The first construction project under a $500.5 million Detroit Public Schools capital improvement program is finished.

On Thursday morning, district administrators unveil updates to John R. King school on Strathmoor Street on Detroit’s northwest side.

The $10.7 million renovation includes a new, 260-seat black box theater for the pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school’s performing arts-centered curriculum. The work took about three months.

John R. King also got a new atrium, science and technology labs, lockers, light fixtures in classrooms and playground equipment.

Renovations at Fitzgerald Elementary and Marcus Garvey School also wrap up this week. Detroit students start school Tuesday.

The district is building or renovating 18 schools with money from voter-approved bonds.

© MMX WWJ Radio, All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to his report.


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