UPDATE: DPSCD’s Board to Host Superintendent Candidates’ Day in the District

Candidate schedules include school visits, community meetings and open interview sessions

DPSCD’s two superintendent finalists, Dr. Nikolai Vitti and Derrick Coleman have 12-hour interview schedules. They will start their day with an overview of the district’s finance and academic departments culminating with an open session interview conducted by the DPSCD Board of Education at 6 p.m. on each of their designated interview dates.

In addition to an overview of the district and the open interview session, the two candidates will have an opportunity to visit schools, meet staff, educators, parents and students. Supplementary public meetings are also scheduled with members of the community including faith-based, labor and business stakeholders. The board is seeking to avail the candidates to as many of the district’s key stakeholders as time will permit.

WHEN:      Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – Dr. Nikolai Vitti
Monday, April 3, 2017 – Derrick Coleman

WHERE:     Please see attached schedules for public meetings

“The board appreciates the community taking an active interest in the search for a permanent superintendent for Detroit Public Schools Community District. We have incorporated the input of hundreds of community members in this process. We will continue the process as scheduled,” said Iris Taylor, DPSCD board president.


Neinas Elementary will be closed today due to a building problem

Detroit International Academy for Women and A. L. Holmes are closed due to power outages. Power has been restored at Carver Elementary and school will be open tomorrow, Monday, March 13, 2017. However, DTE is still working around the clock to clean up the aftermath of the storm and restore power to all locations. In the meantime, remind your family members, especially children, not to touch any downed power lines or anything connected to a downed power line as they walk to school or wait by the bus stop.

School Closures due to Power Outages

Due to power issues the following 26 schools will be closed on March 9, 2017


Early Dismissals are below:

Drew Transition Center 12:15
Mackenzie 11:45
Carlton Elementary School 10:15 AM
Turning Point Academy 11:30 AM

Buildings where power has been restored (school will be open)

  • Clippert
  • Earhart
  • Greenfield Union
  • Harms
  • Noble
  • Palmer Park
  • Pasteur
  • Phoenix
  • Western

The following schools will remain closed

  • Adult Ed West
  • Ann Arbor Trail
  • Bow
  • Breithaupt
  • Carver
  • CMA
  • Detroit Lions
  • DIA
  • Diane Banks
  • Durfee
  • East English Village
  • Gompers
  • Holmes
  • Mann
  • Mason
  • Osborn
  • Pulaski
  • Ron Brown
  • Thirkell
  • Westside

Due to the impact of the wind storm, DPSCD wants to remind everyone to be cautious traveling to and from school and other locations. For your safety, please remember not to  touch downed power lines. Instead,  should you  see any downed power lines please call (800) 477-4747.

Boil Water Advisory Lifted Impacted Schools will be open Monday

Recently, the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) issued a Boil Water Advisory covering the largest geographical area in its history.  The Advisory blanketed a substantial portion of Detroit and affected 28 Detroit Public Schools Community District buildings. As a precautionary measure, acting in the best interest of our students and staff, we closed schools the second and third day of the crisis.

As the crisis unfolded, Detroit authorities investigated the situation to determine if the advisory was justified. In a remarkable turn of events, GLWA officials released a statement yesterday indicating preliminary testing showed no evidence of any bacterial contamination in Detroit’s water supply.

 “The first round of test results taken by the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) related to the February 28, 2017 boil water advisory have come back clear,” said GLWA in a statement. “While these results are a sign that there is nothing wrong with the water, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is requiring the boil water advisory remain in effect throughout the originally stated 48-hour time period.”

Today, following a second round of testing GLWA recommended that the advisory be lifted, “Given that both sets of test results have proven that there was nothing wrong with the water, GLWA has made the recommendation to the impacted communities that the boil water advisory can be lifted.” Read full story here or visit

We are pleased that the advisory has been lifted and that there was no contamination of the water supply. Nevertheless, the district will flush all water lines with running water prior to weekend activities and the opening of school on Monday.

Thank you for working with us during this extreme circumstance.  We look forward to the impacted schools reopening Monday for teaching and learning.

Schools remain closed tomorrow, Friday, March 3 as a precautionary measure

The Great Lakes Water Authority has issued a Boil Water Advisory for the Detroit, Hamtramck
and Highland Park areas. This Advisory is in effect for the areas south of West McNichols and
West of Conner in Detroit and closest to Hamtramck and has affected 29 Detroit Public Schools
Community District schools.
Due  to the continuation of the  Boil Water Advisory, the District has decided to take further precautionary measures and to close school tomorrow, Friday, March 3.  As an additional safety measure, after the advisory is lifted, water lines will be flushed with running water prior to the start of school on Monday morning.
Schools in the affected area include:
1. Blackwell Institute
2. Ben Carson
3. Bunche
4. Burton International
5. Carstens
6. Cass Technical High
7. Chrysler
8. Davison Elementary
9. Davis Aerospace @ Golightly
10. Detroit Collegiate Preparatory
11. Detroit Lions
12. Detroit International Academy for Young Women
13. Detroit School of Arts
14. Douglass, Frederick
15. Durfee
16. GEE White Academy Pre-K
17. Golightly Career Tech Center
18. Golightly Ed Center
19. Holmes, A.L.
20. Hutchinson@ Howe
21. Keidan
22. King High School
23. Marcus Garvey
24. Marshall, T.
25. Moses Field
26. Nichols
27. Robeson/Malcom X
28. Spain
29. Thirkell
Official Alert Issued by the Great Lakes Water Department 
Posted on March 1, 2017
A boil water alert is in effect for all of Hamtramck due to a drop in water pressure.
The Great Lakes Water Authority said residents in Highland Park and Hamtramck and Detroit
residents south of 6 Mile Road and west of Conner might be affected until Friday morning
Residents shouldn’t use water from their taps for drinking or cooking unless it is boiled for five
minutes. If the water is used for drinking, it should be cooled in a sealed container after boiling.
Here is a statement from The Great Lakes Water Authority:
“Late this afternoon, the Great Lakes Water Authority’s Water Works Park Water Treatment
Facility experienced an equipment malfunction that caused low water pressure in the facility’s
service area. The Authority has addressed that malfunction and expects that normal pressure
levels should be achieved within 24 hours. As a precautionary measure, GLWA is recommending
that the cities of Highland Park and Hamtramck, as well as the area south of Six Mile
(McNichols) and west of Conner in the City of Detroit, be placed under a boil water alert for the
next 48 hours.”

Ellington Conservatory of Music and Art at Beckham Academy and Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy will be closed today due to no power