Detroit Public Schools today hosted a community celebration for the new $22.3 million Munger PreK to 8 School, one of eight construction projects to break ground this fall, as part of the district’s $500.5 million capital improvement program funded by voter-approved Proposal S dollars. The event included students, parents, faculty and officials, community leaders and civic and community groups.
Once the new school is built in 2012, it will include an elementary and middle school wing connected by a two-story “student arcade” that will function as a dining court, student center and school square.
The school is being located at the site of the former Munger and Chadsey schools in a thriving section of Southwest Detroit. Bright, sustainable classrooms will line colorful corridors centered around an academic commons area and teacher work centers. The school is designed to accommodate between 850 and 1,100 students.
“Parents and community members who met with me to discuss the future of this site made a powerful case — in multiple languages — to keep a school at the location of the former Chadsey and Munger schools. As an example of the diversity and strength of the neighborhood, they brought with them translators to ensure I understood the value of having a school there. The signs they carried were representative of the true melting pot that Southwest Detroit has become,” said Robert C. Bobb, DPS Emergency Financial Manager.
“When you walk along the streets of Southwest Detroit, with its many parks, bustling storefronts, colorful restaurant facades, salons and churches, it’s evident that this is a strong community. We are committed to being a partner to preserve the strength of this neighborhood, and we are pleased a new Munger PreK-8 school will continue to serve thousands of families and students here for many years to come.”
The event was held Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. at the Munger PreK to 8 School – 5525 Martin Street, Detroit, MI 48210.