DPS reconvenes investigative hearings Tuesday on questionable real estate transactions

Detroit Public Schools will reconvene its unprecedented public investigative hearings Tuesday, Dec. 1, to probe decision-making into questionable real estate transactions.

Robert Bobb, DPS’ Emergency Financial Manager, will preside over the hearings. Robert Francis will testify. His attorney is Steve Fishman.

“It is important to bring closure in the public’s mind to the allegations regarding past real estate transactions of the Detroit Public Schools, wherein large sums of cash were disbursed,” Bobb has said.

Hearings will begin at 9 a.m. at the DPS Welcome Center, 3031 West Grand Blvd., classroom 1.

Some of the real estate deals being probed include the purchase of a condominium in the Fisher Building; lease of space in the Fisher building; and the construction of Cass Technical High School and the Detroit School of Arts. The district will also seek answers on certain long-term leases of school sites and other transactions.

Bobb is calling on anyone with information on past real estate deals to step forward and call the DPS Inspector General hotline at (313) 870-3436.

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