2014-02-20 / Front Page

MHS takes low alarm bid

Fire alarm system to be installed in June

MANISTIQUE – A new fire alarm system will be installed at the Manistique Middle and High School as soon as school recesses for the year. A bid for the project was accepted during Monday’s meeting of the Manistique Area Schools Board of Education.

According to Superintendent Kathy McDonough, a total of seven companies from outside the area submitted bids for the project. The bids were opened on Feb. 13 and the school’s consulting firm, IBI

Group, recommended the low bid – Kobas Electric Company, Inc. – for the project.

Kobas proposed completing the project for $59,952.

“There is quite a range (in bids),” she said. “The high is $130,880 – one explanation given at the bid opening was one is a union shop, the other is not. Another is Kobas can do some of the removal on their own, whereas in the others, they were subcontracting out different pieces of it.”

The bid from Kobas includes installing the strobe lights, alarms, and removal of the old system, explained McDonough. The installation will extend partially into the school’s administrative building as well.

McDonough said Maintenance Supervisor Randy Watchorn recommended Kobas, noting the company has done a “great amount” of work for the district and is “extremely familiar” with the middle/ high school building.

Funding for the new system will come from the school’s sinking fund. Kobas’ bid was unanimously approved by the board.

In other business, principals at both Emerald Elementary and MHS have been reviewing AIMSweb data. AIMSweb is a web-based assessment and Response to Intervention tool for universal screening, progress monitoring, and data management for grades k-12

According to MHS Principal John Shiner, the review included a look at trends in the AIMS system associated with comprehension, fluency, math skills, and behavioral data for grades six through nine.

“We use that data to determine what type of internal progress we’re making,” he said. “We are measured externally by the Department of Education; we’re measured internally by AIMS web.”

AIMS keeps the students on track, said Shiner, and the “vast majority” of students are moving in the right direction. To assist in this movement, he explained various academic and behavioral interventions take place on a regular basis. These include the use of: MobyMax, organizational booklets for middle school students, pull-out sessions for math students, six minute solutions for reading in middle school, weekend sessions for the Michigan Merit Exam, ACT, and the MEAP, and AIMS web testing.

According to Emerald Principal Erik Mason, elementary students are also working hard to stay on track. He noted that if any child is flagged in the AIMS testing, they are progress monitored every one or two weeks.

Students have focused on using multiplication.com, iPads in third grade, and MobyMax as resources, and have had emphasis on accelerated math. A half hour intervention block for math, in addition to the hour of regular math instruction, has also been added to the students’ days.

“We upped the ante this year for our math,” Mason noted.

In addition to math, a reader’s workshop for grades three through five was created and Accelerated Reader is accessed online.

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