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Bids For Port High Furniture Came In As Expected

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Education | Comments Off on Bids For Port High Furniture Came In As Expected

Bids For Port High Furniture Came In As Expected

The School Board for the Port Washington-Saukville High School has agreed on a budget for the furnishing of the school’s new academic wing. The decision was made sometime early last May, a few weeks before the scheduled completion of the construction of the new wing.

The high school furniture budget, which was valued at $283,000, was decided upon by the Board following discussions with school administrators and Bray Architects, the firm responsible for designing the more recent renovations to the high school, after they analyzed bids for the furniture of the new wing, which totaled in at about $258,000 for 1,457 pieces of furniture. The administrators asked the board to add an additional 10% to the value appraised as a contingency for the budget, to which the Board agreed.

School Superintendent Michael Weber described the furniture as comfortable, but not to the extent that students would find themselves falling asleep.

Principal Eric Burke commented that the chairs, which were simple and ergonomic, were designed to correct the sitter’s posture, forcing the students sitting on them into the perfect posture

Designers from Bray Architects made selections for furniture, submitting three options to the school’s administrations, who decided on a design with the help of teachers and students from various departments, who tested out the furniture.

The school’s officials are also considering working on the Washington Heights building, on the northeast end of the school.  This building holds the school’s communications and social studies classrooms, and have yet to receive an update on furnishing, same as the new areas for the new academic wing, such as the cafeteria, and music rooms, that will be built as part of the project’s second phase.

The fund set for the tackling the cost of high school furniture in the referendum plan sat at $370,000, but officials of the school, such as Jim Froemming, Director of Business Services, are fully aware that that would not be enough to cover it all. The Board, however, has given its approval with using fund balance to make up the cost.

The furniture is expected to arrive sometime this August, and installed and ready for use in classes by the time they start this Fall.

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Scholarship For First Generation Students That Belongs To Low Income Families

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Education, News | 0 comments

Scholarship For First Generation Students That Belongs To Low Income Families

It was in the late 1960s when David Rubenstein became a student of Duke University and he was the first in their family who was given the chance to attend college. His enrolment was made possible by the financial aid he received.

He is currently the chairman of Board of Trustees of the university and he decided to give a gift worth $20 million which will sponsor a one year old scholarship program to students who belong in the first generation with low income and have exhibit exceptional performance. The program will not be referred to as the David M. Rubenstein Scholars Program which will provide the students with academic experience along with developing their professional aside and enriching their personal growth. The program will cover the entire cost of the student who will avail of the education in Duke.

According to the president of Duke University, Richard H. Brodhead, David Rubenstein was able to appreciate the great education he got from Duke because of the scholarship that he was granted. After being assigned as the Board of Trustees chairman of Duke University, he fully understood how important it is for students to be given the chance to receive higher education. It does not matter what the financial status of the family where the student came from, as long as they are talented then great universities must welcome them with open arms. This ideal is embodied by Duke University and was me possible by the gift given by David.

The Rubenstein Scholars Program started only this year and was previously called Washington Duke Scholars Program – the name was derived from the Duke family’s patriarch which started the very idea of philanthropy in the university. The very first class received a total of thirty undergraduates. The scholarship includes a four-year scholarship that is loan-free as well as a summer academic experience to aid the students in their transition to the university. Within their four years at Duke, they will be given mentoring classes from faculty and peers. There are also other scholarships out there that aim to aid students such as the Scholarships for People with Glasses.

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