Students attending Kettering West Wing will transfer to an improved educational setting inside Jerry L. White School on Wednesday prior to making a final move to a brand new facility in summer 2013. The move was necessitated by damage to the roof of their current facility caused by heavy snowfall.
There will be no program changes for the 105 students, who also will be provided door-to-door transportation to Jerry L. White through the remainder of the year. Bus pickup and drop off times will change, and parents have been notified. The district is providing all parents with an opportunity to ride with their students to the new setting to see their classrooms. All necessary curriculum and other materials have been moved to the new settings, and classrooms have been prepared.
Kettering West Wing students will begin attending classes in a new wing at the brand new $46.3 million East English Village Preparatory Academy, which opened in fall 2012, when they return from summer break on July 13. The building will be ready for tours and ceremonies in June.
The new Kettering West Wing facility will have 13 classrooms with modern technology and heating and cooling systems, a dedicated clinic, computer lab, showers and changing rooms. In addition, students will have an outdoor classroom and nature area, as well as access to the gymnasium, swimming pool and cafeteria. Construction of the new facility was funded with $6.5 million from the Proposal S bond program approved by Detroiters in November 2009.
Kettering High School and Kettering West Wing were previously announced as a building closure in 2012. Due to the condition of the building, Kettering was the lowest rated DPS facility with an immediate need for roof, window and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) replacements totaling more than $5 million. Students from Kettering High School already have relocated to other facilities.