DPS announces details of $46.3 million Finney Crockett High School and signs final construction project contract less than one year after voters approved Proposal S

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Detroit- Less than one year after voters approved a $500.5 million bond issue, Detroit Public Schools announced details for the new $46.3 million Finney Crockett High School and signed the final construction project contract as part of its three-year Capital Improvement Program.

Emergency Financial Manager Robert C. Bobb signed the final contract at a groundbreaking today for the new Finney Crockett High School, 17200 Southampton St., which is one of three new high schools that will be built from the ground up using Proposal S funds. Martin Luther King Jr. High School was the first project to break ground this summer and will be completed in 2011. The district broke ground last week on a new $50.3 million Mumford High School.

The groundbreaking at Finney Crockett comes before the one-year anniversary voters approved the Proposal S Bond Referendum, which gave the district access to $500.5 million for facility improvement and construction projects.

Tooles-Clark, a 55 percent Detroit-headquartered business, is the prime contractor for the Finney Crockett High School project.

All combined, the DPS School Construction Program includes new facilities for an Office of Public Safety Headquarters and Operations Center and seven schools, major renovations at nine more, in addition to demolition projects and security and technology upgrades. Construction started this summer on 10 projects, with a major renovation 100 percent completed in three months at the John R. King Performing Arts Academy School. The remaining projects will begin this fall. All projects must be completed by 2012 to comply with federal regulations.

“When we closed the old Finney and relocated students temporarily, we promised to rebuild on this site. We also committed to the parents of Crockett that their very strong academic programs will have a permanent home for the future,” said Bobb. “Today we are keeping those commitments and ensuring that this far east side community is served by the quick implementation of the bond projects for which we have now signed all contracts.”

The new 221,000-square-foot Finney Crocket facility will accommodate up to 1,200 students in a move that will consolidate both campuses when the school opens for the 2012-2013 academic year. The existing structure on Southampton Street will be demolished and a new facility will be built on the site.

The new school will be a LEED Gold Certified state-of-the-art facility featuring four wings for eight science laboratories, a high-tech media center, athletic area with a community health clinic, and a performing arts section. The performing arts wing will include an 800-seat auditorium, a small black box theater with a scene shop and dressing rooms, a 2,400-square-foot band room, and a 1,900-square-foot choir room. A cafeteria commons will anchor the four wings that will also function as an assembly area for programs and events.

The indoor athletic wing will have a gymnasium with 1,300 bleacher seats, an eight-lane pool and diving well with balcony seating for 230. Outside facilities include a football and track and field complex with stadium seating for 1,100, four tennis courts, varsity baseball and softball fields and event parking.

More than 200 sophomore students from the Finney and Crockett high schools joined the groundbreaking celebration with DPS administrators, faculty, alumni and community groups. The sophomore class will be the first class to graduate in the new facility in the spring of 2013.

Detroit voters approved Proposal S last November which enabled the district to access $500.5 million for school capital improvement projects. DPS received the sixth largest allocation in the nation.

The improvement program also includes district-wide technology upgrades and security initiatives being funded with Proposal S dollars. To comply with federal guidelines, all bond dollars must be spent within three years and all projects must be completed by September 2012.

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