Detroit Public Schools students, parents, principals, staff and community members of Samuel Gompers Elementary Middle School, Beckham Academy and Henry Ford High School will celebrate the completion of their new and renovated schools during open houses and tours of the facilities for the community this week.
Three celebrations scheduled are:
- The new $21.54 million Samuel Gompers Elementary Middle School
Where: 14450 Burt Road in the Brightmoor neighborhood in northwest Detroit
When: Wednesday, September 28 at 3:30 p.m.
- Beckham Academy
Where: 9860 Park Drive
When: Thursday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m.
- · Henry Ford High School
Where: 20000 Evergreen Road
When: Thursday, September 29 at 3:30 p.m.
Nine new and renovated schools opened to students this month in the largest grand opening of facilities in one of the city’s largest construction projects. The schools are part of the $500.5 million construction project to build and renovate the district’s schools with voter-approved Proposal S dollars.
Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, Samuel Gompers Elementary Middle School and Amelia Earhart Elementary Middle School are brand new facilities built from the ground up in just over one year. Extensive renovations were done at Marcus Garvey Academy, Beckham Academy, Bunche Elementary Middle School, Denby High School, Henry Ford High School and Western International High School.
Detroit voters approved Proposal S in November 2009 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 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.