Superintendent's Corner

Dear Powell Township School Families,

Wow, I can’t believe I’m nearing the end of my first year as a superintendent and principal already.  I’ve been involved in public education for 25 years and there’s never a dull moment, which is one of the many things I enjoy about working in education.  But the number 1 thing I enjoy is the students.  They’ve grown so much this year, both physically and academically.  However, with Covid, other illnesses and life challenges, attendance has suffered this year.  This is one of the major reasons we are hoping to offer summer school this year.  Although, so far only two families have responded to the letter sent home about summer school.  Parents, please consider signing your children up for summer school a couple days per week from mid June to early August.  If we get more families to commit, I’ll move ahead with the summer school plan.  I’m also looking at a playgroup option for younger students so keep your eyes open for that too.

May has a lot in store for students at PTS.  This year the middle school students will be able to join in on the educational adventure at Bay Cliff Health Camp with students from the Marquette Schools.  Some of the other May events include watching a special educational performance by the Marquette Symphony, touring the Marquette Lighthouse, seeing their own art work on display at the DeVos Art Museum, visiting the Digital Learning Lab at NMU’s Seaborg Center, and of course the annual hike from Big Bay to Marquette for the older kids.  There is so much to learn in life and we’re doing our best to teach our students not only academically but also how to be good people.  Thank you for your continued support of Powell Township School – the best little school ever.  Happy Spring.

Sincerely,

Michelle Gill
Superintendent / Principal

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

INVITATION TO BID

Notice is given hereby that

Powell Township School


will accept bids from qualified contractors for:

SteamBoiler Replacement

101 Deutsch Ave.

P.O. Box 160

Big Bay, Michigan 49808.


For the scope of work summarized as:

The Powell Township School district is soliciting lump sum bids for the replacement of their two heating boilers.  The existing boilers are Weil-McLain 688 cast iron sectional boilers rated at 1,026 net IBR MBH output (1,358 MBH gross output) with a Gordon-Piatt model R8.2-0-07, ¾ horsepower, 230 volt/1-ph oil-fired burner with max. firing rate of 11.8 GPH.  Replace with like boilers to reconnect into the existing steam piping, condensate feed piping and fuel oil piping.  Connect new boiler flue into metal breeching to chimney and insulate with minimum of 2” high temperature (1200 F) wrap.  Burner shall be replaced with an electronic modulating burner equal to Reillo, and the controls necessary to operate the modulating burner.  Upgrade controls panel to provide lead-lag firing of the boilers as well as to start the lag boiler if the lead boiler does not fire for any reason. Insulate all steam and condensate piping as well as flange connections with 2 to 2-1/2” insulation to match existing.  Include the piping of a 2” boiler condensate cross connection (equalization) piping between the boilers to keep the off boiler from “flooding” and a gate valve on each to isolate each boiler as necessary to drain and service a down boiler without taking the active boiler out of service.  Provide all controls between new boiler level controller and existing condensate feed pumps.

Include all subcontractor pricing necessary to complete the electrical power, controls and insulation work associated with the boiler replacement.  Provide a list of subcontractors being used to complete the work.  Contractor shall apply for boiler permits and receive final boiler inspections prior to operating.  Provide a one-year warranty on all labor and materials associated with the work and respond to all service calls during the warranty period, including nights, weekends, and holidays if necessary to assure the school has heat to maintain their normal class schedule.

Contractors shall be able to provide a Performance and Payment Bond for the Work.  Provide the cost of the Bond as a separate line item in the bid quote.  At the Powell Township School’s discretion, they may choose to accept or waive the bonding requirement for this work.  Contractor shall be insured and provide a Certificate of Insurance to the school prior to starting any work at the school site.  Minimum insurance requirements shall include Workmen’s Compensation (Statutory), Comprehensive General Liability, Personal Injury, Comprehensive Automobile Liability, and Property Damage each for $1,000,000.

The existing boilers and connecting piping were replaced in 1996 and are not believed to contain any hazardous materials such as asbestos.

Last day of School is June 3, 2022, and Contractors will be permitted to start work on June 6.  Work shall be substantially complete on, or before, Friday September 30th, 2022.  If work cannot be substantially completed by this date, please note within the bid, and state the proposed timeline for the work.  It may be possible to stage the work of replacing one boiler at a time later into the fall if necessary while keeping heat on with the remaining boiler.

Contractors are strongly encouraged to visit the work site and becoming familiar with the existing conditions by calling the School at (906)345-9355 to arrange an appointment.  Any bidder who has not formally arranged to visit the site may be evaluated and bid rejected at the discretion of the School.

**Sealed bid shall be received at the office of the Superintendent no later than noon on Friday May 13, 2022, at 101 Deutsch Ave., P.O. Box 160, Big Bay, Michigan 49808.**Bids shall be accompanied by a bid security equal to 5% of the total bid.  It is the intention of Powell Township School to review the bids and award the work at the Monday, May 16th regularly scheduled school board meeting.

Prevailing wages are not required on this project.  The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive irregularity in the bidding or the bidding process and accept the bid that is most advantageous to the Owner.

Dated:  04.29.2022            

By:   Michelle Gill, Superintendent

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS
SUPERINTENDENT'S CORNER

April 30, 2022

Wow, I can’t believe I’m nearing the end of my first year as a superintendent and principal already.  I’ve been involved in public education for 25 years and there’s never a dull moment, which is one of the many things I enjoy about working in education.  But the number 1 thing I enjoy is the students.  They’ve grown so much this year, both physically and academically.  However, with Covid, other illnesses and life challenges, attendance has suffered this year.  This is one of the major reasons we are hoping to offer summer school this year.  Although, so far only two families have responded to the letter sent home about summer school.  Parents, please consider signing your children up for summer school a couple days per week from mid June to early August.  If we get more families to commit, I’ll move ahead with the summer school plan.  I’m also looking at a playgroup option for younger students so keep your eyes open for that too.

May has a lot in store for students at PTS.  This year the middle school students will be able to join in on the educational adventure at Bay Cliff Health Camp with students from the Marquette Schools.  Some of the other May events include watching a special educational performance by the Marquette Symphony, touring the Marquette Lighthouse, seeing their own art work on display at the DeVos Art Museum, visiting the Digital Learning Lab at NMU’s Seaborg Center, and of course the annual hike from Big Bay to Marquette for the older kids.  There is so much to learn in life and we’re doing our best to teach our students not only academically but also how to be good people.  Thank you for your continued support of Powell Township School – the best little school ever.  Happy Spring.

Sincerely,

Michelle Gill
Superintendent / Principal

2022-2023 VACANCIES

Powell Township School has the following vacancies for the 2022-2023 school year:

*Preschool / Kindergarten Teacher, Full Time *Special Ed Resource Room / General Ed Teacher, Full Time *Part-Time Maintenance Technician *Behavior Aide / Playground Supervisor,  Full Time *Bus Drivers, Full Time and Part Time *Substitutes - All Positions

Apply in person, by mail or by email to Superintendent Michelle Gill at mgill@powellschool.com immediately,  P.O. Box 160, Big Bay, MI  49808. Positions are open until filled.

School of Choice Notice

The Powell Township School District announces the following school of choice information for the first semester of the 2022-23 school year, which begins September 6, 2022.

Powell Township School District will participate in schools of choice for grades K-8 for section 105 and 105c* for the period August 2- September 2  with a FINAL DATE FOR STUDENT ENROLLMENT SEPTEMBER 2, 2022. Interested parties may contact he school office for an application. Available positions from non-resident pupils are kindergarten-8th grade.

*Public Act 297 of 2000 Amends Section 105c to permit school districts to accept schools of choice enrollment applications from students in contiguous ISDs/RESA, regardless of contiguity.

It is the policy of the District that no students shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, creed or ancestry, age, height, weight, or other protected categories.

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