News & Notes                                                       
Welcome to Mason Public Schools' web site. This News & Notes section will serve as a bulletin board to post activity notices and provide timely information regarding educational issues. We hope you find the site to be user-friendly and a valuable resource relative to school matters.

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING CALLED TO DISCUSS FACILITIES

The Mason Public Schools Board of Education has scheduled a special Board work session on Monday, June 29th, at 5 pm in the James Harvey Education Center to discuss the results of the facilities audit.  Representatives from The Skillman Corporation, Moore Trosper Construction and GMB Architecture will report on the conditions of the school facilities.

Engineers and estimators evaluated the facilities beginning in March 2015.  The workshop will include discussion on the conditions of the district’s facilities including site, building envelope, interior, mechanical, electrical, and ADA compliance issues.  The board will hear concerns related to antiquated HVAC systems, structure, traffic circulation, student safety, and overall learning environment.
 
The next steps for the Mason Public Schools Board of Education moving forward with improvements will be to engage and inform the community using the results of this study as support.  Parents, staff and community members are encouraged to attend.

SCHOOLS OF CHOICE

Click on the link below for the 2015-2016 Schools of Choice application and information sheet.  The application window is June 1 through June 15, 2015.
 
Schools of Choice Application and Information Sheet

MASON PUBLIC SCHOOLS DEVELOPS NEW STRATEGIC PLAN

MASON, MI: Mason Public Schools is in the process of developing a dynamic Strategic Plan to provide direction for the future of the school district. The Strategic Plan contains the district’s vision, mission, core values, and promise and 3-5 year goals and priorities. “The Strategic Plan will function as a road map,” said Ronald Drzewicki, superintendent. “It will focus our efforts on excellence and on meeting the needs of the students and community.”

A “Task Force” of 50 members was formed and met on May 19-20 to draft the plan. The Task Force consisted of educators, students and community members.

“With the community involved, it brings us all together,” said Dawn Mathews, middle school teacher. Carrie Geyer, a parent on the Task Force, commented, “It was useful to develop a common vision. Vision sets us up to successfully solve problems now and in the future.”

The development of the Strategic Plan will be a work in progress. Since December, the district has engaged parents and staff to provide feedback on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the district. That input was used by the Strategic Planning Task Force.

“This process has been and will be community and staff driven,” said Drzewicki. “We will listen and engage others in the development of this plan.”

8TH-9TH GRADE SUMMER BRIDGE
ENROLLMENT INFORMATION
Freshmen Bridge Details
Freshmen Bridge Flyer
Freshmen Bridge Parent

2015-16 GENERAL FUND BUDGET DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

The Mason Public Schools’ Board of Education and district administration are in the process of developing the 2015-16 general fund budget.  The 2015-16 budget development process is challenging because of the lack of information from the state and the huge discrepancy in proposed per pupil funding for public schools (see below).

In an effort to have a balanced budget for 2015-16 the school district is having conversations about expense reductions.  A list of potential expense reductions for next year was shared with the Board of Education’s Finance and Property Committee on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.  The Board of Education has scheduled a budget workshop to discuss the 2015-16 budget on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 5 pm in the James Harvey Education Center located at 400 S. Cedar.

Parents, staff and community members are encouraged to contact Representative Tom Cochran and Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. to share their thoughts on funding for Mason Public Schools.

Below is information related to the development of the 2015-16 budget.

SPORTS SUMMER CAMPS 2015

Back by popular demand, Mason Public Schools are offering 2015 sports camps. please click below for more information on each of our individual camps.

Girls Youth Basketball - Grades 1-12
Boys Youth Basketball - Grades k-12
Girls/Boys Youth Volleyball - Grades k-12
Boys Youth Football Grades 4-8
Girls Youth Gymnastics - Ages 3-18
Girls/Boys Youth Tennis - Grades 3-12
Girls/Boys Water Polo Grades 5-9 Cancelled due to low enrollment

APRIL 20TH PARENT ADVISORY FORUM A SUCCESS

Friends,
On Monday, April 20th, the third and final Parent Advisory Forum of the school year was held. The discussion at the forum was enlightening and I appreciated the positive conversation about the future of Mason Public Schools.

The group discussed the size of our elementary schools, overcrowding, and the district's capital improvement needs.  The district-wide facility study will be completed in June and discussions will take place to examine our needs and how to address them. I encourage you to remain involved throughout the process.

The power point used at the meeting, meeting minutes, and the answers to the focus questions are posted on our website.

Thank you for your support of the Parent Advisory Forums this year.  We will host more parent forums in 2015-16!!

Ronald Drzewicki, Ed.S.
Superintendent
Mason Public Schools

Related Documents:
PAF Meeting Minutes 4-20-15
PAF Focus Questions-Solutions 4-20-15
PAF Presentation
SUMMER 2015 COMMUNITY EDUCATION GUIDE IS HERE!

Mason Community Education is excited to announce online registration from your own computer! Click HERE to view the new Community Education guide and look for the following link https://mason.revtrak.net on the registration page to register for all classes.

ENTEROVIRUS INFORMATION
2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
2013-2014 Alaiedon AER - Letter
2013-2014 Alaiedon AER
2014-2015 AL School Improvement Plan
2013-2014 North Aurelius AER - Letter
2013-2014 North Aurelius AER
2014-2015 NA School Improvement Plan
2013-2014 Steele AER - Letter
2013-2014 Steele AER
2014-2015 ST School Improvement Plan
2013-2014 Middle School AER - Letter
2013-2014 Middle School AER
2014-2015 MS School Improvement Plan
2013-2014 High School AER - Letter
2013-2014 High School AER
2014-2015 HS School Improvement Plan

SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION
In the event of inclement weather or other emergency school closing situations, notice will be posted on this website. This information will also be broadcast on local radio and television stations, and parents and staff members will receive notice via Honeywell Instant Alert.
2014-15 ATHLETIC PASS PRICES
Beginning August 18, athletic passes for the 2014-15 school year will be available in the High School Athletic Office, 1001 S. Barnes Street. If you need additional information, please call 676-6535. .

$150.00 Family Pass (2 adults plus K-12 student family members)
$  60.00 Individual Adult Pass
$  30.00 Individual Student Pass

LIMITED TAX PLEDGE NOTICE

PUPIL TRANSPORTATION HANDBOOK
For a copy of the district's Pupil Transportation Handbook, please click here.  If you have any questions regarding the content of this handbook, contact the Transportation Department at 676-6496.

UPCOMING BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS
The next Board of Education Special meeting is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2015 (please click here for the notice). The regular board meeting will be held at 7:00 on the same evening. Both meetings will be held in the Board of Education Room at the James C. Harvey Education Center, 400 South Cedar Street.

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