DPS to hold Town Hall meetings on Master Facilities Plan

Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542, steven.wasko@detroitk12.org
or Jennifer Mrozowski at 313-873-8401, jennifer.mrozowski@detroitk12.org

Detroit Public Schools’ Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb will hold a series of Town Hall meetings to solicit parent and community feedback on the district’s Master Facilities Plan beginning March 29.

Detroit Public Schools will be transformed over the next five years from a district with many under-capacity schools in aging buildings to one in which about 75 percent of all students will attend new or recently renovated schools, under a new Facilities Master Plan released recently.

Bobb said the Master Plan creates a leaner, smarter DPS by taking into account citywide demographic trends, school performance, condition of school buildings, operating costs, the new Academic Plan, community partnerships and other factors. He expects to make a final decision in April.

School presentations and individual comments will only be allowed for the schools listed for the specific Town Hall meeting. The meetings will only address schools slated to close in June 2010. Each school will be given 15 minutes and must present in the order listed. The individual school presentation starting times are approximate and may be subject to change. The schedule is as follows:

March 29 at 7 p.m. at Henry Ford High School, 2000 Evergreen Road
Schools impacted:
Coffey, 7:15 p.m.; Holcomb, 7:30 p.m.; Langston Hughes, 7:45 p.m.; McKenny, 8 p.m.; Taft, 8:15 p.m. and Charles Wright: 8:30 p.m.

March 30 at 7 p.m. at Cooley High School, 15055 Hubbell
Schools impacted:
Bethune Elementary Middle and ELC: 7:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, Communication Media Arts High: 7:45 p.m.; Cooley High: 8 p.m.; Cooley North Wing: 8:15 p.m.; Crary: 8:30 p.m. and Dossin: 8:45 p.m.

March 31 at 5:30 p.m. at Cody High School, 18445 Cathedral
Schools impacted: Burt, 5:45 p.m.; Dixon: 6 p.m.; Drew: 6:15 p.m.; Harding: 6:30 p.m.; McColl: 6:45 p.m.; McFarlane: 7 p.m.; Murphy: 7:15 p.m. and Lessenger: 7:30 p.m.

April 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Central High School, 2425 Tuxedo
Schools impacted: Bagley, 5:45 p.m.; Glazer, 6 p.m.; Hally Magnet, 6:15 p.m.; MacDowell: 6:30 p.m.; Robeson ELC: 6:45 p.m.; Barbara Jordan: 7 p.m.; Central High: 7:15 p.m. and Fitzgerald: 7:30 p.m.

April 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Northwestern High School, 2200 W. Grand Blvd.
Schools impacted: Burton International: 5:45 p.m.; Jamieson, 6 p.m.; Malcolm X, 6:15 p.m.; Sherrill, 6:30 p.m.; Thirkell, 6:45 p.m.; Northwestern High, 7 p.m. and Owen Academy, 7:15 p.m.

April 13 at 6 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High, 3200 E. Lafayette
Schools impacted: Bunche, 6:15 p.m.; Campbell, 6:30 p.m.; Carstens, 6:45 p.m.; Clark, 7 p.m.; Hanstein, 7:15 p.m.; Kettering High, 7:30 p.m. and Kettering West Wing, 7:45 p.m.

April 14 at 7 p.m. at Western International High School, 1500 Scotten
Schools impacted: Earhart, 7:15 p.m.; Maybury, 7:30 p.m.; Westside Multicultural Academy, 7: 45 p.m.

April 15 at 7 p.m. at Osborn High School, 11600 E. Seven Mile
Schools impacted: Mason, 7:15 p.m.; Osborn High, 7:30 p.m.; Brenda Scott, 7:45 p.m.; Detroit High School of Technology, 8 p.m.

April 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette
Boykin Continuing Education Center, 5:45 p.m.; Crosman Alternative, 6 p.m.; McKinney Day Treatment, 6:15 p.m.; Detroit City Alternative High, 6:30 p.m.; Detroit Day School for the Deaf, 6:45 p.m.; Catherine Ferguson Academy for Young Women, 7 p.m.; Trombly Alternative High, 7:15 p.m. and Westside Alternative High, 7:30 p.m.

The district will also have a Master Facilities Plan hotline where people can call to leave comments. That number is (313) 873-3370. Comments may be e-mailed to facilitiesplan@detroitk12.org.
The plan is available at:
For more information on Detroit Public Schools, visit www.ImInDPS.org

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