DPS holds ribbon-cutting for new State-of-the-Art Special Education Center to open on September 3

$6.67 million facility is last to be constructed as part of district’s $500.5 million voter-approved bond issue passed in 2009 

Detroit Public Schools on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and offered a sneak peek tour of the new $6.67 million Diann Banks-Williamson Center, a new Special Education wing that will open Sept 3. The building is the last to be constructed as part of the district’s $500.5 million bond issue passed in 2009.

The new 20,000 square-foot facility, located at 5020 Cadieux, is a new special education center on the campus of East English Village Preparatory Academy for students in grades 9-12. The center will provide students with a top-notch educational experience from highly qualified teaching and support staff. The facility also will allow students access to the Olympic-sized swimming pool, gymnasium and cafeteria in the main building.

The new earth-friendly facility is in the process of submitting for the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Gold rating and will have 13 classrooms with modern technology, heating and cooling systems, a dedicated clinic, computer lab, showers and changing rooms. In addition, students will have an outdoor classroom and nature area.

“Detroit Public Schools is dedicated to providing a high-quality education and 21st Century learning environment to all of its students,” said DPS Emergency Manager Jack Martin. “I really can’t thank the people of Detroit enough for placing their trust in Detroit Public Schools by voting, in 2009, to approve the $500.5 million dollar bond that allowed the dream of this facility to become a reality.”

On hand for the event were members of the Diann Banks-Williamson family, district officials, parents and staff.

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