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!
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
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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 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.
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.”
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 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.
More dollars for the classroom
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.
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.
Other ways to get involved:
Feb. 5, 10-2:30:
Excellent Schools Detroit Fair: WOW Church and Life Center, 14111 East 7 Mile (Eastside)
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
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)
Parent Resource Center Workshop:
- MONEY: Keeping a balance
- Making math matter at home
- Math for now and for life
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