District News and Events
November 26, 2013
The district drainage improvement project that was first mentioned in the district’s summer newsletter has continued on schedule. There are several reasons that the district has pursued this project. The primary impetus for this project is to help take care of the district’s current assets, including the track, athletic field, FFA building and woods.
The district also needs to make repairs and resurface the athletic track as part of required maintenance. Prior to doing this, we need to improve our drainage situation to help reduce the chance of future damage to the track. In addition, we want to improve drainage for future projects such as a new FFA building and new soccer/football practice field, where we currently experience flooding issues.
The State of Michigan outlines the requirements for site improvements, which we followed to obtain the approvals needed to complete the project. After doing several required studies of our property, including topographical studies, a wetland analysis, geotechnical studies and a drainage analysis, the engineers at Kingscott put together a drainage proposal for the drain commission. After obtaining the necessary approvals from the village and the drain commission, the board of education facilities committee spent quite a bit of time with the engineers going through the details of the plans at a committee meeting. The facilities committee then made a full recommendation to the school board for their approval at the regular meeting in November.
While the school was doing the legwork to get the necessary project approvals, we also initiated a formal bidding process to seek proposals for completion of the work. After several meetings, including a post-bid interview with the two low bidders, E.T. MacKenzie Company was recommended by the engineers and the facilities committee. They were formally awarded the bid by the Dansville Board of Education on Monday, November 18, 2013.
The scope of the work includes creating a basin to hold the water from the district near the football field as well as adding other drainage improvements that redirects our water to this basin before it leaves our property. This will also help the district come into compliance with the drain commission, as we currently do not meet their water treatment specifications.
The spoils from the digging of the basin will be used to create a level area for a potential future FFA building and a practice field. We will have a top soil brought in and drainage added under the soccer/football practice field to help complete that project as well.
The moving of dirt will begin the week of December 2, 2013. The projected is expected to be finished primarily in the weeks to follow, but some restoration and clean up is scheduled for the spring.
We are currently also working on remodeling the middle school computer lab on the first floor. This will help increase the efficiency of the lab, increase the number of student computer stations and allow the middle school to be prepared for online standardized testing which is expected to begin next school year.
We are planning to start a process to get bids for a new high school roof sometime in the beginning of 2014 in hopes of undergoing a roof project in the summer of 2014.
We are so appreciative to the community for your support of our school as we continue to use the sinking funds to improve our facilities. We have generated a multi-year asset management plan that we revisit with our facilities staff annually based on needs that arise. While the board has set some general fund money aside to help with facilities planning and maintenance, we couldn’t make the improvement we are making without the additional financial support the sinking fund supplies.
If you have any questions about these projects or any other school-related matters, please don’t hesitate to call, email or stop by the superintendent’s office any time. I appreciate the chance to talk through any questions you have and welcome your feedback.
517-623-6120 ext 250
October 16, 2013
September 17, 2013
The National Education Association, together with BetterLesson.com, launched the Master Teacher Project to recruit the best teachers in the United States and then document and share what makes them effective. The goal of these groups is “to arm teachers with the tools and support they need to create a revolution in teacher preparation and development.” Creating this coalition of master teachers in the beginning of realizing this goal.
Teachers were chosen from 27 different states and will create and share more than 14,000 lessons aligned to the Common Core to share with educators and pre-service teachers from across the country. A total of 96 of the highest performing K-12 Math and ELA Common Core teachers were chosen and given a monetary award to share all of their lessons and practices with their fellow educators. The selected teachers will provide the lesson along with “the how” (instructional strategies/classroom management practices/classroom systems) of good teaching. Educators will then have free access to the resources provided by these Master teachers.
Own own high school English teacher, Leah Braman, was chosen as a Master Teacher for this project based on work she submitted! We are so proud of Leah for her excellence in the classroom and her willingness to share her expertise with educators from across the country. Thank you, Leah, for representing Dansville Schools and our community in such an amazing way!
Leah Braman is pictured here with Board President Mike Kapp at the September School Board meeting, where she was recognized for her accomplishment.
September 16, 2013
The Dansville Schools Education Foundation is inviting nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Service Award.
Distinguished Service Award recipients will be selected for their deeds and accomplishments that have had a significant, positive impact on the students of Dansville Schools. Any member of the community, including alumni and teachers, may be nominated.
Please submit the name, address, and phone number of your nominee and a written statement explaining why he or she should be selected for a Distinguished Service Award, along with your name and contact information and any supporting documentation you wish to attach. (Anonymous nominations will not be accepted.)
Nominations are due by October 12, 2013, to Tabitha Cox, Dansville Schools Education Foundation, P.O. Box 202, Dansville, MI 48819 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and contact information on the nomination.
August 29, 2013
The Michigan Department of Education recently released school ratings based on a new system that combines student assessment data, graduation and attendance rates and compliance with laws. The new scorecard replaces the letter grade and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) with a five-color scale from highest to lowest: Green, Lime Green, Yellow, Orange and Red. Each measured area within each category measured is called a “cell”. Colors and points are assigned to schools and districts in each cell for meeting targets. If a school meets the target, the cell is green and worth 2 pts. A yellow cell means in improvement target was met and is worth one point and a red cell means the target was not met and is worth no points. The total points are added up and an overall percentage is determined. After this, an audit check was performed and a school cannot be higher than a yellow if they have one red cell.
For Dansville, and most schools, for example, had overall percentages that equated to “lime green” status, but because of red cells for the performance of the students identified as a new subgroup called the bottom 30%, our overall status was automatically changed to Yellow, which was the color of the majority of the schools in Michigan. No schools earned Lime Green status and very few earned Green status.
For additional information about the Accountability Scorecard, visit MDE at: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140–310978–,00.html or contact any of the Dansville administrators for more information.