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DPS To Spend $60M Renovating High Schools

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schools money DPS To Spend $60M Renovating High SchoolsDetroiters are about to see the Proposal S Bond Referendum they voted for last November take effect, which enables the Detroit Public School District to access $500.5 million in federal dollars for school capital improvement projects.

Detroit Public Schools Financial Manager Robert Bobb announced Monday that there would be $60 million in renovations for three Detroit high schools.

Bobb, eager to demonstrate to the public that Proposal S bond money is at work, held a groundbreaking Monday to celebrate the start of renovations at Henry Ford, Denby and Western International High Schools.

“Today we are announcing approximately $60 million in renovation project… now for the Western International community, because just down the street we’re going to be building a new PreK-8 school, it will be over $50 million in investments,” Bobb said.

Henry Ford High School will receive a $17 million overhaul, including a complete interior makeover to create classrooms suited for 21st century learning in the existing building.

Denby High School will see a $16.5 million renovation that includes a complete roof replacement and heating systems improvements, as well as new lighting and flooring.  Technology upgrades are also planned throughout the building.

And Western International High School’s $26.8 million renovations include a new athletic facility and infrastructure improvements for heating, air quality and lighting.  In addition, improvements will also include modernized classrooms to create flexible learning spaces.

The renovations are scheduled for completion by September of next year.

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