.

“Recently, we have seen many reports of cars illegally passing buses which have the stop arms out and in some cases causing accidents. Mason has been working on equipping our buses with this technology for many months and are proud to say that we are doing all that we can to prevent accidents from occurring around our students and drivers,” said Ronald Drzewicki, Ed.S., Superintendent, Mason Public Schools.

The Board of Education approved the bid from Holland Bus Company for the purchase and installation of the Angel Trax video systems in the remaining Mason buses for $56,229. Each bus will have four cameras inside that feature a fully articulated lens casing, adjustable vertically, horizontally and 180 degrees in any direction at installation, to obtain the desired view of the vehicle’s interior. The cameras are Vulcan Series High-Definition 1080P. The cameras are capable of capturing clear high-definition images day or night along with audio. Installation is planned to be completed by mid-December and paid for out of Bond dollars.

 

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Phase 1 New Buses have Arrived

MPS Buses

This week, Mason Public Schools received 5 new buses that were purchased using dollars from Phase 1 of the Capital Improvement Project. These buses are International gasoline buses. Each of these new buses will have a new camera installed before they begin their routes. The district is currently working on the routing plans and bus assignments. Students should check their bus cards when they receive it in the mail to see which bus and route they will be on before school begins.

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HEC Design now in final stages

The Harvey Education Center design is now in the final stages.  The HEC design team will be pulled together for one last meeting to provide input on finishes.  The committee will look at product types such as rubber, vinyl, linoleum, etc. as options for a resilient surface in the classrooms. We will also look at color selections for wall and trim paint, carpet options, rubber base colors and laminate colors.  The schedule is to have bid documents out by July 6th and due to the district on August 1st.  Ground breaking is scheduled for mid to late August.

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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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