Detroit Public Schools today clarified published unofficial statements regarding the status of the Detroit Children’s Museum. DPS owns the museum and in 2010 signed a 10-year services agreement with the Detroit Science Center to manage the museum.
DPS has made payments as required by the agreement from Title I funding sources to provide services to its students. DPS payments on that revenue stream are current at this time. The Science Center’s new leadership under Mr. James Issner has communicated the need to temporarily cease services under that agreement. The school district and the Science Center are communicating and working to put services back in place.
As its owner, Detroit Public Schools is the only entity in a position to permanently close the Children’s Museum and has not done so at this time. The 2010 agreement meant an estimated savings over the life of the contract of $11.9 million and preserved this educational resource for children, teachers and the community.
Further information regarding specifics of resuming services will be announced.