A Home Project.......

posted Jan 20, 2012, 6:29 AM by Mike Paskewicz   [ updated Jan 20, 2012, 6:29 AM ]

February 2012 Northview News

Think back to a time when you made a physical change to your home.  Maybe it was something as simple as painting a room.  Perhaps you moved furniture to a new location to improve the flow of the room.  You may have been involved in a major project like replacing a furnace, remodeling a kitchen, demolishing a room, or building a new addition to the house.  Did you share with your family that things would be a little messy while the work was being done?  Were there any unanticipated surprises, extra trips to the hardware store, or family members pleading for the work to be over so you could get back to normal life? 

The Northview family is beginning a major construction project. This is a very exciting time in Northview for students, parents, community members and staff.  Students at our high school have an opportunity that is not available very often.  They, as well as our community, will have a real life experience regarding problem solving and creativity, application of mathematical and scientific knowledge, high levels of planning, financial management, and the need for clear written and verbal communication. 

Did you notice the little flags that dotted the landscape around Northview High School and West Oakview Elementary?  The flags marked the location of the underground utilities.  While the flags were small they are the first visible evidence of the start of a $31.6 million construction project approved by voters in November 2011.  Here are just a few of the steps that have been taken in the past two months:

  • November 30 – December 1, 2011 – Early childhood staff from West, East, and North Oakview Elementary Schools, central office staff, architects and construction management representatives visited Byron Center Schools to see how a similar construction project impacts young students.  Northview High School staff, central office staff, architects and construction management representatives visited Thornapple Kellogg High School to see how a similar construction project impacts students.
  • December 6 - 14, 2011 – Tower Pinkster Architects staff met with Northview High School department leaders to share initial designs for the two story addition and discuss room usage at the high school. West Oakview staff engaged in similar discussions.  The construction phasing schedules were also discussed. 
  • December 15 - 30, 2011 – Tower Pinkster Architects made design adjustments based upon staff input meetings. 
  • December 30, 2011 throughout project length – Barnes Wolgast prepares formal construction document budget reviews which include both cost estimates for each design package which become bidding documents.   
  • January 6, 2012 – Technology Department staff interviewed three firms to serve as technology consultants.  Final approval of the selected firm will be made by the Board of Education on January 23, 2012.
  • January 9, 2012 – Board of Education approved the Authorizing Resolution naming Fifth Third Securities to act as our Lead Underwriter for the sale of the 2012 Bonds.  Sale of bonds to take place in late February or early March.
  • January 9, 2012 – Board of Education received first bond construction update.  The first Board meeting of each month will include a construction progress update.
    • Bid Packet #1 includes the high school internal area of drama/music, with bids going out in mid-March 2012, work is scheduled to be finished before fall 2012 classes begin.
    • Bid Packet #1 also includes the four classroom addition to West Oakview with work to be finished by December 2012.
    • Bid Packet #2 includes the two story addition to the high school, with bids starting to go out in mid-July through Fall 2012, two story addition completed by September 2013 and the entire project scheduled to be completed by December 2014.
  • January 10 – 11, 2012 – Soil borings completed at West Oakview and the high school.

Just like your home projects, this construction process will be messy at times and we will be pleading for the work to be over so we can return to the normal routines. However, this brief time of construction inconvenience will result in facilities that improve the Northview Public Schools and the Northview community.  The construction process creates jobs and has a positive impact on the economy.

I encourage you to visit our web page, www.nvps.net, for a complete listing of construction timelines and future updates regarding the construction process.

....... and we set the following meetings for members of our community.

Did you vote “no” on Proposal 2?  Please take some time to tell us why.

Last November, voters in Northview narrowly defeated Bond Proposal 2 – Quality of Life.  The request received 1,712 yes votes and 1,714 no votes in an election that had the largest voter turnout in the history of Northview Public Schools (28% of the registered voters participated).  Proposal 1 – Critical for Learning was approved by a 35 vote margin.

Superintendent Mike Paskewicz, has scheduled four meetings to allow residents who voted no on Proposal 2 to meet in small group settings to discuss “why” they voted no on Proposal 2.  While it is understood that economic conditions in Michigan coupled with a request for increased taxes may be the primary reasons, there may be additional reasons you wish to share with the school district.

Date and Times:  All meetings held at the District Office, 4365 Hunsberger NE

Monday, February 6              6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  

Monday, February 13           8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  

Monday, February 20           7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

As always, feel free to contact me directly at mpaskewicz@nvps.net if you have comments or questions regarding my blog posts.

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