DashBoard, Dec. 11, 2019

Yesterday, the House and Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 154, the School Aid Supplemental Budget bill, and four other bills representing the rest of the budget deal. SB 154 passed the House by a vote of 104-1 with Rep. John Reilly (R-Oakland) as the lone “no” vote and passed the Senate unanimously.

Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced support for the Michigan College Access Network’s annual College Cash Campaign to boost Free Application for Federal Student Aid completion rates and help ensure that eligible students know the resources that are available to them.

For its last meeting of 2019, the State Board of Education discussed and heard about a variety of topics, including recognition of stellar work; a final presentation and votes on the A-F accountability system; a model tobacco-free schools policy; the Drive Safe initiative/legislation; and middle/early college programs.

By Jeff Hoag, AIA, LEED AP BD + C

When planning capital improvement projects, a logical starting point is a thorough assessment of a district’s existing facility conditions. This process typically reveals both current deficiencies and those that will need to be addressed in the near future. These might include areas like pavement, roofing, heating and cooling systems, ADA compliance, furniture, etc.

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