Public Service Announcement thanks voters for approving Proposal S for students, jobs one year later in $500.5 million capital improvement program

DETROIT-IT’S ELECTION DAY! One year after the Proposal S Bond Referendum was approved by a 62 percent margin in the 2009 general election, Detroit Public Schools will begin airing a Public Service Announcement this week thanking voters for supporting the $500.5 million bond issue, and reports the 18 construction projects are on time and under budget in the capital improvement program.

The PSA can be viewed at www.dpsschoolconstruction.org.
Bond oversight committee members Detroit Federation of Teachers President Keith Johnson, NAACP Chairman Rev. Wendell Anthony, Michigan Regional Council Carpenter and Millwrights Director Toney Stewart, DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb, in addition to DPS principals and students thank voters for approval of Proposal S that is building 21st Century schools for Detroit students and has created thousands of jobs for local workers.

“Since voters approved Proposal S just one year ago, we have been on an aggressive timeline to move these projects forward on time and under budget,” said Bobb. “We are keeping our commitment to voters and thank them for supporting the students of DPS and bringing jobs and development to their communities.”

The PSA announces all 18 projects have been contracted to Detroit-based companies less than one year after voters approved the bond issue. The projects have come in under budget.

The 30-second spot also thanks voters for giving DPS students the opportunity to learn in new state-of-the-art facilities that will include a new Mumford High School and PreK to 8 schools in the Brightmoor and Southwest Detroit communities, in addition to the thousands of jobs filled by local workers to complete the schools.

“It’s great to see the construction activity going on around the city and to have labor unions working together with the community to give these students the kind of first-rate facilities and technology they deserve,” said Stewart.

The PSA will run for two weeks on local television affiliates, radio stations and other media outlets.

Bobb last week signed the final contract in the bond program to build a new $43.6 million Finney Crockett High School on the east side.

Approval of Proposal S allowed the district to access $500.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for capital improvement projects. DPS received the sixth largest allocation in the nation.

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.

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