Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A number of different technologies are being piloted in the district before large-scale purchases are made.
There has been a general air of excitement around Brighton Area Schools for the last few weeks as students and staff members see shiny new Macbooks, iPads, iPods, Chromebooks and other new technologies coming into classrooms. These are just a few examples of many devices being tested in the district during pilot projects before any large scale purchases are made, according to Director of Technology Elson Liu. "I think what we're finding out is that there's going to be a place for all of the different types of technologies," Liu said."Talking to our committee, I don't think we're going to become an all iPad school or an all something school. I think what we want to do is have a different mix of tools available for different classrooms for…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Phase 1 construction projects include new athletic stadiums at both Brighton High School and Scranton Middle School.
Brighton Board of Education members approved contractors for the first phase of bond projects on both Brighton High School and Scranton Middle School during a meeting Monday night. Brighton High School contractors were approved unanimously while Board Members voted 4-2 to approve Scranton Middle School contractors. Board Secretary Nick Fiani and Trustee John Conely opposed the resolution to award bids for the middle school. Treasurer Jay Krause was absent from the meeting. Conely made a failed motion to delay voting until a special meeting next week. Fiani also made a failed motion to approve the contractors with the exception of removing the eight planned tennis courts at Scranton that were originally approved in the design package in …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Brighton resident Brenda Goebbel expresses concern over Brighton Area Schools' management and spending of bond money.
Tuesday, February 12
Over a year ago our Brighton School Board was putting together a bond to present before voters in May 2012. The bond was seen as necessary to address the critical infrastructure and technology needs of the district. I wish I had been present to witness the political posturing and scheming to ensure the bonds passage. Wasn’t that the reason the district spent the money to hold the special election in May rather than add it to the November ballot which would have ensured a greater voter turnout? How many frivolous items were added to the bond to garner a particular group’s vote? I feel that’s why the new HS football field, pool and fitness center, as well as the new Scranton football field, with all its amenities, were added to the bond. But…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Brighton Area Schools will purchase a little less than 1,100 new computers for both teachers and students.
Brighton Board of Education members voted 6-0 to approve a staff recommended bid package for 1,085 new computers as part of the technology portion of the $88.4 million bond voters passed last year during Monday night's meeting. Treasurer Jay Krause was absent from the meeting. The district received 10 bids, covering several different well-known manufacturers from Acer to Dell and HP. Netech Corporation was the lowest bid at $382,130 and will provide the district with 730 Dell laptops and desktop computers. In addition, the package includes 355 Apple computers. Because of Apple’s distribution model, this portion of the work was not included in the computer bid package and quotes were requested directly from Apple. The quote was for a total …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The first technology bid package was for about $3 million.
Brighton Area School Board members unanimously voted to approve the first bid package for the technology portion of the $88.4 million bond issue voters passed in May for wired network infrastructure, a wireless network and a new phone system. The bid package was about $3 million, according to Superintendent Greg Gray. "In order to plug in all of our new devices, you have to have the infrastructure to support it and we presently don't have the infrastructure to support it, but the $3 million approved tonight will put us on the cutting edge of technology now and into the future," he said. The district received 11 different bids for the three categories. Delta Network Services was awarded the bids for network infrastructure and phone system…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
More than 25 residents attended the School Board meeting Monday night to express concerns over the design package.
Brighton Area Schools Board of Education members unanimously approved design and development plans for phase one bond projects throughout the district, despite about 10 requests from residents during the call to the public to delay the vote. Brighton Superintendent Greg Gray said the first phase will cost a little more than $20 million. The approved plan includes revised design of the Scranton Middle School athletic field, which was moved from the front of the school to the back. However, board members changed the field's lighting and public announcement system into alternates that the they can determine to include or exclude after the bidding process and before construction begins. Lighting, sound and parking were the three main concerns …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Residents urged school board members to postpone the vote on the bond design and development package in order to consider moving the football stadium back in front of the middle school.
Dozens of residents armed with participation charts and traffic photos attended the Brighton Area Schools Board of Education meeting Monday night to protest the proposed Scranton Middle School athletic field as part of the $88.4 million bond passed by voters in May. Many residents are not happy that the football field will now be located behind the school, according to design plans from the bond architect, SHW Group. The location was changed because placing it in front of the school would have overlapped into a secondary septic system and an additional easement required on the Scranton Roundabout, Brighton Superintendent Greg Gray said in an informational meeting Oct. 10. Many residents urged school board members to postpone the vote on …
School Board members approved three bids as part of the first series of bond improvements.
Brighton Area Schools Board of Education approved bids from local companies to replace doors, repair concrete and electrical work as part of the first bond series improvements during its Monday night meeting. Edwards Glass of Livonia was awarded the bid to replace 57 percent of the district's doors for $425,400, according to Brighton Superintendent Greg Gray. The other 43 percent of doors will be replaced during the second bond series. Brighton companies were awarded the other two bids: 6-K Construction will repair the entryway and concrete at the Brighton Senior Center, located inside the Miller Intergenerational Center, for a total of $7,370 and Lineside, LLC will handle electrical work for $12,920. All three companies were the lowest …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Brighton residents Bob and Brenda Goebbel express concern over Brighton Area Schools' management and spending of bond money.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Everyone in the Brighton School District interested in preventing their bond money from being wasted should attend the school board meeting this Monday Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. to see how their tax dollars are proposed to be spent. The Scranton Middle School football field, "piggybacked" on the "technology" and school improvement bond, as proposed, will now require annual use of school funds for operational and maintenance expenses. Many Brighton citizens do not have issue with the installation of a new athletic field. The main objection is the move of the field from its original, voted on site and the addition of costly and unnecessary "fluff". We have a problem with the surreptitious movement of the field to a new site on the school grounds …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Homeowners are concerned about noise, lights and traffic from sporting events after the new middle school field is built.
More than 50 homeowners attended Brighton Superintendent Greg Gray's meeting at Scranton Middle School on Tuesday night to find out information about the new athletic field that will be built behind the school next spring. The athletic field is one small part of an $88.4 million bond approved by voters in May. The bond also provides for building updates at the middle school, including secure vestibule installation, flooring replacement, a new building fire alarm system, additional power for technology upgrades and more. The homeowners are mostly concerned with noise, light spill, traffic and parking once the new facilities are built. Many of them also were angry that the football field will now be located behind the school with the other …