Osborn small, upper schools to stay in current location for two years

Fleming Elementary building to close; program will become a pre-K-8 school in the Brenda Scott building

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Osborn High School, which includes the upper school and three small schools, will remain in its current building, 11600 E. 7 Mile Road, for the next two years, DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb has announced.

The schools were scheduled to move into the adjacent Brenda Scott Middle School building, 18400 Hoover, this fall, but upper school parents requested the opportunity for their children to remain in the current building so they could stay together, keep the Osborn name, continue to play for Osborn athletic teams and earn their diplomas from Osborn.

“Many parents at the Osborn Upper School wanted to see their children continue as Osborn students,” said DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb. “We listened to what they had to say, and those students will be able to graduate together. At the same time, this move will not impact the overall number of school closures.”

Brenda Scott will absorb students from Fleming Elementary School, which sits on the same campus. It will become a pre-k-8 school that will incorporate the Fleming program in a Pre-K-8 setting under the direction of Principal Ronnie Sims. Due to state licensing requirements, the pre-K will not open immediately, and DPS is reviewing options for that program. The Fleming building will close.

Sims was previously assigned to Farwell Middle School, but will instead continue to lead the Fleming program as it transitions to Brenda Scott. Bobb met on Monday with about 100 parents whose children will transition from Fleming to the Brenda Scott building.

DPS will make no capital investments in the Osborn building before it goes off line, and the small schools have been charged with finding another location to after the two years elapse.

“This is a great opportunity to explore a public-private partnership to support the construction of a new small high school for the Osborn lower schools,” Bobb said.

In meanwhile, the district will decommission a portion of the Osborn building to cut heating, cooling and security costs.

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