Detroit Public Schools welcomed families and current “Parent Shoppers” to All-Schools Open House and Alumni Celebration Saturday, the culmination of the district’s first-ever DPS Week

Detroit Public Schools welcomed current DPS families, as well as parents whose children are not enrolled in DPS and who are still shopping for schools for their children, to attend the district’s All-Schools Open House and Alumni Celebration on Saturday, August 25, the culmination of the district’s first-ever DPS Week.

DPS schools were open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with thousands of giveaways, free meals at every site for the first 100 guests, free shuttle service to tour schools, opportunities to meet staff, immunizations, three-ribbon cuttings at brand new schools, program showcases, and more! A “DPS Pride” incentive was available for the first 1,000 alumni at schools!

School Readiness giveaways included thousands of sackpacks with school supplies, T-shirts, magnets, and more. Parents also could redeem hundreds of uniform vouchers given away at the district’s Annual Back-to-School Parade.

Detroit Public Schools unveiled three new schools Saturday, Aug. 25 totaling $92 million of voter-approved investments that will provide some 3,000 students with brand new learning environments that will replace older facilities.

Highlights of the Open House:

Free meals

There was a special focus on the district’s healthy meals at every DPS school.

  • 10 a.m. to noon – Reception in school entryways with fresh-baked cookies and water (first come, first-served)
  • Noon-2 p.m. – Free Healthy Meals reception in cafeterias at each school (first come, first-served). The menu offering was a turkey burger on whole wheat bun, romaine salad with tomatoes, fruit and beverage.

Immunizations

Immunizations were held at: Marcus Garvey Academy, 2301 VanDyke

Shuttles

Free shuttle buses departed regularly each hour on the hour from the Parent Resource Centers (they did a loop of schools in the area):

  • Osborn High School, 11600 E. 7 Mile Rd. (outside waiting area)
  • Marcus Garvey Academy, 2301 Van Dyke
  • Priest, 7840 Wagner
  • Cody, 18445 Cathedral  (outside waiting area)
  • Ludington Magnet Middle, 19501 Berg
  • Detroit International Academy, 9026 Woodward Avenue
  • Bennett Elementary, 2111 Mullane Street

Parents could await shuttles in the district’s Parent Resource Centers at the above schools.

Parent Resource Centers Ribbon-Cuttings

  • 11 a.m., Bennett Parent Resource Center, 2111 Mullane Street
  • Noon,  Drew Transition Center, 9600 Wyoming Street

Ribbon-cuttings/tours of THREE new schools opening this fall

  • 9:00 a.m. East English Village, LOCATION: 17200 Southampton Street
  • 10:15 a.m. Munger PreK to 8 School  LOCATION: 5525 Martin Street
  • 11:30 a.m. Mackenzie PreK to 8 School  LOCATION: 9275 Wyoming Street

East English Village Preparatory Academy, which was built on the site of the former Finney High School, and neighborhood schools, Munger PreK-8 and Mackenzie PreK-8 in Southwest Detroit, officially opened their doors to students, parents and community members during the DPS All-Schools Open House and Alumni Celebration on Saturday.

The three schools are the final facilities in the DPS Bond Construction Program opening to students for the 2012-2013 academic year.

 

East English Village Preparatory Academy Highlights

The new $48 million East English Village Preparatory Academy was built on the site of the former Finney High School. It can accommodate up to 1,200 students in the 221,000-square-foot facility in four academic wings. The facility includes eight science laboratories, a high-tech media center, a performing arts wing, and an athletic complex with a community health clinic. The stadium, still under construction, will have a multi-seasonal, synthetic field for track, football, soccer and other athletic programs.

  • Location: 5020 Cadieux
  • Project Cost: $48 million
  • Square Footage: 211,000
  • Design Builder: Tooles Clark, 55% Detroit-Headquartered firm
  • Architect: Albert Kahn and Associates
  • Construction Started: Fall 2010
  • School Open: Fall 2012

Munger PreK to 8 School Highlights

Demolition began in January 2011 on the former Munger/Chadsey complex to make way for the new $22.3 million Munger PreK to 8 School. The new school includes 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 designed to accommodate 850 students.

  • Location: 5525 Martin Street
  • Project Cost: $22.3 million
  • Design Builder: White / Turner, 50% Detroit-headquartered firm
  • Architect: Cash and Associates
  • Construction Started: Fall 2010
  • School Open: Fall 2012

Mackenzie PreK to 8 School Highlights

The new $21.8 million Mackenzie PreK to 8 School was built adjacent to the former Mackenzie High School which was torn down in summer 2012. The new school has a large, open media center, gymnasium and classrooms serving the needs of the school’s middle and elementary students. The building design focuses on student safety and is environmentally-responsible through the adherence to national standards set by CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

  • Location: 9275 Wyoming Avenue
  • Project Cost: $21.8 million
  • Design Builder: MIG / Auch, 50% Detroit-headquartered firm
  • Architect: SHW Group
  • Construction Started: Fall 2010
  • School Open: Spring 2012

The DPS Bond Construction Program is in the third and final year of construction and improvement projects. The program includes:

  • brand new construction for seven schools
  • a new high-tech DPS Police Headquarters & Command Center
  • renovations at nine schools
  • four large additions including the multipurpose Harambee Center at Marcus Garvey Academy, an athletic complex at Western International High School, and new gymnasiums at Bethune-Fitzgerald Academy and Bunche Elementary-Middle School
  • demolition of nine schools including  Earhart, Chadsey, Munger,  Gompers, Mumford, Finney, Robeson, Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, and the former Cass Tech
  • mechanical upgrades and stabilization projects at 36 schools
  • district-wide security improvements at up to 123 schools

Program manager for the Bond Construction Program is Walbridge Joint Venture, which includes Brailsford & Dunlavey, Walbridge, and Fanning Howey.

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.

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