Roseville school board approves several equipment purchases

By: Maria Allard | Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider | Published December 19, 2023

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ROSEVILLE — Some new equipment will soon be in the classrooms in Roseville Community Schools.

At the Dec. 4 school board meeting, the school board voted 6-0 to approve a number of purchases. Board member Denise Brun was absent.

The new purchases will include shredded rubber playground mulch at Green Elementary School, a new rotary lift for the Roseville High School auto shop class and wobble chair feet sets in various classrooms.

The total cost for the mulch and installation at Green is $54,671.39. The district will use Great Start Readiness Program funds to pay for the mulch. Green is one of the schools in the district that houses the GSRP.

The rotary lift, which will replace an old rotary lift, has a price tag of $36,958.88. The equipment will be ordered through a Helping Governments Across the Country equipment contract with Vehicle Service Group. Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds will pay for the new rotary lift. As with the mulch, staff is working on purchase orders at this time and then the piece will be ordered.

With the recent board approval, district officials will order 700 Bouncyband wobble chair feet sets. They have not yet been ordered but will be funded through 31aa mental health grant funds.

The wobble chair feet sets convert a standard school chair, which enables students to have an outlet for excess energy while working in class. The chairs — also known to alleviate anxiety, hyperactivity and boredom — will be distributed throughout the district.

At the meeting, the school board also approved a request from administrators to grant them permission to bid on student and teacher laptops at a later date. In the meantime, school officials are reviewing surveys they conducted with staff to determine what type of computers are preferred within the school buildings. That will help officials make their recommendation.

“This is from series two of the bond,” said Technology Director Mike Antoine, referring to the $58.9 million bond issue that passed in 2018. “This is the replacement of staff and student laptops at this point in time.”