2011 February 7 – Great Things are Happening in DPS

From the desk of Robert Bobb:

Twenty-three Detroit Public Schools featured in Excellent Schools Detroit’s Parent School Shopper Fairs

Parents, Guardians and Community Leaders,

It’s been an exciting month for us. As you’ll see in this newsletter, Great Things are Happening in DPS – from the opening of our new DPS Police Command Center and Headquarters, to demolition of the former Munger, to plans for a new boarding school, more community involvement thanks to our new Business Corps, and $75 million in savings from a new maintenance contract.

But there’s so much more to see in our classrooms every day. And I would like to personally invite you to learn about the curriculum, extra-curricular offerings and secrets of success from 23 Detroit Public Schools at a Parent School Shopper Fair by Excellent Schools Detroit. The first fair last week brought out hundreds of parents. Information will be available from elementary, middle and high schools. Parents can talk to teachers and other parents and attend parent workshops. Some of the other offerings: free lunch and child care, giveaways and special incentives for first 100 to arrive. Come out and see the Great Things Happening in DPS!

Fair dates:

February 5 – WOW Church and Life Center, 14111 East 7 Mile (Eastside)
February 12 – Our Lady Queen of Angels, 4200 Martin Street (Southwest)
To R.S.V.P. and for more information, call 313-309-1452 or go to www.excellentschoolsdetroit.org
Read more about Excellent Schools Detroit

 

School construction

Demolition has begun on former Munger/Chadsey complex to make way for the new Munger Pre-K-8 in thriving Southwest Detroit

Demolition has begun on the former Munger/Chadsey complex to make way for the new $22.3 million Munger Pre-K-8. The new school 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.

The new Munger (rendering left) is part of the district’s $500.5 million capital improvement program voters approved in Nov. 2009 through the Proposal S Bond Referendum.

Read more about demolition

Detroit Public Schools also opened a $5.6 million police headquarters and command center, a 23,000-square-foot high-tech facility built from the ground up in six months on a six-acre site near I-75 and Clay Avenue that will serve as an anchor for redevelopment in the city’s North End neighborhood while providing an improved 24-hour security system to enhance public safety on campuses for all students and staff district-wide.

The new DPS Police Department Headquarters and Command Center, 8500 Cameron Street, is on the site of the shuttered Sherrard and Breitmeyer elementary schools. The new police headquarters will serve as the base of security operations for the district and includes a four-station Command Center post where officers will be able to monitor campuses 24 hours a day using live-feed monitoring surveillance systems from digital cameras and alarms installed on school grounds. Read more and see photo galleries on the construction from the voter-approved bond at: dpsschoolconstruction.org

 

Targeting Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Bobb Order targets conflicts of interest by certain prohibiting contracts involving current or recent employees, officials

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb has issued an Order prohibiting certain contracts involving former or current officials and employees to further promulgate a high code of ethics and overall sense of fairness for the contracting and procurement process. “We want there to be no perception – real or perceived – of conflicts of interest or that anyone competing for district contracts can gain any unfair competitive advantage,” Bobb said. “This order aims to eliminate any confusion and make it crystal clear that this district, its employees, contractors and officials must operate under the highest code of ethics when we are dealing with taxpayer dollars.”

Read more about the Order

 

School Spotlight

Randolph Career Technical Center breaks ground for house being built on school site

Detroit Public Schools’ Randolph Career Technical Center broke ground recently on a house that will be built on the school site as a service-learning project.

The school has already built part of the sub-floor for the ranch style, three-bedroom home that will be moved to a permanent location upon completion. The house is expected to be finished by May 31, 2011, and be donated to a third party.

 

Innovations in education

Detroit Public Schools to charter a public boarding school for fall 2012

Detroit Public Schools seeks to charter a public boarding school that would open for the fall of 2012. The district is now accepting public school academy applications for the charter school, which would target educational services and residential housing for youths in grades 9-12. The school will focus on providing access to a high quality and rigorous college-preparatory public education for youths who need a thoughtful, caring, safe, and nurturing day and residential environment.

Read more

 

More dollars for the classroom

DPS to save $75 Million from five-year contract for school maintenance and engineering services

Detroit Public Schools will save $75 million and eliminate 823 budgeted positions by using five Detroit-headquartered, minority-owned firms and two additional minority-owned firms along with Sodexo School Services to perform Detroit Public Schools’ custodial, building repair, maintenance, engineering and grounds services. The five-year contract, announced today by DPS and effective February 21, will additionally produce $147,000 annually in rental income and greatly reduce pension liability costs.

Read more about the school maintenance and engineering services contract

 

Community Involvement

DPS Volunteer Business Corps grows

The Detroit Lions, Compuware and the Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau are among the most recent organizations to commit to adopting schools under the Detroit Public Schools Volunteer Business Corps/B.O.L.D. program, which works to improve academic achievement and support the district’s rigorous five-year academic plan. More than 100 companies and organizations of varying sizes attended a kickoff for the program, including Tapper’s Jewelry and Gardner-White Furniture, which have committed $10,000 each to the program.

Read more about the DPS Volunteer Business Corps

Other ways to get involved:

 

Upcoming Events

Feb. 5, 10-2:30:
Excellent Schools Detroit Fair: WOW Church and Life Center, 14111 East 7 Mile (Eastside)

Feb. 7–11:
Parent Resource Center Workshop (call centers for times):

  • Relationships: The true Cost of Parenting
  • Healthy Choices, healthy children
  • Parenting- even when you don’t feel like it

Feb. 9:
Alumni Association Drive and Drop: Alumni and volunteers will be outside of the New Center One Building on Second Ave on Wed. Feb. 9, from 3-4 p.m.to receive your membership right from your car window.

Feb. 12, 10-2:30:
Excellent Schools Detroit Fair: Our Lady Queen of Angels, 4200 Martin Street (Southwest)

Feb. 14–18:
Parent Resource Center Workshop:

  • MONEY: Keeping a balance
  • Making math matter at home
  • Math for now and for life

 

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